In order for someone to own their own website, they must know how to setup webspace, purchase a domain, build a website, and publish their website on the web. This getting started guide for web hosting will teach you the basics of setting up web hosting and getting your own domain name.

There are three major parts to getting a website published online:

  1. Webspace (where your website files live)
  2. Domain (that points to your webspace)
  3. Website Files (the actual content of your website)

Webspace:

Webspace is where your website files live and is the "Disk Space" that hosting companies give you when you sign up to their services. Think of webspace as a "Home" for your website files. In order to have a website, you need a place for your website files to live.

Domain:

A domain is the name that people associate with your website. For example: www.wealthyaffiliate.com is a domain name and it points to our website files on our servers. You can think of a domain like your street address to your home. In order for people to find your home you give them your address. In the online world a domain is the address to your website files.

Website Files:

In order to have your own website, you need to have the content of your site built in a "language" that Internet browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and others can read. When you visit www.wealthyaffiliate.com in your browser, you see our homepage. The homepage is made up of a number of files that are hosted on our webspace. Our domain then points to these files and your browser displays it.



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NalaniMaui Premium
I own nalanimaui.com until 2025. I have a custom website out there now. I'm trying to move that website hosting to WA. I've been going in circles with godaddy, where I purchased domain and link393 (current hosing). What I'm being told is I can't change the name server to point to WA before my website content is there...or I will have a blank page. How do I get my content to WA? Do I have to open template and redo everything? Isn't it possible to leave that website as-is and just host it with WA? I'm in the process of building a new one now that I'm sure will be much better than what I paid a professional to do...
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terryg247 Premium
check with WA site support on the best way to transfer over a custom site
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edobrick Premium
even better then them are is blue host cost litter more but it's lot more they are I use blue host lest for now maybe try blue host they have free time to try them too
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abrosco Premium
Have been thru this thread as I have similar concerns / situation. I observe few have been answered. This is rapidly undermining my confidence to sign up as a Premium Member. Questions unanswered does not seem helpful and appears to undermine a large reason for joining WA.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Richard, sorry to hear you are having issues.
I have been a premium member for 3 years now.
What questions are you not getting answered?
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abrosco Premium
Ken. Thanks your reply. I have a number of domain names earlier purchased from mainly GoDaddy. I have not created websites for them yet, nor secured hosting for them. From this thread it looks like this presents major issues in WA. For me the perceived advantage of WA is the combination of great training, problem/solution forums & service and getting members up and running in a well rounded way ... but does it actually deliver what it promises? This nagging doubt is holding me back from doing what I want to do ... and that is to upgrade to Premium.

I have asked two fundemental questions today - this on hosting and moving domain names and another related to company tax issues. Neither yet have I got answered. So this is what now is truly undermining my confidence.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Richard, I purchase many domain names from GoDaddy.
I have moved some here to WA, the hosting is great.
Remember it is WordPress, this is the most used platform
for websites online period. Always improving.
As for taxes, you are responsible for your own taxes.

Relax and know that this is a great business investment.
Education, connections, and a chance to have many successes.

I hope this helps,

Ken Pringle
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I could not have explained it any better myself. Nice one !!
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ChrisC1972 Premium
I've just done this through GoDaddy. DO I have to wait before I can create the siterubix.com as a subdomain.

I am assuming that by changing the DNS nameservers to WA's it will then point the .com to my siterubix.com site seamlessly.

Is that a correct expectation?
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Fareahu Premium
Thank you Carson; these are really helpful infos.
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tso2015 Premium
Does anyone know where to find the wordpress files so that I can transfer them to another hosting services? I can't seem to find the files in WA.
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judebanks Premium
You can use FTP to locate the files but you need to know what to look for.

There are 3 ways to move to hosting outside of WA:

1. Backup your entire site using a plugin. I use this one:

https://wordpress.org/support/view/plugin-reviews/backupwordpress

Next, download the backup as a zip file to your computer, extract the files and upload them to the new hosting.

(Check with your new Host - they might accept the zip file, which would be easier for you, but the file could be too large for email, in which case you would have to put it into a shared storage site, such as Drop Box and the new host can access it from there).

2. The easier way is to give your WA FTP username and password to your new host and ask them to move the files across. However, not all hosting services provide this service or may charge for doing it.

3. A third possibility is to use the WordPress Export/Import feature.

Export to save the files to your computer, and use the Import tab to bring it into your site at the new host. The disadvantage is that this does not include your theme files and plugins. You will need to first set those up at the new hosting service and then upload the rest of your content.

