WordPress Website: The Three Steps You Need to Take to Create a WordPress.org Website
So you’re ready to start your own website (or blog – they’re really one in the same)? I’m excited for you! There are three basic steps to creating a WordPress website on WordPress.org. This post will walk you through purchasing your domain and hosting account and then merging the two. If you already own a domain, the process might be slightly different as far as setting up the nameservers. If you have any questions about the process, post them in the comments below.
When starting WordPress sites on WordPress.org, there are two things you need to purchase.
And if you’re wondering if this is the right route for you, check out this related post: The Differences Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Getting a Domain for your WordPress Website
First you need to purchase a domain for your site. This is basically like the address for your online home – you give it out and then people can stop by and visit you.
You may already have a domain picked out, but you need to make sure that it is available. You can do that by going HERE. Type your desired domain into the search bar and it will tell you whether or not it is available. For the most part, you are going to want to stick with the .com option (unless you are creating a specialty site that would fit under .org).
Once you have chosen an available domain, you can then add it to your cart. With a .com from Namecheap, you are generally looking at paying around $10 a year. Once you have it added to your cart, you can even get the current coupon code for 10% off HERE (it’s not much, but every little bit counts!).
You then go through the purchase process and just like that, the domain is yours.
If you already own a domain, then you can leave it where it is and still host it with your new hosting account. Depending on what you are paying for it, you might want to consider transferring it to a different domain provider when it’s time to renew it.
But, just because you purchase your domain somewhere doesn’t mean you want it to live there. That’s where your host comes in.
Related post: How to Choose and Buy a Domain
Hosting Account for your WordPress Website
Many of the places your purchase your domains from also offer hosting, but that doesn’t mean you should use them.
Everyone has their own opinions of hosts, who is good, who is not so good, and it really depends on your needs and your traffic. If you are going to have hundreds of thousands of people visiting your site at a time, then there are hosts that are equipped to deal with that (and you will pay a premium price).
However, for just starting your website, your needs aren’t going to be quite so crazy. I use (and recommend) HostGator for your WordPress Hosting service. I have used them for years, hosted multiple sites, and have never had a problem with them.
Their prices are also very reasonable.
(and they have surprise flash sales on a semi-regular basis – when we hear about those, we will announce them HERE and pin them to the top so they’re easy to find!)
There are two basic options you will have to choose from when it comes to a hosting package with HostGator. Do you want to just host a single domain or do you want the option to host unlimited domains?
I’m a big fan of the unlimited domain option. I have a personal blog, I have my business website, I have website projects, and I’m always playing with new ideas. At any given time, I’m probably hosting 8-10 different sites and domains in my hosting account.
However, if you know that you are only interested in hosting this one domain (and this doesn’t mean you’re limited to just one site), then you can choose that option.
If at some point you want to add an additional site to that domain, you can do so using a subdomain of your existing domain. I might do this if I’m creating website and adding on an e-commerce store that I want to keep relatively separate (maybe give it a totally different look than the main site).
A subdomain would be something like the following: your domain is yourname.com and you want to add a subdomain for a store, you could create store.yourname.com.
So, if you want to just host the one domain, you would choose the “Hatchling Plan”. If you want the option to host multiple domains, you would choose the “Baby Plan”.
(There will be other plans that might mention WordPress or other specific services, ignore these! Just choose the Hatchling or Baby Plan).
With HostGator, you save money by signing up for longer periods of time. If you pay for a year of service, you are paying less than if you pay month to month. If you pay for three years of service, then you are paying less than if you were signing up for a year.
Once you have signed up, HostGator will email you with login information for billing as well as your cpanel. Make sure you keep this information somewhere you can easily access it.
Related Post: How to Know Which Hosting Package you Should Purchase
Linking your Domain and Hosting Account
Now it’s time to attach your new address (domain) to where you are going to build your home(your host).
You will log into your HostGator cpanel using the information they have emailed you. Your cpanel will look like this:
It can be a little overwhelming, but don’t worry! You won’t have to utilize most of what you’re seeing here.
Now, you will want to scroll down until you see your nameservers in the “account information” menu on the left side of the panel (it’s down at the very bottom).
There will be two links under nameservers that will look something like ns1234.hostgator.com. Copy both of those into a document (or just leave this page open and open a new tab).
Now, it’s time to log into your domain account.
Go to NameCheap.com and sign into your account.
Click on “Domain List” in the menu on the left.
Click on the “Manage” button in the row of the domain you are using.
Scroll down to the “Nameservers” row.
Choose “Custom DNS” from the dropdown menu.
Copy and paste the nameserver information you got from your HostGator account onto each line and click the check mark to save.
Your domain and hosting account are now ready. You have an address. You have the land to build on. Now it’s time to build your online home (or your website).
Were you able to follow the process? What questions do you have? Comment Below.
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Author: Julie Daq
I'm Julie Daq, the leading lady at The Business Builder's Blog as well as Island Business Design. I love to create, share, and implement business strategies for upcoming and current entrepreneurs. When I'm not at home glued to my laptop, I can be found sailing around the San Juan Islands with my sailor, kayaking with orcas, or eating french fries at my favorite Tuesday night hangout.