I have something pretty exciting for you today. One of my favourite WordPress hosting companies, IPage (I use them to host this blog) is running a brief sale right now, and you can get hosting for only $1.99 a month (that’s insanely cheap). I know that some of you are wanting to move to WordPress self-hosted, so I’m going to walk you through how to set up your blog in less than 20 minutes using IPage.
If you’re not sure why you should move to WordPress self-hosted, here are some reasons:
Why WordPress self-hosted rocks:
- You own your content. Did you know that if you’re on a free platform like Blogger or WordPress.com, your content and entire blog can be deleted at any time without prior notice? It’s happened a friend of mine, and is awful. Most of the time, it is because of some infraction that the rules state you can’t use advertising (which includes blog tours/ blog blitzes) on your site. Yikes.
- WordPress self-hosted allows you to design your blog to be exactly how you want it to look. You have access to all the code, or you can even buy (or one for free!) a website design that you love.
- Plugins are amazing, and WordPress supports them. There’s a plugin for practically everything out there, and they can seriously help you take your blog to the next level.
- Often, having your own domain name is perceived as more professional, and can make you stand out,
Now let’s get you started (in less than 20 minutes!)
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1. Select The Plan
Firstly, go to the Ipage website (here). When you get there, you’ll immediately see a large image that describes their deal. You can glance over the offer, which includes:
- a free domain (I bought mine separately for about $12)
- a free email address (that’s what I used to create my “firstname.lastname@example.org” email address. You can also set this email address to redirect to your personal address, which is what I do.)
- over $500 in extras included (seriously, take advantage of these.)
- free security suite
Once you’re on this page, click the bright orange “Sign Up Now” button and you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this one below…
2. Select your domain
From here, you’ll enter what you want your domain name to be. The domain is just the actual name of the site (not including the www. or .com) So if you want site to be http://www.totallylegitbookblog.com, you would enter totallylegitbookblog here.
Once you’ve done that, you can click “Search” and it will show you whether or not your domain name is taken yet. In the above example, you can see that totallylegitbookblog is available, and that I selected the .com ending. Typically, you’ll want to stick with .com or .net here. Once you’re done, you can click on “Checkout” and you’ll be taken to the next page.
On the next page, you can view and confirm the details of your plan. It should look like the above. If you want to buy hosting for longer than a year ahead, you can adjust that as well.
I’m not going to include screenshots here, but over the next few pages you will be able to confirm all of the information you’ve already entered and enter your billing information. Once you’ve done that, you will receive an order confirmation email with further details + instructions.
4. Go to your IPage control panel
In the confirmation email, you should receive details about your order as well as instructions on how to log in to your control panel. Click the link included in your email, and sign in to your account. From there, you should be taken a page that looks like the photo above.
5. Install WordPress
What you’ve purchased so far is the hosting for your blog. It is what stores your website and all of its contents. To actually get your WordPress site up and running, you need to now install WordPress on your hosting plan. You can do this by scrolling down your control panel until you see the WordPress icon. Click on it, and you’ll be taken to a page that looks like the above.
Click the orange “Install” button to get started with WordPress. On the next few pages you will be able to:
- Select the domain you want to use (this is the one you picked during checkout!)
- Fill in information about your site (Ex. site title)
- Pick your WordPress admin username and password
- Click “Install” to get your site set up!
6. Go to your WordPress admin dashboard
You can access your WordPress admin dashboard either through IPage (longer way) or you can just go to http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin. You’ll then be able to enter the admin username and password you chose in the last step, and login.
Once you’re in, you should arrive here at your WordPress dashboard! This is what the behind-the-scenes of your WordPress site looks like. Just check out the “Getting Started” section on your dashboard for some ideas of what you can do first.
7. Upload your old blog content (WordPress.com edition)
If you previously had your blog on WordPress.com, you will be able to quickly upload your old site file. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to your old WordPress.com site and in the dashboard sidebar, go to Tools > Export. You will then be able to download a file with all of your blog content (remember to select “All Content”). Save this file to your computer.
- Go to your new WordPress dashboard (remember http://www.yourbloghere.com/wp-admin/) and in your dashboard sidebar, go to Tools > Import. Here, you will be able to upload your old site file.
- Your old site file will upload, and all of your old content will be on your WordPress self-hosted site!
7. Upload your old blog content (Blogger edition)
If you previously had your blog on Blogger (or Blogspot), you will be able to quickly move all your old content to your new WordPress site. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to your blogger dashboard. Under Settings > Other, you will see a button where you will be able to export your blog. Click “Export Blog” and save the file to your computer.
- Go to your new WordPress dashboard (remember http://www.yourbloghere.com/wp-admin/) and in your dashboard sidebar, go to Tools > Import.
- You will arrive on a page that looks like the one above. Click the “Blogger” option.
- A pop-up will appear prompting you to install the Blogger Importer. Install it.
- Click “Activate plugin and run importer.”
- You will arrive at a page that will let you import your old Blogger site. Upload the site file you downloaded from your Blogger site (in step 1) and you’re ready to go!
Congratulations! You’ve set up your WordPress blog.
WordPress has seriously limitless options for you to be able to customize your new site. Once you’ve got all your WordPress files imported from your old site, you will be able to add new posts, customize your blog design, and more. Seriously, it’s amazing.
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