What we’re going to cover
After this lesson you’ll have WordPress installed and the core of your site live.
1. What is WordPress?
WordPress is the worlds largest blogging/Website platform – with over 60 million WordPress sites live!
In a nutshell, WordPress is the backend of your website.
Instead of having to deal with “code” – you get a super simple interface.
You can write articles, change menu items, add users, update the look of your site and so much more.
Does WordPress come with everything you need out of the box?
Yes and no.
WordPress works fine “out of the box” – but the magic is in the abundance of available themes and plugins.
Themes are what control the look of your website. You’ll be finding yours next lesson.
Plugins are add ons (with a 1 click install) that pretty much allow you to do anything you want. Whether it’s taking payments, adding an email signup form, displaying the local weather or adding live chat – plugins do it all!
Getting that sort of functionality would cost $1,000s on regular websites.
With WordPress it’s either free or extremely affordable.
We’ll be going through all the essential plugins in Lesson 6.
Let’s get WordPress installed!
2. How to install WordPress with GoDaddy Hosting
As the title implies, we’ll be covering installing WordPress via the GoDaddy hosting admin.
If you already have hosting elsewhere, use this guide here to get WordPress installed.
- Login to your GoDaddy account
- Under “Web Hosting” select “Launch” next to your account
- Select the main domain you want to use for your site and continue
- Select “Install WordPress”
- Fill the details out as follows
Just ignore the “Censored” image. I’ve added it to conceal some private details.
If you’re wondering, mightylittlebusiness.com was the first name I considered, which led to mightylittlestartups.com ; )
- Domain: ensure correct domain is selected
- Directory: leave blank
- Username: (It’s not case sensitive) add something memorable, as you’ll login with these details – just don’t use the word “admin” by itself as sites with just “admin” as the username are more vulnerable to hackers
- Password: something including a capital and lowercase letter, number and special numeral e.g. ! or *
- Email: an active email that you want to correspond with your WordPress account
REMEMBER YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD! You’ll need these to login.
Here are some excellent videos to help you pass the time:
3. Verifying your WordPress install and logging in
The link you just clicked in your confirmation email will take you to your admin login page. This is the url you will always use to login.
It is simply www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin
Your login screen will look like the screenshot below.
Once you’re there, follow these steps:
- Enter your username/password. These are the details you nominated when installing WordPress
- If you arrive at the page below, your install has worked! Nicely done.
- You don’t need to bother with the welcome prompts. So close them all (as indicated by the orange arrows).
- To wrap this lesson up, we’ll have a quick look at your current site. Hover over “My Site” up the top left and select “Visit Site”
- Your site will look just like below. Hold tight…it won’t look like this for long : )
You’re going to love the next lesson – we’ll be injecting some serious sizzle into the stock-standard WordPress site by exploring templates…
Click the button below to continue to the next lesson: