Building a self-hosted WordPress site – registering your domain name with your host

Build a better website with me will be a series on blog posts covering my journey to migrate from Blogger to WordPress. 
 
I outlined some of the reasons for my changeover in my previous post: Build A Better Website With Me. By keeping the beginning of each website-related post the same, those who are keen to learn how to use WordPress as their platform can follow along. But if you can do without the techie posts, it’ll be easy for you to spot which ones to ignore.
 
Today’s post is showing you how to gain a domain name through your host.

My host is Just Host (also called Host Clear). I can confidently recommend this host, they have treated me well, are easy to use and offer immediate online chat for solutions if you get stuck. There’s a lot of others out there, and a few are ones I’ve tried that have disappointed me. There are other good hosts, but I can’t recommend a product I haven’t tried. Maybe ask around.

Once you’re signed up with your host, and you have your log in details, go to the home page and log in.

This will take you to the ‘cPanel’ (control panel). It looks pretty scary! Don’t worry, you’ll never need to touch most of those buttons.

For now, you just need to click on the word ‘Domains’ on that blue bar at the top.
Yes, I have a lot of domains
See the search box in the middle? Use that to see if the domain name you want is taken. For example, I might search  for dreamwritepublish.com (I did, and it’s not available). I don’t recommend changing to .net, if yours is not available, I think you are better off changing the name slightly (maybe dreamwritepublishonline.com).
 
Of course, as an author, you want your pen name as your webpage. If your name is Stephen King, there’s a good chance you won’t score your name, maybe you could be stephenkingnovels.com or stephenkingsbooks4kids.com. Choose something that is easy to remember. Hyphens are a bad idea, no one remembers to put hyphens in. I’d rather dreamwritepublishonline than dream-write-publish.com. Click ‘Next’.
 

BEFORE YOU PURCHASE

There is a box automatically clicked for Domain Privacy. This means your details will not show up as the person who registered the domain name. Go ahead and keep it if that’s important to you. I choose to unclick the box, because I don’t care if my name is associated with the domain (I don’t have any scam websites), and it costs an extra $9.99 for every domain you purchase.
You will have to tick the ‘Terms of Service’ box. And click ‘Add to Cart’. Another good thing about Just Host, is they keep giving me free domain name credits (I don’t know why), so today I’m purchasing iTeenMagic, because I think Matilda can add it to her magic site (she has big plans).
 
Go ahead now and purchase your domain name. You can purchase domain names from other places a couple of dollars cheaper, but then you’d have to import them into Just Host (or your host). Being new to website creation, I don’t know how easy that is.
 
On the next page, click on the dark grey button ‘Manage’ (under ‘manage my add on products).
Now you’re at your ‘domain list manager’, and you’ll see your domain name listed in a box in the bottom left-hand side of the screen. If this is your first domain and your main account, it should be called your ‘primary’. See from the picture that charmaineclancy.com is my primary domain:
If, like me, you’ve gone a bit nuts and purchased the entire internet, the extra domain names should be converted from ‘Unassigned’ to ‘Addon’. Just Host lets you add on as many domain names as you like and you don’t pay any extra for hosting those sites.
 

You are all done registering your very groovy domain name! Maybe you chose your author name, or your blog name, or both. The next step is installing your WordPress theme, to do that you need to go to ‘Hosting’ (second word in the blue bar at the top of the page, right past ‘Home’). 

This will take you back to the cPanel. I’ll post all the instructions on installing WordPress to your new site in my next post!

If you are not ready to set up a new website, but think you’ll want this information, don’t worry, I’ve decided to put all these posts together into a guide for everyone as soon as I’m done (for free of course, if you want to pay, there are better experts on the subject!).

And if you get impatient and rush ahead and then get stuck? Don’t worry, help is a click away! Up the top on the right-hand side, if you click on ‘Help?’, a drop-down menu appears:

See that offer of a ‘Live Chat’? Choose it! Don’t be shy! The elves at Just Host are super friendly, can easily work out your problem and best of all, they don’t judge you for making obvious mistakes (I know from experience).
 
Do you want to see how one of my sites is coming along?
Check out iTeenWrite – it’s my new site for kids and teens, my aim is to inspire and teach teens to unleash their creative potential. I’m even offering free video tutorials. Let me know what you think of the design – what do you think the site could use?

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  1. Thanks for finally talking about >How to build your own hosted WordPress site
    – registering your domain name <Liked it!
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  2. I’mglad to see a writer cover this topic as carefully and expettly as you have.
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