After the files have been moved, you will also need to log in to where you bought your domain name and change the WA DNS address to point to your new hosting server address.

Do not change the WA DNS address at the domain registrar until all the files have been moved to the new Hosting server because you won't be able to log back in to your site at WA after you change the server address, so this should be the last step.

~Jude
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tso2015 Premium
Thanks so much Jude.
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Joekaprod Premium
Thank you Carson! This really helped me out man!
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lokwy Premium
just update my post on the topic of about web hosting company, please give some comments. Thanks a lot.

http://affiliatemarketingforces.net/you-cant-go-wrong-with-a-good-web-hosting-company
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TonyRyan Premium
I''m confused.
Step 1: log into your Control panel for the domain you want to create an email address for

How do I do this first of all?
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NicoleD9 Premium
The link to "FTP & Sending Files to your webspace" tutorial is not working. Is it outdated?
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jadeseef Premium
What is the difference between 1&1 hosting and wordpress hosting on the 1&1?
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Ken-Pringle Premium
The one they will host and give you a cpanel.
The other is wordpress only.
You do not need their hostnig.
You can host here at WA for free.
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DivineQuest Premium
FTP & Sending Files to your webspace tutorial does not open. Can anyone help please. Thanks
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Hi Divine, some time has gone since your question. Was your Problem solved? If not, what application do you use to send files to the Webspace?
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when i make my free websight is it put online
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how do i get a niche
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logicalfox Premium
Its safe to go with something that is popular at first, an example would be health or making money. But that doesn't always have to be the case. If it is something that you have great passion for it can easily become your niche. My experience has been the later, think of a niche as being able to grab peoples attention. Since I love coffee so much, that was mine beginning niche. Hope it helped Happy Holidays
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bstacy Premium
I have a question...I have a paid email account at go daddy. My mx records need to be given to the WA hosting so i can continue to use it. how can i contavct WA hosting to make these changes. I have tried opening a ticket but have no response from hosting. I have NO Email to my website which is hindering my launch.Does anyone here know how to deal with this?
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laughound Premium
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georgejones Premium
helle gobble-Gobble
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echo1004 Premium
HELP!!!!
I get the following error message when I try to setup WA hosting account.

*Error
There was a data conflict. The contact name given already exists in the database.
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RJHarper Premium
HELP!!!!
I get the following error message when I try to setup WA hosting account.

*Error
There was a data conflict. The contact name given already exists in the database.
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Shounenbat Premium
I'm having a problem in that I can't change DNS settings on 1and1.com. It doesn't give me the option to change name servers. I'll try it in Firefox next.
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asharedworld Premium
I'm having a problem in that I can't change DNS settings on 1and1.com. It doesn't give me the option to change name servers. I'll try it in Firefox next.
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shanver99 Premium
I have a domain name and hosting with Go Daddy can i transfer it to WA hosting?
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jcrn Premium
I have a domain name and hosting with Go Daddy can i transfer it to WA hosting?
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Frank08NJ Premium
How to import sql database (WordPress)?
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twp459 Premium
How to import sql database (WordPress)?
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karen leafe Premium
I've followed the tutorials, purchased a domain name via go daddy and been told my website is active. I still cannot find it - checked out the advice to the right via megaproxy and no success. Getting very fustrated - any advice before I give up completely?
Karen
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badders64 Premium
I've followed the tutorials, purchased a domain name via go daddy and been told my website is active. I still cannot find it - checked out the advice to the right via megaproxy and no success. Getting very fustrated - any advice before I give up completely?
Karen
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pkwashington Premium
cdon'know 1&1 password for help or to log in Help!!!!
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rocker123 Premium
cdon'know 1&1 password for help or to log in Help!!!!
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sandy Premium
Things are really outdated..

What is the difference between Plesk and Parrallels Plesk panel.

When I click on "Tools from MyPlesk.Com" within Parrallels Plesk panel, a new page opens:

https://myplesk.com/index.php

I am unable to login in it.

It says:

"NOTE: Your MyPlesk.com login is not the same as your login for downloads or purchasing off parallels.com
and NOT the same as your access to the Parallels Plesk Panel. You should create a different login for your
MyPlesk.com account."

When I had created my wordpress website and changed nameservers, I had received following message:

A new client account has been created in Plesk.

Client's contact name: Sandeep Aggarwal
Client's login: **********
Client's password: *************
Plesk entry point: https://ip-10-242-46-127.ec2.internal:8443

These login and password are different from that of Parrallels Plesk panel.

