One of the best things about WordPress is its ability to operate in many ways:
- a personal website
- a photographers gallery,
- an E-Commerce site
- a blog
- whatever else you need it to be
The ability to change a theme or add a plugin means your website can take on many different guises.
Remember, it is important that when you start your website that you have a plan – set out what you wish to achieve and a realistic time frame in which to do this. The following are the steps needed for you to start your own website:
Step 1 – Domain names
For any website to exist online, first it needs to have a website name. When setting up your website, its a good idea to have your own domain name reflecting the brand or niche. Picking your registrar can also get you some special offers – for example, Namecheap offer you free privacy so people cant lookup your address from your domain name.
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Step 2 – Website hosting
Now you have a name for your new site, you need somewhere to store the website so it can be accessed 24/7 – this is called website hosting. Some hosts offer shared hosting, others give you your own server – but getting the cheapest host isn’t necessarily the best.
Find more on website hosting and how to link your domain to your host after you have your domain name.
Step 3 – Installing WordPress
You’ve now got a name and somewhere to host the website, its time to install WordPress. For this, most hosts have a control panel allowing you to install a number of preselected scripts – Head over to the Softaculous section and select WordPress as the script to install.
Step 4 – You’re all setup
Now WordPress is installed, you are ready to customise the site by adding your own content, installing themes and plugins etc.
More information on these can be found by clicking here or check out the WordPress Hacks blog section for various bits of code to add to the site for specific functions.