In yesterday’s edition of my blog success series, I discussed the importance of building your blog on a solid foundation. Specifically, I made the recommendation that you should avoid free blogging services and find hosting you can control.
Now the challenging part is many people simply don’t know how to get started. Today, I want to show a few videos I found that can help you get your site up and running with a few hours. Obviously, this isn’t the only way to do this, but I think it’s a pretty easy process to follow:
#1- Purchase a Domain Name
Go to Name.com and register a domain name. This isn’t a post about picking the right name, so you might want to do a little research about this before you get started.
Here is a video that shows you how to register a domain on this site (The accent is a little hard to understand):
#2- Buy Web Hosting
I’m not going to mince words. If you want a professional blog, then be prepared to spend a little money investing in it. That’s why I highly recommend that you pay for a quality web hosting service.
I personally use Host Gator because they’ve always been reliable. With that said, there are many companies that provide excellent hosting services. The only requirement is to make sure they have “Cpanel” as part of the package deal.
Here is a video about how to purchase a Host Gator account:
#3- Edit Your Nameservers
The “Nameservers” is tells your domain registrar (ie: Name.com) where your site is hosted. This is a two step process…
First you need to get the name servers from your hosting company. Usually this is included in the welcome email when you make the purchase.
Next, you need to take these name servers and edit your account in your domain registrar. Here’s a video showing how to do this:
#4- Install WordPress Through CPanel
The main reason I recommend Host Gator is because it has the Cpanel option. This is a backend toolkit that allows you to do a lot of cool things with your site. What we’re interested in is the option where you can install a WordPress blog on your site.
Here is a video showing how to do this:
There You Go!
Now it might take a few hours for your nameservers to align with your hosting. But by the end of the day, you’ll have a fully functioning blog that’s ready to go!
This process might sound like a little difficult. I know it seemed really challenging when I first started out. The good news is it’ll become second nature once you’ve done it a few times.
Well, let me know what you thoughts about this brief tutorial. Drop me a note if I missed anything or if you have any questions.Take Action. Get Results.