WordPress Wednesday:: How to Secure a Domain Name

Today I have another installment of WordPress Wednesday. If you missed last week, I talked about the difference between WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.

Now that you have an idea of what platform you want to use {or are using} the next step is securing your domain name. You can do this for either version of WordPress.

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There are several sites that you can buy your domain name through. I personally use Name.com. I know a lot of other people use Godaddy.com {although recently their server went down and thousands of sites and blogs were down for quite a bit of time…so go with them at your own risk}.

I’ll just use Name.com for this example.

The first thing you will need to do is create an account.

New Account with Name.com

After you’ve created an account you’ll want to do a domain name search. If you have a name in mind, make sure it’s available.

Click on Products at the top, then domain registration.

Domain Name Search

Type in the website name you are wanting to secure.

Domain Name Search on Name.com

For this example, I typed in Megan Brooke Designs to see if that was available.

It will then give you a list of urls available with that domain name.

Domain Name URL on Name.com

With Name.com you pay $10.99 a year to keep your domain name. You can have that automatically renewed each year or you can manually renew each year.

Once you select the URL you want, in this case I wanted meganbrookedesigns.com, you’ll see the total appear on the right.

Domain Name Checkout

A $3.99 Whois Privacy fee will also appear. After you hit checkout, you’ll come to this screen.

Domain Name Checkout

It will explain what Whois Privacy is. If you don’t wish to purchase it, you can click the X in the bottom right corner.

After you enter in your credit card information and purchase, you officially own your own domain name! It’s that easy.

Now, let’s say you started out on WordPress.com with the default web address yourname.wordpress.com. If you are wanting that to be re-directed to your new domain name, here’s how you would do it through Name.com.

Under your account, you would click on the domain name that you just bought. After that, on the right hand side you will see the control panel. Click on URL Forwarding.

Domain Name Control Panel

The below screen will appear.

Domain Name URL Forwarding

In the box next to ‘Point To’ you would enter your old web address (i.e. yourname.wordpress.com). Page title would be your new domain name (i.e. meganbrookedesigns.com). Masked URL Forwarding means that visitors to the domain name will be forwarded to the destination website, but the URL in their browser address will remain the same.

And that’s it! If you did all that you now have your own domain name and officially have it re-directed. 🙂 Wahoo!

Just wait, the more challenging stuff is coming…I promise!

Check out these additional WordPress Wednesday posts::

Hosting

Setting up your header and navigation bar

Setting up your sidebar

-Creating a favicon

Sidebar Plugins

Installing Facebook like box and Instagram widget

-Installing Social Sharing bar

How to add a ‘Pin It’ button to posts

How to generate related post thumbnails

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