If you’re looking to start a blog, you only need three things – domain name, web hosting, and WordPress.
- Domain Name – A domain name is simply your website name. It is the website address or URL that people type in on their browsers to find you on the internet. For example, aldwinzalameda.com.
- Web Hosting – A web host or web hosting is a company or service that provides storage for your website files so people can access your website on the internet.
- WordPress – WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) you can use to create a website or a blog.
I’ve registered my domain name through Namecheap. Then, I signed up for a web hosting account with SiteGround.
If you’re hosted with SiteGround and purchased a domain through them, then you can proceed to install WordPress.
But if you’ve registered your domain name elsewhere (like I did), then you need to set up your external domain first to work with your hosting server.
It’s simple. You just need to point your existing domain to your SiteGround hosting server.
Let me show you how.
Check your Account DNS
Login to your SiteGround account.
Under My Accounts tab, go to Information & Settings and check your Account DNS.
To point your existing domain to your hosting server, log in to your domain account. Then, simply replace your existing Nameservers with the Account DNS you got from SiteGround.
Here’s an example.
If you’ve registered with Namecheap, login to your Namecheap account. Then, on the Dashboard, click Manage next to your domain name.
In the Nameservers section, select Custom DNS from the dropdown menu and enter the Account DNS you got from SiteGround.
Then, click the checkmark to save changes.
Once your nameservers are changed, it may take up to 24 hours before you can access your website.
When it’s ready, you should see something like this when you visit your website.
That’s it! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.
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