How To Start a WordPress BlogBy
How To Start a WordPress Blog
First of all you will need a domain name, so think of one that you want to use.
It can be your own name, your brands name, or you can use a domain name that has strong keywords in it.
A domain-name usually ends with a dot com, but can also end with .se, .dk or .org, .info etc.
(I have a few domain names that I consider selling, see below in comments).
Get a domain name (a domain-name is the URL, like mine is: mariaerving.com) at GoDaddy.com, and when you have purchased it (about $10/year) you go to Hostgator.com and there you buy a hosting plan to your domain name. (about $4-$7/month)
AND NEXT YOU’LL NEED TO POINT YOUR NAMESERVERS TO HOSTGATOR.
(This step can take up to 72 hours before it works properly, but usually it’s only a few hours)
This is how you point the name-servers to Hostgator:
First; go to your HostGator cPanel and grab the name-servers: (which could be different from what mine are in the pic)
Copy them and hed over to GoDaddy.
When logged in at GoDaddy, go to:
MY ACCOUNT > MY DOMAINS >
Click on the domain you want to use and click on the name-servers tab: “Set name servers”
Once there you set the name-servers like this:
(with your own name servers of course, but they might look the same as mine too)
And click OK when you’re done.
Now your new domain name has been connected to the HostGator servers and this can time some time, up to 72 hours.
You just have to wait now:-)
Here are the steps again:
- Get a domain name at GoDaddy.com. NOTE: Get ONLY the domain name from GoDaddy, nothing else; just skip all the offers they have. GoDaddy is not a good web-host, but it is the best place from where to get a domain-name.
- Go to HostGator.com and get a hosting plan to your new domain-name
- Point your new domain to your hosting account. (=point name-servers)
IMPORTANT: Make this a rule right from the beginning; write down all your user-names and passwords so that you have them all in one place (in a safe place of course where no one have access to them) and use different passwords to all accounts you’ll ever have.
When this process is done, you simply log into your HostGator cPanel, click on the Quick-install-button for WordPress, and select the domain-name you want to create your WordPress site on, and get started!
(From your cPanel in Hostgator you can also create email accounts that looks great and professional)
To start a WordPress site you don’t need to buy a premium theme like the one I’m using, you can use the free ones as well; there are numerous themes (designs) to chose from, and you’ll find many of them in your WordPress Dashboard/back office.
For more tutorials when it comes to WordPress and other online stuff, browse “categories” in the sidebar.
And here’s a great site if you want to learn more about everything that has to do with Internet Business and Marketing etc: http://mariaervingonline.com/recommends/chris-farrell
Have fun creating your site!
UPDATE: (September 2012)
I have transferred all my domain names from GoDaddy to NameCheap. (I personally like NameCheap the best).
- Login to your Namecheap account;
- Click on MANAGE DOMAINS;
- Click on domain you want to change settings for;
- Select TRANSFER DNS TO WEBHOST (or DOMAIN NAME SERVER SETUP);
- Select Specify Custom DNS Servers (Your own DNS Servers) option and enter the nameservers;
- Click on SAVE CHANGES.
(In most cases the propagation period can take up to 24 hours).
As you can see the process is similar and what’s great about both NameCheap and HostGator is that they have a 24/7 support service, which GoDaddy doesn’t have. (Sometimes the waiting time to get a reply from them is 14 hours!)
NameCheap has a 24/7 support online chat which I really appreciate when it comes to both HostGator and them, so you can simply write them in the chat and ask them anything – they are awesome that way, really good customer service.
When you have your website and hosting, you might want to learn about how to market it and more, and if so, I really recommend Chris Farrell for that: http://mariaervingonline.com/recommends/chris-farrell
And let me know if you have any questions below in comments.