“Senpai, I have never heard of WordPress before today and I have no idea what you are talking about.” That’s fine, we all gotta start somewhere. Accept WordPress into your life and start on the journey towards kick-ass websites today. I don’t want to go into too much detail on where/how to get WordPress and install it because about a million and one other people have already done that for me. But if I were going to write out a simple step-by-step guide for people this is what it would be. I’ll put relevant links with more detailed information in each step.
Senpai’s 3-Step Plan
- Get a domain and hosting – Pro-tip: You can save yourself a butt load of money by visiting Couponcodehoster.com and getting some coupons. Which hosting company should you use? Honestly it doesn’t really matter, let’s be real it’s unlikely that you’re going to invent the next Facebook overnight and have massive amounts of traffic. For hosting a personal website I’d just go with whoever is offering the best deal. I use GoDaddy even though I take issue with their ‘marketing campaigns’ and the CEO who seems to be a bit of a raging douchebag (amplified by having mountains of cash at his disposal), but their service and prices (what’s actually important to me) has always met or exceeded my expectations. Plus they always offer renewal coupon codes that help you save lots of money down the road. In the long run they are the most budget-friendly domain registrar/web host.
This video is a two-fer, it shows you how to set up the hosting and install WordPress.
- Install WordPress, if you haven’t already – Most major web hosting companies offer a 1-click install service for a lot of major open source software including WordPress, the video above shows you how to do it in GoDaddy. I haven’t used Bluehost or Dreamhost or any of the other ones, but I assume it’s a similarly easy process through them. If you are using a host that doesn’t offer this service (hey, I mad respect your decision to support local or small businesses) then WordPress.org has provided a guide for their 5-minute install. There are a few things you are going to want to set up right out of the box, again WordPress.org has got your back with a guide.
You might have heard that you should always set up your site on a test server or install and then move it into production once it’s all finished and debugged. Sure, if you are making a website for a big company that will be getting a lot of traffic while you are setting it up you don’t want people coming in and seeing a half finished and/or broken-ass website. If it’s your personal website that you are setting up brand new, then don’t waste your time.
- Profit – Ha, no. A lot of people seem to think that you just set up a website then kick back and wait for the masses/millions to come. Trust me, if it worked like that then I would be sleeping on a giant bed made out of money with a harem of aspiring ‘actors’ every night. Nope, you gotta write content, probably add some plug-ins, and then market the hell out of that website. Most people get stuck on the content (hey writing all this stuff is hard, I basically need a pot of coffee to get through one article for this site) or the promotion. “Can’t people just find me through Google?” Man, ain’t nobody got time to go through to the 17th page of Google results which is where your website will be initially.
So your actual step 3 is to read the rest of this website, and lots of other websites, and make your website awesome and then use the dark arts of SEO to actually rank on the first page or two.
Go get ’em, Tiger.