Newbie's Guide To Setting Up A WordPress Website

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Literally a Step by Step Guide to setting up a WordPress Website. A newbie with no website experience can have a WordPress site.
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Newbie's Guide To Setting Up A WordPress Website

  1. 1. Newbie’s Guide to SettingUp a Word Press Website.Yes, a step by step manual that you can follow even if you never setup a website before!
  2. 2. ContentsCOPYRIGHT: .................................................................................................................3LIMITS OF LIABILITY / DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY: .......................................................3The Internet Opportunity..............................................................................................3What this Manual is NOT. .............................................................................................4Let’s Get Started...........................................................................................................4Domain Name ..............................................................................................................5Web Hosting ..............................................................................................................10Website Setup ............................................................................................................13WordPress Setup ........................................................................................................21Conclusion .................................................................................................................32Website Links .............................................................................................................33© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |2www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  3. 3. COPYRIGHT:Copyright 2011 D. Jeon, all rights reserved.LIMITS OF LIABILITY / DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY:We are not affiliated with Google or any of the companies noted in this report.All trademarks are the property of their owners.This report is NOT legal or accounting advice. You need to do your own due-diligenceto determine if the content of this report is right for YOUR business. No earningsclaims are being made anywhere in this report or in the marketing of this report. Thepublisher of this report is not liable for any damages or losses associated with thecontent in this report.In English: You are an individual person, I am a business person – you need to beresponsible for your own marketing and actions online.The Internet OpportunityEveryone knows about the internet. We see it and hear about it in newspapers,television and even on the radio. We receive emails daily from family, friends,coworkers, even strangers.Did you know that there are people who make their living off the internet? Notbig companies such as Coca Cola and AT&T, to name a few, that want BrandRecognition but individual people like you and me who give out informationand even sell things on the internet. You heard of the website Ebay, wherepeople sell “things” to buyers all over the world.I am not here to extol the virtues of making money on the internet. I am sureyou have your own reasons to setup a website.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |3www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  4. 4. What this Manual is NOT.This manual is not the be all and end all. I wrote this manual to help you getyour Word Press website, up and running, as fast as possible.The instructions are specific and to specific vendors such as domain registrarsand web hosting companies (I will talk about these later so don’t worry). Ipersonally use all the vendors on my websites. Some vendors I have used foryears so I feel very comfortable promoting them.If you are a newbie, I feel that too many choices at this time will be moreconfusing than helpful.In fact I will use the same process to get this website up and running for you.Fair enough?Let’s Get Started 1) Decide on a website domain name. What is a domain name? Simply this: www.yourdomainname.com. For example, www.ebay.com, www.att.com, www.facebook.com, etc. Next go to Namecheap to get your website name. (All the links will be located at the end of this manual for your convenience). 2) You will need web hosting account next. A web hosting company provides a server (basically a user account on a computer) so that you can put your domain name on it. So when you go to www.yourwesite.com, it is being hosted by that server via your web hosting account. Don’t worry about all the technical aspects of it. Just know that you are renting space on a computer somewhere to connect to the internet. For your webhosting account, go to Bluehost to set one up.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |4www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  5. 5. 3) Get a notebook and write all the account names, passwords and any other important information that you will need to refer to during this whole setup process.Domain NameDomain name is just a website address. It is the information after thehttp://www. The website for this eBook is www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.com.I registered the domain name at Namecheap. I do not own the name butbasically I pay a registration fee to borrow the name for however long I paid forit. Usually one year at a time. I have to pay yearly to have the right to use it.I use Namecheap for domain name registration because they give me free“WhoisGuard”. I like to keep ownership information private so no one, not evenmarketers can send me email. “WhoisGuard is free with domain nameregistration. Other domain name registrars charge extra for this service.I took a series of screen shots during the purchase ofwww.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org name for your information.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |5www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  6. 6. I typed guidetoawordpresswebsite in the search box and pressed the searchbox.As you can see, the domain name guidetoawordpresswebsite.com was availableas well as .org, .net, .co, .cm, etc. Always try to get the .com extension first. Ifis not available then .net and .org. I have bought .co and .info in the past but Iprefer the .com extension. The .com extension stands for company, .org fororganization, .net for network. The other extensions are not as widely popularand the search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing recognize them less.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |6www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  7. 