Setup your own Self-Hosted WordPress Blog with Godaddy and Hostgator under $9
First of all I would like to welcome newbie bloggers who are interested in blogging and want to make money online with WordPress blog. I am not going to mislead you guys here, because many bloggers on internet are misleading newbie bloggers by quoting these kinds of statements:
Make Money in Just 7 Days
Earn $2000 in just 1 month
And blah blah blah..
But the first thing you should bear in mind is that you’ll surely earn thousands of dollars but after a long period of hard work. So my first topic is how you can setup WordPress blog with the help of Godaddy and Hostgator.
Quick question: Are we going to make a blog on free domain?
Answer: Nope! The blog will be hosted on TLD (Top level domain) that are .com, .net and .org for example: www.techzend.com.
So, let’s start here:
Why WordPress Platform?
Many blogging platforms are available on internet to start blogging and most of them are free. Famous among these platforms are WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Typad and weebly. But WordPress platform is enriched with millions of free plugins and themes. You aren’t required to buy themes and plugins to make your blog complete, because many of them are already free. Also giant blogs available on internet are using WordPress platform; some good examples are techcrunch.com and nytimes.com.
Furthermore, WordPress blogs provide excellent SEO with the use of plugins. Almost each and everything can be done with the use of plugins in WordPress.
Step One: Buy a Domain from Godaddy
Godaddy is the largest domain provider on internet serving millions of bloggers. The first and last reason of using Godaddy is reliability; if your domain’s registrar is godaddy.com then your domain is registered with a secure registrar. Godaddy is providing the cheapest .com domains; you can get your domain in just $1.99 per year. So, let’s start with buying a domain name from godaddy.com.
I am using a domain name errorhush.com for this whole article to create our new blog.
Steps to buy domain:
#1: Open Godaddy.com by clicking here.
#2: Put your desired domain name in the empty field and hit enter.
Tip: You domain name should have words related to your blog’s theme, for example if your blog is going to be about motorcycles then find a domain with word “motor” in it. It will tell search engines that what topic your blog is covering.
#3: Add your selected domain into the cart and buy it through plastic card or PayPal, whichever is convenient for you.
Now, you are done with buying process of domain, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Godaddy.com about the purchase of domain.
Step Two: Buy Hosting from Hostgator.com
Hostgator.com is one of the best hosting providers, serving millions of webmasters. The reliability and uptime of its servers are tremendous and also low price is the key of success of Hostgator. You can start your blog with Hatchling plan, that will cost you $8.95 per month and if you use this coupon code “errorhush25” you’ll get another 25% discount. I would recommend you to buy this package for 1 month; it will cost you $6.71 approximately after discount.
Below are steps to buy hosting from Hostgator.
#1: Go to Hostgator.com by clicking here.
#2: Now click on “web hosting” link to view shared hosting packages.
#3: Click “Order Now” button available below the Hatchling plan window. Another page will open to register and buy hosting package.
#4: You have our own domain name previously bought from Godaddy, so select the option of “I already own this domain.” And enter you domain’s name in the below field.
#5: Now fill out the required details in the given fields, these details are listed below:
- Package type: Hatchling.
- Billing cycle: 1 Months.
- Username: Your desired name/domain name.
- Security pin: 4-digits code (Will be used by support for verification purposes).
- Billing Information: Your name, billing address, credit card/PayPal information.
- Addons: Uncheck all add-on features, currently we don’t need them.
- Coupon code: Enter this “errorhush25” coupon code to get 25% discount.
After completion of above information, accept the terms and conditions of Hostgator (also read them before starting) and mark the radio button; click on the “create account” button, the system will deduct payment from your card/PayPal and will create your account. You will get confirmation email of hosting purchase from Hostgator.com.
Setting up Nameservers
After the purchase process of domain and hosting, a question arises here “How can I connect my domain to my web hosting?” the answer is “Pointing Nameservers”.
Nameservers are given by hosting provider, and you have to set these nameservers in your domain’s panel to point your domain to your web hosting.