I’m going to explain the process of how to get a WordPress website online. In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll guide you through getting your WordPress website from an idea to online. It starts with registering the domain name.
Register Your Domain Name
The domain name should be something simple, easy to remember and of course, available. You’ll need to do a search to see if the domain you want is available. Head over to GoDaddy to use their FREE domain Registration tool.
Do a search for the name you wish to use. Such as example.com or example.net. If the domain name is available, you should see something like this.
Get Your Hosting Setup
Once you have the domain name, you’ll need a place that you can build the website. You’ll need hosting. I’d recommend searching Bluehost, HostGator, GoDaddy and compare pricing. Sometimes you can find discounts by doing a simple google search.
Web Hosting With cPanel
Make sure that you have hosting with a cPanel. cPanel is an online Linux-based web hosting control panel. It allows you to add domains to hosting, create and manage email accounts and so much more!
Companies With Linux based cPanel hosting
Below is a list of hosting plans with the top 5 hosting companies
- HostGator Web Hosting
- GoDaddy Web Hosting
- Bluehost Web Hosting
- Host Monster Web Hosting
- Site ground Web Hosting
Choose The Same Providers
I’d highly recommend that you buy the hosting and domain from the same company. It’s such a mess if you purchase the domain from one website and buy the hosting from another.
WordPress Install Instructions
Here are instructions for installing WordPress for the 5 sites listed above.
- HostGator WordPress Installation Instructions
- GoDaddy WordPress Installation Instructions
- Bluehost WordPress Installation Instructions
- HostMonster WordPress Installation Instructions
- SiteGround WordPress Installation Instructions
let’s walk trough setting up WordPress
Select The Protocol
The first option is to select the protocol you want to use. You’ll want to select https:// which is a secure server. The SSL encrypts all data coming and going from your website. Just recently, Google made an update that will penalize anyone who does not have an SSL secure site. You need to talk to your hosting provider and tell them to add an SSL certificate to your domain. Choose the option that is https://www.
Warning! If you don’t choose this option it will cause you to lose rankings in Google.
Choose The Directory For WordPress Installation
Choose Domain: Please choose the domain to install WordPress
Make sure this next part is correct. Normally, by default, WordPress will try to install into the “WP” directory. Make sure to delete anything in the directory box. If you are trying to install directly to your domain www.yoursite.com you have to erase the WP section and keep that box empty.
Site Name and Site Description
Your site name should contain keywords you want to rank for. Look at this example. Think of the keywords that define your business the most. In the image below, I have my keywords separated by comma’s followed by my brand name.
Keyword1, keyword2, keyword3 | Brand Name.
The purpose of a meta description for your page is simple: to get someone searching on Google to click your link. In other words, meta descriptions are there to generate clickthroughs from search engines.
Choose Your Admin name and Password
Normally WordPress will default your username as Admin. You’ll want to change this. The first thing hackers guess is that your username is admin. This is common knowledge in the WordPress world. You want to change it to something people won’t guess.
The password needs to be strong and changed on a regular basis. It’s good practice to change your password every few months.
You can now install WordPress!
When you have successfully installed WordPress you’ll get a screen like this
That is how to get A WordPress website online
Please watch this short video for more instructions.