Getting Several Logins
Different parts of database-driven websites require different logins for security purposes. In the next steps we’ll walk through creating usernames and passwords for:
– Your web host account
– The MySQL database
– The Grawlix CMS itself
Once everything’s set up, you’ll only need the last login to manage your webcomic’s pages and settings.
Getting a New Domain
First up: registering a domain name. A domain name is everything in your site’s address immediately after “www.” For example, “getgrawlix.com” is a domain name.
There are plenty of domain hosting services out there — GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost, Dreamhost, and Just Host to name a few. These services allow you to do more than register a domain name; you can also build a website for that domain.
Some services strictly deal with domains and email setup, not hosting, so make sure you’re selecting a true web host. Also make sure the host supports MySQL databases and PHP 5, which are the Grawlix CMS’s two main requirements.
For this example, we’ll go with Just Host. Because Just Host is the full hosting package, allowing users to both host websites and registers domains, you will need to sign up for a plan that fits your budget. But first, we need to find out if the domain you want is available.
From the Just Host homepage, click “Sign Up Now”.
We need to find a domain name to use, but first there are three plans one can purchase. If this webcomic will be your only website, the basic plan works. If you plan to host several websites, the next one up would be a better choice.
Once you click on a plan, use the plan’s search to see if someone else has already registered your desired domain name.
If it’s available for purchase, then follow the steps to create an account.
Once the setup is complete, it should take you your Just Host cPanel. This is similar to a control panel that one would get with another hosting service. You will see categories for your website, email, domain, files, etc.