Written: January 2017
This Complete Step by Step Guide will explain in 5 or 7 easy steps how to START a WordPress blog or professional website. I recommend that you register your domain name and web hosting with the same company to keep things simple, which is the 5-Step Guide. However, if you want to keep your domain name purchase separate from your web host purchase OR you have ALREADY purchased your domain name, the 7-Step Guide is your place to start. I have included BONUS information with each guide!
Before we get started, a few things to note:
1) There is an affiliate link in this Guide: Twenty70Hosting, who I 100% recommend and prefer to work with.
2) To show examples, I will be using Twenty70Hosting for the web host and Domains Priced Right for the domain registrar. Name Cheap is also a great company to purchase your domain name from. I have used both for my own domains.
3) Following this guide will likely take less than 30 minutes, however it could take longer. If at any time you get stuck, contact me and I will be happy to help you!
4) YOU WILL need to purchase a domain name (a yearly fee) and web host (a monthly fee). The domain name will cost about $12.99 yearly. However, if you want to protect your privacy**, this will be at an additional $10 per year (approximately). The web host will cost $7 or $10 monthly depending on the package you choose when you go with Twenty70Hosting, who I 100% recommend and prefer to work with. Instructions are outlined in the Guides.
**Domain Privacy Protection – When you register a domain name (with any company), all your information is added to a public database. If you don’t want people to see your name, address and contact details, select domain privacy and Twenty70Hosting will appear as the registrant (you still have full control and ownership of the domain). This option protects you from spammers or other unsavories from looking you up and having your information.**
NOW, let’s get started!
Purchase a new domain and web host at one time: 5-Step Guide
Purchase a domain and web host separately OR you already have a domain purchased but need a web host: 7-Step Guide