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- Step 1: Find a Unique Domain Name (Your Website address or URL)
- Step 2: Get the Best Web Host (Home for your Site)
- Step 3: Pick a Template and Theme (Free or Premium)
- Step 4: Install Website Files: WordPress, Theme & Demo Files (It’s Easy, Trust Me!)
- Step 5: Finish Your Website(Add your personal touch)
- Extras: SEO & Tips for Success (Optional But Recommended)
Step 2: Get the Best Web Host (Home for your Site)
Just like you, your website needs a home to live in.
You now need to claim your domain name, and get a web host for your website to live in.
What is a Web Host?
Websites live on the internet on special equipment called web servers and the company who operates them is called a web host. These servers are online continuously so that you don’t have to be, and are generally protected from hackers and malware so that your site has extra protection. A good web host will have back-up servers in case something happens to the original server. It’s expensive to run a server, and web hosts spend a ton of money on servers and other technical equipment to house your site so that you don’t have to.
There are many web hosts out there, and not all of them are created equal.
After weighing the pros and cons of each service, and after reading countless reviews, there’s one clear winner for the best web host. They come out well ahead of all the other web hosts for site speed, customer service, and value for the money.
I recommend them wholeheartedly and without reserve for people just starting out or who have limited budgets. Their Lite plan is a great place to start, but if you have a little extra money, it’s well spent on their Turbo Plan which will make your site super fast and give a a better chance for your website to be found in search engine’s like Google.
Tips: Get Your Website Up and Running, Simply and Easily
- If you just want a fast easy and cheap website for the first year with a good webhost as well, go with GreenGeeks and buy their domain privacy to go with their free domain name. I would recommend transferring the domain name the following year to namesilo if you’d like to save money just before the plan needs to be renewed.
- If you’re trying to set up your site in the most optimized way for a speedy website and excellent hosting, purchase your hosting from A2hosting, and check the option to use your own domain name which you should purchase from NameSilo. You will then update your nameservers at Namesilo to custom A2hosting nameservers . Namesilo offers privacy services for free with their domain names, and they’re pricing and renewal rates are very cheap.
- If you choose A2hosting, who is our most highly recommended host (I use them here for this site), scroll down to “Additional Options” when in the shopping cart and choose the “Auto-install option” to be “WordPress – A2 Optimized”.
- If you are using a service other than A2hosting, there will sometimes be a WordPress auto install option which you should check. While installing WordPress later isn’t hard, if you do it now, you can skip those particular steps later! Easy Peasy!
- Whether or not you choose A2hosting, we recommend eventually transferring your domain name to namesilo or namecheap and changing the nameservers there to those of your current host. It’s easy to do, comes with free privacy for your personal info, and gives you more control over your domain name. Renewals also tend to be cheaper.
How Do I Connect My Domain Name to My Web Host?
If your domain name is included in your current hosting plan, you don’t need to worry about it!
However, if you purchased your domain name elsewhere, you will need to perform an extra couple of steps. While you can always transfer your domain name to your web host, we recommend against it for a variety of reasons. The order to connect your domain name to your current web host you need to change the name of your Nameservers to your current host.
It’s really very simple:
- Find the nameservers at your current host. You can usually find these by looking in your account and/or contacting your host, or just by googling your host name + nameservers. (If you have a basic shared plan at A2Hosting your name servers will be something like ns1.a2hosting.com, ns2.a2hosting.com, ns3.a2hosting.com, and ns4.a2hosting.com. You will need all of them).
- Go to your user dashboard at namesilo or whichever service that you used to purchase your domain name, and go to manage domain.
- Find the option for custom DNS or change nameservers. This is where you will remove the current nameservers and change them to your new ones. Use all of the available nameservers; enter each nameserver, one per line.
Step 4: Install Website Files: WordPress, Theme & Demo Files (It’s Easy, Trust Me!)
WordPress makes creating a website as easy as playing with blocks when you were a kid!
It wasn’t long ago that In you needed to know how to code complicated pages in html and other weird coding languages in order to make a website. When I made my first site in 2010, it took me almost a year to finish it!
Today though, creating your own unique website is fast and simple. All you need is WordPress!
