How to Easily Redirect Your Primary Website to WordPress from FTP
Have you ever wanted to quickly and effortlessly redirect your existing website to a new domain? Have you ever wanted to start a blog, but don’t have the technical know-how to do it yourself? If so, then this article is for you! In it, you’ll discover how to easily and quickly redirect your primary website to WordPress from an FTP client or your web host. By doing this, you’ll have the ability to write and post blog articles 24/7 without any hassles. So let’s get started.
Choose A New Domain
As mentioned above, you’ll want to chose a new domain for your blog. It is important to keep your target audience in mind when choosing this domain name. For example, if you are blogging for a technical audience, then you may want to consider using a.tech domain for your blog. Or if you are targeting a younger audience, then you may want to choose a.com domain. Remember that you can use the.com domain for your primary website (the one you already have installed on a web server) as well. As a general rule, it’s best to avoid using.net and.org domains for your websites, as these are primarily intended for organizations rather than individuals. Finally, if you are choosing a longer domain (e.g., blog.example.com), then you may want to consider investing in a premium domain name from a trustworthy provider. This will help protect your blog from typos and other spelling errors. As a general rule,.org and.net domains should be avoided when installing a new site, as these are the most popular domains hacked by scammers looking to steal account information.
Once you have chosen a new domain for your blog, you’ll want to install WordPress to write and post articles. If you are installing WordPress for the first time, then you may want to consider using a web host that offers one-click WordPress installation. Choosing a web host that offers this feature will make the process of installing WordPress much easier. (You’ll also need to have an FTP client or web browser plug-in to access your web host’s files.)
Configure Your FTP Account
An FTP account is an essential part of any website’s infrastructure. This account gives you the ability to move files around on your server. If you are installing WordPress to write and post articles, then you may want to consider using an FTP account that is restricted to only upload files or change the WordPress configuration. This will prevent hackers from gaining unauthorized access to your site’s files. (You’ll also need to have an FTP client or web browser plug-in to access your web host’s files.)
Install & Configure WordPress
Once you have an FTP account set up and WordPress installed, you’ll want to start configuring and installing your WordPress website. A good place to start is from www.wporg.com (formerly wordpress.com). This is the most popular place to learn WordPress and get help with configuring and installing the platform. When installing WordPress, you’ll want to pay special attention to choosing the right theme and making sure that it is activated and compatible with your web host’s platform. If you are installing WordPress on a shared hosting platform, then consider using a lightweight, security-conscious theme that doesn’t cost you much in terms of storage.
Create Your Blog
An easy way to get started is by creating a blog at www.wporg.com. Once you have an active blog, you can use the platform’s free SEO tools to get the word out about your blog. This can potentially bring in new readers and ultimately help grow your blog into a full-grown business. (SEO stands for search engine optimization.)
Redirect Existing Site To Blog
If you already have a website (blogger) and you want to quickly and easily redirect traffic to your blog without any hassles, then you can use the free HTTP redirection tool at www.htxt.com. This tool builds domains and stores them in a massive public database that is searchable via web browser. What this means for you is that you can go to www.example.com and then search for your target audience’s keywords (e.g., “blog writer”) and you’ll see a list of domains that contain those words. (See the screenshot below.)
This tool is an excellent choice for those who want to redirect their existing site to a blog due to the simplicity of the process. Simply copy and paste the address of your website (including the http:// part) to be redirected into the domain name field and hit the redirect button. You’ll see a success message from HTTXT once the domain name is verified.
Install & Configure BuddyPress
BuddyPress is a social media solution that enables you to create professional communities or groups within your WordPress site. What this means in practice is that you can have a space where people with shared interests or hobbies can come together to discuss or share information. (For more information, see the BuddyPress website.)
If you are using WordPress as a standalone blogging platform or simply want to have an additional layer of security on your site (to prevent unauthorized users from posting content or accessing certain pages), then you can use the free social proofing tool at www.buddypress.com to install and configure a BuddyPress community on your site. (You’ll also need an FTP client or web browser plug-in to access your web host’s files.)
More To Explore
There are many more tools and resources that you can use to install and configure WordPress. If you want to explore more, then you can start with www.wporg.com (formerly wordpress.com) or www.buddypress.com. These are the two most popular platforms for writing and posting blogs, respectively. If you want to learn more, then you can also check out the WordPress documentation or search the web for “How to install and configure WordPress” to find a variety of helpful resources.