Getting started with your website is easier than ever thanks to the combination of some great software and the services from some great hosting companies that are designed to make the process simple.
This tutorial will take you through the steps of getting yourself up and running all within about 20 minutes.
We will cover:
- Choosing your hosting and opening an account
- Opening your website or blog software and installing it
- Writing your first post and seeing your site ‘up in lights’ on the internet
Afterward, there are also a number of optional tutorials that you can work through should you want to do something out of the ordinary but I think you will be delighted at how simple the process can be.
So grab yourself a coffee and we can have your site up and running quickly – the lovely thing is that if you change your mind about how you want your site to look later it is an easy process to change – so let’s get going.
Choosing your hosting
While there are a number of different options I always recommend Bluehost to my clients and I use them for my hosting as well. Follow my special link when you purchase your account and I will include a bonus download of my ‘best free tools for getting the most out of your blog’ as an extra.
Follow this link to the Bluehost home page
Click ‘get started now’
These are your options – I suggest ‘plus’ as it gives you options to run other websites and test areas later.
Choose your free domain name (included in the package) enter the domain name for your new website and click next.
Now you will fill out the basic details and select the services to go with your account.
Enter your address details and scroll down.
Choose any of the optional extra’s you need – you can always come back to this later as an add on so don’t feel that you need to worry about this too much at this stage.
And finally enter your payment information and you are all done!
You will receive email confirmation and confirmation on the screen of your new account details. It may take a few minutes for your new website to be ready to install your blog.
Installing your WordPress software
The easiest way to install WordPress is to use the built-in tools from Bluehost. This simplifies the process for you by doing almost everything for you.
I would suggest installing in a subdirectory as this is more secure and it also gives you a much cleaner and more manageable result in your Bluehost account. This may not mean much now but it will set you up better for the future if you decided to run another site or have a test site for playing in private later on.
Use the instructions from your welcome email to log onto your bluehost account. You will see the welcome and CPanel screen. This is where we can install WordPress using the wizards supplied to do most of the work.
This is your CPanel which controls all the different aspects of your account. Don’t worry about it too much just yet as there will be other tutorials on using it if you need more.
Scroll down to ‘install WordPress’ under the website section and click the icon circled above.
This is the welcome screen. Click ‘Get Started’
Choose the domain name you wish to use to install WordPress. In this example, I have used ‘www.iPadWorker.com’ but use the domain name you selected when you signed up. I always suggest using a subdirectory which can have any name. I usually pick ‘wp’ PLUS the initials of my site ‘ipw’ in this case.
Complete the form and make a note of the password or type your own in there but make sure it is a strong one. Then review and tick the checkboxes and click install.
WordPress is installing – it is that simple
After a short time, you will see the complete indicator and you can click ‘view credentials here’ link
Go to the installed directory and you can log into your new website. Normally it will be something like <your domain>/subdirectory/wp-admin.
Use the userid and password that were entered in the previous step and which will also be sent to you in an email.
This is the dashboard screen you will see after logging in.
Go to the settings section and we are now going to remove the subdomain from the ‘site address’ and this will mean that it does not display in the URL of your website.
There is one more step where we have to use the CPanel to copy a file – this may seem a little tedious but trust me that it will make your life easier later and your site more secure.
In CPanel find the File Manger icon and click.
Move the the subfolder where we installed WordPress and locate the file called index.php – we will copy this up to one directory level higher (sometimes called the root folder)
Now you have to add the subdirectory name into the file in the positon indicated. This may seem more difficult but it is only needed once and you will be miles ahead of most site owners.
Now you can go to your domain name without the /subdirectory and the site will display correctly.
Writing your first post
Now it is time to write your first post.
When you log onto the administration area you will see the menu for Posts and Add New. Click this on the menu.
All you need to do is enter the title of your post then the content. After that you can just press publish and your post will be live. You can view it via the ‘View Post’ link that appears when you publish the post or simly go to the front end of your site.
And here you are with your post live and visible to your visitors. You are live on the internet – congratulations!
How to get your bonus…
The special link will pay me a small commission to enable me to continue to deliver great content for you. It will not change the price that you pay for your hosting service.
Please let me know any feedback you have on the tutorial or if there are other subjects that you would like covered.
Wishing you success,
Brian (People’s Geek)