Many people and companies nowadays now knows the importance of having a website for their business or personal use but it is expensive and difficult to own one, with this post i will show how to build your website yourself without coding thereby reducing cost and stress.
There are many ways to build a website without coding but i will be talking about using content management script (WordPress, Opencart, phpBB e.t.c ). In this article we will focus on building a website with WordPress, we will talk about all you need to do to get your website running. The following are the things you will learn by the end of this post.
- Buying and Setting Up Your Domain And Hosting Server: Your website need to be hosted on a server for it to be accessible online and you will also need a domain which is www.yoursite.com- So what the server does is that, it is always ON so that your website can be reach anytime someone want to visit is, it also stores the necessary data your website needs and provide enough computing power for many people to visit your website at the same time.
- Installing WordPress: In order to create a website without coding, we will need to use WordPress, OpenCart(eCommerce) or others content management system but for the purpose of this post we are using WordPress.
- Customize your WordPress website.
1) Buying and Setting Up Your Domain And Hosting Server
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a) Their servers are fast
b) 99.9% Uptime which mean your website never goes down and at worst goes down for few seconds in a year.
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d) Unlimited Bandwidth which means that many visitors can visit your website i.e. unlimited numbers of visitors.
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f) And buying through this my link will earn me small commission and for that i will be providing technical support for you and also help you solve any issues you may have with setting up your website, so let go into what Hostgator hosting plan to purchase.
I will talk about two plans share hosting and WordPress hosting. share hosting is a type of hosting where many people share the same server, it can handle any type of website, it can be use to host many website and it does not have a lot of restriction. On the other hand WordPress hosting is specifically build for WordPress website, it makes WordPress faster and sometime you don`t share with anyone. Me i prefer share hosting even if you are using WordPress for your website because it is a complete package your can do anything that any hosting can do with it and it can also accept website that are not WordPress e.g you can have a WordPress and an OpenCart website on the same share hosting plan.
So let quickly go through how to register for domain and hosting on hostgator
Following the steps above you will be able to register for hosting so after that your cpanel link and login will be sent to your email click on the link and use the details sent, to login to your cpanel.
2) Installing WordPress
After you login to your cpanel you will see the wordpress installer menu click it and then select your domain then you see this page
Now 1 is your domain, 2 should be blank unless you don`t want to use WordPress as your default website 3 is your email 4 is the blog title it can be later change though and 5 is WordPress username that will be use for login, if you post or comment this username will show there as the author, the rest are your details fill them and click install
After WordPress installation is done it will take you to a page where you will see your domain name, WordPress username and password click on the domain name to see the newly installed WordPress website and then click on admin login to login to WordPress admin with WordPress username and password. After you login into WordPress you will see a welcome page asking if you need help click i don`t need help to access your dashboard. There you will see a notification that “your website is current displaying a coming soon page once your ready click here” so you click the link to remove the coming page and fully activate WordPress. Incase you want to access your WordPress Admin Page again use the link youdomain/wp-admin e.g. www.yousite.com/wp-admin
3) Customizing Your WordPress WebsIte
To customize your WordPress click on the appearance menu and click theme as shown below.
After that click on the add new button.
Then click on popular- the reason why we are clicking on popular is because it will show popular theme, which many people like, this likely means that the theme is beautiful and nice.
Then put you mouse over the theme you like and click install, after the theme finish installing, you will see the active button click it to activate the theme.
Then on the appearance menu click customize for more customization of you website, there you will see that the appearance of your website is now looking like the theme you installed- you can go to your website to confirm the changes. on the customize page you will see site identity here you can change the website name, tagline and logo. the customization page is easy to use explore it properly till you are satisfied with the way your website looks
finally let me talk about other functionality briefly, like the pages menu is use to created more page for your website you will see a sample page there which will show you how to use it, then we have the plugin menu where you can get different plugins that allow your website to do specific things e.g. a statistic plugin allow WordPress to keep record of people vising your website, record like their ip, country where their coming from e.t.c.
so that is it, for suggestion on how to improve this post chat me up, if you have problem setting up your WordPress website on hostgator chat me up and if you want to use the hostgator hosting you purchase through my link with other content management system like opencart, phpBB and so on chat me up, thanks