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How To Set Up Your Site

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  1. Contact me and check there’s room for your site. Just in case!
  2. Buy your domain name. It doesn’t matter (to me) where you get it from, so hunt around for $1 offers and so on.
  3. You do NOT need any of the “extras” the registrars offer (except WhoIs privacy if you feel like it). My offer includes domain email addresses, bandwidth, databases and whatever free platform you want to use.
  4. Tell me your domain name. I will set everything up at this end.
  5. Set up your nameservers at your registrar, so the Internet knows where to find your content.
  6. Tell me the email address(es) you’d like on your domain.

Setting Up Nameservers

Given that every domain on a VPS needs this, the registrars make the process stupidly complex. There are two steps: (1) add host names and (2) use them as nameservers.

If you’re registered with GoDaddy, the instructions are:

Step 1: https://uk.godaddy.com/help/add-my-own-host-names-as-nameservers-12320
Step 2: https://uk.godaddy.com/help/set-custom-nameservers-for-domains-registered-with-godaddy-12317

If you’re registered with 1and1 (HostGator), the instructions are:

Step 1 and 2: http://support.hostgator.com/articles/specialized-help/technical/private-name-servers-at-11

If you’re registered with Namecheap, the instructions are:

Step 1: https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/768/10/how-do-i-register-personal-nameservers-for-my-domain

Step 2: https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/767/10/how-can-i-change-the-nameservers-for-my-domain

Namecheap’s process is so badly designed that I’ve put together a step-by-step image sequence for you:

Step 1  |  Step 2  |  Step 3 |  Step 4  |  Step 5  |  Step 6  |  Step 7  |  Step 8  |  Step 9

Setting Up Email

Once your email addresses are set up, you can collect your messages by:

  1. Using webmail. You may see security warnings (don’t worry, it’s OK) at https://yourdomain.com:2096
  2. Using any POP3 or IMAP client. Most will auto-detect server settings.
  3. Attaching your email to gmail: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/importing-daddy-email-gmail-account-48060.html