Moving from a custom domain on Blogger to WordPress – Installing WordPress and redirecting

In a previous post, I blogged about the struggles I experienced in purchasing web hosting.  Next, I installed WordPress.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I relied on a blog post I found to guide me thorough moving from Blogger to WordPress (by Nosegraze).

Step 2: Installing WordPress

1. After logging into Hostgator’s control panel, I clicked on “Get started with WordPress”DPP_0001

2.  Then I was asked to input the following.Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 144507

3. Success! I installed a WordPress blog!  After a few minutes, I got an email with a link to my admin area, username and password.Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 14.53.14

One of the big differences for me between Blogger and WordPress is that with Blogger, even with a custom domain, I needed to log into the Blogger admin page to edit my blog. With WordPress, my admin login has the same root URL as my custom domain… which caused my problems due to my lack of technical knowledge. More on that later!

4. Next, because I had a custom domain, I needed to edit the name servers on the DNS records. What this does is to tell my domain name to point at my WordPress blog instead of my Blogger blog.

First, because I bought my domain through Blogger, I needed to access eNom.
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Now, what to input? I followed these directions (and for once, the Google Support page was useful!)

Once I was logged in, I needed to edit the DNS information.
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This information was sent to me in an email from Hostgator.Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 14.10.59

Press save, and I was done!

Next step: Importing my Blogger blog, and perfecting my WordPress blog!

xoxo, K

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