So You Want a Website – A WordPress site Starting from Scratch

| January 13, 2013 | Reply

wordpressstepsWhen starting a WordPress website you will need

  1. A domain name (or URL of your website)

    This can be bundled with the web hosting

  2. A web hosting account (Linux)

    This can be bundled with the domain name company

  3. The most current version of WordPress

  4. A WordPress theme


  1. A domain name (or URL of your website)

    • GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar. Names are reasonably priced at about $10 per year (to add privacy is another $10). All the major domains are available there (including: .com|.co|.org|.net|.info|.me and all the available country domains)
    • You can also purchase domains from any major web hosting company, or companies such as Register.com, Tucows and Network Solutions
  2. A web hosting account (Linux)

    • This can also be purchased at GoDaddy (which has a control panel that has automatic installation of WordPress).
    • 20% of Hosting for your Website at GoDaddy.com!
    • But the hosting company can be different…
    • Dependable hosts with control panels that allow for automatic installation of WordPress also include iPower, HostGator, WestHost, and BlueHost.
    • These hosts all have plans as low as $5 per month for plenty of space, plenty of speed, email, easy to use control panels and decent long standing reputations.
    • If you want a more handsfree but pricier option for WordPress managed hosting, you can try WP Engine (this company handles a lot of the maintenance of your back end for WordPress- like updates and security)
  3. The most current version of WordPress

    • This can (should) be installed from your host’s control panel or it can be manually installed
    • Download WordPress
  4. A WordPress theme

    • WordPress comes with two standard themes that are installed along with the WordPress (Twentytwelve is a responsive design and good theme to familiarize yourself with the back end of WordPress)
    • You can also find free themes or purchase premium themes. It is wise to use the free themes that are in the WordPress repository or a trusted source. Alot of sneaky people put sneaky code in themes located in “Free” theme sites.
    • Great stable and robust premium themes:
      Solostream Themes
      Elegant Themes
      eCommerce Themes at Jigoshop

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