How to start a WordPress blog or website

Let me show you WordPress

  • Step by step how to build a WordPress blog or website
  • How to set everything up including your own domain name
  • Mobile responsive with security and automatic backups
  • Fully SEO Optimised

Let’s get started

How to get your domain name

Before you can do anything you need a domain name and of course you need to find someone to host your website.  I will of course recommend but you can choose anyone you like of course.

Here’s what to do. Follow the link and choose the right package for you. When you choose you will be asked to choose a domain name. For me this is  Register it and provide the details asked and choose a strong password, the site will not let you choose a weak one anyway so has your interests at heart right from the start.

When everything is done (and it may not be immediate when registering a domain name as this is done through third parties) you will receive an email with the details you need. Log into the client area with your newly created domain and password (or email address and password) to enter your new client area.

Installing WordPress

Select My Products & Services, click on your product name and then go to the left side of the page and click on log into cPanel. Scroll past all the interesting stuff to the bottom and select Softaculous Apps Installer. Click on WordPress and then Install. Choose a password (this is also the database password), do not select any plugins and do not select any themes but do select automatic backups if it is available.

This will install a basic WordPress installation.

So, first a few basic admin tasks. Go the the left sidebar and select settings/general settings. Check or change your site name and note the site address (url).

Then select setting/permalinks and click custom structure and add /%category%/%postname%/.  If you want to know more about permalinks, this is explained fully in the knowledgebase.

Next the plugins

Plugins are what makes WordPress so easy to use and so versatile.  They are bits of add-on code that integrate with WordPress enabling it to offer so much more.

On the left sidebar select plugins, add new.  The plugins we are going to install are:

SEO by Yoast
iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)
iThemes Sync
Contact Form 7

Type each one at a time into the search bar (top right) and press install.  Once installed press activate.

Yoast SEO


iThemes Security

ithemes security

There are loads of options under setting so it’s best to follow the advice that the plugin gives.  One thing I will say about this plugin and that is it is good at what it does.  If YOU forget your password and make three mistakes, YOU are locked out!!! Write it down somewhere safe, I know everyone says don’t but that’s because they live in a security bubble and not real life…..

iThemes  also offer iThemes Sync which enables you to be kept up date with your site and see what plugin needs updating etc.

Contact Form 7 (you may not need this if one comes built into your chosen theme, if so disable and delete it).

contact form

You may wish to add a Captcha Code plugin to your contact form to get rid of robot spam.

These are the basic plugins you need.  Optional plugins could be:

Pagebuilder by Siteorigin – I love this page and post builder, it makes short work in setting up fairly complicated page structures.
Google Analytics – saves you logging in to Google all the time, see all information on your own admin page.
W3 Total Cache – caching is used to speed up your page serving times to visitors.  This is great and very comprehensiv

Theme Installation

There are hundreds of free themes available for WordPress and even more paid for ones.  You will have a WordPress theme 2016 already and it may be worth trying it for a bit or having a look a these:

Free themesThrive ThemesMyThemeShopThemeJunkieElegant Themes

To Install, either choose new from Appearance/Themes or upload a previously downloaded one.  It takes seconds and press Activate when you’re ready.

When thinking of changing bits of a theme, please use a child theme or a special css plugin to make your changes.  See the article here Child Themes or?


Backing up your website is essential. Here are a few options:
1. The plugin iThemes lets you backup your database but ewants to charge for a full site backup.
2. The free plugin BackWPup Free offers a free backup service.
3. Many hosting providers, included offer this for nothing. Set it up in your Control Panel.

So now we have finished most admin tasks we have a pretty good and safe wordpress website. All we now is some content!

Depending on what you are going to use WordPress for select the next item that applies (coming v soon….)

  • blog
  • monitising blog
  • personal
  • club
  • business website
  • Ecommerce site.

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