How To Install a Self Hosted WordPress Blog

Ok, following on from the last Freedom Writer post: Freedom Writer Domains to Make Money, concerning buying expired domains, let’s look at one of the things you can do withe them once you’ve got them!

If you’ve decided to get some professional hosting with a company that allows you to host multiple domains (a very economical way of hosting all those nice expired domains!) so that you can start collecting WordPress blogs and keep them all in one place, this short primer might help you to get started setting up those blogs!

Here’s my step by step starter’s guide to setting up your first self-hosted WordPress blog.

Once you get the hosting account set up with HostGator (and I won’t talk generally about multi-domain hosting companies, I’ll be specific here as I can talk you through this from first hand experience, having a HostGator account myself), if I remember correctly the first domain you register with them becomes your primary domain. So choose your main domain for that – a short domain name here is a good idea.

All other new domains you add become subdomains of the primary domain as viewed from your cPanel and also via FTP (which is why a short name is preferable), but as far as the rest of the world see them they are top level domains in their own right.

So – whichever domains you want to use as WordPress blogs, you need to complete a few steps in cPanel.

1. Add the domain as an “Add-On Domain” (Not a “subdomain” – there are separate icons for each). Let cPanel choose the name of the folder – it will take your domain name as the folder name making it easy for you to know where everything is. Once you start getting over the 20 domain mark, you’ll be glad you did – I’ve got quite a long list to scroll down in my FTP box and they’re all in alphabetical order making life easy. Oh, by the way, you can’t have duplicate folders – I tried that and it caused me problems as I had one folder called Make Money for a domain, then I created a subdomain on another site and also called it Make Money – Ha! That’s what you get for trying to make too much money lol!!!

Ok, kidding aside, once you get the hang of the process, it gets real easy.

2. Once the domain is added, open Fantastico from within cPanel and you’ll see WordPress in the left sidebar under the Blogs subheader. Click it and you’ll be asked if you want to set up an new WordPress account – YES!

3. The next panel asks you what subdomain you want WordPress to install in – in the drop down list of domains, you’ll likely see your main domain on its own and all add-on domains as subdomains of the main domain plus each domain separately. Its confusing writing about it – you’ll see it better when you have it in front of you. Well, click on the domain you want to install wordpress in – not one of the subdomains (unless… oh boy I won’t go there as it will confuse the issue even more)

Let it install in the root directory for the domain if you want the homepage to be the blog, as it looks like:

or specify a subfolder if you want something like:

4. Enter a username, password etc and then click “Install WordPress” to let it do its thing!

Voila, you now have a basic self- hosted WordPress blog on your domain!

You’ll want to tart it up a bit, by adding a nice theme, some plug-ins etc, but you can do that later. First thing you need to do now is to log-in and write your first post!

I’ll go through the set-up of themes and plug-ins in my next post

Terry Didcott

3 thoughts on “How To Install a Self Hosted WordPress Blog”

  1. Thanks for the information Terry, it helped a lot!

    I just bought a new hostgator account through your affiliate link and got the basic wordpress set up on the main domain.

    Haven’t added any subdomains yet.

    Right now I am heading off to try and figure out how to get a new theme and add some of the “plug-ins” I am always hearing about.

  2. Thanks for using my aff id for hostgator, Trent.

    I’ll write some more on the subject in this Freedom Writer blog (gotta keep pluggin’ that keyword!) to help anyone that is new to this as it can all seem a bit daunting at first. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature!

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