Now it’s time to get into the technical side.
I’m going to show you that it’s easier than you think to get a website up and running which is how you’ll start making money. This is a little long so in order for you to not get overwhelmed I’m breaking it up into a couple of posts.
This first part is getting a host, getting a name and domain, and then installing WordPress (I’ll explain what that is in a little bit).
In the next post I’ll show you how to make it functional and pretty.
So let’s begin.
The first thing you are going to want to do is think of a name to call it because you’re going to be stuck with it. We’ll you could change it in the future but it’s not the best thing to do.
So brainstorm names that can be your real name, something to do with your passion, or whatever. Don’t get too held up by a name. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and don’t let it be the reason you don’t move forward.
Next, see if it’s available as a domain (www.xxxxxxx.com is what a domain name is).
So go to Namecheap.com and on the main page it says start your domain search. Type in the name you want and search. It’s going to show you all of the available domains that have that name in it like .com, .net, .org, etc. You’re going to want .com. . Net is ok but .com is better. So if you’re not against adjusting the name to get .com I’d go for a new name and get the .com.
But if you have to have it then get the .net.
I get my domain names from there because it’s pretty cheap and it’s best to have your domain names separate from your website host just to make any transition or change easier.
Once you have a name head on over to HostGator.com and sign up for one of their hosting packages. I’d recommend at least the baby plan so that you can add more domain names in the future to expand your empire. If you use this link http://www.financiallypoor.com/go/HostGator/ and the code you’ll get the first month for 1 penny!
That’s so cheap! There’s no reason not to.
But the awesome thing is that they have really reliable uptime. I’ve had problems with other hosting companies where my sites would go down at least twice a week, That can equal a lot of money. I’ve probably only gone down twice ever since I’ve been using HostGator and they were very responsive and it was only for a few minutes.
I love them so much that I use them for all of my sites.
(I have since switched my sites to a hostnine.com reseller account because they have the ability to set up each site with a different IP address. That is more of an advanced tactic, so I still highly recommend HostGator for beginners and never had a problem with them.)
To get your domain and host to work together, go to your account on NameCheap and select on your domain name you purchased. Then on the left side select Transfer DNS to Webhost. Then type in the 2 name servers that you received in one of your emails from HostGator. Don’t worry, you’ll understand this once you sign up.
Think of it like a frame of a car. It’s where you sit and allows you to control the website. A theme, which we’ll get to in the next email, is what makes it look pretty.
So you’ll get an email with the link and login information to your control panel from HostGator. Go there and login in. Once you login, there will be a bunch of links organized on the right side.
Go down to software/services and select quick install. Then on the next page there will be links organized on the left. Go under Blog Software and select WordPress. Then select your site and fill out the required info and then BAM. You have a website now.
So that’s it for now.
Sorry for the long post but I want to give you as much knowledge as possible.
Remember to Live Your Passion