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    How to Use My Own Domain Instead of WordPress

    Hello,

    I just bought a domain and signed up for a new domain and want to use that instead of my WordPress domain. I changed the DNS server on my new domain to the WordPress one and then in WordPress went to 'Add a Domain' and got this message:

    "Adding my-new-domain.com

    You can add the my-new-domain.com to your blog right now. You can use it as your blog address for 10 credits a year. You have 0 credits available.

    You must buy 10 credits to finish this purchase. Please click the Buy 10 Credits » button to buy credits through Paypal. You must return here afterwards to complete the purchase."

    Do I really have to buy these credits or am I just doing something wrong?

    Thanks,
    Phong

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    Sounds like you need credits to me.

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    In order to use your own domain without buying credits, you will need to host it on your own web space.
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    Yes, you need to subscribe a host. For me, I hosted in GoDaddy and it allows me to install wordpress without any difficulties at all. This installation is simple.

    If you already have a web hosting, you might want to check with them whether they provide any free installation of wordpress. Some of them do charge you for them to help to install it in your own domain but I think it is not worth to.
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    I installed wordpress yesterday on my own domain, no mention of credits at all. Check out the install instructions on the wordpress site, these are very helpful.

    Also make sure your hosting has the right requirements (most do).

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    Yes, you have to pay the $10 for the 10 credits if you want your domain name to appear. But it doesn't allow you to install any scripts.
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    It all depends on whether you want to use your own domain and continue hosting at Wordpress (in which case you need to pay WordPress) or whether you get your own hosting elsewhere and install WordPress onto that hosting (in which case you pay whoever is providing the hosting instead of paying WordPress).

    With your own hosting elsewhere you can install all the plugins you want as well.
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    To pay $10 and not to be able to install plugins doesn't sound good, in my opinion. Try to look for some hosting company, and buy the cheapest package. However, make sure that you'll be able to upgrade to a bigger one, just in case your blog gets big overnight
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    hey scorpion68a,

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I'll look into a hosting service, other than wordpress.

    Does anyone have a good/cheap one to recommend?

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    Hi, just make sure that your hosting server should be running in linux platform (rather than window platform) if you decided to install wordpress application.

    For hosting, you could try GoDaddy. I have beening using it. The support and uptime was not bad.

    Hope it will help you.
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    Just want to make sure I get everything straight: I should get hosting from somewhere else, like GoDaddy? I already got a domain from register.com and signed up for a wordpress subdomain. what else would I need and how would everything work? Thanks!!

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    Check out the requirements from wordpress (e.g. correct version of mysql and php). Once you have decided on the hosting you should be able to transfer that domain to the hosting.

    Once all that has been sorted and your domain is live you will need to follow the wordpress installation instructions. This will involve setting up a new sql database that you know the username and password to.
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    One of the regulars on the BlueHost forum wrote a script that fully automates the install of the latest version of WordPress. It would probably work on other hosting as well provided that the hosting uses the same naming conventions for accounts, databases, and users.

    Most hosting with cPanel offer a Wordpress install via Fantastico but Fantastico are several versions behind with the version of WordPress that their process installs.
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    I use VodaHost to host my WordPress blog. The installation is very simple through Fantastico. It takes about five minutes.

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    To set up without Fantastico takers about 10 minutes and you can install the latest version with all the bug and security patches that haven't yet been applied to the Fantastico version (unless Fantastico upgraded to 2.3.3 while I wasn't looking).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaffinePhil View Post
    I installed wordpress yesterday on my own domain, no mention of credits at all.
    You do need credits if you want to use your own domain with your WordPress.com blog. WordPress.com is a service while WordPress(available at WordPress.org) is a software!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pchieng View Post
    Does anyone have a good/cheap one to recommend?
    There's been a HostGator advert running on this forum lately. If it's there, click it and take a look. HostGator are one of the bigger web hosting companies around. I use their service and haven't had any issues whatsoever.

    BlueHost which Felgall mentioned is also quite popular.

    GoDaddy has a very poor record of web hosting. Not many people recommend using them, although I don't have any experience with them myself.

    For more detailed analysis of web hosting, go visit the Web Hosting forum.

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    Who do you host with? Some hosting companies use wordpress to use as a main domain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawless87 View Post
    Who do you host with?
    HostGator

    Quote Originally Posted by lawless87 View Post
    Some hosting companies use wordpress to use as a main domain.
    Huh? Do you mean that some companies are allowed to use the WordPress hosting service to host their own WordPress install? This is indeed possible, but is only available to very large blogs/corporations with huge volumes of traffic and AFAIK you need to apply for this. I assume they would usually use their own domain name though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asp_funda View Post
    You do need credits if you want to use your own domain with your WordPress.com blog. WordPress.com is a service while WordPress(available at WordPress.org) is a software!
    That make more sense - thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaffinePhil View Post
    I installed wordpress yesterday on my own domain, no mention of credits at all. Check out the install instructions on the wordpress site, these are very helpful.

    Also make sure your hosting has the right requirements (most do).

    Thanks for that great info I looked into it on my host and found it not that hard to set up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pchieng View Post
    Hello,

    I just bought a domain and signed up for a new domain and want to use that instead of my WordPress domain. I changed the DNS server on my new domain to the WordPress one and then in WordPress went to 'Add a Domain' and got this message:

    "Adding my-new-domain.com

    You can add the my-new-domain.com to your blog right now. You can use it as your blog address for 10 credits a year. You have 0 credits available.

    You must buy 10 credits to finish this purchase. Please click the Buy 10 Credits » button to buy credits through Paypal. You must return here afterwards to complete the purchase."

    Do I really have to buy these credits or am I just doing something wrong?

    Thanks,
    Phong
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    You can hire someone to do that for you.
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