This post will step you through creating a new WordPress website.
Follow these instructions to create your new WordPress website in less than 5 minutes.
WordPress is free software that powers almost 25% of all websites. WordPress is called a content management system (CMS) because it allows people to easily manage content on their website Some of the benefits of WordPress include:
- it’s open source – which means you have complete control
- a large community – lots of users means lots of developers which means lots of options for you
- it’s user-friendly – WordPress is by far the easiest CMS to learn how to use
Most software companies don’t share the “source code” that they use to develop their software.
Open source is a different way of making software. Open source means that any developer can “look inside” the software allowing them to make changes and improvements.
Open source has many advantages: a) it can grow really quickly because lots of developers can get behind it, and b) companies can hire their own developers to manage their systems without relying on third party support.
WordPress solves a lot of problems for a lot of people who just want an easy, cheap way of managing their website.
Because WordPress is so popular (it powers 1 in 4 websites) there is a lot of demand for designers and developers who specialize in WordPress.
Because there are so many WP end-users and developers, lots of other companies have emerged who supply products and services to these two markets.
This very large community ensures that prices are low, quality is high and WordPress users have lots of options when it comes to their building and growing their websites.
WordPress is not the only content management system available – but it is the easiest to learn.
You don’t need to come from a technical background to learn how to update the content of your website. #
If you can send an email – then you can update the text and images on your WordPress website!
In about 15 minutes, you’ll have a new WordPress website live on the Internet.
Step 1. Setup a web hosting with SiteGround.
- Click here for a detailed article on choosing the best web hosting for WordPress.
Step 2. Select the website setup wizard
Step 3. Choose to install WordPress
- Enter your details (very carefully) and select Install WordPress
- Choose a username and password you will use to log-in to your WordPress website.
- In the field “Admin email”, enter your email address. *This is important if you have trouble logging in and need to reset your password.
WordPress should just take a few seconds to install. When installation is complete, a final screen will appear displaying the web address of your new WordPress site along with your username and password.
Be sure to note these details carefully.
As of right now, you’re new website is live on the Internet. Let’s take a look around – starting at the top.
- The top of the website displays your sites title.
- The image underneath the title is called the “header image“.
- Underneath the “header image” is the menu. By default, all pages are automatically added to the menu.
- the “home” page is preset to show your latest “blog posts” (i.e. news articles)
- On the right hand side of the home page is “the sidebar”. The sidebar is made up of little pieces of content called “widgets”. In this example, there are six widgets: a search box, a list of recent posts, a list of recent comments, links to archived posts, a list of categories, as well as site meta data; which is basically a bunch of important links.
Congratulations on setting up your first WordPress website.
- Your website now exists on the Internet. It has a unique web address (E.g. yourname.com) that you should note carefully for future reference.
- The software that powers your website is called WordPress. WordPress is free, open-source software that makes it very easy to create and manage content.
- WordPress powers more than one in five websites including many of the worlds leading brands (including Sony, the New York Times, TechCrunch) well as most of the most high profile bloggers and Internet marketers.
- To setup WordPress, you first need web hosting. Once you have web hosting, you’ll need to log in and install WordPress
- Once you have WordPress installed, you need to log in to the WordPress dashboard (E.g. http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin) to begin managing your website.