Also I could not find how this tutorial (Setting up a Domain in Plesk) is relevant:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/hosting/setup/help/domains

If there is anyone who can make these points clear.
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DarleneN Premium
Things are really outdated..

What is the difference between Plesk and Parrallels Plesk panel.

When I click on "Tools from MyPlesk.Com" within Parrallels Plesk panel, a new page opens:

https://myplesk.com/index.php

I am unable to login in it.

It says:

"NOTE: Your MyPlesk.com login is not the same as your login for downloads or purchasing off parallels.com
and NOT the same as your access to the Parallels Plesk Panel. You should create a different login for your
MyPlesk.com account."

When I had created my wordpress website and changed nameservers, I had received following message:

A new client account has been created in Plesk.

Client's contact name: Sandeep Aggarwal
Client's login: **********
Client's password: *************
Plesk entry point: https://ip-10-242-46-127.ec2.internal:8443

These login and password are different from that of Parrallels Plesk panel.

Also I could not find how this tutorial (Setting up a Domain in Plesk) is relevant:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/hosting/setup/help/domains

If there is anyone who can make these points clear.
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JayCheney Premium
I agree with Chandra5 ... some tutorials are seriously outdated. Please update!
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Smoochie13 Premium
I agree with Chandra5 ... some tutorials are seriously outdated. Please update!
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VINOD Premium
MY GOD , Pointing Your Domain to Your WA Hosting Web Space IS FIRST CHAPTER WHICH WAS VERY EASY TO ACT ,
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amirhomayoun Premium
MY GOD , Pointing Your Domain to Your WA Hosting Web Space IS FIRST CHAPTER WHICH WAS VERY EASY TO ACT ,
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DerrickDissel Premium
The link to Plesk control panel links to https://:8443/
But I only get the message "server not available"
Please help as I cannot move forward
thanks

Derrick
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Tomterrific Premium
The link to Plesk control panel links to https://:8443/
But I only get the message "server not available"
Please help as I cannot move forward
thanks

Derrick
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Chandra5 Premium
I was wondering if you were going to update the WA Hosting tutorial soon. The interface is no longer the same and it's confusing. I was able to change my DNS settings to WA, but now I am not sure how to change my plesk settings, especially changing to physical hosting and I'm not even sure if we need to make these changes now. Everything else seems to be running smoothly, it's just the tutorials are now outdated.
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peterp2401 Premium
I was wondering if you were going to update the WA Hosting tutorial soon. The interface is no longer the same and it's confusing. I was able to change my DNS settings to WA, but now I am not sure how to change my plesk settings, especially changing to physical hosting and I'm not even sure if we need to make these changes now. Everything else seems to be running smoothly, it's just the tutorials are now outdated.
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scsctech Premium
Have the same problem, hope this issue shall be resolved soonest.
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ann41350 Premium
Have the same problem, hope this issue shall be resolved soonest.
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fenxx Premium
It is Friday morning, the 11th, and the "Pointing Your Domain to Your WA Webspace" is still not working. Please notify us when it is fixed so we can read/see it. Thanks.
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naturelove Premium
It is Friday morning, the 11th, and the "Pointing Your Domain to Your WA Webspace" is still not working. Please notify us when it is fixed so we can read/see it. Thanks.
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Please advise DNS setting for WA.
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Sozo Premium
Please advise DNS setting for WA.
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wew Premium
I have same problem with Bhunsic's case. Please let me know I need to know what is DNS setting for my domain, Thank you.
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Pat-Pirate Premium
I have same problem with Bhunsic's case. Please let me know I need to know what is DNS setting for my domain, Thank you.
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Bhunsic Premium
The link "pointing your domain to your WA Webspace" is still broken. How soon before it will be fixed?
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kkeller Premium
The link "pointing your domain to your WA Webspace" is still broken. How soon before it will be fixed?
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chryls Premium
All of the links on this page arrive with the oops not finding the page and we are looking to resolve this error . Well today is June 7 2010 and I see the same problem has happened in May. Is this a chronic problem?
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afwr83 Premium
All of the links on this page arrive with the oops not finding the page and we are looking to resolve this error . Well today is June 7 2010 and I see the same problem has happened in May. Is this a chronic problem?
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Lou rael Premium
Yes, definitely need to get the instructions on how to point to WA server fixed. keeps sending me to an oops page....already have my website built and ready to upload just need WA DNS settings please help
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hhartman48 Premium
Yes, definitely need to get the instructions on how to point to WA server fixed. keeps sending me to an oops page....already have my website built and ready to upload just need WA DNS settings please help
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Ginnie123 Premium
I can't get to instructions on pointing my dimain name to your server

