How to Set up WordPress: Manual for Beginners

how to set up wordpressWhy use WordPress for your blog or website

With over 75 million websites and blogs using WordPress to power them it is one of the most popular and also easy to use ways to start your career online. WordPress is very simple to use without any knowledge of coding and is almost infinitely adaptable with the many themes and plugins that are available to expand your sites functionality. Through WordPress you can create a site that will do almost anything that you want it to.

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If you don’t know how to use WordPress to create a website then you might find our tips quite useful.

How to set up WordPress on your host server

Your first step in creating your own WordPress site is to first setup your WordPress installation within your host. Your host being a company such as Hostgator or Bluehost who will provide you with space on their servers on which to place your website. Most of these hosts provide you with facilities to install WordPress for you with a “single click”. However more often than not you will need more than a “single click” but the process is however very simple:

WordPress installation on Hostgator:

Open your cPanel using the link and the password that your host will have provided for you.

If you have not already added the name/URL of your new website to your host you will need to first find “Add Domain” on your cPanel to add it to your account.

Find “Quick Install” on your cPanel under “Software / Services” and click it to open a new window.

In the new Window look at the menu on the left and select “WordPress” which will be under “Blog Software” along with any other software they can install. Once clicked you will need to then select “Continue” in the main window.

The next screen will ask you for the details of your new site and you should copy the relevant information into the boxes displayed.

Once you have provided the information simply press “Install Now” and your website or blog will be set up for you in a matter of a few seconds.

You will be then provided with a link to your new site’s dashboard which will look something like http://mybrandnewwebsiteexample.com/wp-admin along with your password and username which you should make a note of.

Setting up your WordPress as you would like it

Once WordPress is installed on your host’s server your site is already live and you can already view how your site will look if you navigate to it as you would any other site online. However the content will be the example pages that come with your installation and the basic theme that is provided. If you use the link that you have been provided you can now navigate to the dashboard of your site to start to learn how to set up WordPress the way that you want it. Of course you can use a WordPress installation service to set up everything for you; but the software is actually quite easy to use and very difficult for you to do anything seriously wrong to your site. Building a website with WordPress you should pay attention to several factors. It is often best to just jump straight in and start looking at:

What theme should you use for your site: there are many different themes of templates that are available for you to use and many of them are completely free. These can be accessed through your dashboard by selecting “Appearance” then “themes”. Once there you can search through the many themes until you find the one that best suits what you want such as an ecommerce site, a magazine, or a video blog to name just a few. WordPress allows you to preview how each theme will look before you even think about downloading and using them.

Menus, Sidebars and footers: each theme will have different styles of menus for navigation, sidebars and footers so you can experiment with these to see what information you want to display and how.

Create content for your site: the editor that is available for creating pages and posts is very simple to use, much like any other word processing software. You can use it to quickly create content for your site. You can experiment with this and try adding images, videos and other content to engage your readers.

Plugins for your sites: often you will want to do something that WordPress does not at first glance provide. More often than not there will be a plugin that you can download that will add the functionality that you need and these can be accessed through the “Plugins” tab on your dashboard.