21 Days to a WordPress Blog: Day 3: Setting Up a Domain

Whether you need a simple site for your business, want to start a blog or just want to try building a WordPress website, you’ll learn all the basics in these daily lessons. In three weeks—and about 30 minutes a day—you’ll build your first WordPress blog.

A URL like daverobertsdesign.wordpress.com is a mouthful and can come off as unprofessional if you’re using it as your main portfolio site. But it’s easy to set up a domain to redirect to your WordPress blog. 

If you need to buy a new domain name, I like using Name.com. If you already own a URL such as www.yourname.com, you’re good to go. (If you sign up for Bluehost, it requires you to associate a domain you own with the account or purchase a new one.) 

Domain Mapping through WordPress costs $12 per year per blog. Alternately, you can simply go into the domain manager of wherever you bought the URL and set up URL forwarding (also called a 301 redirect) to point your domain name to the WordPress site. Easy peasy.

301 url redirect admin area name.com

This is what the URL redirect page of Name.com domain manager looks like. Put your WordPress URL in the "Point to" box and select 301 under "Using." Add a page title if you like, and meta tags to describe the content.

Tomorrow: Users

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