Hover’s Ultimate Domain How-to Guide Vol. 3: Get a Free WordPress Blog!

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Hover loves WordPress for creating blogs. It’s quick to sign-up, easy to post and there’s a community full of celebrities and businesses who use it for their own sites (WordPress hosts CNN’s Political Ticker , Flickr’s corporate blog, and People Magazine’s Style Watch, to name a few). Even we at Hover use WordPress for the Hover Blog! In our experience, WordPress is awesome because:

1. There are hundreds of beautiful (and often enough free!) themes.
2. The ‘pages’ feature on WordPress allows you to create multiple pages such as an ‘About Me’ or ‘Contact’ section for your site. You can even create an entire web site using pages on WordPress.com, with a custom home page and your blog as one of the sub-pages.
3. The integrated stats system gives you up-to-the-minute stats on who’s visiting your blog, where they’re coming from, which posts are the most popular and which search engine terms are sending you the most traffic.
4. Auto-save. ‘Nuff said.
5. It makes it easy to upload photos and embed videos to your blog.

To get a free account on WordPress, simply follow these 5 steps:

1. Sign-up for a WordPress Blog at wordpress.com/signup by filling in the required fields.
2. Follow the link in the email confirmation to activate your account.
3. Pick a theme.
4. Start posting!
5. Reflect on how quick and easy it was to create a WordPress blog. Use this extra time to read some posts on the Hover Blog :).

We went ahead and created a WordPress blog with the domain we created in Hover’s Ultimate Domain How-to Guide Vol.1 (link). Check it out at www.nickymclaren.com/blog. We used the free theme ‘Ideation and Intent’.

Already have a blog with WordPress?

If you’d like to create a domain forward from your Hover domain like ours above, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Hover account.
  2. Click on the domain you want to redirect to your WordPress account.
  3. Go to forwards
  4. Click +Add new
  5. Enter a shortcut name and click “Mask This”
  6. Enter the forward you’d like to send it to and click Save

To create a subdomain forward to your WordPress blog (resume.yourdomain.com) follow the following steps:

  1. Log into your Hover account.
  2. Click on the domain you want to redirect to your WordPress account.
  3. Go to forwards
  4. Click +Add new
  5. Enter a shortcut name and click “Mask This”
  6. click the make this a subdomain button
  7. Enter the forward you’d like to send it to and click Save

To completely redirect your Hover domain to your WordPress blog::

  1. Log into your Hover account.
  2. Click on the domain you want to redirect to your WordPress account.
  3. Check your domain’s nameservers. If the nameservers are ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com, then you can skip to the next step. If your name servers are not set to Hover, click on the Edit button and change your name servers to ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com.
  4. Click on the DNS tab. Double check that your domain name’s A records are pointed at 64.99.80.30..
  5. Click on the Domain Details tab and then click on Edit in the Forward This Domain section.
  6. Select Yes to enable forwarding and then type the destination address in the “Forward to” text field (yourblog.wordpress.com).

Now you’re ready to start blogging like a pro with Hover and WordPress!

Need Help? You can always get in touch by dropping us a line at help@hover.com or calling 1-866-731-6556 Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm EST.

Happy blogging :).