Now you’ve got your domain name and website hosting, it’s time to start adding articles, videos, and pictures.
For that, you’re going to install WordPress.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS). That’s a fancy was of saying it’s a program that lets you manage your articles, videos, and pictures, without knowing how to program a website.
This allows you to build your first website without spend thousands of hours memorising Java, HTML, or CSS so you can devote that time to making an incredible website.
How to install WordPress
If you’ve never done it before, installing WordPress can seem daunting. But as you’ll see through this simple guide, it’s actually quite simple (once you know the steps).
So once you sign up for your domain name and website hosting, just follow these steps below to install WordPress!
1. Go to Your Website Control Panel
Your website control panel (or cPanel as it’s more commonly referred to) is the page that allows you to manage the ‘backend’ (the part of your website that no-one sees. Think of it like a car motor) of your website.
All you need to do is go to http://www.YourWebsiteName.com:2082
Obviously, you need to replace ‘YourWebsiteName.com’ with your website name and TLD then just add :2082 to the end.
If I was trying to get into this websites control panel, I would go to http://www.howtomakeabrandnewwebsite.com:2082
2. Enter Your Login Details
These details will have been provided to you by website host when you signed up. If you can’t find them, just log onto your webhosts website and get them from their technical support.
3. Click on Fantastico De Luxe
Scroll down till you reach the ‘Software / Services’ section and click on Fantastico De Luxe. This is the program you’re going to use to install WordPress.
4. Select New installation
When you enter Fantastico De Luxe, you’ll have the option to install many different CMS’s. Select WordPress and click on ‘New Installation’
5. Enter Your Username and Password
You’ll arrive on a screen with lots of different fields to fill out. If this is your first website and first WordPress installation, you can leave all of them blank except for two: Username and Password.
Obviously, choose something memorable because these are the details you’ll need to login to your website and start writing articles.
Once that’s done, just click on ‘Install WordPress’ and follow the simple instructions to complete your installation!
You’ve just installed WordPress onto your website. You can see the results of your hard work by visiting your domain name.
If you want to start fiddling around in the Dashboard (this is what the WordPress management area of your site is called), all you need to do is head to http://www.YourDomainName.com/wp-admin (obviously replacing ‘YourDomainName.com’ with your actual domain name) an enter the username and password you just entered.
If you’re ready to start making your website look beautiful, check out our WordPress Design Guide.
And don’t worry, you don’t need to know any programming to make a beautiful looking website.
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