How to Connect Your Domain and Your Hosting

 

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Now this for many may seem like a very easy step but when I first started and knew nothing about blogging it was obviously a step I didn’t know.

So, if I didn’t know that means others out there won’t know either! Again, many of you may see this as an easy step.

But if you are completely new and need help here ya go!

I created a video to walk you through how to purchase your domain name, your hosting and then how to connect them.

I am no expert and I don’t pretend to be either! What I am is a mom who wanted to start a blog and I felt completely lost and didn’t know where to start.

I read blog post after blog post trying to learn everything I needed to know. I was told it would be super easy and it pretty much happens overnight.

Then I was told it takes years of blogging and hard working.

The one thing I do know FOR SURE is that if you don’t try you will never know.

I also know that if you have someone help walk you through the steps that makes a big difference too! So that is what I decided to do.

I want to walk moms (and maybe dads) through the steps of starting and running a blog.

There is more to it than just starting but that is half the battle!

So here is a short video that shows you where I purchased my domain name and hosting from and then how to get them to connect to each other!

Here is a quick recap!

Maybe you don’t like watching videos or maybe you still need a little help after watching the video. Either way here is a quick recap!

Domain Name

First, you have to get your domain and if you haven’t already. If you use a free hosting like blogger.com they may provide you with a domain name but you don’t own that name or your contents.

Just a heads up.

Also on places like that, you can’t always put affiliate links or ads to make money on your blog.

Second, you want to check and see if your hosting provider (not the free hosting) will provide you with a domain name.

Sometimes they will give you a special and you get a free domain name when you purchase your hosting through them.

Third, check out RetailMeNot.com and see if there is a coupon available for your domain name. Who doesn’t like a discount!?

Fourth, go to NameCheap and purchase your domain name! There are very inexpensive!

Don’t forget you want your domain name to be something easy to remember and relevant to your blog.

Hosting

Now that you have your domain name you need to purchase your hosting.

Again, you want to purchase hosting so you own your blog content and you can then make an income off your blog.

I use and prefer SiteGround. Hosting is also very inexpensive. Your domain name and hosting are your two main expenses for starting a blog.

Choose which plan fits you best and follow the steps to complete your hosting purchase.

Connect Your Domain and Your Hosting

To connect them you need to log into your SiteGround account, click on account, cpanel, then on the left side, you will see two nameserver numbers.

It will be a series of letters and numbers, not just numbers.

In another tab, you will want to log into your NameCheap account. Make sure you are in the domain section and you can see your domain name.

Now click on manage over on the right side of your domain name.

If you scroll down you will see where you can enter those two nameserver numbers from your hosting account.

Click the drop-down menu and choose Custom DNS and copy and paste each of the nameserver numbers in.

Save all changes and now you just wait for them to connect!

It is that easy!

It may take up to 24-48 hours for them to connect but usually, it’s not that long!

Again, I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

P.S.
If you are interested in learning about other resources as a new blogger then check out my post about the best investments for a new blogger and you can also find some great free resources on my resource page!

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