Ginnie Renaud
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Javelin6 Premium
I can't get to instructions on pointing my dimain name to your server

Ginnie Renaud
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Cornell Premium
umm i might be in the wrong section but im having trouble FTP uploading my site using site rubix. It keeps saying ftp error 530 login incorrect but I believe I am typing in all the right information. Has anybody had the same problem???
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nesreen Premium
umm i might be in the wrong section but im having trouble FTP uploading my site using site rubix. It keeps saying ftp error 530 login incorrect but I believe I am typing in all the right information. Has anybody had the same problem???
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elizander Premium
hey guy, many links in this section are not working. Would appreciate if you can get this fixed asap, rather annoying.
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caronstewart Premium
hey guy, many links in this section are not working. Would appreciate if you can get this fixed asap, rather annoying.
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JBeavers Premium
The link to "how to create your webspace" has not been fixed. Lets go boys, get the job done, positive reviews are an important factor for success.
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hydrolyzed Premium
The link to "how to create your webspace" has not been fixed. Lets go boys, get the job done, positive reviews are an important factor for success.
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jimmyd52 Premium
OK, I have to be missing something. I had my sites hosted on Hostgator and decided to have them hosted here. I went to GoDaddy and had them directed with the name servers here and have read the tutorials, but cannot get them to come up in a search. I did this on Saturday and this is Tuesday. These sites were built with Wordpress. Do I need to do something else? Thanks,

Jim
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Cai Premium
OK, I have to be missing something. I had my sites hosted on Hostgator and decided to have them hosted here. I went to GoDaddy and had them directed with the name servers here and have read the tutorials, but cannot get them to come up in a search. I did this on Saturday and this is Tuesday. These sites were built with Wordpress. Do I need to do something else? Thanks,

Jim
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astroX Premium
the link for Site Rubix in 'How to send your files to your Webspace' has been fixed
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settlement2010 Premium
the link for Site Rubix in 'How to send your files to your Webspace' has been fixed
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astroX Premium
I just fixed this tutorial .. 'Introduction to Web Hosting' page was at the end of the tutorial

~Jose
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settlement2010 Premium
I just fixed this tutorial .. 'Introduction to Web Hosting' page was at the end of the tutorial

~Jose
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Aaliyah Premium
I am having a problem with the WA website builder. Do I have to use this web builder for my website, because it is not user friendly. What is my login name and password. Why does the download for the free templates keep giving me an error message and directs me to File Cure to fix it for $19.99. It's not my error. Do I need to put Wealthy Affiliate as a title on my web page somewhere in order to get compensated ? I already changed my servers and have a domain name with Go Daddy. com. I just need to build my website now. I think It would be alot better and efficient for me to get my website from somewhere else, because I am being hindered with the WA website builder and getting no help with it. It is not user friendly and I feel I have paid my membership fee April 3th just to get jipped with no support or help. What is my login name and password ?

Dissappointed, Aaliyah
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CoolEbird Premium
I am having a problem with the WA website builder. Do I have to use this web builder for my website, because it is not user friendly. What is my login name and password. Why does the download for the free templates keep giving me an error message and directs me to File Cure to fix it for $19.99. It's not my error. Do I need to put Wealthy Affiliate as a title on my web page somewhere in order to get compensated ? I already changed my servers and have a domain name with Go Daddy. com. I just need to build my website now. I think It would be alot better and efficient for me to get my website from somewhere else, because I am being hindered with the WA website builder and getting no help with it. It is not user friendly and I feel I have paid my membership fee April 3th just to get jipped with no support or help. What is my login name and password ?

Dissappointed, Aaliyah
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This tutorial for changing servers from Godaddy.com was on point. I was able to switch my domain in 3 or 4 minutes!! Now I'm just waiting for it to process..Thanks for the help, Carson!!!
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snokid Premium
This tutorial for changing servers from Godaddy.com was on point. I was able to switch my domain in 3 or 4 minutes!! Now I'm just waiting for it to process..Thanks for the help, Carson!!!
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nycvendor Premium
I really don't understand the flow of these tutorial? once I finish these few pages, where do I go? Am I supposed to read main page? and then related sources? all I see is " complete? where do I go from here?
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ScottC Premium
I really don't understand the flow of these tutorial? once I finish these few pages, where do I go? Am I supposed to read main page? and then related sources? all I see is " complete? where do I go from here?
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lordmoose Premium
Account Disabled
Your account has been disabled by Admin. couldn't connect to host
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ronivie Premium
Account Disabled
Your account has been disabled by Admin. couldn't connect to host
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PMV Premium
Have found this really helpful ... even just helping me visualise the different parts of the picture and how they connect. Decided to try WAHosting as pretty much 1and1, Bluehost and Hostgator seems to be having rotten support issues and I really don't want that especially when I'm learning. But then when I try to open my WAHosting account I get "error: cannot connect to server" [lol]! Never mind will try after the holiday [lol].
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dabears Premium
Have found this really helpful ... even just helping me visualise the different parts of the picture and how they connect. Decided to try WAHosting as pretty much 1and1, Bluehost and Hostgator seems to be having rotten support issues and I really don't want that especially when I'm learning. But then when I try to open my WAHosting account I get "error: cannot connect to server" [lol]! Never mind will try after the holiday [lol].
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Lillian Premium
1&1 served me well until this week. I changed the name servers and kept getting errors. After several calls to the techs they send me an email stating,

