Basic Steps to Start a WP Site

Browsing on Twitter I noticed a lot of people asking for the same help. So here is a quick guide to let you know exactly what you need to do. If you want something more detailed you can check out my guide on how to set up WordPress.

“how do I create a WordPress site?”

The Basics

Step 1

Make sure you have a domain, if you are a free plan you are probably using something like example.wordpress.com but now its time to switch to a .com name. I use Namecheap to register my domains, but if you google domain registrar you will find plenty of options.

Step 2

The next step is to sign up for a hosting plan, I have been using Flywheel for a couple of months now and they are pretty solid. Again if you search “WordPress hosting” you will find many options.

Step 3

Once you have signed up for hosting and pointed your domain to the hosting company you will have to wait usually between thirty minutes to an hour before the URL is live.

Step 4

Once the domain is ready you can install WordPress. Most hosting companies now offer a 1 click install, so google your hosting company and WordPress (ex. A2Hosting WordPress) and you should be able to bring up some instructions on how to install it.

Step 4B

Depending on who you sign up with, you may get a free SSL so make sure that when you install WordPress you select https for the URL address. Flywheel includes a free SSL with all plans.

Step 5

One of the final steps is to pick a free theme from the directory or find a premium theme that you like. I have been using ThemeForest for almost 6 years now. Again if you google “premium WordPress themes” you will find tons of sites out there.

Step 6

The final step is the fun part, time to make the theme your own. Add your content photos, social media accounts. Have fun and enjoy. Don’t forget to share on Twitter.

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