Can a Novice Build a WordPress Site?

Can a Novice Build a WordPress Site?

Installing WordPress can be a very easy to a moderately easy thing to do. Many hosts now offer a single click install for WordPress that allows any body to install it with the click of a mouse. But even if you don’t have that option, the WordPress support community is extensive enough that you can find your way through even the most difficult install on your own. Here are the basic steps you follow to install a WordPress application on  your server.

Get hosted

The first step in getting WordPress up and running is to get hosted. There are plenty of hosts on the web that are very familiar with WordPress, and many of them offer excellent support for installing WordPress.

Register your Domain

Once you’ve got a host, it’s time to pick your URL. You probably will do this through your hosting service and include the cost in the hosting fee of the site.

Install WordPress

There are a few options to installing your WordPress blog. Many hosting providers will give you a one click option where you let their servers do all the heavy lifting of installing WordPress. This is by far the easiest option.

If you don’t have that option however, you can still get the system up and running by downloading the WordPress framework to your local machine, configuring it, and then uploading the files to your sever.

  • • Get the latest files from WordPress.org at http://wordpress.org/download
  • • Open the folder and rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php
  • • Create a database on your server and enter the configuration into wp-config.php
  • • Save the config file

Once you have created your server’s database and changed the config file, utilize an FTP program to upload the WordPress files onto your server. In most cases you will upload the files to yoru public_html folder.

Choose Design Theme

Once you have WordPress on the server it’s time to choose a theme. There are thousands of theme providers on the web for WordPress, and installing them is simple. Exploring the theme options is available from within the WordPress architecture, and you can see additional themes at http://wordpress.org/showcase/.

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