Reclaim Hosting: Domain and WordPress
You are building your own website in this class to which you will publish a variety of major and minor assignments as static pages, blog posts, and audio/video files.
- You are required to pay $12.00 for a domain name through Reclaim Hosting.
- Reclaim Hosting hosts your domain and provides you with a variety of one-click software installations such as WordPress, MediaWiki, Drupal, etc.
- The majority of the web authoring you are required to perform will be through WordPress.org.
- From the second day the class meets we will spend time developing Domains. Though the tools are an important component, the course is designed to develop writing skills.
Getting started is really, really easy:
- Go to Reclaim Hosting. Click on the big blue “Sign Up!” button.
- Enter the domain name you want in the box (i.e., janestudent) and then choose the “top-level domain” designation from the pull-down menu (you’ll probably want .net or .com). The system will check that the domain you want is available, and if it is then click on the continue button. If not, try to come up with variations of the name to find something that is available.
- I advise against choosing to pay more for “ID protect,” but you can if you want to. Either way, decide and click “Update cart.”
- Provide credit card info to purchase your domain.
You will receive a pair of confirmation emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. One is a simple invoice that shows the charge to your account. The other (which should have the subject line “New account information”) includes very important information that you need to have in order to make use of your domain. Make certain that you save that email in a place that you can get to.
It is especially important that you note the login details that are kind of hidden in the middle of that email. It should look something like this (click to embiggen):
See that box in the middle labeled important? I’ve blurred out the Username and Password on that email, but yours should include your unique information. You will need both of those pieces of information in order to access your CPanel and install WordPress (don’t worry, that’s really easy too!)