"Thank you for contacting us.

You will need to contact the provider of the parent domain to your name
servers. The DNS settings are missing the glue IP.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us."

What is up with this?
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joany Premium
1&1 served me well until this week. I changed the name servers and kept getting errors. After several calls to the techs they send me an email stating,

"Thank you for contacting us.

You will need to contact the provider of the parent domain to your name
servers. The DNS settings are missing the glue IP.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us."

What is up with this?
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Shorkie Premium
This was so easy with Go Daddy even I could do it. I would be glad to help anyone with there domain registered at Go Daddy!
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cdortiz Premium
This was so easy with Go Daddy even I could do it. I would be glad to help anyone with there domain registered at Go Daddy!
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mtremblay Premium
Okay, I have followed all intructions but the core ftp is telling me it cannot establish connection? What am I doing wrong?
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erikgiezen1 Premium
Okay, I have followed all intructions but the core ftp is telling me it cannot establish connection? What am I doing wrong?
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headone Premium
how do you open the core ftp download?
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jandjdonat Premium
how do you open the core ftp download?
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monap Premium
Do Wealthy Affiliate members have to buy domain name from outside?
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MichaelH Premium
Do Wealthy Affiliate members have to buy domain name from outside?
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Bruce Neill Premium
Hey - it is new and strange - but a little persistence pays off in the end. Job done 100% Thanks WA!
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Andrew4Study Premium
Hey - it is new and strange - but a little persistence pays off in the end. Job done 100% Thanks WA!
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Felice Yeow Premium
%u201CClick here to open Site Rubix" the link is not working.
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%u201CClick here to open Site Rubix" the link is not working.
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alvinp Premium
Way too much jumping around and re-directing. Steps need to be in an order that makes sense.
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dabrown10 Premium
Way too much jumping around and re-directing. Steps need to be in an order that makes sense.
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K.Wayne Premium
Link not working on the topic; "How To Send Files...
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jagman Premium
Link not working on the topic; "How To Send Files...
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rodneyrhino Premium
Have a better under standing how everything links together. Maybe more info on domains, like .com, .net, .ws, etc When to use what..
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gripper Premium
Have a better under standing how everything links together. Maybe more info on domains, like .com, .net, .ws, etc When to use what..
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Veryfikator Premium
Everything is fine until I click "Plesk Login Page", because here no longer I manage to create an account. Still open to application for registration. And that's what I did.
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KerryD Premium
Everything is fine until I click "Plesk Login Page", because here no longer I manage to create an account. Still open to application for registration. And that's what I did.
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disberg Premium
www.my-home-health.info

Redirected to WAU
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Darrenb22 Premium
www.my-home-health.info

Redirected to WAU
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wald Premium
The Introduction to Web Hosting module is last in the drop-down list, needs to be moved to first in the list.
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elizadeen Premium
The Introduction to Web Hosting module is last in the drop-down list, needs to be moved to first in the list.
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Jakoba Premium
This guide and the links have made the process much clearer. Since I'm very new to IM it is still daunting. I'll persevere.
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Dirobtx Premium
This guide and the links have made the process much clearer. Since I'm very new to IM it is still daunting. I'll persevere.
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thesue Premium
Need a "review page" with more info on .com vs .net vs .org vs .info etc
For a brand new person going thorugh the process the first time logging onto that domain page is overwhelming.
Everything else explained here was perfect for setting up WA Hosting account!
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imosher Premium
Need a "review page" with more info on .com vs .net vs .org vs .info etc
For a brand new person going thorugh the process the first time logging onto that domain page is overwhelming.
Everything else explained here was perfect for setting up WA Hosting account!
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