Getting Started with a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

WordPress is the most powerful content management system on the web, used by almost every leading blogger.

WordPress is popular for a reason.  The platform is open source and thousands of developers have added to the code.

There are thousands of rich plug-ins for WordPress, most of these free, and these extend the WordPress platform in almost every way imaginable.

You’ve gotta get a WordPress blog, if you don’t have one already.  You will need a domain and a hosting account to install WordPress.

Even if you are not tech savvy, don’t worry!  This guide will tell you everything you need to know.  You can do it.

Here’s a step by step guide explaining everything you need to know; from getting setup with a domain and hosting, to installing WordPress with the GoDaddy Hosting Connection.

First you will need a Domain

First of all you are going to need a domain name.  The best place to get a domain is from GoDaddy, they are the largest domain registrar in the world, and also one of the cheapest.

Take your time and choose a domain name that is meaningful to you, and memorable.  A .com is best.

You can pick up a domain for less than $10, and if you use the coupon codes chill8 for 10% off or chill10 to get a domain for $7.49.

You will also need a Hosting Account

Now that you have a domain you will need a hosting account so that you can install WordPress and build your blog.

Although I could make much more commission by recommending you go with another web host, my web host is GoDaddy, I know they have awesome customer service, and I recommend you go with them.

Once you have a GoDaddy hosting account there are five simple steps you need to take to activate your domain within your hosting control center.

I’ve snapped a few screen captures showing the exact five steps you need to take so that your domain becomes “live.” Once your domain is live on the GoDaddy grid server you can install WordPress.

Step #1: Select Hosting Management from the “Hosting” drop down menu on

Select Hosting ManagementStep #2: Launch Web Hosting.  This will take you to the Hosting Control Center.

Launch Web HostingStep #3: Click on “Your Domains” within the Hosting Control Center.

Your Domains within the Hosting Control CenterStep #4: Click “Add Domain”

Click "Add Domain"Step #5: Enter your domain name and name of the folder within your file server where you want the files for your site to be hosted.

Congrats, once you select “OK” it will take about 10 minutes for your domain to register and become live.

Once the status of your domain switches from “pending” to “Setup” you are ready to install WordPress. The hard part is over! :)

How To: Install WordPress with the Godaddy Hosting Connection

Go to the Godaddy Hosting Connection web application portal and the short video below will show you exactly what you need to know…

Installing a WordPress Blog with the GoDaddy Hosting connection is very easy.  In the video above it takes me about one minute to do.

When WordPress is installed (This takes 10-20 minutes) you will be sent an email from GoDaddy letting you know.

At this point you can surf to and login to your WordPress dashboard.

Congrats, you just installed WordPress.  Now you just need to install a great looking blog theme and you will ready to rock the internet! :D


What is your domain?  Did this guide work for you?  Let me know in the comments below.

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9 Responses to Getting Started with a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

  1. Anonymous August 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Great guide Garin! WordPress is by far one of the best website building tools out there now. Its really easy to use and simple to install! Especially with hosting services doing all the work for you! I built my website of WordPress as well and love the admin interface.

  2. Garin Kilpatrick August 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Thanks Fil!

    Yeah I’m a die hard WordPress fan. The admin interface is great, especially the new Navigation menu builder. It’s hard to believe that such a powerful platform is free, but making it free is how they got so huge.


  3. Paul Chato August 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Hi Garin. Let me first provide some full disclosure, I have a hosted web service, However, this does not make me less passionate about what I’m doing. We built our system because most people were being offered a lot of BS when it came to website development. Okay, with that out of the way, people really need to stop pushing WP as the solution for all website woes. It’s not. It’s an amazing system. I use it. Compared to our service it is many times more complex and for our clients (which number more than 1000) the WP interface would be thoroughly intimidating. Don’t underestimate the millions of people out there that are still intimidated by the Internet. WP is not a solution for them. Many people just keep plugging away at WP because it’s free, but then how much is your time worth? A huge eco system has evolved around WP. But to do anything beyond the standard templates requires programming. Our system requires NO programming. It offers great tools. It’s brilliant for the professional designer who wants to build a web business without having to engage a programmer. And it’s way easier to use than WP for the end user. It’s also a CMS with a blog capability rather than a blog with a CMS offering at extra cost or effort. And it’s all we do so we offer professional support. Many of our former WP clients were abandoned by grads who built their sites and then abandoned them when they got real jobs. So please, for many small businesses who want continuity, support and a professional relationship, WP is not a solution in of itself. You have to look to see who’s supporting it.

    Please continue writing your excellent blog, btw.

  4. Chuck Lasker September 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    I use WordPress almost exclusively for all my domains. I use Miva Merchant for the ecommerce side because it, too, has a great web-based admin and is highly flexible. I hope at some point soon to marry the two, so Miva Merchant content can be managed alongside blog content inside WordPress. We’ll see.

    Great post, Garin, as always. You keep things simple…

  5. Garin Kilpatrick September 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Hey Check, I just checked out your Miva Merchant site and it seems like an awesome ecommerce solution! Your idea of marrying WordPress and Miva Merchant sounds like a great idea to me, keep me posted.

    All the best.

  6. Sam Golden November 26, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    great advice. WordPress is my favourite blogging platform by far, customisable & professional. I use it in conjunction with a SEO plug-in to increase my ranking on google. All the links I post I shorten using Adfly its a link shortening service like tinyurl but every click you get earns you money. Just by replacing all the links on my site I’ve started to earn something everyday! Great if you already have traffic you want to profiteer from!

  7. web design bangalore July 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    awesome tutorial you have describe well

  8. m2m communications October 28, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Great information with disqus…….

  9. ECommerce Solution November 18, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    WordPress is by far one of the best website building tools out there
    now. Its really easy to use and simple to install! Especially with
    hosting services doing all the work for you!

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