How to Make a WordPress Website on Google Domains
Creating a WordPress website on a subdomain of Google Domains is an easy way to get started building a web presence quickly. In this article, you’ll discover the steps required to launch a WordPress website on a Google account.
Step 1: Choose a Blogspot domain
The first step is to choose a blogging platform. There are a number of viable options when it comes to blogging platforms including WordPress, Joomla!, and Tumblr. Before making a decision, take some time to do research and learn about the different features offered by each service. You’ll then be able to choose a blogging platform that’s the best fit for your needs.
When choosing a domain for your WordPress website it’s important to consider what you’ll use the site for. If you have an idea for the topic of your blog post, you should opt for a.com domain. If not, then perhaps opt for a.net domain as these are more commonly used by businesses. Alternatively, you could opt for a.org domain which is generally the preferred choice for non-profit and civil society organizations. Lastly, if you’re looking for a free domain, then try out some of the new gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domain) introduced by Google.
Step 2: Install WordPress on the domain
Once you’ve made a decision on the blogging platform, it’s time to move on to the next step. To install WordPress on your domain, navigate to https://wordpress.com/installation and follow the instructions. When installation is complete, you’ll be brought to the WordPress dashboard. From here, you can access all the features of the service including creating new posts and pages, editing existing content, and launching a child theme (if you choose to make use of themes in your design).
WordPress is a popular choice among webmasters because of its flexibility and ease of use. Additionally, this content management system can be accessed via a variety of platforms including mobile phones and tablets which makes it highly versatile.
It’s important to note that installing WordPress on a.com domain is free, however, if you choose to make use of the Premium services offered by WordPress you’ll need to pay a monthly fee. For more information on the different plan offerings visit https://wordpress.com/plans/.
Step 3: Activate the WordPress account on Google Apps
Once you’ve installed WordPress on your domain it’s time to activate the account. To do this, visit the WordPress dashboard and click on the profile icon located on the top right side of the screen. Once your account is activated you’ll be able to log in and access your content. You can also create blog posts via the WordPress dashboard.
The next step is to connect your existing Google account with your WordPress account. To do this, click on the Google Apps icon located on the WordPress dashboard. When presented with the option to connect, click on the Connect button to continue. You’ll then be brought to the Google Apps dashboard. From here, you can add users, edit their properties (such as email), and set up new mailboxes. Once completed, return to the WordPress dashboard and you’ll see that your Google account has been successfully linked to your content management system.
Step 4: Set the right email format
WordPress makes use of email for two primary purposes: 1) confirming new blog post subscriptions and 2) to send content to specific subscribers via email notifications. The first thing you’ll want to do is set up your email notifications so that they’re automatically sent to the correct address. To set up these notifications, visit the Settings menu in the WordPress dashboard and select the Email Subscriptions option. From here, you can select your desired email notification frequency (daily, weekly, or monthly) and the content that should be delivered via email.
Setting up automated emails is easy with WordPress, however, you should also consider sending regular email updates to stakeholders regarding the progress of your website. You can also use WordPress to send bulk email blasts to your subscribers. In this way, you can keep all your publications in one place and simply update the mailing lists whenever you want to send an email.
Step 5: Set the right password
You’ll want to set a strong password and ensure that it’s not too easy to guess. The strength of your password directly relates to the security of your WordPress site. The longer the password, the stronger it is. Additionally, using a combination of numbers, symbols, and upper- and lowercase letters will make your password virtually unguessable. For a memorable password, you can use a phrase such as “My favorite color is blue” or “I love France” and random letters or numbers to create a phrase or acronym such as “MFCI3” (My favorite color is blue, followed by the initials of your first and last name).
Once you’ve set up your password, return to the WordPress dashboard and click on the Settings hyperlink located at the top right side of the screen. Here you can select the Users option and create a new user named “administrator” with the email address listed above.
This is the email address that you’ll use to log into WordPress. Creating an administrator account gives you total control over the content and functionality of your website. As an administrator, you can install brand-new plugins, edit existing plugins, and delete plugins that you no longer need. You can also set up subdomains for your site (such as blog.yourdomain.com) and configure your server to automatically redirect all traffic to the proper subdomain. This way, when visitors type in www.yourdomain.com, their browsers will automatically connect them to the correct subdomain (in this case, blog.yourdomain.com).
You don’t need an administrator account to run a WordPress site, however, it is highly recommended that you create one as soon as possible. Why? It’s simple. Without an administrator account, you’ll be unable to make any significant changes to your site including adding new plugins or features. With an administrator account, you can install new features as soon as you log in each time you visit the site.
Step 6: Choose a secure and reliable hosting plan
Now that you have a functioning WordPress site, you’ll need to choose a place to host it. While there are a variety of web-hosting companies out there, it is highly recommended that you use one of the big three (HP, Bluehost, or Dreamhost). The reason being is that these companies have been around for many years and are extremely popular so they must be good, right?
The security of your website is directly related to the security of your host. If you’re using a free service such as WordPress.com then the security of your website is somewhat limited. Free services are usually limited to shared hosting which means anyone on the same server can access and modify the content of your site. If you’re using a cheap service, be sure to look for the shared hosting plan as it is the most secure option. If you’re using one of the big three hosting companies, then you can rest assured that your site is taking advantage of their security features.
Additionally, one of the best things about using these three hosting companies is that they offer a one-click install for WordPress. This means anytime you have a new blog post or update, you can simply click on the install button and within minutes, you’ll have a functioning WordPress site.
Step 7: Install a security plugin
Now that you have a WordPress site, it’s time to install a security plugin. Installing a security plugin will add a layer of security to your site. The good news is that WordPress comes with a built-in security plugin that you can use to protect your site. The bad news is that this plugin is somewhat limited in its functionality. If you’re looking for added security then it’s time to look for a third-party plugin. Not all security plugins are created equal, so it’s important to try out different kinds to see which one works best for your needs.
There are a variety of different features that you can enable with a security plugin including IP address protection, login security, and automated email alerts. As you can imagine, these features can help to protect your site from potential hackers and spammers.
Step 8: Backup and configure Cloudflare
Depending on your needs and what service you use for hosting, you may or may not want to make use of backups. For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll assume that you do want to make use of backups as this will make configuring Cloudflare much simpler. If you don’t want to use backups then simply skip ahead to Step 11.