First Time: Blog Set Up

Posted by Neville on February 5, 2011 under Blogging, How To, Training | 3 Comments to Read

How To Set Up Your First WordPress Blog:

Instructions for Setting Up your first Self Hosted WordPress blog.

Register a domain name:

To host your own blog you will need to have a domain name. This is an ideal opportunity to choose a name for your domain that will help to make you known in the blogging community.

If your name is available to have a name such as yourname.com then you would be well advised to register that domain name.

NameCheap is a service where you can register your domain name. Choose a .com domain rather than .biz or .net or .info as these tend to be less effective for branding and authority.

Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

Name cheap also have a hosting service but I recommend that you have your blog hosted elsewhere, so that not all eggs are in the one basket.
 

Select a Hosting Service:

 For host a blog I recommend Hostgator although there are others that you could choose. It is important to choose a reliable service for hosting your blog because you don’t want it to be down because the host has significant down times.

The host you choose should provide cpanel to allow you to easily manage your site, including the simple installation of your blog.

When you have chosen both the Domain name provider and the hosting service you will need to point the domain name at the Hosting service domain name servers. Sound confusing? Check out this short instructional video by Mark Hodgetts of BreakFreeTraffic.

 

 

Install your blog:

These instructions assume that your hosting service provides cpanel. If you prefer to watch a video of this process you can see one prepared by my friend Philippe Moisan, in which he adds a new blog to one of his sites. View The Video HERE or below.

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  • Anne Sales | Coupon Codes said,

    Hi Neville, I am still deliberating which hosting to go with, do you only recomment HG? I’m launching my very own website next month. I already got a domain but not a host yet.

  • Neville said,

    Yes, I recommend Hostagtor, and that is based on the fact that it is the service that I use. I have tried a couple of others, but find HG reliable with very little down-time, and a range of packages to suit various users.

    I did use another host some time ago, but they went out of business. Another of the hazards of basing decisions on just cost alone.

  • Anne Sales | Coupon Codes said,

    I took your advice. I now host my new blog with HG and I’m extremely happy! 😀