Summary of article:
- Think of a domain name (I know this is difficult for some of us)
- Obtain a host and register your domain name (details below)
- Your host will set up your new website!
- Make your website home your own (more on that later)
Of course the first step is figuring out your domain name. This step took me three months. I don’t think it will take you that long, but it is a decision that should take some thought. Once you have chosen a domain name, and believe it is unique, then you are ready to register the domain name and obtain a “host”.
Here’s just a short video to help with a bit of insight into starting a self-hosted WordPress website.
In the video I show how to navigate to WordPress.org to get started. There you can read a bit about WordPress and its various features. But if you are in a hurry, just click on “hosting” in the menu and you will get a run-down on that.
“But I thought WordPress was free…”
It is important to note that if you are only blogging and that is what you plan to do exclusively (no products to sell), you may best be served by going to wordpress.com and starting a free blog there. There are a lot of design features and you can even have your own domain name for a bit of cash.
A blog on wordpress.com is free (see above). A self-hosted website (launching from wordpress.org) uses paid hosting on a shared or private server. The installation of WordPress content management software on your site is free. In addition to your WordPress install, you will use a “theme” (free or purchased) to style your website.
If you are convinced that you need a self-hosted WordPress website, you will note that on the “hosting” page at wordpress.org, they admit that almost any host can handle a WordPress install, and they provide a list of requirements.
How do I find a “host”?
If you are going to go “indie” here and find your own host, look for hosts that advertise that they are WordPress friendly. Many will have WordPress “one-click” installation. There are many good hosts out there!
Hopefully these notes will clear up any confusion, but feel free to leave comments below.