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What do you need to make a wordpress (org) website – A basic guide for the absolute beginner

Wordpress has become the most well known platform for creating websites. On this article I will explain in brief what are the necessary things you need to do to create your own WordPress site.

  1. Let’s start from the vary basics.

    You first need to have a name. Well it’s not necessary to begin with that step but it’s something that I usually do first. So you need to get a Domain name. In order to get one  you need to search for domain name providers. In many cases they provide a hosting package as well so it’s good if you can get a domain name and hosting from the same provider. It’s makes things a bit easier but if you can’t get both from the same provider, that’s no problem.

  2. Once you have found your desired domain name you can go ahead and buy it.

    The cost for that it’s very low and it can be something like 10 usd or 10€. Maybe less, maybe more, it all depends on the name. After you have purchased it you need to set what is called Domain name servers or DNS. But let’s save that step for a second and jumb a bit forward to the hosting.

  3. In order to have a website up and running you also need a place to host it,

    so you need to find a web hosting provider and select a hosting package that suits your budget and your needs best. It can be something that can cost a few dollars or euros per month. Or if you budget allows it and if you think you are going to have lots of traffic then maybe you need to invest in something bigger, like 20€ a month. It’s up to you.

  4. After you have bought it you can then find your DNS and copy it to the Domain name control panel.

    Once you do that, in max 24 hours, you will have a domain name up and running. Now all you need is to give content to your name.

Many providers offer through their control panel automatic installation of WordPress with the press of one button. This is the easiest and most convenient way. You go to your control panel, you find the WordPress logo and you click on it. It’s usually very straightforward. You click one the logo which will then take you to a new screen  where you get to select user name and password, a name for your site and that’s pretty much it.

Other providers don’t have that option but that’s no problem either. You just need to do a few extra steps. In most of the cases these steps are creating a database via your control panel – all of them have that function, I have yet to see one that doesn’t offer that- download WordPress, extract it, upload it through FPT or file manager to your server, install it (super easy) and that’s it. You can find a very simple guide here.

If you have read the entire article up to here, congratulations!

You now know how to make your own website, or at least what it takes to make one. It’s not hard and there are always people that are willing to help you . However if you are in the process of deciding to create your own website I suggest you give it a try yourself. The feeling of having built something yourself is very rewarding.

So please, if you followed the above guide , or any guide, I would be very interested to hear how it went for you.





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