7. I will push “ADD TO CART” button and move to the next screen.The next screen is the shopping cart. The “shopping cart” is the online versionof taking all your purchases to the register to be bought and paid for. My totalprice for the domain is $10.16.Did you see the free “WhoisGuard” in the shopping cart?I can purchase more domain names here or check out. Since I am purchasingone domain name for one year, I will press the check out button again.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |7www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  8. 8. If you haven’t created an Account, you will be prompted to create one.You will need to complete all the information in the all the contact sections.In the Checkout Domain Options section, check the “enable WhoisGuard” and inthe Nameserver settings, select the “Use Custom Name Servers” box and type in© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |8www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  9. 9. “NS1.Bluehost.com” in the first box and “NS2.Bluehost.com” in the second box.See the screen shot for example. Click the “NEXT STEP” button.Next is the payment option. You can pay with a credit card or a paypal account.If you do not know what a paypal account is, don’t worry.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website Page |9www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  10. 10. Complete the required information and checkout.After your purchase goes through, you should see a screen similar to this.Congratulations! You have just purchased your very own domain name. If youwant, take a break and we can start up with the web host account.Web HostingTo setup a web hosting account go to Bluehost (All the links are provided at theend of this manual).© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 10www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  11. 11. Once again, I have taken screen shots of the step by step process for you.Select the “Sign Up Now” button.Type your website into the “I Have a Domain Name” Box. Select next.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 11www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  12. 12. Complete the account information. Select next.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 12www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  13. 13. Unless you feel you need the upgrades, I would skip them at this time.Remember, you will be billed the total amount for the monthly plan that youselected. Of course, the longer the term, the cheaper it will be per month.Congratulations, you have just purchased a web hosting account. Now, tosetup your wordpress website.Website SetupIt will take some time, especially for those who have never setup a website. Soplease be patient and just follow step by step.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 13www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  14. 14. Go to the Bluehost cpanel login at https://my.bluehost.com/cgi-bin/cploginType in your “domain name” that you purchased and the password that youcreated when you created your web hosting account.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 14www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  15. 15. Once you login to your account, you should see this screen. Click on the“Domain Manager” Tab.Next, click on the “Assign a domain to your cPanel account”.In Step 1: Select “Use a domain that is not already associated with your account”© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 15www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  16. 16. Step 2: Not applicable.Step 3: Select “Addon Domain”.Step 4: Select “Create a new directory” and type in your domain name withoutthe .com, .org, .net extension.Select the Add Domain button.You should see your domain name in this area of the Domain Manager section.I have numerous addon domains on my web hosting account so I have masked© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 16www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  17. 17. them for privacy. You can add numerous domain names to your account. Yourfirst domain name will be the primary type while all others added later will bethe Addon type.Next, select the “cPanel” tab. Screen shot below is what you should see.Scroll down until you see the WordPress Logo. There are two, one in theSimpleScripts Installation section and one in the Software/Services Section. Seethe screen shot below. Use can use either one.Click on the WordPress icon.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 17www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  18. 18. You will see the “Install WordPress” screen below. You probably will not see anydomain in your screen if this is a brand new installation.Click on the “Install” button.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 18www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  19. 19. Your next screen will display the installation preference. We will make a fewchanges.Step 1: leave default. 3.3 is the latest WordPress version. In the “Where wouldyou like WordPress installed?” section, I select the www.domain-name.comselection.Step 2: Click on the “Click here to display” link.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 19www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  20. 20. Type in your website information in the new site a name section.On the username, type in “Admin” and then a password for the Admin access.This password is very important. You will need it to make changes to yourwordpress site.Step 3: Leave everything as is.Step 4: Check the terms and conditions box.You are done. Select the “Complete” button.Your next screen should look similar to this below.Congratulations, you have installed the necessary files to setup your WordPresssite.You are thinking that is it? What do I do next? What do I do now?Hold on a minute. I am getting to that now but first do you see the Site URLand the Login URL info? You will need them to access your site.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 20www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  21. 21. Any WordPress website can be accessed by the Admin user by typinghttp://www.your-domain-name.com/wp-admin in your web browser. Iusually have the two web browsers up so I can make changes to the websiteand view the changes immediately on the other web browser.WordPress SetupNow, type your wp-admin site or just click on the link from the previous screen.You should see the screen shot below.Type in “Admin” in the Username box and “Your Password” in the Password box.Click on the “Log In” button.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 21www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  22. 