How to Set Up WordPress

Posted in WordPress on May 15, 2014

Building a website with WordPress doesn’t require you to do any HTML or CSS coding and is thus a very easy way to build a website, but many people are confused when they use WordPress for the first time and don’t quite know how to set up WordPress. I myself had no idea how to set up WordPress when I first started, but after just one day, I couldn’t imagine building a website without it.

Here’s what you need to set up a WordPress website:

A domain and web hosting (easy to set up and relatively cheap)
WordPress
An FTP program (lots of free programs available)

A web hosting service I highly recommend is 1and1.com. Set up an account there and buy a domain with web hosting. Then, go to WordPress.org and download the latest WordPress. Unpack the.rar file anywhere on your computer. Next, you need to put the unpacked files on your web host. You do this via an FTP program. The FTP program I use is called CoreFTP and is completely free.

Log into your web host with the information that was given to you when you bought the domain. On the right side of CoreFTP, you’ll see what is currently on your website. There either are a couple of folders, or it’s completely empty. When you’re web host is empty, just put all the files and folders you’ve unpacked earlier directly on your web host. If there are different folders already on your web host, put the files and folders in the “httpdocs” folder.

Now, in your web browser, go to your domain. It will notify you that there’s no wp-config file and there is a button to create such file. Click on the button and follow the instructions. If you don’t know what you need to fill in, go to your web host’s website to gather that information. When you’ve filled out the form, it will ask you for a blog name. Make a catchy blog name and fill in your email address. When you’ve done that, it will give you a username and password. Write these down and click on “Log in”.

Log in with your username and password and voila! You are behind the scenes of your very own website. From here you can add pages, posts, install themes, plugins and pretty much anything you need to build your website. After a quick look around the interface, you’ll know where everything is and what to do with it, there’s really nothing to it. And now you know how to set up WordPress. As you can see, it’s really not that difficult and you don’t need any technical know-how. Building a fully functioning website with WordPress is super easy and fun to do.

By Chris H Wilson

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