Website Fundamentals

Domain: The address of your website. Just like your physical home/work address, your domain shows how people can get to your website.

Hosting: Basically what holds all the information on your website. If you really think about it hosting is kind of the size of the real estate of your property.

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1. Purchase Your Domain

Building The Website

There are so many options for creating your website: site builders, CMS, code, etc. But What I choose to use is a CMS called wordpress. It’s kind of like choosing a starter home and then adding your customizations afterward rather than learning and selecting each brick to build your house this has the fundamentals of website building just at the click of a button

How To Install WordPress onto Your Website

  1. Login to your cPanel
  2. In Popular Links click “Build a New WordPress Site”
    1. If it doesn’t show up there: Go to Software and click “QuickInstall”
    2. Click “WordPress” or “1-Click Installs –> WordPress”
  3. Select Your Domain –> Leave directory blank
  4. Complete The Install Form
    1. Blog Title: What the header of your website will say
    2. Admin User: What you’ll use to login to your WordPress Dashboard
    3. First Name:
    4. Last Name:
    5. Admin Email: They will send the generated password to this email
    6. Read the Terms of Services then check the box
    7. Click Install
  5. Wait a few minutes, then your site details will pop-up
    1. Write down your password somewhere you wont forget (it will also be sent to your Admin Email)

You’re pretty much done the installation! I’m not sure why but for some reason it’s not usually instantaneous so after the installation is complete I kinda just get all my other things in order because it usually takes me around 45 minutes before I can log in to examplesite.com/wp-admin

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When you can finally go to your site: examplesite.com/wp-admin you simply just put in your username and generated password and if you see this dashboard you are successful!


 

To Create an Addon Domain:

Login to your cPanel and click Addon Domains, under Domains. There are three fields cPanel asks for when creating an addon domain:

  1. New Domain Name: Enter the new domain name, but do not put http or www in the name.
  2. Username/directory/subdomain Name: This is the folder that cPanel creates normally located in the public_html folder, however, you can have the folder created outside of the public_html directory. Please note that in moving the folder outside of the public_html content could potentially be migrated in with the document root elsewhere. cPanel will automatically suggest a name for the folder based on the domain name. You will want to ensure that the name you provide does not already exist as a folder.
  3. Password: Fill in any password you want here. This password is used for an FTP account which is automatically created by cPanel. (You likely will not ever need this password, so we suggest picking a random password and forgetting about it.)

Your new domain is now successfully added. You can upload the website files to the specific addon folder which was created in the public_html folder.


Map your domain by changing name servers

  1. Obtain your HostGator site name server names from HostGator welcome email or in cPanel. Contact HostGator support if you need assistance in this step.
  2. In Google Domains, click configure DNS tab .
  3. Under Name servers, click Use custom name servers and add the following information. (click + to add another field)
    • (yournameserver1).hostgator.com
    • (yournameserver2).hostgator.com
  4. Click Save button.

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