Creating a website may seem to be a complicated process, requiring good amount of technological know-how. But let me tell you the secret. It’s damn easy. You don’t require any coding knowledge to create a website. If you are a normal internet user, you can do it. And this is made so easy by the powerful Content Management System (CMS) called WordPress.
In this tutorial we will try to keep things short and simple – in fact, so simple that it may not at all look like a tutorial. So, here’s how to create a website in WordPress in 5 easy steps.
1. Register a domain name
You can register a domain for 1 year initially and then renew it every year. It will cost you around $10 to $15 per year. Here is what to look for while buying a domain name.
2. Buy a webhosting account
A good webhosting account may cost you anywhere between $5 to $10 per month. See to it that you buy a hosting account powered with cPanel and Fantastico. Also ensure that it meets the CGI/database and other technical requirements to create a website in WordPress. Here is how to choose a reliable web hosting provider.
3. Set up the name servers
When you buy a webhosting account, you will receive an email containing your server details. It will contain minimum 2 server IPs (called name servers). Login to your domain account and enter the server details. Allow some time for your server details to propogate across the internet – it usually takes a few hours but in some cases, may take up to 72 hours (max).
4. Install WordPress
Login to your webhosting account using the login details sent by your webhosting provider. Go to fantastico in your cPanel and install WordPress. Don’t be afraid, it’s sorta ‘click and install’.
5. Login to your WordPress admin panel
WordPress login URL for your website would be: http://yourdomainname/wp-admin (replace ‘yourdomainname’ in the URL with your actual domain name. For example, if your domain name is xyz.com, then your login URL would be: http://xyz.com/wp-admin)
That’s it. You are done. Whenever you want to make some changes to your website, all you need to do is login to the WordPress admin panel and get into action.