Now finally we are ready to create our blog. The best one to use is wordpress.org instead of the wordpress.com and I will tell you why. If your blog is only going to feature a hobby or similar topic instead of having one that could earn you money, then use the wordpress.com but if you intend to earn money from it, then using wordpress.org is the way to go.
Blogger.com is another one you can use and I like this one for I have been with them for years. I have read that it is not a good idea to have your blog at blogger.com because you won’t be able to put in affiliate links, but that’s not true at all. I have also heard that they could close you down and again that’s not true.
Starting Your WordPress Blog
You can start creating your blog as a hobby by just going to WordPress.com. They will ask you to create an account and to set up your very first blog. This is very simple as they will give you the steps to follow. Creating your business blog is not as simple but it is easy because you will be guided through step by step as shown in this video at How To Set Up a WordPress Blog From Scratch .
1. Go and Buy a Domain Name
Some of you have probably already bought this but if not, go to NameCheap. which may cost you $10 a year or even much less than that depending on what they have on special when you buy your domain name. Pick a domain name that will end in .com and avoid the new ones they may suggest to you like .mobi, .co, and .info. Just go ahead a choose a name that goes with the content of your blog and your personality.
2. Go and Buy a Hosting Plan
We have already discussed this before so if you have not done so yet, go to Hostgator . starting at $3.96 a month. It is Unlimited Web Hosting that is easy and affordable. How do I know this? Because I have been with them for years. They offer:
Unlimited Disk Space
Easy Control Panel
1-Click Script Installs
$100 Google AdWords Offer
4,500 Free Website Templates
99.9% Uptime Guarantee
45 Day Money Back Guarantee
24/7/365 Technical Support
And oh, before I forget they have a tutorial video on just about anything that you may find an issue where you may experience a challenge. That challenge will just evaporate into thin air when you watch the tutorial video, because the issue is explained in a clear and concise manner.
You may be wondering why in heaven’s name should one get a hosting plan when you can easily do it in the same place where you buy your domain. You see, it is good to get these two separate because when you get into a problem and later have to move your blog somewhere else, you will have a difficult time doing so if both your domain name and hosting plan are together.
3. Point the Domain Name Server (DNS) to your Hostgator account
Your hosting company which is Hostgator will send you an email telling you among other things your domain name servers (DNS). These domain name servers you will have to input in Namecheap. This is the way to do it:
a. Login to your account at Name Cheap.
b. Go to My Account and click Manage Domain which is on the right hand corner of the upper part.
c. Select by clicking on the domain name you just bought from Name Cheap.
d. Down below, click the Domain Name Server Setup.
e. This is where you will input the domain name servers you received in an email from Hostgator. It will say Specify Custom DSN Servers 1. _____ 2. _________
f. Don’t forget to save your work.
4. Now We’re Ready to Login to the Hostgator cPanel Account to Set Up the Blog
How To Set Up a WordPress Blog From Scratch . That’s the blog we have at the beginning of this post but go and watch it again because that’s basically how you install WordPress. But for those who are video-challenged and learn better through written instruction like me, here are the steps:
Step 1: Go to the Control Panel of Your Domain Name
Let us say your domain name is www.DesignerJeans.com. To go to the control panel for this domain, one would have to type in the URL of the domain followed by forward slash cpanel like this: www.DesignerJeans.com/cpanel.
Step 2 Then gain access to the cpanel.
Simply type in the username and password that the one who sold you the domain name sent you in an email. Click the login button and the cPanel appears:
Step 3: Scroll down to the “Software/Services” section of the cpanel.
Now just press the button or icon called “Fantastico De Luxe”.
Step 4. On the left side bar, find the word WordPress and press it.
Step 5. Press “New Installation” and you should see the domain you just bought.
Do not write anything on the “Install in Directory. Just leave it blank. Login by putting in admin (I suggest you change this later on as this is the default sign in information which will make it easy for anyone to hack your website. Enter the password that they sent you.
Step 6. After entering all the above details, press the “Install WordPress” button.
Now press the button that says “Finish Installation”.
Step 7. Log out by pressing the red “x” on the top left of the screen.
Step 8. That’s it, you’re done. You can now login to your website at www.YourDomain.com/wp-admin. Make sure you replace YourDomain.com with your own domain name.
Setting Up WordPress
You can start blogging now if you have something to say or wait until you have investigated the ins and outs of your website. There are things you need to familiarize yourself with so you can be guided accordingly when writing your content. We will cover that in the next post when we will look at the dashboard of your site as soon as you login using your ID and Password.
By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman
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