Last time I explained why you might want a website but not a blog. The fact is, there's very little difference in setup. Here are the steps I took to set up my husband's website, PersonalMathCoach.com, on WordPress.
How to Create a Website
I'm certain many of you could turn a service like tutoring or coaching (or virtual assistance, speaking, professional organizing, decorating, bookkeeping, lawn care, digital scrapbooking, etc.) into a viable income stream. So, I recorded what I did for my husband in the hopes that it would help many of you. The videos in this series were all recorded in real time as I worked through the process.
I started from the very beginning because I wanted it to be as straightforward and easy to follow as possible. If you've already used my steps to set up a blog, these first two videos will be familiar and you may not even need the first one at all. (Nony had an excellent point which is, if you have already purchased hosting package and it allows unlimited domains, you do not need to purchase hosting again. The following steps are for those who have never purchased hosting before. Call your current host if you aren't sure if you can host unlimited domains. If you can host unlimited domains on your current hosting plan, set up a new folder for your new site and install WordPress in that folder.)
Before you start, you might want to work your way through Steps 1-7 on my How to Blog page. You also might want to read my Blogging is Like Ice Cream post in which I use a simple analogy to explain how your website actually gets on the internet.
How to Purchase Hosting from HostGator
(Remember, if you have purchased hosting in the past and your hosting package allows you to host unlimited domains, you can skip this step!)
This time I used HostGator (as opposed to Bluehost which is another hosting company I use). I did this so we could purchase hosting a month at a time instead of a year in advance. So far, we've had absolutely no complaints. I can highly recommend them.
Can't see the video? Watch it here.
- Go to HostGator.
- Choose a plan. (I chose a Baby Plan.)
- Choose how often you want to be billed. Click "Order Now."
- Enter your domain. If you've registered a domain already, enter it under "I Currently Have a Domain." If you have not yet registered a domain, you can enter it on the other side. (Here are my tips for choosing a domain and how I register my domains.) Click "Continue."
- Enter a Username, Security PIN and your billing info.
- Click "Create Account."
- Look for your welcome email from HostGator with your login info.
- Done! You now have hosting.
Next you need to install WordPress. WordPress is software that allows you to easily publish your content on the web. WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS), meaning, it makes adding and editing content on your website very easy and user-friendly.
Without a CMS like WordPress, you would have to be able to write computer code in order to create your website. With WordPress, however, little to no code is required. Imagine how much money you will save by being able to update your site on your own and not have to hire someone any time you need to make a change or update your site.
How to Install WordPress on HostGator
Can't see the video? Watch it here.
- Check your Welcome email from HostGator to find a link and login info to your control panel (cpanel).
- Login to your cpanel.
- Scroll down to the "QuickInstall" icon.
- Click "WordPress" in the left column.
- Click "Continue."
- Enter your email, blog title and your name.
- Click "Install Now!"
- Look for the welcome email from WordPress with your login info.
- Done! You now have a self-hosted WordPress site.
(Here's HostGator's own WordPress installation tutorial if mine was confusing.)
At this point you can try typing in your domain into your browser. It may or may not show up, depending on where you registered your domain and whether or not your domain and host are "talking" to each other yet. Don't worry we'll get to that, but first we need to set up our site…
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