Make Your Own
DIY WordPress Website
A WordPress website can be a great way to turn your passion into a business. Welcome to the DIY WordPress Website course from Graphix Fix.
To start let’s talk about a few things you’ll need:
- A domain name. Your domain name is the physical address of your website, you can buy a domain name from Google or GoDaddy.
- Hosting. A good host is important because they’ll impact the speed of your website and that can affect your visitors experience, and the SEO ranking of your website later on. The best web host for WordPress is WPEngine, the official host of WordPress. However they can be costly at $29/mo, if you need to keep your overhead low to start I recommend HostGator. HostGator has great customer service and they’re incredibly affordable. I personally have set up maybe 100 websites on HostGator.
Once you have both your domain name and hosting you’re ready to get started.
The next step is to login where your purchased your domain name and point your domain name to your hosting account.
Your hosting account will have a set of DNS coordinates that look something like this:
You’ll need to take these DNS coordinates and copy and paste them into the field for your domain name that says DNS Set Up, or it could say DNS A Record. If you registered with GoDaddy you can use this tutorial. If you registered your domain with Google you can use this tutorial.
You’ll have to wait about 48-72 hours for the DNS to be updated. In the mean time you can login to your hosting account and install WordPress so you’re ready to go once it populates. If you chose WPEngine as your host just login to your account and click install. For HostGator users: login to your CPanel and click the Softaculous Installer button then select WordPress.
Be sure that you keep a record of the username and login that you choose for your new DIY WordPress Website, and that you are aware the both the login and password are case sensitive.