I set up a lot of websites and 99% of them run on WordPress. WordPress is an open source content management system that powers some of the biggest websites in the world. There are tons of free themes, plugins and more to give you functionality of a complex website without all of the technical coding.
WordPress is not just a blogging platform and I guarantee you will be able to build the website you’ve always wanted using it. By following this step-by-step guide, you will have your own self-hosted WordPress website set up in five minutes.
Pick a Domain Name
The domain name for this website is benhebert. The .com part is called the extension. There are many different types of extensions like .com, .net, .org or .us. I recommend that you start with a .com domain.
Choosing a domain name can sometimes be difficult because a lot of them are already taken. If you are looking to set up a website with a generic name like World Bank or BillsAutomotive.com, you’re going to have to get creative. You can check to see if the domain you want is available at CheckDomain.
Register your domain using Namecheap because they have low pricing, a free whoisguard (blocks your personal information from being listed) and they did not support SOPA.
Signup for Fatcow
I use Fatcow web hosting for most of my websites. They have excellent support and all of their servers are 100% wind powered.
- Visit Fatcow
- Enter your domain name as shown below. Make sure to include the extension
- Login to your Fatcow Account
- Once at the Control Panel (CPanel) click on the WordPress Icon (image)
- Click new install (image)
- Select your domain and leave the installation path blank ie yourwebsite.com/ (image)
If you just completed these steps, you have just set up your first website in five minutes or less. You are well on your way to becoming an internet marketer and online entrepreneur. WordPress is one of the key skills you’ll need to be successful.
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