Purchase a Domain Name
You will need a domain name for your blog. If you already have a domain name, you can move to step two. If you do not have a domain name you need to register one.
Open a new window and go to Bust a Name and do a search for a domain name you would like to use. Once you have found one, follow the checkout process to register the domain name.
GoDaddy will make lots of appealing offers, however,you do not need any of the other products or services. You DO NOT want to set up your hosting with GoDaddy. They are by far the best for domain names but I have my own preferences for hosting.
Once your domain name order has been processed you will get a confirmation email from GoDaddy.
Setting Up Your Host
This step will guide you through setting up your web hosting account.
- You can select one of our recommended hosts here. You will want to go with the most basic plan starting out which is around $7.95 a month.
- Click Order Hosting Now
- On the next page you will be asked if you want to Register New Domain or will use My Existing Domain and update My Nameservers only. You will want to select I will use My Existing Domain and update My Nameservers only.
- Click Next
- Click calculate totals
- You will then be shown a page that shows your order. Click Continue and Enter in your billing info and process with your checkout.
When you are done you will get an email from your selected host confirming your order, along with your login info and dns server info/name servers. Generally you will have your welcome email within 15 minutes.
Step One and Step Two Must Be Completed Before Going To The Next Step.
Updating Your Nameservers on GoDaddy
Once you have got your hosting welcome email, locate the name server information and proceed as follows:
Go to http://www.godaddy.com
- Login to your account
- Located the bar at the top of the page with links. Click on Domains and then select My Domains.
- This will take you to your domain control panel. Select the domain you just registered by checking the box and then click on nameservers at the top.
- Click the Custom nameservers options.
- Clear out the nameservers in the two slots and enter in the nameservers you received in your hosting welcome email.
- Once you’ve entered both nameservers, click the OK button.
Your domain name will now be pointed to your new hosting account and will be visible within 24 hours. Sometimes you will see the change in a few hours, but do allow at least 24 hours for the domain to update to the new server.
Setting Up Your Blog
Now for the part you’ve been waiting for. Open a new browser and go to yourdomainname.com/cpanel replace yourdomainname.com with the new domain name you registered on GoDaddy.
- if your domain is milliondollarblog.com enter in milliondollarblog.com/cpanel
You will be prompted to enter in your user name and password. If you do not remember what user name you selected, refer to your hosting welcome email.
Once you are able to login you will several rows of icons. Locate the blue smiley that says fantastico (look toward the right near the bottom) and click on it.
On the new page there is a column on the left – find the link under Blogs that says WordPress.
Click On WordPress
You will see some info and a blue link that says New Installation click it.
You will now be asked a series of questions as follows:
- Install on domain- Select your domain name
- Install in directory- Leave Blank
- Administrator-username- Select a username you want to use to login to your blog (I use admin)
- Password- Select the password you want to use to login to your blog
- Admin nickname- The name you want people to see (I use my first name)
- Admin e-mail- Your contact email (the one you use most)
- Site Name- Name of the blog (what you want the blog to be known as)
- Description- Short description of the blog (sort of a tagline or slogan)
After your enter in all of the details click on Install WordPress
In the following screen click Finish Installation
You want to retain a copy of the next page that will contain the admin login page and login information for future reference.
Congratulations! You are the proud owner of a domain and a WordPress blog!
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