You Will Need: A Domain Name Purchase it through your hosting company A Hosting Account A Credit Card to Pay for it
Wordpress is… Content management system Used as website and/or blog Open source (FREE!) Easy to use
Domain Name www.YourDomainName.com Best to choose top level domains like .com Choose a name you won’t get tired of Consider a name that you can SELL when you retire Or choose your own name/brand
Where to purchase Domain GoDaddy Blue Host Any of the many good companies out there that support MYSQL data bases which support WordPress
How much is a Domain? Annual fees can start as low as $7 You are allowed to prepay as much as 10 years in advance HINT: prepaid domains carry more “authority” with search engines. Purchasing a Domain is much like RENTING – as long as you pay the rent, it’s yours. Miss a payment and you’ll have a hard time getting it back!
Pick a hosing company wisely Zillions of hosting companies Choose one with superior service 24/7 technical support is important English speaking is also very nice Local is good Proven or recommended is best
Hosting costs Can be paid monthly or annually Annually you can use one domain to host UNLIMITED domains as “Addons” Most Hosting companies don’t tell you this Fees $6.95/month paid each month or $83.40 annually $10 Domain $83.40 host = $95.40 a year for a blog. Bonus for each additional domain it’s only $10 per. Hosting is free! Total costs
Getting Started Sign up for hosting account If you already own Domain Name it will need to be moved to new host (assuming you want to switch hosts) Log in to your BluehostcPanel
Register your new domain To register a new domain you will need to confirm it is available. Click “Check” Proceed thru signups to procure domain
Consider Future use If you plan to have more than one blog or website: Use a “throwaway domain” as your main domain Your “good domains” will be “addons” Example: www.ThrowAwayDomain.com www.DenverHomesForSale.com www.DenverHomeBlog.com www.MyFunSite.com If you never plan to use more than one domain, don’t worry about the above!
Adding Wordpress to domain In cPanel go to: Click on Simple Scripts
Simple Scripts Simple Scripts installs a variety of software. Find WordPress and click
Choose Domain to install on Agree to the Legalese and click “Complete”
Save Your Login info 1) Cut and Paste Password 2)Then click on Login URL
Login to your new blog!
First Change your Password Go to Dashboard>Users>Admin> Click on Admin>to pull up your profile Scroll to bottom of form to change your password to something you can remember SAVE IT!
Change Permalinks From Dashboard>Settings>Permalinks The WordPress default is:http://www.weselldenver.com/?p=123 Create a Custom Structure to give URL more meaning, like this: /%category%/%postname%/http://www.weselldenver.com/neighborhood/washparklife/
You can now design your site Add Themes Plugins Widgets