This article will give you the basic steps you need to set up and run your own website on the WordPress platform. As we discussed in earlier blog posts it really does benefit you to have your own website as opposed to using a free one.
Step One: You will need to register and domain name or address, this is referred to as your URL and would look like:
http://yourdomainname.com or http://www.yourdomainname.com
You need to choose a domain for your business and see if it is available. You may want to start out with a domain in your own name. This is a great way to brand yourself and you can always link to a business site from it at a later date.
In order to register a domain you need to buy one for a register. Two of the most popular are Go Daddy and Namecheap. I prefer to use Namecheap for all of my domain names. Search for a monthly coupon code that can save you a little extra money too.
Step Two: In this step you need to host your new website somewhere. Again, there are lots of hosting companies out there and some of the most popular are:
- A2 Hosting
- Site 5
When you first sign up you may even get a domain name for free, so that would save you the cost from step one above. If you are not sure what hosting plan to choose just select a basic one. You can always upgrade later on.
Look for a hosting account that uses something similar to Cpanel as this is really easy to use.
Step Three: This will only apply if you have purchased your domain name from a different registrant as outlined in step one. Your URL needs to point to your hosting account. This is easy to do yourself or you can ask the company to do it for you.
You need to point your URL to your hosting company and this is done under the Manage Your Domains area of your account. Your hosting account will give you the name-servers and you simply add those into your details.
Name-server addresses look like ns123.hostgator.com
Step Four: Now you are ready to install WordPress on your account. Log into your hosting account and go to your Cpanel. Look for Fantastico and click on this. Next you will choose the option to install WordPress on your site. Fill in the details, include a password and choose the option to email the details to yourself. This way you have a record of them.
Just follow the instructions and WordPress will be installed. Follow the link to login to your account and you are now ready to start setting up your blog. For quick access always login through your WordPress admin panel, this will be the one that you had emailed to you.