Well, back to the basics. With so many people and business owners still getting on the bandwagon of WordPress and wanting to know how to get started with the installation process, I decided to write a quick post with the starting steps.
Before we get into it all I want to give you my honest opinion of WordPress if you are wondering if you should use wordpress for your website. Wordpress powers around 25 million website and about 22% of all websites run wordpress for their CRM for their personal blog or business website. With a huge community comes huge community support.
There is WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The difference between the two is that WordPress.com is hosted on their servers and WordPress.org is hosted on your own server. I highly recommend using WordPress.org and hosting all the files on your own server. It is much easier than it sounds.
There are great developers and supporters of WordPress that make the CRM easy to use and also make it easy to customize and integrate with other websites and services. It is kind of like the iPad and iPhone. The actual iPad and iPhone systems are great, but it is the community and apps that make Apple products great. Same goes with WordPress. It is the drive for the development community to make WordPress progress that makes it special.
So, yes you should use WordPress for your personal blog or business website
I recommend it with confidence.
Getting started with WordPress
Sign up for a very inexpensive hosting account at Hostgator. We use Hostgator because we have used several other servers in the past and finally ended up with Hostgator about 3 years ago and never had any issues since. They have great customer service too.
Using the information that Hostgator sends, log into your cpanel and click on Quick Install.
On the next page you can click on the WordPress link to start the installation of WordPress. This whole process of WordPress Installation only takes a few clicks.
Click the continue button to start get to the next installation step.
Just fill in the information in the form that pops up in QuickInstall. Typically you are going to just install WordPress in your root or index file. If you want to install in a subdirectory like “blog”, then just enter the subdirectory name that you want to install in. The directory will be created if you don’t have it created. Again, WordPress will run your entire site. It is not just a blogging software, it is a complete content management system. So, if you are confused, just leave the URL area alone.
Enter your information and email address and then click install. A bar will pop up and show the installation process to to 100% complete. You will receive an email telling you about the completed installation with your username, password, and login URL. That is it!!
You now have a WordPress website for your personal blog or business essentially for free. The only cost at this point is the miniscule WordPress hosting. You might want to invest a premium WordPress theme. I highly recommend StudioPress for this. Great Genesis Framework and coding great for SEO.
If you want to take the next steps of getting started with WordPress, make sure to check out our WordPress video tutorials. They are great for step by step WordPress help and marketing advice such as SEO and social media integration.