Hello friends. Here now are my latest updates about my migration of Swordsman Network to self-hosted WordPress. (I’ve given this all my attention until the way forward is clear.)
Firstly, despite its performance and security issues, I really am using the WordPress.org software, and not any other CMSes, for the following reasons: 1) it’s the one I know how to use; 2) it’s the one that can do the job with the least amount of fuss, and it has a strong community support; and 3) it’s the one and only CMS that I know how to install (though I haven’t tried it yet) in my web hosting provider, NearlyFreeSpeech.NET.
NFSN is, well, not for the faint of heart. It’s a Do-It-Yourself service for experienced webmasters — which I am not. The company also uses a real Unix system (FreeBSD) for their servers, which I know only a little about through my explorations of Linux. It’s a far cry from WordPress.com and other web hosting companies. Much of the work of website administration, including the installation of WordPress, must be done using the command line. (Luckily, because of its popularity, they have detailed instructions on how to install and configure WordPress on their system. They even have a ready-made script that automatically checks and updates the installation.)
Nevertheless, despite the difficulties involved in using NFSN and the additional burden of having to learn the Linux/Unix command line (and this is on top of studying about WordPress administration), I love NFSN. They offer affordable and quality hosting, are serious about website security, and are a strong advocate of free speech.
Secondly, I have now in my borrowed laptop an early development version of the new website, and because of it, I am confirming that Swordsman Beginnings is really going to be an integral part of Swordsman Network. However, it won’t be called Swordsman Beginnings anymore, just my Study Journal.
Also, though this won’t happen yet for quite some time, I’ve considered making a members-only section for my devotional reflections (the ones I used to write for Patreon), and then adding a small store for the Christian ebooks I’ll be making and selling. These two sections will become parts of my income source.
Thirdly, this move to self-hosted WordPress is opening up for me one much-needed income channel: Ads. Yes. As soon as I have enough traffic, I’m going to put banner ads in Swordsman Network and in the pages of the Christian books I’m publishing as resources, including my Bibles website.
This is a heads-up for you, my friends. I know that some of you will not like this, but displaying advertisements is a legitimate way of earning money, and I do need money. To support this ministry. To support myself and my family. To support my dreams.
And lastly, because I’m going to run ads, I’m putting into a separate WordPress site all the sermon resources I’ve planned to publish. And why? Because of their very nature, these classic sermons by Calvin, Edwards, and Spurgeon are not exactly “politically correct,” and advertisers don’t want to be associated with such content.
The rest of the resources will still be curated in Swordsman Network.
Note: This second website will also use WordPress, because I cannot publish the sermons as simple HTML pages. I need the WordPress audio player to stream their audio.