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How to create a WordPress self hosted site

A self hosted WordPress site as the name implies is a website created on WordPress where you need a hosting plan. The hosting will be used to store all information, images and uploads on the database.
The price of a hosting plan depends on the duration and its storage capacity.

Many top websites in the world today like BBC America, The New Yorker, Sony Music, Techcrunch all use self hosted WordPress which is the number 1 Content Management System which powers more than 25 percent of all sites across the web.

You want to create a WordPress site? then here are the steps

Purchase a hosting Plan

This is the first and most important thing you need to do. The hosting plan will be used to store all content of your database in a host accessible via cPanel.
There are lots of companies that sell hosting and they include;
Godaddy.com
Namecheap.com
1and1.com
Hostgator.com
Whogohost.com

Visit any of these websites, compare their price, storage and processor capacity and decide which one to go for.
If you are going to use WordPress for a short term project with no plan for future expansion, you might consider using Godaddy hosting which cost 12 dollar after you apply a promo code. You also get a free .com domain.

Purchase a domain name

A domain name is a unique identifier for your website. It is the name other people will use to access your website from their browser. Example of domain name is adovat.com, cnn.com etc.
Just like a hosting plan, you can also purchase a domain name from registrars by visiting the above listed companies.

Search for the domain to check availability and proceed to cart if the name is available

Install WordPress on your hosting  cpanel

After purchasing a hosting and domain name, the next thing you need to do is to install WordPress.
Login to your cpanel via your hosting, see how to resolve  issues with cPanel login.
Click on the WordPress icon on your cpanel, in most cases, you might not see any WordPress icon depending on your cPanel, all you have to do is to check for Web Applications like drupal, jomla, WordPress.

Kindly select the WordPress icon > Install this Application and fill the following

  • Select a suitable title for your site
  • Leave the sub-directory blank
  • Select and fill your email, username and password for the installation
  • Now proceed to “Install WordPress“, this typically takes a few seconds after which your login link is sent to the email you provided.
    It looks exactly like www.mysite.com/wp-admin/
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To Go to your New WordPress Dashboard

  • Open the link in your browser
  • Login with the username and password you provided initially
  • Install top 10 recommended WordPress Plugin : Plugins are applications that adds functionality to your WordPress site. Example is the Yoast plugin which is used for Search Engine Optimization.

The plugin menu is located at the left hand corner of your WordPress dashboard. There you can install the top 10 recommended plugin.

 

 

 

 

 

Customize your theme appearance

At this point of creating your WordPress site, you might notice that the current theme in use ( Twenty seventeen) might not be as beautiful as you want. There are millions of free and premium themes you can use to make your WordPress site beautiful.

Go to Appearance >Themes >Add new

Example, if you want your website to look like my own, you can search “hitmag theme” on the search box and install/activate the theme.

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