WordPress Setup Guide


WordPress Setup Guide

So you want to setup a WordPress Website from Scratch? Yes.

You need 4 things:
Domain, Hosting, WordPress, Design/Themes. Ok.

Let's start with Domain.
Have you registered a domain for your blog? Yes or No.

Good. In that case, we can move to Hosting. Ok, then?

You can register a domain by following these steps. Are you ready? Yes

Click here to visit namecheap.com and type the domain in Domain search box.
Ok. I did that. What next?

If your domain is available, add it to the cart. Done. Next?

Confirm your order by clicking below button. Done. What next?

It will ask you to create an account and fill in all the details.
Make sure you remember the password! Ok, Done.

On the next page, it asks you to fill in your contact information.
After you fill the details, click Continue. Done. What next?

Pay for your domain, you can choose from credit card or PayPal.
Click 'Continue' and that's it!. Next?

Congratulations. You just finished step 1.
Let's go to Step 2 now.

Step 2 is about Setting up Hosting.
We will use Bluehost for hosting. Ok. Take me through.

First, visit Bluehost by clicking this link. Are you there?
You will see below screen. Do you see it? Yes

Click Get Started Now Button. Done.

Select the plan you want to purchase.
For this demo, we will go with their Basic Plan. Ok.

On this page, depending on whether you have domain
or want to get a new one, you can make your selection.
Ok. I have selected my option.

Once you have the domain, its time to enter your contact details. Ok.

Now select the plan that you want to go for. The longer the term you select,
the more discount you get. Ok, I have selected the plan.

Enter your credit card details and make the payment. Done.

Once done, create your password on this screen
(don't forget to store your password somewhere for future reference).
Good Point. I have kept it in a safe place.

Now that you have created the password, its time to login!. Ok, great.

Well done! You are half way thru the process. Phew!!.
Let's start the next steps in 5 seconds.

Login to your BlueHost account & click on Domain Settings. Ok.

Click on 'Nameservers' tab. Ok, I am there.
Here are default Nameservers of Bluehost:

Go to Namecheap and Login.
Go to Domain List > Domains > Select Domain >
Select Manage > Under NameServers, select Custom and
place your Bluehost's nameservers there. Ok.

Click Save changes.
It can take up to 24 hours for this change to be completed
so don’t worry if it doesn’t work right away. Ok

Now, its time to install WordPress on our Bluehost Hosting.
Let’s start! Login to Bluehost. Ok

In the website section click on 'Install WordPress'. Ok.

Select the domain you want to use for this WordPress installation.
You will likely only have one domain. Leave the directory field blank.
Ok. Done

Now enter your site name (can be changed later), username,
email address and password. Keep a note of these details.

You can keep track of the installation progress at the top of the page,
though typically installation takes 5 minutes. Ok. Got it.

As you can see it's straight-forward to get WordPress installed.
Now you can browse to http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin to login.
Ok, I am there.

You should now be able to see the admin dashboard. Yes, I see it.

Now, let's customize Title and Set Front page of your website. Ready? Yes.

Go to Settings > General Settings. 
Here you can set site title, tagline, main email address, time zone,
date format & Language. Make sure you set all of these things correctly now,
as it may come back to haunt you if you don't! Yes, I done.

Now, go to Settings > Reading. I am there

Here you can decide what function you want your WordPress site to take.
You can set front page to take people straight into the blog or
you can set which static page you want to be your home page.
Ok, I have done that.

Well done in making this far! Now, let’s get into creating Pages & Posts. Ok

To add new page, go to Pages > Add New. Fill in your title, add some content
and click publish. If you aren’t ready to publish the page,
click draft. OK, done.

To add a new post go to Posts > Add New,
its then the same procedure as above.
Ok, cool!

Now, let's add Pages/Post to the Menu. I am ready.

Go to Appearance > Menu.
Select your menu and select 'Add to Menu',
you can then drag and drop to arrange it. Ok, done.

Once you select a theme, let's install that theme on your website. Ready?

When logged into the admin dashboard select 'Appearance' and
then 'Themes' from the left-hand menu. Ok, I have done that.

Click the 'Add New' button.
Then search for your theme using the search bar at the top right.
If you have been provided a theme file you can select upload theme
from the top of the page. Done.

Click Install and that's it! Your favorite theme is installed.

Now, let's learn how to add plugins to the site. Ok

Plugins – as the name suggest are tools that adds functionality to your
WordPress site. 

Plugins can turn your website from a simple blog to a fully-featured
e-commerce store, a user forum, a video streaming site, a member's
only website and much more. OK.I understand.

Now, let's learn how to find the best plugins. Ok.

There are two good places to search: Codecanyon and WordPress.org. Ok.

Once you find the best plugin to install, let me show you how to install it. Ok.

From the Admin Dashboard select Plugins > Add New. Ok, done.

Search for the plugin you want, or upload it if you have the files. Done.

Click Install, and give it a few minutes to install.
From the Plugins > Plugins page activate your plugin.
Ok, got it.

Here are my few favorite plugins. Show me.

Updraft Plus (Paid) : It’s too easy to accidentally break your WordPress website when installing a 3rd Party Plugin or theme, make sure you always have backups. And this plugin does just that. It’s a life saver! Got it!
Visual Composer (Paid) : It’s THE BEST Page Builder for WordPress. Just drag and drop and you can create stunning page layouts in minutes. Love it!. Ok. What next?
Ninja Popups (Paid) : If you ever want to have the ability for the user to signup for your email newsletter from your site, this is the plugin to have. Few clicks and you get beautiful popup done. Cool, any more?

This brings us to the end of this long tutorial.
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