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.
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