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Eileen is making the world a kinder place one card at a time. She studies graphic design and languages of the web but mainly she practices making people feel better with old school snail mail cards that feature photos of this beautiful world and kind and inspiring messages.
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question about setting up a wordpress siteThey say the best way to learn something is to teach it. I have recently started doing WordPress workshops. Sometimes I think I learn more than the participants. They have taught me not to take anything for granted. One of the first and most surprising things I learned was that what I thought was where to start with WordPress is not the beginning at all. So, I am going to back up a bit……

  1. Choose a domain name. I use 1and1.com and I can register the .ca TLD (Top Level Domain) You pay for your domain name annually. They cost about $12.00 per year. You can hold your name as long as you want. If you don’t want it anymore you can just choose not to renew it or you can sell it on an auction site like Sedo.
  1. Go to a site like NameBargain or NameCheap.
  2. Type in the name you want in the search for name box.
  3. If the name is not available try variations of your name and keep it as short and simple as possible.
  • You have to pay for a domain name even if you don’t have it hosted and are not ready to use it yet. It is a good idea to buy the name and hold it until you are ready. $12. per year which is a cheap way to reserve a name. If you live in Canada you might want to also consider buying the .ca (sounds like “dot see ay”) domain (TLD) in addition to the .com (you say it like “dot com“). If you live in the USA you cannot buy .ca domains but if you live in Canada you can buy both .ca and .com (and .net, .org, .me, etc…)
  • It is a good idea to set your new domain up on auto renewal for payment so that it doesn’t expire and run the risk of someone else picking up your chosen name. I also have my DNS settings set to “lock” just in case.
  • Keep track of who you bought the domain from. (A company like NameCheap, NameBargain, 1and1, GoDaddy etc.. This sounds simple and obvious but I am amazed at how many times I have a client who doesn’t know this information. Keep track of who you pay for this. I own a particularly good domain name and over the years I have had many attempts by people trying to trick me into providing them with my registrar or give to give them the authorization code.
    • Do not ever give out your authorization number unless you are selling your domain name and only then if you really know what you are doing. (Personally, I only sell my domain names through Sedo.com because I trust them and they know the ins and outs of escrow.)
  1. Choose a host. When you are ready to go live with your website you need a Host. I also use 1and1 for my host because:
  • They support WordPress
  • I trust them.
  • They have live phone support with  a toll-free number.
  • They have geo-redundancy (your site is hosted on separate servers in two different locations)
  • They have up to 6 days of data recovery
  •  Email is included

There are more features that you can get but I would consider these the most important. (No –  I don’ t get a kickback from 1and1.) Once you own your domain and have chosen your host, you can phone their tech support for help with setting up your WordPress site or you can call someone like me to do it for you. Now you can read my post about Starting with WordPress.

I hope this is clear but please ask questions if something is still unclear.