HOW TO START A BLOG/WEBSITE using WORDPRESS
WordPress is the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system today.
STEP ONE: DECIDE ON A NAME
What is a domain? A domain is your address on the internet. It is how people will find your new blog/website. You can search domain names right here to see what is already taken and what is available.
Once you’ve decided on a name and have discovered the domain is available, it’s time to actually purchase that domain. You can use a service like GoDaddy to purchase your domain but more than likely you’re going to be ready to get your website started immediately, so I recommend moving to the next step and doing your domain and hosting all at the same time.
STEP TWO: PURCHASE DOMAIN & HOSTING (GODADDY HOSTING PACKAGES)
The next thing we want to do is secure that domain name that we’ve spent so much time thinking up and sign up for a hosting plan. If you’ve already purchased your domain elsewhere, don’t worry… I’ll cover that as well!
So what is hosting? Hosting consists of servers, files, and databases that keep your site visible and on the internet. No website exists without hosting.
The hosting company that we recommend is GoDaddy. View each of their hosting packages to see what best fits your needs. I recommend starting with a smaller web package because you can always upgrade. Add your domain and hosting package to the cart and complete your purchase.
You will now need to install WordPress.
- Click “My Products”
- Select “Web Hosting”
- Near your listed URL select the button entitled “Manage”
- Scroll down to the Web Applications section and click on the WordPress Icon
- Click the button entitled “Install Application”
Make sure you write down your credentials and proceed to login to the backend of your NEW WordPress site. The link to your new WordPress site will always look like http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
STEP THREE: INSTALL WORDPRESS
Now this is the fun part! You get to play dress up and choose the best design for your needs. There are many different themes that can be customized to match your own business colors and all you’ll do is insert your own content.
You can purchase themes from themeforest.net
STEP FOUR: INSTALL YOUR THEME AND START BLOGGING!
You’re almost there! You’ve got a WordPress site set up and you’re ready to get started! WordPress automatically adds an out of the box theme to your site when you create a new install, so you’ll want to upload your new theme and override what is there.
Once you purchase a theme, you’re going to download a .zip file. Once you’ve downloaded that, login to your new WordPress site. Once you’re logged in you’re going to be on what is known as the WordPress Dashboard. You should see a column on the left hand site that looks similar to this:
You’ll see the APPEARANCE tab on the left and when you hover over that, you’ll see THEMES as your first option. Click on that and this is going to take you to a screen that will show you all the themes currently installed on your site.
Now upload your own hit the ADD NEW button in the top left of the screen and then UPLOAD THEME.
Activate your theme and from there, you can customize the site to your liking!
If you need help you can purchase one of our packages here 🙂 Happy Blogging!