If you want your own .com blog address (called a custom domain!) and you want to be able to fancy up your blog in all kinds of ways then SELF HOSTED WordPress.org is a great way to do that. (As opposed to WordPress.com which is hosted by WordPress!)
There are 3 interlocking and important elements to this equation – and once they are set up you hardly have to bother with them again:
1. your domain name (for instance www.blogwithpip.com or www.meetmeatmikes.com) – you need to register this with a domain name registrar like Go Daddy or Crazy Domains or keep things simple and register it with your chosen hosting service (we will talk about that in the next step!)
2. your blog hosting – this is where all your blog’s files are kept tucked away safely. You can also back up your blog’s files here. Your hosting can be with the same company you register your domain name with – or they can be with different companies. If you choose to host and have you domain with the same people they will connect the two automatically (so your blog address is linked to your blog’s files!) If your domain name is registered with different folk you need to let your domain name people know who you are hosting with (by calling them and getting their help to connect to the two or by doing this yourself by adding your host’s NAME SERVERS (DNS) details to your domain name registration!) You can install WordPress.org when you buy your hosting. Your hosting service will let you do this from your hosting CPanel (conrol panel!) Once this is sorted you will hardly ever have to login to your hosting service. Set and (usually) pretty much forget!
3. WordPress.org – this is the software that lets you make a blog and share it with the world. It’s where you add your posts, create your blog design by uploading a theme. It’s your blog’s home base and it’s where you will login to do your bloggy work. You will be logging in here all the time!
(NB: login to WordPress at yourblogname.com/wp-login – for instance I would go to www.blogwithpip.com/wp-login to login to Blog With Pip’s WordPress dashboard and write a blog post or update my blog in other ways!)
NB: This are 3 different elements to your blog’s creation – each one may have a different username and password. Remember to write down in a safe place:
Your domain name registrar company:
Your username and password to login to your domain name registrar:
Your hosting company:
Your username and password to login to your hosting company:
Your WordPress account:
Your username and password to login to WordPress: