Building Your Own WordPress Website: Six Basic Steps

Building Your Own WordPress Website: Six Basic Steps

WordPress is more than just a blogging platform. It is the technology behind almost 25 percent of the most active sites on the web. Describing everything that needs to be done in order to develop a WordPress site would fill several books; but if you’re just starting out, you need to know these six basic steps before you can begin your journey.

1. Find a Web Host

In order to set up your site, you’ll need web real estate that can be provided by a web host. Network Solutions, Hostgater, Bluehost, GoDaddy and Dreamhost are a few of the largest. You could choose one of those, or do more research before making a decision. Look for a host with simple, one-step WordPress installation.

2. Buy a Domain Name

Your domain name will be at the beginning of all your URLs. Domain names usually start with some variation of your company name and end with a generic top-level domain, such as .com, .net, .org, or a national ending, like .co.uk, .com.au or .ca. New top level domains like .biz have recently become available; see Wikipedia for a full list. You can look for a domain name that nobody is using, but if you can’t find one you like, don’t despair. You can often purchase domain names that aren’t freely available for sale, but aren’t currently in use, through brokers.

3. Install WordPress

Once you have your domain name set up with your web host, you will need to do your one-click WordPress installation onto the web space associated with your domain name. Once it’s installed, you should get a message that tells you how to sign onto your WordPress site as administrator. It’s a good idea to finish site development before you go live; your web host probably will have instructions on how to do this.

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