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5 steps for setting up a new website

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Fireworks by Jason O'Halloran via FlickrMy notes for setting up a new website

I am just in the process of setting up a new website and because I don’t do this often, I am writing down how to do it.

Nothing here is new.  What I write is not necessarily accurate.

These are my notes so that next time I don’t have to start from scratch.

Use my notes if they help you.  But read them intelligently knowing that I am not an expert.


  1. Get a domain name
  2. Sign up for Google Apps
  3. Set up your hosting & load up your WordPress shell
  4. Link up Google Apps to your hosting service
  5. Complete the link up at Google Apps

These steps take us from

  • I have found the name I want and I have chosen my hosting service (where my website sits physically).


  • I own the name.  Its “nameservers” point to my hosting service’s computers (where the website is physically)


  • I have a matching account at Google Apps for email with a piece of their code on my website on the hosting service computer ‘authorizing’ Google Apps to run this parallel service using the same name as my website
  • Note that if you don’t need a new email address then you don’t need steps 2, 3 and 5.


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