Are you looking to start a blog or wanting a professional looking website for a business? Well, WordPress should do the trick. With over 15% of the world depending on WordPress this platform is hands down what you want to be using.
Obviously, if you’re reading this article you are most likely a newbie to WordPress. For this reason, we thought we would create a simple to follow guide to getting started with WordPress.
In this article, we will be discussing the basics to simply getting your website up on and online so you are properly set up to begin building out.
To kick things off you’re going to want to register a domain for your website. For the purposes of this post, we are going to assume you do not have a domain name registered.
For the people that are super new to website building a domain is an identification of your IP address. Your domain name will be your personal Uniform Resource Locator (URL).
1. First things first you will want to pick a domain that can relate to what you want your website to be about or match your business idea.
In this case, our domain is dyingtribe.com which we liked because we felt professional and expert website designers are a dying breed. This is due to website design platforms that have came out which allow you to build attractive webistes utilizing a simple drag and drop function.
Listed below are these website design sites:
2. Research a trusted registrar to register your domain idea. When you head to a domain registrar such as Go Daddy you find a search bar. This will let you search for your domain idea to see if it is available.
There are no two domains that are exactly the same. You might see similar domain names such as dyingtribe.com or dyingtribe.net. Even though these two names are the same they are completely different addresses.
3. Once you have found an available domain you are happy with following the instructions the registrar gives you to complete the registration process.
You will need a credit card or PayPal account to buy your domain. Depending on how popular the name is you may be paying more than you anticipated.
Domains can run on anywhere from $12 to $10,000.00 and even more. This is a conversation for another day but remember this domain name is going to be what people we will see when accessing your site so choose wisely.
Once you have purchased your domain you are now the proud owner of a digital property. Congratulations. Take good care of this domain and you may be able to reap benefits down the road.
HOSTING YOUR DOMAIN
This is the where you will be housing the domain and storing all of your website files. Your hosting company will also serve your website to the world wide web. Additionally, the host will assign a DNS for your website so that people can find your domain while surfing the web.
1. Step one of the hosting processes is to research a credible hosting company that you can trust. There are literally thousands of hosting companies but we have found it is important to stick with the well-known host such as Host Gator, Blue Host, and Go Daddy.
The host mentioned above are not the only trusted host available but like I mentioned above you need to do your research.
2. Ok, you have found the host of your choice so the next step is to locate the nameservers.
This is where it can get tricky but if your hosting support is any good they will be able to walk you through it with ease. Hint, Hint.
With this in mind, we will give you a brief explanation of how to go about this.
By the time you have paid for your hosting service they will usually email you the nameservers. Nameservers will look like this
ns1.example.com – ns2.example.com
3. Locate the nameservers and store them in a safe place or your computer notepad for future use.
Head back to where you registered your domain so you can connect your hosting to the domain.
Most of the time you can log into the registrar and navigate to domains manager. There you should find a place to paste the nameservers into. Hit save and now it’s time to play the waiting game.
4. Before you can set up your WordPress blog your hosting must transfer your DNS and this may take some time.
We call this the propagation period because your hosting is now refreshing the network with your new DNS.
At times propagation is completed within minutes and on rare occasions, I have seen it take up to three days.
There is nothing you can really do to speed up this process but if you would like to check to see if your domain has been propagated you can follow this link visual domain routing tool complimentary of Immotion Hosting .
Now that you are on balance with your domain being live it’s time to install WordPress. You will be doing this straight from your hosting account.
For most of us, we will be using Mojo Marketplace for a simple one click install.
Every hosting website is a little different but for the most part, they are similar.
Here is step by step instructions on how to set up WordPress with Host Gator:
1. Log in to Host Gator C panel.
2. Head to the software/services area and click the quick install button.
3. From here you will see a menu to the left and a WordPress tab will be there as well. Go ahead and click on that tab.
4. Next, you will be guided to fill out some information.
5. After you have completed the form …