At Artpromotivate, we believe in sharing useful tips and advice that can greatly help our artist readers. In the past we have focused on such topics as How to use Google Image Search to check for stolen images, and Naming Artworks.
We believe that good custom domains hold similar importance to the success of online artists who have a portfolio site on a free service. Web hosting is not even needed if the site is already created. No files have to be moved or transferred, just the domain has to be redirected.
If later on the artist decides that they want a hosted website with Hostgator, Godady, or many other premium web hosting companies, that url can easily be redirected to the site, without losing subscribers and search engine ranking.
This is the last post of this short series about the advantages of a custom domain over a free subdomain, such as Blogspot or the free Wordpress. If interested in learning more about custom domains, and how to create a good one for your artblog or website, then kindly go here:
How to Register a Domain Name at Godaddy
Go to Godaddy.com and input the domain name that you created in the box as shown below.
If the domain is available, the next page will display the message “YOUR-DOMAIN.com is available”. Simply click the add button to advance to the next steps. Ignore all the added features - they are not needed in this case. Enter your payment details and finalize your domain order. When the domain is finally purchased, copy it in a notepad document, or bookmark.
How to get Domains at Blogger and Wordpress
Wordpress users can actually buy a custom domain ($17 yearly) by going to Wordpress Register Domain for complete instructions. Follow this tutorial if you already have a domain at Godaddy or another register domain service: Map Existing Domain for Wordpress
Custom domains can be purchased at Blogger for only $10 a year. For a complete tutorial, please visit How to Buy a Custom Domain Through Blogger?
Godaddy Redirect Domain to Blogger
Go to Godaddy Blogger DNS Setup and enter your new domain (not the free one) and click “confirm”. That’s it! DNS settings will not have to be messed with at all. Domain mapping will be completed automatically.
Wait a few minutes before going to your Blogger dashboard, to complete the process.
Go to Settings then Publishing.
Click add a custom domain, then switch to advanced settings, and enter your full domain in the box, just as it appears in your Godaddy account (without the http://)
Click Save! … and congratulations, you now have you new custom domain!
Added Tips: Update url’s you have on your website, and also at social networks and online profiles with your new website address.
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