Authors' Guide to Getting a Domain & Self-Hosted WordPress

Step-by-step videos to get online
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (7 ratings)
542 students
47min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

Better understand what is needed for a self-hosted WordPress site.
Learn what domain names are and how to choose and buy one.
Understand what hosting does and what to consider.
How to install WordPress on the hosting.


  • This course will walk you through step by step, no technical knowledge or website experience needed.


In this course, you'll have access to 46 minutes worth of step-by-step videos that will teach you the following key topics and skills:

  • Understanding and navigating technical jargon related to website creation.

  • Selecting, acquiring, and registering a domain name that best represents your author brand. Your domain name is your "address" online.

  • Selecting an affordable and reliable web hosting service that offers free email addresses, SSL certificates, and additional features. Your "hosting" is where the information (text/images/etc.) from your website are stored.

  • Installing and setting up WordPress, a popular content management system, for your website. This will allow you to update your pages without having to touch a line of code.

  • Configuring your domain name to point to your chosen hosting provider, ensuring seamless website access for visitors.

  • Activating and managing your SSL security certificate to enable secure browsing and display the padlock symbol in your visitors' browsers.

  • Creating and managing custom email addresses associated with your domain name, enhancing your professional image.

  • Enabling automatic updates for your website's software and security features to help maintain a secure and up-to-date online presence.

  • OPTIONAL - Learning how to redirect or forward your domain name to another website or web address, allowing for flexible website management.

Who this course is for:

  • Authors who want a professional looking website but are not sure how to get started.


Writer and WordPress Developer
Caro Bégin
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 7 Reviews
  • 542 Students
  • 1 Course

I write fiction under two pen names, and I’ve been a self-employed WordPress developer for over ten years.

In 2019, I started a platform where I offer custom websites for authors.

Before that, I had various careers, including two years overseas, teaching English as a second language. The two years prior to that were spent teaching various subjects at a naval engineering school. Based on the feedback I got, I’m pretty good at simplifying complex things and providing clear instructions. I’ll let you be the judge of that.

If you attend writers’ conferences, you may have met me (most likely while hanging out at the bar). I’m in my early forties, I have long, curly brown hair, and I speak with a faint French-Canadian accent.

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