How to Connect a Domain to a WordPress Website
A lot of businesses are moving to the cloud. And what is cloud computing? Simply put, the cloud is a collection of resources (essentially, servers, storage, and bandwidth) that you can access via the internet.
When you connect a domain name to a website on the cloud, you are essentially connecting that domain to all the resources of the cloud itself. So, if you run a blog on WordPress.com, you can use the domain name blog.wordpress.com to reach out to millions of users across the globe.
To give you the best possible experience, this article will tell you how to connect a domain to a WordPress site so that you can use the domain for email, online directories (e.g., Google) and more.
Find The Right Hosting For Your Site
Even if you have a perfect idea for a website and everything seems to be working as it should, you shouldn’t launch it on a hosting service that doesn’t allow for the kind of experience you are looking for. Finding the right hosting for your site is comparable to choosing the right car, or apartment, for your needs. It’s something you shouldn’t rush into; rather, take your time and do your research. You want to find a hosting provider that is reliable, has a great reputation, and is suitable for your needs.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that is very popular on the internet. What this means is that it is a software application that allows you to edit the content that appears on your website. WordPress is a free and open-source project, which means that you have the freedom to use it, modify it, and even distribute it. For those interested in learning more, check out this informative guide to WordPress installation. Once you have WordPress installed, you can use the Add New Site Widget to add the link to your WordPress site to your sidebar.
Create Your Account
As a user of the service, you will naturally want to create an account. However, you should consider creating a separate account for each website you have created or intend to create. This is because there are limitations on the amount of data that can be stored in a free account. While it is possible to increase this limit, you should avoid creating a single account for multiple websites. Doing so could potentially lead to you hitting the limit sooner than you would expect.
Activate The Cloud Connected Domain
When you have installed WordPress on a hosting service, you will see a domain called wp-cloud-hello.info. This is the domain name you will need to activate in order to connect it to your WordPress site. One caveat is that if you install WordPress on your own domain (e.g., http://www.myblogger.com/), you will need to point that domain to the wp-cloud-hello.info domain. You can do this by editing your htaccess file and adding the line RewriteRule ^(.*)$ wp-cloud-hello.info/$1 [R,L] to the top of the file. Keep in mind that this is a secure way to point your own domain to the WordPress site on the internet, so make sure you have a strong reason for doing so.
Activate The Cloud Connected Site
Once you have done that, you can activate the site by clicking on the Activate button that appears next to the domain name in the dashboard of your WordPress site. In order to make sure that all the settings are correctly configured, you can also click on the Settings link and then the Reading link that appears at the top of the screen. This will take you to the Settings page of the WordPress site where you can see all the details about your connection.
Set Up Your Email Alerts
You can also set up email alerts for your site by following the simple instructions that appear when you click on the Settings link at the top of the screen. When you create an email address (e.g., email@example.com), you will be able to receive notifications whenever there is new content published on your site.
Configure Your Email Client
You can also configure your email client (e.g., Outlook, Gmail, etc.) to send emails to the address that you have set up for your blog. If you use a desktop email client, you will need to create a new email account specifically for this blog. Then, you will have to configure your email client so that it knows to send emails to this new account whenever there is content published.
If you use a web-based email client, such as Gmail, you will need to log into your Gmail account and then visit your blog’s settings page. From there, you can set up email notifications so that you can receive messages whenever there is new content published.
Configure Your Phone Number
Another important step to take is to configure your phone number. You should do this regardless of whether you use a desktop or web-based email client. Setting up a phone number is very simple. Just go to Settings and then the General tab. Here you can either manually enter a phone number or use the automated phone number generator.
Set Up A Password
As a security measure, you will need to set up a password for your WordPress site. This is important for two reasons: first, it will help keep unwelcome guests out of your site; and second, it will keep you, as the site’s owner, out of trouble should someone else gain access to your account.
To set up a password, head to Settings and then the Security tab. Here you can enter a password that will be required to access the site. You can also choose to have a different password for admin panel and for the regular site.
Set Up A Sign-Up Form
A sign-up form is an important part of any website. You can use a sign-up form to collect email addresses from prospective subscribers. You can also use a sign-up form to allow users to sign up for different email lists or to check out additional content that you have published.
To create a sign-up form, click on Appearance and then the Widgets tab. Here you can insert a sign-up form or you can use the Add New option to insert a link to a sign-up form that can be used to create a free account on your website.
WordPress ships with several sign-up forms built in, but you can find loads of sign-up forms and links to them in the WordPress community should you need to.
To conclude, this article has explained how to connect a domain to a WordPress website. You can use this method to create a link to your site that will allow others to discover your work. Should you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (801) 581-7020.