4 steps to start a WordPress website

WordPress is a free Content Management System (CMS) that allows anyone to make, design, write and manage their own website. The platform powers 25% of all websites (including CNN, NASA, People) and is totally beginner friendly.

WordPress needs to be installed on a web host. We’ll be using Bluehost who have a 1-click install and also handle many other parts of starting and running a website for you. Their process is easy and costs next-to-nothing.

CHOOSE AND REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME

A domain name is what people type into their browser to view your website. alinaerika.com is a domain name. It’s also used for email, such as office@alinaerika.com.

There’s a wide range of domain name extensions available, including .com, .org, .net, .info. Domain.com is considered the best, but also the most popular so your preferred. Registration typically costs €12 to €18 a year.

SETUP WEBSITE HOSTING

Every website needs to be hosted. A web host is just a home for your site and its content (like a remote computer). The host then ‘serves’ the website to visitors when they type in your domain name. It sounds much more technical than it is! In a few clicks you’ll be set up and ready to start posting for the world to see. There are hundreds of web hosts out there, but Bluehost is by far the best choice for beginners.

Once you’ve found a domain name, simply continue to create your Bluehost account. The “Basic” package is more than enough for most websites, and you can uncheck the other paid options for now if you don’t want them. You don’t need to enter a VAT number if you don’t have one.

INSTALLING WORDPRESS ON BLUEHOST

Technically your online presence is secured at this stage, but if anyone goes over to your site, there won’t be much to see! That won’t be for long though… you’re about to install WordPress which allows you to easily manage your whole site, including content and design, without any technical background or coding experience.

WordPress is used by 80 million websites, including this website. It was first designed for blogs but even online stores and major news sites like CNN and MTV use it today.

CHOOSE YOUR WORDPRESS THEME

If you go to view your site now, it’ll look very basic and empty. So go ahead and change the theme of your new site.

Just go to your WordPress Admin panel, click on “Appearance” > “Themes” and browse hundreds of free themes. When you find one you like, click “Preview” or “Install” to apply the theme with just a click!

As you’d expect, WordPress also makes it incredibly easy to start writing content that looks great. Clicking on “Posts” > “Add New” will open up the editor window, which looks similar to your typical word processor.

Once you have a couple of articles published on your website’s topic, there are endless opportunities to start growing your audience and even make some money!

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