Owning or designing a website is undoubtedly a giant step towards online marketing. A website is the best platform to create awareness, reach billions of people worldwide, and let them know about your products or services. A website enables you to attract more attention from your potential clients or customers. Internet Marketers’ major obstacle in owning a website is creating and managing it themselves. Some new marketers have even given up their dreams because they could not afford to pay a website designer for their services. Twenty years ago, hiring a website designer was almost a requirement. But not anymore.
Here is the good news. You can create a website all by yourself and also manage it all by yourself! However, a question about which platform to use always arises when designing your website. People often ask me, “Should I just get a WordPress site or Joomla, Drupal – or what?”
WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla are excellent content management systems (CMS – geek-speak for “website”). These platforms will allow you to change your website without writing out one line of code! These companies offer great features with great customization dra, drag-and-drop templates, and strong site security.
Nevertheless, I will recommend you go with WordPress as your CMS because it is the most popular and often the best choice for people new to Internet Marketing. It works especially great for blogs, small to medium-sized websites, and some smaller e-commerce sites. Therefore, I will discuss the steps involved with installing a WordPress website.
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1. Auto Install of the WordPress Bundle:
I like it very much. Some hosting servers will have an auto-install feature set up for WordPress. Click on the “Install WordPress” Button, fill in the few details that pop up (assigning an Administrator and setting the password), and BINGO! It is finished in just a few seconds.
Now, go and begin to set up your website!
I like easy! How about you? But some out there like doing it the “old-fashioned way” – so this is for you!
2. Download The WordPress Installation Bundle
First, download WordPress through its official download page (WordPress.org). I suggest you download and install the most recent version of WordPress.
The installation bundle will be saved to your computer when you click the Download button for the most recent WordPress version. Find the installation file you just downloaded and extract the files from another folder (preferably a new folder).
3. Transfer the WordPress Files to Your Server
You must now upload the extracted documents and folders to your web server. The simplest way to upload the installation package is through an FTP company. (File Transfer Protocol – you can Google this online to understand the steps and procedures involved. There are many FTP options available, and each has its unique characteristics. It would be beyond the scope of this article to go into all that is available).
After downloading, extract the file and upload it to your website’s hosting account. You can do that through FTP and using the company you choose for the download. For example, if you choose “Filezilla,” you would go >>> c-Panel >>> File Manager >>> Upload File(s). If you want to make this WordPress information your primary site, place the files in your hosting account’s “public_html” folder. Meanwhile, you can also create a sub-folder (public_html/blog) if you wish to run just part of your website on WordPress.
4. Make a MySQL Database for Your WordPress to Use.
You will now have to create a MySQL Database and assign a user with full access (Administrator rights). When you finish creating the MySQL Database and posting a User, ensure you “write out” the database name, username, and password you just created. All of those items will be needed during the installation process.
5. Begin the Installation Procedure
You can now navigate to your website and proceed with the installation process. If you upload WordPress in the public_html directory, you will launch your website by typing your domain name in your chosen browser. You will discover a message letting you know you do not have a wp-config.php file. If this is the case, you should create it now. Click on “Create a Configuration File” to continue.
You will then see a message requesting you to set up the necessary installation. Please ignore it and click GO (since you have already completed this previously with these instructions).
Now, enter the full details of the MySQL Database you have created, then click the Submit Button.
On the next page, enter your Administrative name and the title of your website. After filling in your Administrator details, click “Install WordPress” and – that’s it!
Now, you have successfully (hopefully) installed your WordPress website and can now log in to have complete access to your administrative backend. Now, go and begin to create that awesome website and post articles, etc., to help your clients.
Remember at the beginning when I said, “I like easy?” Now you can see why! If you select a hosting company with “One Click Install” of WordPress – use it! While everyone else is fumbling around about step 3, you will already create your content on your website! It is THAT easy!