If you’ve read my pages, you’ve probably got yourself a domain and hosting and setup your DNS settings and now you are ready to setup a content management system. If you haven’t read any of the other pages and want to start this guide from the beginning simply go to ‘How To Become A Domainer.’
I’m using WordPress for my content management system and you should probably do the same. There are numerous reasons to use WordPress, such as security, ease of use and many great plugins. WordPress has a consistent URL Structure (which helps with SEO) unlike some of the other Content management systems like Joomla. It’s also free and provides the latest updates when things change on the internet!
In the old days we’d most likely have to build a website from scratch using HTML and CSS stylesheets, but there is absolutely no need to do this these days. We could use these website building blocks and many people do still code websites from scratch, but for our purposes WordPress is a much better solution.
Okay, let’s install WordPress! There are 3 ways to install WordPress and I’ll list them below.
The easy way!
In your website hosting panel you should navigate to the CPanel and find the WordPress one-click installer. Press that installer and follow the online instructions and you’re done.
The intermediate way.
We can use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software to install WordPress. This is useful if you are using your own server and don’t have access to a CPanel like you would in a dedicated hosting solutions. I’m presuming you’ve gone for the simplest option of using a dedicated hosting company and so you shouldn’t need to bother with this method.
The advanced way.
If you’re looking to build and test plugins, themes, etc. Then downloading WordPress on your computer is something that you may want to do. As we’re not doing anything advanced like this, I won’t waste time talking about it.
So, if you’ve chosen option one above then you should now have WordPress installed. Now you’ll need to tweak some settings and after we’ve done that we’ll install a WordPress theme, but we’ll discuss that in my next blog post.
Let’s go ahead and tweak some of the WordPress settings! Exciting, huh? We’ll install some plugins by going to the lefthand menu and finding Plugins>Add New.
Here is a list of plugin to search for and install:
- Wordfence Security
- Askimet Anti-spam
- Head, Footer and Post Injections
- JSM’s Force HTTP to HTTPS
- Simple WWW Redirect
- Rank Math SEO
- Elementor Pro
Elementor is a simple and free website building software. The Elementor Pro version has different prices for the number of websites you’ll be creating. Click here to download Elementor Pro.
You’ll probably want the essential package to start with as this allows you to unlock all features, but only for one website and that costs $49.99/ year. You can upgrade later on as you create more websites to earn revenue with or to flip. The rest of the plugins listed above are free.
Now go to Settings>Permalinks in the lefthand menu. Choose the option Post Name. The reason we choose this option is because the default option includes dates and this may negatively affect SEO as blog posts age.
Congratulations! Now you are ready to install or create a website theme. See you in the next page of this guide ‘Build WordPress Website.’ Have a great day.