Situation: I want to make the outline of my website at my hosters
- I’ve registered and paid for my domain name
- The registrar has alerted me by email that it is ready for use
- I have pointed my domain’s name servers to my hosting service and set the name servers on the hosting side (this time I did nothing because the hosting service were also the registrar and they did everything.)
- While I was waiting, I registered a Google Apps account for email.
Now I want to tell the hosting service to host my site. I will also confirm that I will be using Google Apps for email. And I will set up a WordPress shell which I will use as the scaffolding for my website.
#1 Log in to the hosting service
- Find it via Google!
- Find the login link – never obvious
- Recall the email address and password used for login and ‘access to the cpanel’.
- Look for “Manage domains’
- Select the new domain
- Make sure that the check boxes for [both http//www.domainname.com and http://domainname.com] and Google mail are ticked.
- Have a good look at everything else [without touching].
- Choose full hosting [this may be different for other hosters].
- Double check by going back to Manage Domains. Does it seem that the hosters know they are hosting the domain?
#2 Now load up the WP shell
The reason for loading up WP now is that when you are asked to load it up, you are reminded to have no files in the ‘domain space’. So I want WordPress in place before the link up to Google. Maybe, one day I will experiment with doing it the other way.
- Go to one click install and choose WordPress
- Chose CUSTOM install despite your sense that you want a SIMPLE install.
- Choose your domain
- Enter your username and email as requested. The WordPress shell will contact you via your email and you can complete WordPress stuff later.
- You can try typing http://yourdomainname.com in a browser and seeing if it comes up. If it doesn’t, that could be because the name hasn’t propgated around the internet yet (meaning your internet service provider cannot convert a bland request of get http://yourdomainname.com into action because there is insufficient common knowledge to pass you along from service to service to your website.)
Progress you have made to launching your site
- You know have a domain name registered and pointing at a hosting service
- You have told the hosting service to host this domain name (to make space on their servers)
- You’ve told it to recognize your name with or without www
- You’ve told it to will be using Google Apps for email
- You’ve loaded up a (CUSTOM) install of WordPress and your hoster has done the few additional tasks such as make your database and install the WP software. You can fix up your WordPress later.
Next – fetch code from Google
And upload it to your website so Google is authorized to run your email