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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to design a website, or more specifically how to design a website using wordpress. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this series of video lessons, I’m going to teach you step by step how to create a professional looking website in a simple and easy to follow way in about an hour.
As a programmer, and teacher I have found that the best way to learn any new language or use a new tool is simply to do it firsthand. And that’s exactly what were going to do. I’m going to show you step by step exactly how to create a professional blog so. Instead of just watching me, you’re going to follow along and do it. I’ll supply everything you need, from the files, pictures, and themes so that at the end of these videos, you’ll have a functioning and beautiful website. But at the same time, you’ll learn all the intracies of WordPress. I’ve found that this truly is the best way to learn any new tool. Let’s take a look at this website that we’ll be creating…. as you can see, the website that well be making is a professional and simple blog. And while wordpress is most known for a content management system for blogging, it can create anything from blogs to ecommerce sites, to business sites and more. But the best way to learn WordPress is to start simple and to work our way up. We will learn the basics in this series and in further lectures we’ll learn how to set up business and ecommerce sites.
In this lesson, we’re going to start simple and learn the very basics of designing a new website. Just a general overview of this lesson, first off we’re going to learn the tools required to start any new website. Then we’re going to lookat what this WordPress is, why we’re using it and what it does. Next, we’re going to talk about web hosting, why its necessary, and some recommendations on hosting companies to use.
So the first thing that we’re going to be looking at are the requirements for creating our website. And contrary to what most people may think, it’s actually quite simple. We’ll really only need 3 things, and those are a web design platform, a web hosting service and a domain name. Let’s start with the first one, our web design platform.
And that’s going to be wordpress. Put very simply, wordpress is our web design tool it’s what is used to create our website. It really is a content management system and is what really houses our content and allows it to be framed in the design of our choosing. , and it stores our functions, files, themes, and all the code to our website. So for those that are unfamiliar with code, WordPress is great because no programming knowledge is required to start a wordpress site. However, for those that know code or want to learn, wordpress is flexible enough to allow us to hard code functionality and design to our website.
So we know what wordpress is, now why exactly do we want to use wordpress. I already mentioned its flexibility, but another thing that is that WordPress is 100% free, which isn’t true for many other web design software. Also, WordPress is one of the largest, if not the largest web design tool and so it has great support and features. It has 1000s of plugins and themes so you can make a very simple website very intriciate without the need for code. And we’ll talk more about these in future videos. Because coding is not a prerequisitie, wordpress is very intuitive to use. And finally, wordpress is trusted by over 70 million websites. And that’s a lot of websites. Some of the more notable websites are sites like forbes, izod, the rollingstones, techcrunch, and mashable and that’s just to name a few. And as you can tell from the list, you can make all types of websites from ecommerce, to blogs and business sites.
Now that we know which web design tool we’ll be using, the next thing for us to do is to talk about the web hosting. Simply put web hosting is a server that supplies power and stores the files to your website so that your site will be up and running 24/7. So when a user wants to access your site, they will be able to do so by accessing your server. While in the past, website owners used to each own and manage their servers, now a days we use web hosting companies which house and manage thousands of servers for us. All we have to do is pay a small fee each month, typically it’s about 3-6 dollars a month.
If you stll don’t understand what a web hosting company does, an analogy to make it even easier is to think of a web hosting company like a utility company supplying energy to your house. We pay the utility company to provide our house with power, just like we pay the hosting company to supply power to our website.
And the hosting company we use at WPFORALL and the one that we suggest for you is Hostgator. We’ve tried many companies in the past, Justhost, Bluehost, Dreamhost and Hostgator however we’ve found that the most reliable, cost effective and the company with the best customer service is hostgator. Feel free to use whichever company you want, this is just meant as a suggestion however if you do use Hostgator, be sure to use the coupon code WPFORALL25 at checkout to save 25% off.
I’ve been talking a lot and like I mentioned before most of our lessons will be done through following along. So the first step we need to do is to sign up for a web hosting plan so we can start hosting and then design our website.
I’m going to show you how to sign up with Hostgator, however if you’re curious about some of the other companies I wrote a fairly detailed review of the different hosting companies and I’ll have a link to that in the description below so you can make the most informed decision.
So the first thing we’re going to do is head on over to hostgator and we’re going to see a couple of things, which are staggered well by price category. There are 3 major options and that is shared hosting, reseller, VPS, and a dedicated server. For our purposes, we’re going to be using a shared hosting plan which simply means multiple site owners share the same server and is designed for sites with less traffic. I’d say if your website has less than 100, 000 visitors per month a shared hosting plan would be perfect. So let’s just click on the shared one.
Now we’re going to see 3 other plans. A quick breakdown of these is that the hatchling is for hosting 1 individual website, baby allows us to host an unlimited number of websites and the business plan gives us additional security and a phone number which would be beneficial if you are creating an ecommerce website. For most of us, the hatchiling plan should do since we are only creating 1 website. And like the VPS and dedicated server we can always upgrade in the future.
I’m going to go through this page fairly quickly since most of it is just filling out our credit card and details. The first box is for us to register our domain name. In addition to being a hosting provider, hostgator is also a domain registrar so we can register our domain name with them. You may have to enter quite a few names before the one you want is available, but hopefully your first choice is available. I did some research before, and wpforalltv.com was available so we’ll go with that. One thing to note here is the billing cycle. It is beneficial to sign up for a longer term because as you can see the price is cheaper when you commit for a longer term but that is entirely up to you. This next set is personal info so I’ll let you fill that out, but be sure to write somewhere your username and security pin because we’ll need those later.
the hosting addons is one piece of info that I wanted to talk about. While most of these are checked by default, the only option I generally suggest is the domain privay protection. This will keep info like your address and your name private on something called the who.is directory. For some this is useful, for others they don’t mind their personal info being out there. Entirely your choice.
And finally be sure to enter in the coupon code here, WPFORALL25. That’s gonna save you 25% off so not a bad deal. If you check here, you have a 45 day money back guarantee so if you decide later you don’t want to use hostgator, you can cancel hassel free. So that’s pretty nice. And finally when everythings done, just create account and you should receive an email with your account details shortly.
And that’s it, it really was very simple to do and now we have a hosting account to host our website. In the next lesson we’ll be learning how to install and setup wordpress on our website, using cpanel.