There are five steps to make a WordPress website:
Step 1: Get a domain name and website hosting
- Decide on your deisred domain name (the www.yourdomainname.com).
- Go here to sign up for hosting.
- Click “Sign up now”.
- If you already have a domain name registered, enter it.
- If you don’t already have a domain name registered, enter your desired domain name (no www.) where it says “I need a domain name”.
- Follow the prompts to pay.
- Write down all the various logins and passwords; you will need them later.
Step 2: Activate your domain name
- If you registered your domain name at the same time as you signed up for hosting, you are good to go. Skip to next section.
- If your domain name is registered somewhere else, you need to point the DNS nameservers to the hosting company. Ask support how to do this. I use the real-time instant messaging chat support and find it very efficient.
Step 3: Install WordPress
- login to your hosting account (Bluehost – which you signed up for in Step 1)
- click the navigation tab labelled “cpanel” and login to your cpanel
- scroll down to the area labelled “Software/Services” and click “Simple Scripts”
- look for “WordPress” and click it.
- follow the prompts to install WordPress
After you have installed WordPress your site will be active on the Internet. You can go over and look at it!
Step 4: Make your WordPress site look nice
- WordPress works on “themes”
- the default theme (it is there automatically) is very nice, and you can customize it to your heart’s content.
- it’s easiest to stick with the default theme.
- another option is to choose one of the hundreds of free or paid WordPress themes that are out there. Just Google “WordPress themes”
- something to be aware of is that even though a theme may look very attractive, there’s a chance that it is poorly coded. As a result, it may operate slowly, inconsistently, or be difficult to update. That’s why I usually recommend that people stick with the default theme, at least at the beginning.
Step 5: Put your content on your site
- There are lots of tutorials online that teach you how to put your content (words and pictures) on your website. Look on YouTube or better yet, get a one month subscription to www.lynda.com and then look for “WordPress-beginner-essentials.”
- In fact, you may want to get your subscription as a first step to the entire process, and then you can watch the video tutorials about how to do it all. Lynda.com is a fantastic learning centre for EVERYTHING computer-related. I think there is a Lynda.com app for iPad and mobile devices, as well.
- If you run into problems, a good place to get freelance help is www.fiverr.com – where skilled people do specific small tasks for five dollars.
- For example, if you didn’t want to learn how to change the DNS nameservers, just do a search on fiverr for “WordPress – DNS” and you will certainly come up with someone who does exactly that for $5. You give them your site details and voila! it’s done, usually within 24 hours. Afterwards, you can go back and change your password.