Are you are anxious to start a personal website or a blog but don’t know where to start? Well, don’t pie in your pants because its not as difficult as you might imagine. its funny because whenever I tell people that I create website for a living, their first reaction is ” What?! how do you do that?”. If you are reading this and it sound familiar then you are probably a freelancer. Today, I will be going through some steps on how to create a website or blog using WordPress. WordPress is one of the most widely use software in creating website. People love it so much because you don’t have to be a computer geek to know how to use the software.
Host your Site or let WordPress do it for you
Before taking any steps, you have to decide whether you plan to host your website personally or use the WordPress servers. if you are totally new to the world of creating website or blogs, then I’ll highly recommend you let WordPress host your blog for you. This will give you time to learn while creating your own personal blog or website. The other option involves setting up a hosting account and manually installing the files. This is a little technical and can be challenging for some people who are just starting out.
if you plan to host your website then you have to find a reputable web hosting company. They are a lot out there! Some popular ones are: godaddy, hostgator and bluehost. You can choose whichever one works best for you. After signing up at a hosting company, you can then buy your domain and start the installation of your blog or website. Most hosting companies have the WordPress software already built-in and ready to install in just a few clicks. WordPress is such a popular software that hosting companies now make it easy for their members to use. Every hosting company is different in how the setup WordPress on their C-panel. I know bluehost and hostgator use a software called “simple scripts” where you can install many other popular softwares such as Joomla, Drupal and more! Check with your hosting company on how to install WordPress. If you are more of a technical person and would like to install WordPress manually on your server, then you can visit the WordPress development website and download the latest version of WordPress for Free at (http://wordpress.org/download/). After downloading the software, refer to the installation tutorial here: (http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress). This will show you step by step how to install WordPress manually. I highly suggest you utilize the quick installation service offer by your web hosting company, this is faster and ensures that everything is setup probably.
On the other hand, if you want to host your site through the WordPress servers. All you need to do is go on their website at (https://wordpress.com/), click on the Get Started button and follow the on-screen wizard. WordPress has made the process really simple! With just a few clicks you can have your new blog up and running. WordPress also have pre-designed templates available, ready for you to choose and start using. That’s how simple they have made it!