How To Buy A Domain Name & Get Self Hosted With A Mum Blog
Starting a Mum Blog can be really daunting. Especially for those of us who are a little technically challenged or new to the world of blogging.
Luckily I’ve made this super simple guide for you which explains how to buy a domain name & get self hosted with a mum blog.
What is a Domain Name?
The part of a network address which identifies it as belonging to a particular domain.
Lets take a look at my website address :
The domain name basically is the NAME of your website i.e mummyitsok.com
What is Self-Hosted Website?
If you see a domain address like this : www.mummyitsok.wordpress.com
The WordPress part is where your website is hosted from. WordPress hosts your website.
A simpler way of putting it is the host is where your blog ‘lives’.
So for the example above the blog ‘lives’ at wordpress.com – the host here is WordPress, so you aren’t self hosted as WordPress is the host.
A self hosted website ‘lives’ in it’s own space that you pay for yourself.
(i.e you aren’t using a free WordPress one)
See www.mummyitsok.com , it has no extra bit like wordpress.com
This is because I pay for a little space for my blog to live in so it is self-hosted.
Why Is It Important To Start Off Self-Hosted With A Mum Blog?
There are many benefits of having your website self-hosted.
If you don’t you will find it difficult in time to grow your blog the way you want to and to monetise it.
Many places such as WordPress Free Hosting will restrict what you can and can not upload to their space (to protect them from hacking etc)
It saves so much time being self-hosted from the start – it means at a later date you won’t have to switch it all over.
With a self-hosted blog you have the following advantages as opposed to not-self-hosting:
- You own your website & the content
- You have control over ads that appear on your blog
- More blog plugins you an use
- More blog themes you can use
- Access to the blog code
- You can customise everything
- If you want to monetise your blog you need to be self-hosted
How To Buy A Domain Name & Get Self Hosted
It is important to pick a host that has a good up time – you don’t want your blog offline every five minutes!
I personally use TSOHOST, but of course you can use which ever you prefer.
The advantages and reasons I use TSOHOST are as follows:
- On hand to help 24/7
- Hosting experts for 10 years
- Built for performance
- Honest and transparent
- Customer reviews give them 9.2/10
The great thing about getting your self-hosting with TSOHOST is that you can buy domain name from them at the same time! Super Simple.
How To Buy A Domain Name & Get Self Hosted With A Mum Blog
The guide shows you how to buy a domain name and get self hosted with a mum blog.
It shows the step by step instructions using TSOHOST as your host.
Step 1 – Go To This Website TSOHOST
Step 2 – Click ‘Get Started’ On The Webpage Just Below The WordPress Hosting Box
Step 3 – Pick The Hosting Plan That Suits Your Needs
(if you’re new ‘Personal Plan’ should be more than enough)
This Plan Gives You:
1 Hosted Website
Free Domain Name
25,000 Page Views
5 x 200MB Mailboxes
Let’s Encrypt SSL Support
1 Basic Migration
Prices Are :12 Months @ £1.79/mo
24 Months @ £1.61/mo
Step 4 – Select The Number Of Years You Want To Buy Hosting For. Then Click Buy Now.
Step 5 – You Should Get A Pop Up Window Like This – Click Find A Domain. (it’s hidden in the green box on the end of the last bullet point)
Then Search In The Box For What Domain You’d Like To Buy i.e when I started my blog I put in www.mummyitsok.com
Step 6 – Press Search.
For The Example Here I’m Looking To Buy www.daddyitsok.com
(see what I did there!)
Step 7 – Press The ‘Add To Cart’ Button. It Will Then Change To A ‘View Cart’ Button, Press It.
Step 8 – You’ll See For This Purchase It Has Added Your Domain For Free 1 Year Registration
(after this year you will have to pay for the host and the domain name)
Step 9 – In The Enter Promotional Code Box’ Put The Code
To Get An Extra 10% Off Your Hosting Price On Me!
Step 10 – Checkout & Pay & You’re Done!
You Have Your Own Web Address & Are Self-Hosted!
Step 11 – You Will Receive An Email From TSOHOST Which Includes Login Details For Your Cloud Hosting Platform
If Your Account Isn’t Showing Your Website Then Click ‘Add New Website’ (the 3rd blue icon across the top).
Follow The On Screen Instructions.
Step 12 – On The Dashboard Click On ‘Manage Website’
Step 13 – Scroll To The Bottom Section Called ‘Install Applications’
Step 14 – Make Sure You’re On The ‘New Software Installation’ Tab
Step 15 – Press The Install Button Next To The WordPress Option
All Of The Info You Need To Install WordPress On To Your Cloud Hosting Is Also Contained In The Emails You Receive.
If You Do Get Stuck Please Do Contact Them They Are Amazing And Will Help You Out.
You Now Have WordPress Installed On Your Host!
You’re all set up by following the How To Buy A Domain Name & Get Self Hosted With A Mum Blog Guide. Firstly I‘d like you join my Facebook Group – So You Want To Start A Mum Blog.
Here I’ll be publishing how to guides. Answering your questions on blogging – if I can, and helping you on your Mum Blog Journey!
There will be promo threads for you to promote your latest blog posts. Along with daily threads to help boost your Facebook page, Pinterest Page, Instagram etc.
Please don’t post promos on the wall – I will remove them. Only post on the correct threads on the right days. Don’t spam the group to death thanks!
- 1. Keep It Friendly
- 2. No Foul Language Or Behaviour
- 3. You May Post On The Wall To Say & Introduce Yourself & Your Blog When Joining The Group.
- 4. No Promo On The Wall Outside Of Threads
- 5. No Spamming The Wall
- 6. No affiliate links
Group Thread Days Are As Follows :
- Monday – Ask A Question Day
- Tuesday – Pinterest Pin Promo Day
- Wednesday – Collaboration Day
- Thursday – Blog Post Promo Day
- Friday – Facebook Page Promo Day
So You Want To Start A Mum Blog School
You can also join me here : Teachable School – So You Want To Start A Mum Blog
Here you’ll me able to find this guide as a course you can work through. I’ll also be regularly updating the school with FREE help such as The Ultimate Mum Blogger Pinterest Group Boards To Join which is coming soon!
How To Buy A Domain Name & Get Self Hosted With A Mum Blog – FREE PDF
You can also download this guide as a Free PDF Here : How To Buy A Domain Name & Get Self Hosted
Start Thinking About Your Niche, How To Grow Your Blog & The Type Of Blog Posts You Want To Write
To be honest when I was trying to think about all of things I didn’t know where to start, but luckily one thing helped. The one thing that did help was the Blog By Number Course. By Suzi Whitford.
I have the Blog By Number Complete Package and I wish I’d brought it much sooner than I had.
Who Is This Course For?
The Blog by Number course from Start a Mom Blog is designed for moms who want to start a blog.
It contains step by step tutorials that are quick and easy to follow.
The course goes through the steps from starting a blog, to choosing the right domain name, to setting up a free theme, getting traffic, to the exact steps showing you how to make money with your blog.