Want to DIY your website? For various reasons (flexibility, SEO friendly, easy to use, affordable) we recommend self-hosted WordPress.org (free) for website DIY for individuals and small businesses. Take these steps to create your new website.
1. BUY DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
You only need to buy a domain and a hosting. For domain name we recommend NameCheap and for the hosting we recommend SiteGround
A domain is the name of your website (www.yourdomain.com) and hosting is the place (servers) where your website content is stored.
2. POINT YOUR DOMAIN TO YOUR HOSTING
First, you need to log in to your hosting provider dashboard. Then navigate to cPanel. If you have SiteGround hosting then your cPanel will look like this:
Find nameservers in your dashboard (look image above) because you will need it to point your domain to your hosting.
Then you need to log in your domain name provider dashboard. If you bought your domain at NameCheap
your Dashboard will look like this:
Domain name registar dashboard
When you click manage (look image above) you will get this:
Manage domain nameservers
At image above you can see where you can change nameservers. That is important because that way you will point your domain to your hosting.
3. CREATE MYSQL DATABASE AND USER
Now go to your hosting cPanel, find MySQL Databases and click it. Look at the image below.
Here, you will create a new database, create a new user (with all privileges) and then add the user to your database. For the reference look image below.
Manage My SQL Databases
4. DOWNLOAD LATEST WORDPRESS, CONNECT IT TO THE DATABASE AND INSTALL IT
Go to the www.wordpress.org and download the latest WordPress to your computer. Then unpack the .zip folder and find wp-config-sample.php file. Open that file and insert your database name (with prefix), user name and password (look image below).
Then save as wp-config.php. Now you can zip your WordPress folders and files to upload them to your hosting. For that go to cPanel, then click File Manager (look image below).
Then click Web Root (public_html/www) and then Go like at the image below.
Now you can upload your WordPress .zip in the public_html and extract it there. When it is extracted you can delete .zip.
When you type your domain name in your browser you will start the installation process. First, you will pick a language and then you will enter your website name, admin username, and a password for your website. You can change that anytime later if you want.
5. NOW YOU CAN LOG IN YOUR WORDPRESS DASHBOARD
For any WordPress website, login URL is www.domainname.com/wp-login or www.domainname.com/wp-admin. Of course, instead of “domainname” you will write your own domain name. For our website, login URL is www.fulgsi.com/wp-login or www.fulgsi.com/wp-admin.
When you enter your username and password you are logged in your WordPress dashboard. Look at the image below.
On the image above you can see “Posts”, the place where you can create or edit your posts, “Media”, place where you can upload your images, videos or .pdf documents, “Pages”, where you can create or find your website pages, “Comments”, where you can check, approve or delete comments from your website and “Projects” where you can publish your portfolio. You can find out more about WordPress dashboard here.
As you can see at the image above when you click “Appearance” the one more menu will show up, where you can change or upload your theme, customize your website, manage widgets, menus, and background of your website. We will write more about that in the next parts. Now you can create your beautiful WordPress website. There are plenty of free and premium WordPress themes (like DIvi from ElegantThemes) and plugins which can help you. You can find free WordPress themes in the WordPress theme directory and plugins in the WordPress plugin repository.
If you want support during your website DIY join our Facebook group where you can discuss website DIY.