One of the great things about WordPress (a free website builder that over 30% of the top websites use), is that it lets you easily set up a professional looking website that you own and can be proud of.
WordPress is so popular that it has a huge community that has created a massive library of free themes and plugins to make creating a custom website even easier. In fact sometimes the sheer number of choices free or paid can be a bit overwhelming!
Most web hosts will have a special installer available so that you can install WordPress quickly and easily.
Just sign into your we hosts user account, and go to cPanel or your account dashboard. You’ll usually find the WordPress installer there.
Once you find it, click on install, follow the directions, and soon you will have your basic WordPress website installed. It’s completely free to install with any good web host. You’ll make up your sign-in information during the 1-click installation, just be sure to write it down or remember it so that you can sign into your website to make changes.
Tip: Pick a good username for your admin account when you install WordPress. “Admin” makes a hackers life easy!
Get Theme Files Ready
Now, take a moment while your site is installing, and make sure that you have already found and downloaded your theme from step 3. If you haven’t, don’t worry, just go back to step 3 in this lesson, and pick one out to download onto your computer.
To save time and make your site beautiful quickly, choose your starter/demo content now from the theme website as well.
Install Theme and Demo Files
Once your site is finished installing, log into your site (yourwebsite.com/wp-admin), and you’ll find yourself in the WordPress dashboard.
Go to Appearance>themes in the menu on the left, then click ‘Add New’ and upload the file from your desktop and activate your new WordPress theme. (If you haven’t downloaded it yet from the theme website, you can also search for it in the search bar of the ‘Add New’ area, and install it from there).
Next, if you’ve chosen Astra as your theme, go over to Plugins>’Add New’ then type in “Astra starter templates” in the search bar. (If you chose a different theme, follow the instructions found on your themes website to install starter or demo content to your website, then skip to the following step).
Find the plugin “Starter Templates – Elementor, Beaver Builder, Gutenberg & Brizy Templates”, by Brainstorm Force and click on upload. This will take a few moments, then click the activate button when the process is complete.
You should now be able to choose your website template by clicking on the templates folder in the side menu of your site and finding your preferred template.
If you run into any problems, or if you chose a theme other than Astra, check out these links to help you get your starter website installed:
You now have your very own starter website!
Take a look around and see what it looks like.
Then, let’s keep going to step 5 to make your website really yours.
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Extras: SEO & Tips for Success (Optional But Recommended)
Update Your User Profile
The first thing that you should do is to update your user profile which you’ll find under the users menu to the left on your screen. The account that you are currently in is the administrator account and you want to make sure that you know your user name and password, and that your email address is correct etc. Take a moment to check these, and update them as necessary.
Remember, if you lose access to this account there will be problems.
If your user name is admin or anything similar, I highly recommend that you change it to something that only you would think of to prevent hackers or malicious viruses from getting into your site to easily. Also, if you are going to use this account to post articles, make sure your display name is different from your username for the same reason as above.
Take a moment to check things over and make any adjustments that you need or want.
Set up a Gravatar Profile
Most themes will automatically use a gravatar image as your profile image in WordPress. It’s a great way to customize your profile in a professional way, and keep your identity consistent across the web. You can check it out here if you’ve never heard of it. Another option is to use a specialized plugin such as WP User Avatar for more options.
Add Your Favicon
What’s a favicon you ask? Well, a favicon is the little image that appears in the tab at the top of your browser next to the title of the webpage. That cute little image is also used next to bookmarks, as a desktop icon, and generally anywhere there is an icon of your website. It is literally the symbol of your site.
You don’t have to have one, but why wouldn’t you want one?
Whatever you do though don’t leave it empty. Find something fun or cute or whatever as a placeholder until you design yours. Remember, you can always change it later. And leaving it blank not only makes you less noticeable, but it also looks unprofessional. If you want your site to be memorable, if you want to be taken seriously, that little symbol is a great way to go.
You need a favicon!
To upload a favicon, you’ll find your favicon settings in the site identity tab of appearance>customize. Now upload your favicon!
*Note – Some WordPress themes will put site identity information in a deeper folder so you might have to look around a little bit to find the right tab.