This guide is being developed to help people install, setup and run their own WordPress website.
fyi: I have moved away from CPanel (but this guide remains)
Below I mention CPanel hosting, I have moved away from C-Panel hosting and prefer setting up my own self-managed server (read more on setting up your own server on Vultr for $2.5 a month or read here to setup server on Digital Ocean here or $5 a month). Once you have a server you can secure it, add an SSL certificate and setup advanced security.
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- Securing WordPress
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- Add Google AdWords to your WordPress blog
Rough Install Steps (C Panel)
Buy a CPanel Domain -> Install WordPress -> Install a Theme -> Built a Structure – > Add Your Content -> Extend the Site.
Technical Background and Prerequisites
Don’t be put off by the early technical stuff, once WordPress is installed it gets a whole lot easier.
What is WordPress
WordPress is a free open source Content Management System (CMS) that you can download for free from https://wordpress.org. Alternatively if you don’t want to self host WordPress you can pay https://wordpress.com to create a WordPress Hosting account and site for you. I prefer to self host WordPress (on your own domain) as you have more control and features when compared to hosting on https://wordpress.com.
Installing WordPress onto an online server or local pc?
You can install WordPress onto a web server on the internet or you can install it into your local PC (Mac, Windows or Linux).
Is your online web server WordPress ready
- Choosing a web host – What features do you have with your hosting plan?
- PHP – PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development.
- MySQL – The world’s second most widely used relational database management system
- FTP – The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files from one host to another host over a TCP-based networ
- CPanel – cPanel provides front-ends for a number of common web applications.
- CPanel Overview
- CPanel – Features Overview
- CPanel – FTP Access – This will allow you to upload and backup files.
- CPanel – MySQL Databases – WordPress or custom CMS’s need databases.
- CPanel – phpMyAdmin – This is like an online version of Microsoft Access.
Installing WordPress and pre requisites onto a local development host (Skip this if you do not need to develop locally).
- Replicating a Web Server environment – Allow’s you to develop upcoming versions of websites secretly and offline.
- Installing XAMPP on Mac OSX
- Installing XAMPP on Window
- Installing XAMPP on Linux
Using XAMPP on your local PC (Skip this if you do not need to develop locally).
- Using XAMPP on Mac OSX
- Using XAMPP on Windows
- Using XAMPP on Linux
- Downloading WordPress
- Creating a Database and Database Users online on a CPanel host
- Creating a Database and Database Users locally with XAMPP
- Updating WordPress Config
- Installing WordPress
- User Accounts
- First Backup
Before you start building your WordPress site
- Choose your theme first (as the starter template may need to be installed over a blank database)
- Essential WordPress Plugins
- Second Backup
Building your WordPress website
- Choose and install your theme first
- WordPress Basics
- Pages and Posts
- Now the hard part, actually building your site
- Third Backup
Final touches to your WordPress site
Things to do before you launch your WordPress site
- Get Feedback from customers and experts
- Test your site on multiple browsers and devices
- Benchmark your site to find large files
- Add feedback forms
- Connect your WordPress site to the mobile WordPress app
- Checking Google Analytics Stats
- Checking MailChimp
- Writing Posts
- Sending Newsletters
- Updating WordPress
- Checking for Hackers
- Monitoring Site Performance
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