You’re doing it! You bought a domain name and paid for a website hosting plan and now you’re ready to get a website up and running for your business. This DIY solution is great because at this moment you just need to have some sort of online presence and you like dabbling with this stuff. The only cost here is the price of your hosting plan and you have thousands of free WordPress website themes to choose from. This budget-friendly option doesn’t sacrifice presentation, you can accomplish a lot with a good theme, the right photos, and if you pick your fonts and colors wisely. Just a word of caution, it may be overwhelming for some people but if you follow these steps closely, you’ll get it. Plus feel free to contact me if you run into any roadblocks.
Let’s get into it.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free website content management system (CMS) that you can add and edit your own written content at your leisure. You can also add your own photos and galleries, create pages and blog posts and even add your own contact forms. How your website will look will be determined by the WordPress theme that you pick. It’s fairly easy to use out-of-the-box but the more customizations you seek, the trickier it will be. To make things easier for you, I’ve pick out a free theme for us to walk through. If you like this theme, all you have to do is change the content to your liking and you’re all set!
Assuming you’ve already bought your domain name and hosting (if not, read this). I will use HostGator as an example but the process is the same with all the other hosting companies. You will need to install WordPress to your hosting account and it’s just a few clicks to complete.
Log Into Your cPanel
Visit hostgator.com and sign in (portal). Click Launch Cpanel to open it up. Inside your Cpanel, scroll down and click WordPress.
Click Install Now
Directory, Site Name & Password
Wait for Installation to Complete
WordPress Dashboard Link
Installing a Theme
Congratulations on successfully installing WordPress. You can view your fresh WordPress website by entering your domain name in a web browser but it’s going to look very ‘bloggy’. Don’t be disappointed though if a website! We’re going to walkthrough how to install a theme and that will take your website to a whole new level. Ready? Click here to learn.