I received a comment yesterday that is deserving of a more complete explanation that I think will help to clarify a few things for many readers.
Ashley wrote…”I’m in the process of reading your book and it has been incredibly helpful, and very easy to follow. Thank you!
One thing I have been curious about was how you start a domain. I understand you can go to a site like GoDaddy.com and register a website domain, if it is available, but then what happens? How do you then link the domain to a site like WordPress to start entering text?”
First of all, thank you for the nice mention about my book; I am very pleased that you are finding it helpful. And you are correct, the process of getting a domain name, hosting your website and then adding content to the site confuses many people.
Domain Names & Website Hosting
Let’s begin with the domain name, i.e. yourcompany.com. A domain ‘registrar’ assigns domain names and there are many registrars from which to choose such as GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Bluehost and lots of others. People often get confused at this point thinking that acquiring a domain name includes the hosting of the website associated with that name. Registering a name and hosting a website are two separate things.
Most domain registrars also offer website hosting, and prices range anywhere from a few dollars to over $25 per month for what is essentially the same service. Your challenge as a consumer is to find the best value. This is why I use and recommend Bluehost for hosting because they will give you your domain name for free and only charge $6.95 for monthly hosting, and in my mind that’s a terrific value.
On my main website, I have two resource pages that can help you solve this problem. Go here if you need to register a new domain (for free) and host your website. If you already have a domain name and need hosting, learn how to transfer your domain to Bluehost.
Remember, as long as you host with Bluehost, your primary domain name will be free. Also, additional domain names cost only $10 per year and can be hosted at no additional cost. Essentially, you could have 20 fully functioning websites hosted and your only cost would be the $10 domain name fee each year.
How to maximize WordPress
Hopefully that clears up the domain name and hosting issue. The other part of your question was about WordPress and building your website. This is confusing for some people because you can host a WordPress blog on www.wordpress.com, but it is best to use your domain as a WordPress blog.
Installing WordPress in the Bluehost control panel is as easy as it gets. You need no technical skills, just follow these simple instructions and you can have a WordPress blog installed on your Bluehost domain in minutes.
Once your blog has been installed, you can immediately begin to add content. As explained in my book, you can use WordPress as a conventional blog or use it to create a professional looking website. WordPress ‘Themes’ and ‘Plugins’ offer you unlimited design options and the ability to add dynamic components to your site like your Facebook or Twitter feeds, forms, or almost anything you can imagine. In essence, if you can envision it…there’s a Plugin that can make it happen.
You will find that using WordPresss as your website authoring tool is incredibly empowering. Things that used to require hiring a programmer or web designer can now be done by you.
If you have any other questions about acquiring a domain name, website hosting issues or using WordPress, click that comment link below and get some answers.
Thanks and best of luck with your new adventure,