So you want to start your own WordPress blog?
There’s several things that you’ll need to do in order to complete the process. We’ll cover most of them here in this article as best we can.
The first thing that anyone who plans on starting their own WordPress blog will need is to determine if they want to use WordPress.com or WordPress.org.
The difference between the two is fairly simple. With WordPress.com, they will host your blog for you. The disadvantage to this is that they are pretty much in control of your content.
They also do not allow affiliate links and business opportunities. Many people tend to find this out the hard way, because they place links for affiliate programs and biz opps on their profile, only to realize that their blog has been shut down for going against the terms of service.
This is why we recommend you set up your own self-hosted blog through WordPress.org.
Choose a domain name
So now that you’ve determined which platform you want to use, the next thing you want to do is go and purchase yourself a domain name.
There are tons of different places in which you can purchase a domain name. However, it is my recommendation that you purchase your domains from GoDaddy.com
GoDaddy is not always the cheapest solution, but they’re customer service is second to none.
You can also usually always find a nice discount code to get your domain cheaper by going to Google.com and typing in “GoDaddy Promo Codes”.
Choosing a web host
Now that you’ve found a domain name the next thing that you want to do is find a reliable web host. In the event you’ve chosen to go with your own self-hosted blog (which we hope you did) you can get web hosting for as little as $6 or $7 per month.
When choosing a web host, our recommendation is Host Gator. Host Gator also has phenomenal customer service. It’s because of that reason that we recommend Host Gator above any other web host.
Most of the top internet marketers use Host Gator and highly recommend it.
Changing your nameservers
Now that you’ve got your domain and your web host solidified, you’re going to want to redirect your nameservers.
In order to do this, log in to your GoDaddy account and click on domains, when you’ve chosen the domain that is relevant to the blog you wish to create you will find a section called “nameservers”.
You want to click on that and then find the button that says “set nameservers”. This should take you to a new page and there you will click the last of four options that says, “I have specific nameservers”.
When you click there, you’ll want to log in to your Host Gator account. On the left side of the page you will find your Host Gator nameservers about halfway down the page. You’ll want to copy those from Host Gator and then place them in the nameserver fields on your GoDaddy page.
Now that you’re finished with your nameservers you’ll want to find the Addon Domains button in your CPanel of Host Gator.
Once you’ve found the “Addon Domains” button, from there you will add the name of the new domain (website name) that you are trying to add to your Host Gator account.
It will ask you to include a password as well, once you’ve completed the addon domain step you’re only one step away.
Setting up your blog with Fantastico Deluxe
Now this is your final step. You want to scroll down near the bottom of the page and find the Fantastico Deluxe button in your CPanel of Host Gator. The icon should be a picture of a circle with a smiley face.
Once you click that, a menu will open up. On the left side of the page there will be multiple choices. You’ll want to click on the one that says WordPress. It will be close to the top.
After you’ve clicked there a new screen will open up. You’ll want to click on where it says “New Installation”. After you’ve clicked on new installation, there should be a list of domains for you to choose from.
If this is your first time setting up a blog on your Host Gator account then there will more than likely only be the one domain name available.
Select your domain name and then fill in the additional information that shows up below. If you see something asking about a root directory just leave that blank.
When you’re finished there should be a button that says “Finish Installation”. After you click there it might take 10 to 30 seconds to complete, but when it does there should be a link that shows at the top of the screen.
This will be your login link, and it should look something like this:
If you see a link that looks like this that means you’ve successfully completed your blog set up and you now have your very own self hosted WordPress blog.
This might seem a bit tedious at first, but after you’ve done this a few times you can have a new blog set up in five minutes or less.
Now go set up your own blog!
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