If you’re serious about making money online, you need a website. And these days the best type of website to start is a blog. There are many blogging platforms to choose from, but in my opinion, you can’t beat WordPress.
In this series of three posts, I’ll go through the process of installing WordPress on your own web server. Part 1 deals with setting up a hosting account. In Part 2, we’ll install WordPress. An finally, Part 3 is a bit of bonus, where I’ll show you how to install a new theme in WordPress.
It’s easy to set up a ‘hosted‘ blog at wordpress.com. But if you want maximum flexibility to run your own plugins and themes, you need a self-hosted installation of WordPress. This means you rent some web space and install WordPress yourself.
Installing WordPress on your own website is really easy by downloading the software and uploading it to your website. However, there’s an even easier way by using a service called Fantastico, which is provided by many web hosting companies.
Choosing a web host can be daunting, especially if you’re not technically minded. Believe me, I’ve spent plenty of time assessing the features and pricing of various web hosting companies. Over the years I’ve tried out lots of web hosts, and my favorite is definitely HostGator. They offer all the features you need (including Fantastico), as well excellent 24/7 customer service and technical support by email, ‘Live Chat’, and a toll-free phone number (in the USA). Most important of all, their prices are great, with hosting packages starting at just $4.95 a month.
The first step in setting up your self-hosted WordPress blog is to sign-up for a web hosting account. Head on over to HostGator. To begin with, you just need their basic package, called ‘Hatchling’, which is priced from $4.95 a month, if you pay for 3 years, or just $8.95 if you pay monthly. It’s easy to upgrade to a more advanced package later, if you need to. You can check out all the features by clicking the ‘Learn more…’ link on the home page.
You’ll see they offer all the features you’d expect from a reputable, state-of-the-art web host. When you’re ready, simply click ‘Order Now’ and complete the simple sign-up process. Make sure you choose Linux hosting (not Windows).
You can buy a domain name from HostGator at the same time (in fact, I recommend you register your chosen domain name with HostGator; it makes the whole process much easier).