There are two major things to consider when first setting up your BlogSite:
- Decide on the domain name you want to use.
- You can use the “subdomain” you chose during the signup process or…
- You can use “Domain Mapping” to point any domain you own to our servers.
- Find a way to receive email.
You may be able to setup a domain name and email at the same place. However, you can use different accounts for each as well.
What is the difference between a domains, subdomains and URLs?
Every page, every image, every file online has its own URL. It is the full web address you see in the browser when you visit a site.
The full URL to our site would be: http://photographyblogsites.com.
A domain name is basically the one word with the .com or the .net extension without the “http://”. Our domain name is photographyblogsites.com
Within our sites, you will notice words before photographyblogsites.com. Our demo sites for each theme look like: latte.photographyblogsites.com. These are called "Subdomains".
When you first sign up for a new BlogSite, you will be asked to choose a name for your subdomain.
Domain names are purchased and registered through companies called “domain registrars”, like Dotster.com. They typically cost around $10/year.
Once you own the domain name, you need someone to host your website. Some domain registrars offer hosting as well but since we host all your files, you do not necessarily need a hosting account.
If you website is hosted outside the domain registrar, you will need to “point” your domain to the hosting account. When someone looks for the domain name, it goes to the place you registered the domain first, so you need to tell the registrar where your hosting account is. Our sites use a technique called “Domain Mapping” to accomplish this.
To point your domain to our servers, you can follow our Instructions for Domain Mapping.
Some things to look for in a domain registrar:
- They should offer “DNS management”. You may need to create things called “A Records”, “CNAME” records, and “MX Records”, depending on how you setup the domain mapping. If they cannot do this, you may need to transfer your domain to a new registrar.
- They might offer free email(s). While you can host email through another system, you can also find domain registrars that offer at least one free email just by registering the domain name through them.
- The purchase and renewal price per domain per year should be around $10.
If your domain registrar does not offer email or you need more than they offer, you will need to find another solution.
We recommend either Google Apps or Rackspace Email Hosting. We have additional instructions on setting up email.