by Diane Cossie
Owning your own WordPress Blog is just about the most important things you can do for your business and your brand online and with the recent changes in the rules on advertising on Google, followed by some You Tube accounts being closed down owning your own virtual REAL ESTATE is no longer an OPTION .. it is a MUST HAVE.
I have two main Blogs, one is my personal blog DianeCossie .COM and the other is this one Off Road MLM.
I self host both blogs with HOSTGATOR and that’s the bit where most people’s eyes glaze over and their next thought is usually “I have no clue how to do that” so they either outsource the project, use Blogger or Typepad to get around the problem or simply never start a blog of their own, so I thought I’d put together a series of “How To Set Up A WordPress Blog” and as a complete “non techie” myself you will see I do it the easiest way possible.
Step One :
Buy a Domain Name at Godaddy or your favourite “domain store” this will usually cost you less than $10.00 a year. Choose a DOT COM, DOT NET or DOT ORG as your first preference and if you are not using your own name, make sure you do some keyword research for a term in your niche because Google still ranks highly based on the domain name of your website. (See the Traffic Cipher Blog post for more on that).
Godaddy are going to put LOTS of choices your way between selecting your domain name and getting to the check out. Stay focused on what you went there to do which is to BUY A DOMAIN NAME for your blog.
Thet will offer alternatives if your domain name is taken, for example if JohnSmith.Com is taken, simply adding a pre-fix such as
Successwithjohnsmith.com may still be an option for you.
I can only share my experiences and how I do this process, this may cause laughter in some parts, but it just plain works and that is the only bit I am interested in right now .. just getting it going as fast as possible. So the next step is to choose a reliable self hosting platform and I chose the same one I saw lots of marketers using which is HOSTGATOR. At less than $10.00 per month I have found it great and as it has been over two year now I can confidently recommend it.
So now you have your DOMAIN NAME at GODADDY .. the next thing you need to do is to change the NAMESERVERS to your HOSTGATOR name servers as that is where you will host your WordPress Blog, your themes, plug ins and images and this is ALL there is to it ..
Once you have bought your Domain name and your hosting and changed the nameservers you will need to ADD your DOMAIN NAME to your Hostgator account which is a really simple step by step procedure using the built in ADD ON DOMAIN feature in your Cpanel back office at Hostgator.
So now you have your blog domain name, your self hosting account set up and you have added your domain name to your Hostgator account, in part two of this series I will walk you through adding WORDPRESS to your new domain name and uploading the THESIS theme to you blog and begin to customize the new blog with a new header.
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