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In the first 3 steps we’ve bought a domain name (URL), set up a web hosting account, and installed WordPress.  Now, we need to set the Domain Name Server address.  DNS servers are beyond our scope here.  What you need to know, is that we need to point our GoDaddy domain name (URL) to our MDD Hosting WordPress installation.  DNS acts sort of like the post office.  It maintains an address for your website.  Basically, we are telling the internet that when a user clicks on our GoDaddy URL that it needs to direct the visitor to our WordPress website at MDD Hosting.  Don’t worry, this is easier than it sounds.

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Our next step in building a website is to install WordPress.  WordPress is a fantastic Content Management System (CMS) that allows website owners to easily add and change content.  Over 60 million websites run WordPress.  WordPress isn’t just for blogs, it’s an awesome platform suited for most small businesses and organizations to quickly get a fully functional website up and running.  In fact, in August 2011, nearly 25% of all active websites in the US were powered by WordPress.

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The next step to setting up your own website is web hosting.  For this guide, we will be setting up hosting with a web hosting company that is not the same as our domain name registrar.  In Step 1, we set up a domain name (URL) with GoDaddy.  In this step, we’ll establish our hosting account that will allow us to install WordPress.

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The first step to setting up your own website is to buy a domain name or URL (Uniform Resource Locator).  The toughest part of this task is picking a URL name.  Most of the common domain names have been snapped up by resellers, or are in actual use on the web.  This often leaves you to make up a name.  Take this site for example, I wanted “thrifty squirrel” but it is selling for $2,495 by a reseller.  So, I started “Googling” for similar names and found Zizel which means “The Suslik“.  You can use GoDaddy’s domain search (see above) to determine if the domain name you like is available for purchase.  You may hear advice to only get names that make a phrase, or use full English words.  Many popular sites don’t
follow this.  An example is Google.  For tips on domain naming read this.  SEOmoz is a respected search engine optimization site.  I prefer dot com sites over  dot net, or other domain types.  Most folks type “.com” out of habit.  Also, you don’t want to buy a dot net with the same name as a dot com, as you may face their lawyers one day demanding you turn over your URL.

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