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  1. I just purchased the domain name predatorylies.com at GoDaddy.com. Afterwards, I set it up to map my wordpress.com blog to my domain so that predatorylies.com go directly to my blog. I didn't realize that I wouldn't be able to build my full GoDaddy website this way, outside of just my blog and I also can't monetize my blog even though I own the domain.
    I'm not sure I understand what to do.
    I really want to have a website - Predatorylies.com, hosted at GoDaddy and my blog wordpress.com associated with it. I also want to be able to monetize my blog. Is any of this possible?
    Thanks for any help you can offer!

    The blog I need help with is predatorylies.com.

  2. The website you are hosting at goDaddy will that be just a normal website, or is that the domain name that you have bought to replace your ".wordpress.com" domain ?

    If the latter is true then you can simply do the domain mapping that wordpress provides. If you want to host it on godaddy the actual site then I don't think you can do the domain mapping.

  3. You will need to host the blog at godaddy using the software from wordpress.ORG. Godaddy should have either simple scripts or fantastico installation scripts that will ease the installation process for you.

    With Godaddy though, if I am remembering right, being able to use WordPress might require an upgrade to your web hosting account (extra $$ per month). You need to ask over at GD to see if that is still true.

    Do yourself a big favor: Do regular backups of your entire account, including the wordpress database. I get called in all to frequently where a site has been hacked or destroyed some other way and there are no backups and the person wants me to wave a magic wand (I have drums and rattles, but no magic wand). Some hosts will restore from their backups, but most times now a days they charge $$ for doing that.

    You will be responsible for all installations, all upgrades, all backups and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong, you will have to figure it out and fix it. WordPress has made self-hosting much easier, but it still requires active management and maintenance by you.

    Oh yeah, and definitely keep up on all upgrades, especially any that are security related.

  4. I want to use my .com it is with godaddy but I do not have to stay there..it is just where I purchased all my .coms.
    advice? brand new to wordpress

  5. You cannot monetize a blog at wordpress.COM. You will have to self-host a wordpress.ORG installation somewhere else.

  6. There are literally thousands of web hosts out there. Bluehost, Dreamhost, A Small Orange, SiteGround, etc., etc. All you have to do is edit the DNS for your domain name(s) and point them to whatever web host you decide on.

  7. Here are some official recommendations from WordPress.

    http://get.wp.com/hosting/

  8. Ok thanks--I did check with go daddy too and I can use wordpress with them also if I want them to host. I appreciate your time. I am already ready to jump off a cliff :)
    this is so difficult if you have never done anything like it before..big learning curve..blog easy..but I will use it more as a website.

  9. You are welcome and best of luck.

  10. Bringing up a site with a WordPress.ORG install is WAY easier than a plain html site, but as @TSP noted above the install is the easy part and the continuing maintenance is that real work. Been there done that - that is the reason I moved onto WordPress.COM.

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