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What About WordPress?

WordPress is great for the beginner and also the veteran blogger. I am talking about WordPress.org the one that is self-hosted  with a domain name, not WordPress.com.

You are able to create a site in less than an hour with it.  This report is broken down to several pieces that you can do at one time or over an entire week. It depends on your experience and your time.

Have you started your own blog

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So to begin, a short background on what WordPress is and what can be done with it.

WordPress is a software that enables you to set up a website on the internet, and it is free to use.

Did you know that there are two types of WordPress? One is owned by WordPress themselves. This is wordpress.com. Like a free site, that they own, not you and it has limited types of use. The WordPress that businesses use is a self-hosted  WordPress system with a domain name.  It’s wordpress.org. This is owned by you! This can be confusing for people who are just starting with WordPress, I know it was for me about 10 years ago.

You sign up with a hosting company – Host Gator or GoDaddy for example. Buy your domain from another source, not the same as your hosting. I’ts just a good idea, if there is a problem with your hosting at least your domain will still be ok.  You install WordPress through your hosting company on their cpanel generally with fantastico.  You pay for hosting on a monthly bases or a yearly basis. Some are a better priced than others.

Step # 1

Purchase your Domain name.

1. Go to  Namecheap.   If you don’t have an account sign up.

Enter the name of the site you would like to purchase. Then click on the extension you want (i.e. .com, .org, etc) Then Click search to see if the name you want is available.  Select the one you want and a add to cart.

Review your purchase for typos -quite important. Also you have the option to add the free “WhoIsGuard” or you can remove it! Then click on checkout!

On the next page, they need to point the actual website address to our hosting company. ( I recomend that you use SiteGround.)  Sign up for your hosting with  SiteGround

Hosting for your our website.
Click on ‘Use Custom Name Servers. Then you will need to put in the two Name Servers from your SiteGround  account: ie..
a. ns2023.siteground.com
b. ns2024.siteground.com

This is how the website is pointed to the hosting site. This is what the name servers do.
*Your name servers will be different from anyone else’s*

Decide how you want to pay and checkout. Be sure that it says you are successful if not start from the beginning again.

Step #2  Hosting

I am recommending one hosting company. I have used many over the years.  Host Gator, GoDaddy, BlueHost to name a few. Some prefer one or other, it really depends on what you are looking to do with your site. I have learned thru trial and error with hosting. Take my advise, you will thank me later.

What you should check out with any hosting company?

  • The host should have  a cpanel
  • One click quick install
  • Multiple domain names

So when your hosting is all set up….

1. Log into your control panel. It should be located at:
http:  //www.yourdomain.com/cpanel.

2. Fill out all info and then click “Install Now”

3. When you click “Install Now” you will see a pop up with your user ID and password for the site. *Don’t lose this information! Use it to login and go change your PW to something you will remember.

Some hosts will email you this information as well.

That’s it you have a site!

 

Now How to Organize your New Site.

I recommend you take your time to look at your site.
Get a feel for your new software. Click around, look around, create a post, make a page. Make a link or upload an image just for practice. You can’t break it by getting familiar with all the steps. There are so many things you can do.
To help you out here are some main tips.

The Dashboard – the backside of your site.
You will see your posts and pages, comments, etc.
You will also see links to the WordPress.org site, recent comments, incoming links, etc. You can customize this page.
To set up a blog on this site this is where you can create and edit your posts – that generally go with the page – blog.

Media
This has been improved through various updates to easily upload images and vidoes along with documents to your site.

Plugins – these ad power to your site with many many variations on
things that can help your site, such as social media buttons.
Users – lets you set users to your site or update a currernt user.
Tools – Used to import or expoer WordPress files.
Links – use links to link out to other peoples sites.
Pages – You can create edit or view your pages.
Comments – You can view all comments you receive and can
check your spam filiters, edit or delete comments.
Theme – Some themes have custom settings, some are free from
Wordpress or you can purchase themes from vendors for a custom look.

Settings – How people read your blog, how many posts they see, how the
permalinks are set, etc.
Any plugins you install will often show up here too.

That’s STEP 1. You can rest here if you want but I suspect you’re probably rearing to go and ready to move on to Step 2, Setting Up a Static Homepage.

Posts – If you’re going to set up a blog on your site this is where you create, view and edit your posts.

If you would like to know more about setting up WordPress.org you are welcome to book 20 mins of my time for free.

Always happy to help. See my contact page to book a date and time. I have covered the basics here for people new to setting up a WordPress site. It’s a learning curve but one that is well worth learning. In the end it’s the type of site you own yourself and can do anything with it, not Squarespace or Wix etc.

 

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