The configuration of your domain involves changing parameters such as the domain name system and name servers. A DNS is a distributed naming system for a computer resource that is connected to a network such as the Internet. A name server is a computer that maps the domain name to the Internet Protocol address of your website. This process is quite easy, as you ll see.
1) Access your domain registrar, which is http://www.GoDaddy.com in your case. Log in to GoDaddy by entering the userid and password that you received from GoDaddy when you registered your domain name. The login fields are located at the top of the page.
2) Click on the Domains tab, and then click on the GO TO button. Select My Account, and then select Domain Management:
3) Select your domain name to go to the configuration page for your domain. This page contains all of the parameters for your domain that you can configure. The configuration page will look like this:
4) Click the link marked Set Nameservers to display the following window:
Select the radio button labeled I have specific name servers for my domains . Enter the names of the two nameservers you received from the web hosting service into the first two nameserver fields. The field labeled Nameserver 3 may remain blank. The nameserver information is in the email message that you got from Hostgator when you received the hosting plan.
Click the OK button to enter your nameserver information. This information usually takes effect within two hours.
5) This completes the domain configuration phase of setting up your website. You have now linked a domain name from GoDaddy with a hosting account from Hostgator. This step requires only a few minutes to complete, although it requires additional time to take effect.
Contact GoDaddy about any difficulty you have with your hosting account recognizing your nameservers.
Step 3: Build Your Website
The next step in setting up a website is to install a CMS platform such as WordPress. This platform is free and bloggers have used it for many years. WordPress is also easy to install and has many options that allow you to customize its installation. This CMS is generally a very important tool for creating a website.
WordPress comes with a set of pre-designed themes, which allow you to give your website a professional appearance without hiring a web designer. It also has search engine optimization features that are easy to implement. Many third parties have developed plugins that improve the SEO value of WordPress. For example, the All in one SEO plugin makes your website more visible to search engines.
The installation of WordPress can be difficult and time-consuming, especially if you re a novice. Fortunately, Hostgator has a built-in application that automatically installs WordPress with the click of a button. All hosting plans from Hostgator include this WordPress installer.
The steps needed to install WordPress with the auto-installer from Hostgator are as follows:
1) Access the control panel for your website by entering www.yourwebsite.com/cpanel into your web browser. This step requires your domain to be pointing to the name servers of your hosting service, which you did in step 2 of this tutorial.
2) Log on to your cpanel with the information in the email that you received from Hostgator when you bought their hosting plan. This action will display the Hostgator cpanel, which has a variety of features that will make WordPress more useful for your website.
3) Look in the Software/Services section of the cpanel for the Fantastico De Luxe icon and click this icon. It looks like a blue smiley face and appears as follows:
4) Look in the left sidebar of the Fantastico panel. The Blogs section of this sidebar will have a WordPress link.
5) Click on the WordPress link and follow the instructions to create a new installation of WordPress. The installer will ask you to provide some information needed to configure your WordPress installation, including your email address and WordPress logon information. Ensure you leave the Install in Directory field blank, since you will typically use the default installation directory.
Click the button marked Install WordPress! . This will take you to the next page in the installation process, which will provide you with your MySQL user name and the URL to access the MySQL database for your WordPress installation. Save this information for future reference. Click the button marked Finish Installation .
6) This completes your installation of WordPress on your website with the twenty-ten theme, which is the default theme for WordPress. You will be able to change this theme easily, once you gain access to the WordPress dashboard. This is part of your website configuration.
Your website should now look something like this:
You should be able to access your website, allowing you to see the default theme for WordPress. Enter the URL for your website and add the text /wp-login to the end of this URL. Press the Enter key to access your WordPress dashboard. You can also access this page by clicking on the login link in your home page s right sidebar. The WordPress dashboard appears as follows:
Login to your WordPress Dashboard using the login information you provided when you installed WordPress. You will make all changes to your website through the WordPress dashboard, so it is important for you to become familiar with it.
The most obvious feature of the dashboard is the quick links to various features of your website such as category, comments, pages, posts and tags. The dashboard also has a link that allows you to change your WordPress theme.
The left side of the dashboard has sub-menus that provide a variety of functions. The following list describes some of the more important of these functions:
1) The Post submenu is especially important when you use your website as a blog. The dashboard allows you specify the page on which they will appear. You can also choose to display the name of the poster and the date the post was made. A configuration option in the dashboard also allows visitors to leave comments on posts. The dashboard also allows you to create different categories for posts.
2) The Media submenu allows you to manage media on your website such as video, pictures and sound files.
3) The Links submenu lets you create categories for links and individual links. This capability allows you to customize widgets that you can place in your website s sidebar.
4) The Pages submenu allows you to add new pages to your website. It also provides options for page functions such as changing the page order, the page template, enabling comments and selecting the page slug.
5) The Appearance submenu configures options that control the appearance of your website, including the theme, menus and widgets. These functions provide great flexibility in customizing your website.
6) The Plugins submenu manages your WordPress plugins. These plugins perform a variety of functions for your website, including increased performance of your website, better visibility to search engines and improved appearance.
7) The Users submenu allows you to add or change user settings, including email, passwords and profiles.
8) The Settings submenu allows you to configure other settings on your website. These include the name of your blog, its description, the display for the front page and the date format. Additional features controlled by this submenu include media settings and comment monitoring. The Settings submenu also allows you to access and configure plugins.