Self hosted WordPress blog is a dream of every new blogger, but so many newbie’s don’t know how to start it. Here is full guide for beginners to start a self hosted WordPress blog from scratch. It’s written especially for newbie’s only. Here is overview of process…
- Buying a Domain Name
- Buying Hosting Account
- Linking your domain to your host
- Installing WordPress On your Domain
1. Buying a Domain name
It’s very simple task, you need a paypal account or internet banking account to buy a domain. Domain cost is not standard; prices will be change very often because of dollar rate and so many other things. .COM, .ORG, .NET domain extensions cost is 10$ on average. You can buy it from any domain registration company as you want. But we don’t recommend you to buy domains from new companies, only go with big and trusted companies like godaddy.com, name.com, etc. etc. You’ll get access to your domain control panel once you bought the domain.
Tips to choose a perfect domain name:
- Choose simple and short domain name
- Use top level extensions only like .com, .net, .org
- I prefer you to use .com extension.
- Don’t exceed 16 characters limit when choosing domain name
- Try to get a memorable domain name
2. Buying a hosting account
The second thing you need to start yourself hosted blog is “WEB HOSTING”, you need some free space on web to host your blog, so you have to take hosting. Web hosting companies provide hosting plans for customer usage. You should have to choose a correct hosting plan, it’s based on your requirements. I prefer you to choose 1 year limited hosting plan if you newbie and starting 1 blog only. Please remember one thing; you have to upgrade your plan to unlimited if your daily bandwidth usage is increased. (Take unlimited domains, hosting package if you have future plans to start few more new blogs)
Now this is correct time to talk about hosting company, I recommend you to buy hosting from Hostgator.com only; it’s very secured, fast and trusted. Hosting prices also not standard, it’s different from a company to another company. If you ready to take hosting from hostgator? You have a good advantage to save money on hosting; You can use coupon codes to get 25% discount on your hosting plan. Search on google for latest host gator coupon codes.
You’ll get control panel of your account once you cleared the invoice bill of your hosting plan.
3. Linking your domain to your hosting server
Now you have to link your domain with your host, Just follow below simple instructions to done this task. Its very easy and take 5 minutes only.
- Get your host name servers from your control panel. ( You can ask your host company staff if you failed to find them)
- Go to your domain panel and search for the option “Name Servers”, once you find it just fill your host name servers there. (Delete existing name servers if you found any)
- Come back to your hosting control panel, go to add-on domains > add your domain name url, etc. details, click on “add”. That’s it.
You completed a big task successfully; now let’s complete the final step.
4. Installing WordPress CMS
Installing WP CMS manual installation is a bit hard But Don’t worry, you can install WordPress using a easy alternative software called as “Fentastico Deluxe”. Installation process take 5 minutes only and its dead easy to finish.
Login to your Cpanel and find the fentastico tool, Go to fentastico tool > Select wordpress CMS option> Select domain > give admin login details as you want > Install it. That’s it.
Fentastico Software is available on hostgator cpanel, May be its not available on other hosts. So again once think about your hosting company.
We hope your blog is coming soon, best of luck for your blogging career. Please drop your comments if you have any suggestions, tips or saw any mistakes in our article. Now this is good time to share this article to your friends, finally one thing… Keep reading blogger speaks….