Check out my video Tutorial on how to create a website and then use the article below to assist you as well.
Step 1: Hosting and Domain Name
I’m sure the majority of you know what a domain is as it’s the customized URL we type in to get to a website. But purchasing a domain is pointless if you do not have website hosting. An easy way to explain hosting is that it’s a company that gives you space on their server allowing others across the internet to visit your site. Hosting makes your site live on the internet so it can be accessed by anyone who types in your domain/URL or by those who find you on sites like Google from key word searches associated with your website.
Hosting can cost as little as a few dollars a month depending on the company you use for hosting and a lot of times hosting companies have on going discounts and coupons to make it even cheaper.
I personally recommend http://www.BlueHost.com/ because of their great customer support service they offer you 24/7/365 and because my pages tend to load faster which is important for viewers coming to your site.
Once you are on BlueHost.com click “Get Started”
You’ll see a page laying out their 3 plans. Look over each of the 3 and notice their differences because you’ll want to make sure you get the right plan in case you have multiple websites that need hosting.
You can read the differences of each but I definitely recommend the middle plan titled “Plus”
I personally use this plan because it allows unlimited domain names so I can run multiple sites such as the ones I’ve created below on the same hosting account for no extra charge:
- FoyPropertyGroup.com – My personal lead catching website on real estate
- GolfPracticeGuides.com – Golf Practice Guides, Lessons, and Accessories
Click the green “Select” button once you’ve decided on your hosting plan.
On the next page select “register a new domain” and enter your desired domain name. If you already have a domain from previous years enter it to the right or make sure the “I already own this domain” is checked if you are on a mobile device.
You have the option of making your domain url end in something other than “.com” if you desire.
On the next page you’ll fill out all of your information,
Select the billing cycle you want. Typically you save more by paying more in advance like I paid for twelve months of hosting so my rate per month was cheaper than if I paid for only one month or three months.
Make sure to uncheck all the unnecessary options below the account plan that BlueHost may or may not have automatically check marked.
Enter all of your billing information to finish your sign up process.
Check the “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” and then click the green next button.
Check your email for a welcome email from BlueHost and make sure to save it because it will contain your username and password as well as a link to the cPanel.
Go to your BlueHost cPanel and log-in in using the username and password that should be in the email. You can access your cPanel at BlueHost.com and it’s recommended you bookmark the cPanel once logged in for making future access easier.
Once logged into your Cpanel make note of the icon locations of the bulleted list below as these will most likely be the only ones you’ll ever use so that you know where they are in the future.
- Email Accounts
- File Manager
- Customer Support
Again, bookmark the Cpanel as it differs from your blog site but it will hardly be used ever once you have a blog or website set up. The Cpanel basically allows you to manage a bunch of settings that mainly experienced web designers would understand. I only know a few and it’s from YouTube videos I found teaching me. For the rest of us stick to those main icons I mentioned.
Now find the WordPress icon near the top of the cPanel rows.
Once you’ve found the WordPress icon, click on it and you’ll see the install page.
Hit the green button that says Install and select the domain name you want to install it for from the drop down menu if you don’t see it selected.
Click Install once you have selected the domain you want WordPress to go to.
It will begin installing for a minute but while it does it will re-direct you to an advertising page which you can ignore while the installation bar fills up to 100%.
Then you’ll see a page saying they sent you an e-mail with the details.
Next go to your WordPress Dashboard and log-in to your website. The dashboard is simply your domain followed by “/wp-admin” so for example domainname.com/wp-admin
Also, bookmark the URL of your domain name with the slash wp-admin so you can access your log-in dashboard easier in the future but it’s also pretty simple to just add the short url extension to your domain name’s url.
This takes you to your blog dashboard where you can begin editing your website. Once logged in you can go to General Settings on the left side of your dashboard and change your blog title. The posts and pages tabs are where you’ll add those and the appearance tab is where you’ll find a free theme for your website until you upgrade to a paid professional theme which is recommended. Check out Thesis Themes as they have some professional themes that look great on websites.
All other steps are handled in WordPress from here on so no worries about having to use Cpanel.
Your next steps will be to navigate around the WordPress dashboard learning how to add pages, posts, and plug-ins to your website. Use YouTube or Google searches to learn how to use WordPress if you have trouble.
Here is a link again to BlueHost.com and I do receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you decide to use this link. Thank you for your support! http://bluehost.com
Hope this page helped you in creating your very own website, live for the world and your business customers to see.
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Be great today,
P.S. See more video lessons on building a website on my YouTube Channel.
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