Introduction to WordPress- Getting Started

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The state of the art Free software is called WordPress.  You may or may not be familiar with WordPress but it in use by over 20,000,000 websites today and growing!  Why?

WordPress makes it extremely easy to add pages (articles, blog posts, about us, etc.), build photo galleries, work with writers, upgrade to a new version, track information and monetize.

According to the website…

“WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license.”

The three main components of the WordPress system are as follows:

  • WordPress Core – Provides lots of great functionality;
  • WordPress Plugins – With over 10,000 plugins available, you can add extra features and functionality to your site;
  • WordPress Themes – Completely change the look of your website by choosing a new theme. 

For a more technical explanation of WordPress, there is a great deal of information available on the website:

Instead of focusing on the ‘technical’ aspects of the system, I’d like to take the time to share the many benefits of WordPress:

  • Easy to install and set-up – It’s easy to download and install the software script to get started. BlueHost makes it easy by offering a one-button installation.
  • Easy to add extra functionality – WordPress themes make changes a breeze. Choose from a countless number of colors and designs.
  • Easy to backup your website – There are WordPress plugins available that will automatically save a copy of your content, keeping you safe from data disasters.
  • Easy to add video and audio – Again, WordPress offers plugins that will add video and audio content to your site in the click of a button.
  • Easy to control spam – In addition to the spam blockers built in to WordPress, plugins offer added security. 

On top of it all, when you get stuck, finding the solution to your problem is a breeze. The WordPress websites feature several troubleshooting guides, and with hundreds of thousands of users, the answers to your questions may just be a quick online search away.

Of course, in order to take advantage of this user-friendly system, you need an Internet connection, a web host (make sure PHP/MySQL is supported – even if it sounds like a foreign language to you), a domain name (www name), a theme, a few plugins, and an FTP program, which is just a tool used to upload information to the Internet. 

So what do I need to do now?

In order to get your website up and running you will need to do the following:

1.  Select a domain name: Select a domain name that will be used only to identify your account. 

It doesn’t need to be anything clever or catchy, because you will not be using it to create a website.  Essentially the name you pick for your domain name for your main account becomes the file folder name in which your other domain names will reside. Examples you can select: Again, it doesn’t matter what it is, it is just a placeholder.

2.    Select a web host

We prefer that you use Bluehost as all the training is based on Bluehost. You are ready to set up your hosting now and I am providing a link to do so.  When you sign up for Bluehost, it asks you for a domain name which they include free with your hosting purchase.  This domain name becomes and main domain for your bluehost account. The nice thing about Bluehost is that you can host as many domain names there as you want inside the one account and for no extra charge.

3. Sign up to Bluehost:

4.  Download your free copy of Online Success for Non-Techies:  Click Here to Download Your Free Book

Once you have signed up for web hosting move to Step 2: Click Here to Install WordPress 




James Todd