wordpressOnce upon a time, websites were built exclusively by people in the know. A strong knowledge of HTML was an absolute must and websites were created using code alone.

Today, however, innovations like WordPress have made it possible for anyone who has a basic understanding of computers can build their very own website from scratch. This is why more and more people are documenting their day-to-day lives and even promoting their businesses via WordPress blogs.

And you can too with this beginner’s guide to setting up WordPress!

WordPress.org or WordPress.com?

Okay, let’s start by outlining the characteristics of WordPress.org and WordPress.com because actually they are very different in nature.

Here are a few reasons why:

WordPress.org

WordPress.com

Allows you to use your own domain name e.g. www.mydomain.com

 

Restricts you to a WordPress.com suffixed domain name e.g.

www.mydomain.wordpress.com

(unless you pay extra)

Requires your own web hosting Provides a free hosting service
Allows for endless customisations Restricts customisation (unless you pay extra)
Has no ads Is supported by ads
Supports thousands of fantastic plugins Allows just a few pre-defined plugins

 

Those are just a few differences between the two platforms and it really boils down to a case of flexibility and customisation. Cost is also a factor but, in theory, both offerings are free.

For the purpose of this guide though we will concentrate on the more customisable of the two – WordPress.org – and look at the necessary steps to get it setup.

Registering a Domain Name

The first thing you’ll want to do is come up with a great domain name for your new website. This is actually more difficult than you might think and it pays to spend a bit of time on this stage. After all, your WordPress website is going to have this name for many years to come. Try to think of several as there is a good chance someone may already be using one of your ideas.

There are tonnes of sites that allow you to check domain name availability and inevitably purchase one that you want. Godaddy.com, for example is one of the most popular and you can search for your desired domain name in just a few seconds.

Securing Your Own Web Hosting

There are literally thousands of companies who offer web hosting services and their packages and prices vary greatly. Just make sure that whichever one you choose meets the WordPress minimum requirements.

Whichever you decide to go with, be sure that the price is right for you. Any good web-host will happily help you choose a relevant package for your needs, so send them an enquiry.

Download and Install WordPress

The WordPress framework can be downloaded directly from their website and subsequently installed. WordPress is actually famous for its ‘5-minute installation’ which is one of the reasons why it has become so popular and a comprehensive installation guide can be found here. If, however, you are not confident installing it yourself, many web-hosts provide extremely convenient one-click WordPress installations. Check beforehand if the one you are considering using provides such a service as it will make your installation seamless.

Now The Fun Begins…

Open your internet browser and navigate to your domain name so you can see for yourself exactly what a fresh WordPress installations looks like. As you’ll find out, the standard offering uses a very basic theme by default, but the beauty of a self-hosted WordPress site is that it is hugely customisable.

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