Our FREE Author Blog Setup Service is designed for authors who have never had their own self-hosted blog that is fully under their own control. Our goal is to reduce the initial hesitation most people feel about starting their own author blog because they aren’t tech savvy or fear that learning how to use WordPress will be too overwhelming.
We are not a hosting provider. We do not host your website files or retain access after the initial setup process.
We provide assistance in getting set up, documentation to help first-timers learn WordPress at an easily digestible pace, and ongoing consulting support.
A hosting account is where the files for your website are stored and served to visitors. You need a place to install the files for the WordPress platform as well as the database that will store all of the site’s data. In addition to being the file server/ web server your hosting account also acts as an email server so you can set up email accounts using your domain name. All of the hardware and software required to accomplish these things are owned and maintained by the hosting provider and on shared hosting accounts no technical expertise is required.
Most of the time you will be logging into your WordPress Dashboard rather than directly into Hostgator but should you ever need to log into Hostgator for something other than billing such as using File Manager or setting up email addresses you are provided a GUI (graphical user interface) which makes the experience easy, intuitive and again, requires no technical expertise.
Yes! If you have used another registrar you can point that domain to your new Hostgator account and use it there. Visit your domain registrar for details on changing nameservers/dns. Most registrars have information on setting up custom nameservers in their support area.
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