How to set up a WordPress website

WordPress logoWhen I decided to create a website I chose WordPress because of all the options available to me, it appeared to have the most accessibility, support and simplicity.

If you have been considering ways to build a site, you might be interested to know the sequence I went through.

The first thing to decide is what you’d like your website to be called. Is it available? If you find that www.mychosensubject.co.uk is still available you need to buy it. Register that domain name at your preferred domain name registrar, e.g. Godaddy.com.

Find a hosting provider that you’re happy with, e.g. HostGator. I personally chose HostGator and specifically their Baby plan as it allows you to host many more sites on the same plan, if you get a taste for it and want to set up more.

If you get your domain and hosting from different companies, you’ll need to sign into to your domain name registrar account and change the nameserver records to the details given to you by your hosting provider.

So, the confirmation email from your hosting provider, thanking you for taking out your hosting package, will contain the link for you to sign into your account as well as the username and password you require.

Now, the whole point of you reading this is because you want to have a WordPress site so follow the hosting provider’s instructions to install WordPress on their server for you. With HostGator you can use their QuickInstall feature which is so user friendly you’ll be delighted.

At this point you need to be patient, that’s right, you have nothing to do. Wait up to 4 hours for your chosen website address to get paired up with the servers at the hosting provider. That’s about the most complex that explanation needs to be.

Then you can sign into your website. The way to do this with a WordPress site is to use; www.mychosensubject.co.uk/wp-admin so that you can then manage the content of your site.

A WordPress site is constructed using a theme to control the design and layout of all your content. The default theme will be a fairly functional design but you can choose another. There are plenty that are free and responsive, which will be important if you want your site to perform properly on smartphones and tablets.

A full description of the process is available from following the tutorials of Tyler Moore who leads you through the process with no step skipped.

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