Since we’ve already determined that we are going to be using WordPress to power our website and create its content, the next thing we are going to need to do is to get a domain name and set up our web hosting.
Here’s a quick explanation of each.
1. A domain name is the website address that your site will have, and what people will type in to access its content. For example, this site’s domain name is ‘vienchinh.net’.
2. Web hosting is the service that allows your website or blog content to be accessed and stored on the internet for anyone to view. Once set up, your domain name and web hosting will connect with each other and make everything live on the internet.
As mentioned earlier, you are going to need a domain name and web hosting. I recommend you sign up with Bluehost as your web hosting solution. You will get a free domain name when they sign up for a new hosting account.
Choose a domain
This is something you should start thinking about, as you will want to pick a domain name that is easy to remember and also represents the brand or type of contents you were going to create. Domain names can be as long or short as you like, but here are a few useful tips you should keep in mind.
Try to keep it short, simple and sweet
Don’t use any numbers or dashes in your domain
Pick a domain name that is easy to remember and also easy to spell
Stay away from copyright or trademark names
Feel free to use keywords in your domain that are relevant to your topic
Choose a .com, .net or .org domain extension (stay away from others)
If your personal name is available as a domain, I definitely recommend you get it
Millions of domain names have already been registered, and thousands of new ones are being registered daily. With this in mind, it might be tough for you to come up with a domain name that isn’t already taken. This just means you might need to get a little creative with your domain name decision process.
Choose Hosting Service
WordPress has been recommending Bluehost for blog hosting since 2005. With 1-click WordPress installation, 24/7 support, and a super affordable rate, Bluehost is a great option for building your first website or blog.
First thing you need to do is click on the green Get Started Now button to get started.
On the next screen, select the plan that you need (I recommend you choose Basic Plan only $2.75/month).
Next, you will be asked to enter the domain name for your website.
Lastly, you will need to add your account information and finalize the package info to complete the process. I recommend going with the 36 month plan because that’s best value.
Once completed, you will receive an email with details on how to login to your web hosting control panel (cPanel). This is where you manage everything from support, emails, among other things. But most importantly, this is where you install WordPress.