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How To Set Up Your First WordPress Website

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wordpress-setupThanks to the power of internet, the world is getting smaller. Everybody can actually show the world anything by simply accessing the World Wide Web through various ways. One way of talking to the world is by making your own website through WordPress. Unlike other social networking sites where you get to post updates and it gets lost with the rest of swarming photos and other posts, having your own website is different. The whole thing is all about what you want to talk about, what you want people to see and people can visit your page anytime, anywhere they are.

WordPress websites are popular because it is cheap yet totally functional, convenient and easy to use. A lot of people who are just starting out in making their own websites use WordPress because using it does not require special skills and also has free plugins.

Setting up your own website is easy.

Server And Hosting

First, set up your WordPress site on your server to show up on for the domain name you chose, or you may also get your site hosted for free through WordPress.com and just choose your website name. Often, especially if you are setting up a website for business or if you want a lot of visitors in your site, choosing a separate domain name and hosting is a more professional option.

WP Software

Download the WordPress software to your computer. This will allow your website to run on WordPress’ CMS. To get the most of what the software’s features, get the latest and most updated version of WordPress here. You can unzip the file once it is downloaded and save it in your hard drive.

You can now start adding your information. To do this, open the WordPress folder on your PC. Look for wp-config-sample.php and rename it to wp-config.php. Open this in a text editor and fill out the required details for your database. Next, go to your hosting cPanel and look for the MsSql section. After this, you can now create a new database and save this information on file. Once you have filled in the database details in the wp-config.php file, save it and then close it.

Upload Files

You should now upload the files to the server. It may get a little confusing at first but you will easily get the hang of it after a few uploads. The first thing you have to do is to go to the hosting cPanel and look for the FTP accounts. Create a user and type the following information: FTP name, username and password. Next, go to http://www.coreftp.com and download the FTP client. It will show you some installation instructions that you should follow. When you are done, add another account and then connect that to the server using your FTP data. You can now upload your files on WordPress to the server.

Install WP

Now is the time to install WordPress. After the upload, open the browser and go to www. yoursite.com/wp-admin/install.php and it will now be installed. You will be given a login and password to the admin area. Save these on file.

Choose A Theme

This is the exciting part – choosing the design theme. There are so many professionally made free WordPress themes that available online. If you want more, you can also explore a lot of companies that sell premium themes. If you don’t want to spend money on getting great themes, there are support forums you can go to.

Admin Area

You now also access your site admin area. Go to www.yoursite.com/wp-admin/. Remember the login and password given to you? Enter it in here and you’re goo to go. You can explore the content of the system and playing around with the management menus.

Make Tweaks

Now, you can set your theme and update the general settings of your website. But first, activate the chosen theme by going to ‘Appearance’, then to the ‘Themes’ located in the left panel menu. This shows a list of themes that you can choose from. Simply click and confirm the theme you want for your website.

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