When you start a blog, if your plan is to make money with it, you should go self hosted right away. The process is pretty easy, first you need a name and a domain for your blog, you have to buy the domain for at least a year, then a hosting package so that your domain goes live. If you do not buy the two from the same company, you will need to tell the hosting company where your domain was bought. Then, your site is live and ready to be updated by FTP, meaning you upload files directly on the server. If you are new to blogging, the best way around that is to use the WordPress platform in order to write your post in a friendly interface, and let WordPress do the job as far as uploading and formatting is concerned. Here is how to link your new domain, your hosting package, and WordPress so you can start blogging.
Linking Godaddy and Hostgator
1. Log in to Godaddy, buy your domain if you haven’t yet, then click domains and launch.
2. Select your domain, then Set Nameservers
3. Choose custom Nameservers and enter the names of 1st Nameserver and 2nd Nameserver you received from Hostgator’s billing email. They will look something like ns440.hostgator.com
4. Click add to validate, then save.
It may take a few moments for the changes to take effect.
Linking Hostgator and WordPress
Now, your domain is being hosted by Hostgator. The next thing you need is to tell WordPress that you are now hosted by Hostgator.
1. Log in to cpanel with your Hostgator credentials.
2. Click on Quickinstall
3. Under blog software choose WordPress
4. Fill in your email, name and domain name details and install
5. That’s it! You can now log in to yourdomain.com/wp-admin with the credentials provided
WordPress is pretty intuitive, you just have to click new post, write something, add a picture if you would like, then click publish and your post is live. Next we will go into more details about the advanced options WordPress offers, such as useful plugins for your site.