22. This is your “admin” view of your word press site.I like to use the WordPress website template because of its ease of use. TheWordPress website templates were originally designed for use with authors andwriters so it was designed to be easy and simple. You didn’t need a computerscience degree to program it. You also didn’t need to learn html programmingor use complicated software such as dream weaver, adobe, etc .© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 22www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  23. 23. I could just stop here because my goal was to help you setup a wordpresswebsite and I did. However, I like to give my readers something more. I feelthat we still are not done.I will walk you through some basic settings in the WordPress site. Here we go.First, let’s go to the plugin section. Plugins are individual programs that aredesigned to work hand in hand with your Wordpress site. Plugins are designedto make tasks simple. Tasks such as putting an advertising banner on your sitefor example. You will become more familiar with plugins as you modify, updateand use your website.Select the Plugins link and click on it.You will see several plugins already installed. I want you to delete some ofthem. Just click on the delete link on the individual plugin. Delete all of the plugins.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 23www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  24. 24. I left the Jetpacks by WordPress.com plugin for this example. If you deleted it,that is no problem.Next, I want you to install some plugins that I feel will be beneficial to you andto show you how to install a plugin.Click on the “Add New” link.Next, type in “All in One SEO Pack” in the search box. Click the “Search Plugins”button. There will be many plugins that will show up in the search. Be sure toselect this one.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 24www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  25. 25. Click on the “OK” button on the window that pops up asking you “Are you sureyou want to install plugin?”. Click on the “Activate Plugin” link. You will need toactivate all your plugins that you install.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 25www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  26. 26. Next install the “Google XML Sitemaps” plugin. This plugin will create a sitemapautomatically for your site. It not only helps the search engines such as Googleindex your site (which search engines love), it will let the search engines knowthe existence of your new site. Follow the directions previously stated.I guess you noticed the big red section stating that the All in one SEO must beconfigured. Let’s fix it now.Select the Settings link and click on the “All in one SEO” link. Just follow theexample below. First enable the plugin. Type you information into the Hometitle, Home Description and Home Keywords sections.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 26www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  27. 27. You will see a bunch of “jargon” written in the various “Format” sections. Justleave them alone.Scroll down and make sure the rest of the section looks like what I have in myscreen shot below.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 27www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  28. 28. Select the “Update Options” button. That is it for the “All in One SEO” Plugin.Let’s hold on configuring the “Google XML sitemap” plugin for last.We need to do some basic changes to the setting in our website. Click on thesettings link. Go to the general settings section.You need to type in your information in the Site Title and Tagline sections.Wordpress and site address should be the same as you domain name address.Now, type in your email address. This email address is where you will getnotified if someone posts on your website.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 28www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  29. 29. We will skip writing, reading, discussion and media sections. You can configurethem as you see fit. The default settings are good for most websites.Click on the Privacy section. Be sure the “Allow search engines to index thissite” is selected. Click on the Save Changes button.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 29www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  30. 30. Next, click on the Permalinks link. Click on the “Custom Structure” button andtype this in the box: “ /%category%/%postname%/ “.Permalink means how a URL of a WordPress post appears. Setting your desiredPermalink structure is a very first thing you should do after installing yourWordPress site because search engines index your blog based on post URLs andif you change from one to another then you will loose your rankings. And alsoother web sites link to your blog using them and changing can also stop thosetraffic flows.Be sure to click “Save Changes” button. Next click on the XML Sitemap link.Click on the “Click here” link to generate your sitemap.You should see something similar to the screen shot below.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 30www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  31. 31. Congratulations once again. You have configured your very first WordPressblog website. Open a new browser and type in your domain-name address tosee your finished website.© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 31www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  32. 32. ConclusionThere are countless configurations that you can make to your website. What isshown is the standard WordPress template but there are others. Sometemplates are free and some you have to pay for it.Whether the template is free or you have to pay for it, you should pick atemplate that appeal to your taste, matches your subject or category of yoursite.I hope this manual was very helpful to you. If you like what you read pleasevisit this website and signup for your free email from me.Contact me at support@guidetoawordpresswebsite.org© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 32www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved
  33. 33. Website Linkshttp://www.wordpress.comhttp://www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.orgMy Affiliate sites. Thanks for your support.Webhostinghttp://www.bluehost.com/track/chcllcDomain Name Registrationhttp://www.namecheap.com?aff=26074Email Marketinghttp://www.getresponse.com/index/chonholdings© 2011 Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up A WordPress Website P a g e | 33www.guidetoawordpresswebsite.org, All rights reserved

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