This post demonstrates how to create a free WordPress website from installation of WordPress software to the creation of self-hosted free WordPress website.
WordPress is a PHP MySQL software used for creating blogs & websites and powers more than 23% of websites on the internet. It is an Open Source software (free to use) and can be easily installed by Apps installers such as Softaculous.
To create any type of website two things are required a domain name, and a web hosting account. To register for a free domain name follow the previous Hosting Column post Free Domain Name Registration with Freenom and to create a free web hosting account follow the post How to Create a Free Web Hosting cPanel Account.
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Here is the video to learn How to Create a Self Hosted WordPress Website
Here are the steps shown in video
Step 1: Log in to your web hosting account with username & password provided at the time of account creation.
Step 2: After login, search for Softaculous Apps Installer under the Software section of cPanel. Click on it and install the WordPress software.
Step 3: After successful installation of WordPress, Click on Install menu option to create a new website/blog. In the install menu option, provide basic details of the website such as Site Name, Site Description, Admin Username & Password, Admin Email. Leave the Advanced Options as it is and click on install button.
Step 4: Delete index.php or index.html files from the htdocs folder if already created and press the install button again. After successful installation, browse the website with the domain name.
Step 5: Admin panel can be accessed by using domin-name/wp-admin path to manage the various parts of the new website such as Posts, Media, Appearance etc.
Step 6: Now to activate a pre-install theme click on Appearance–>Themes as shown in the video. Click on the Activate button and browse the website to view the activated theme.
Step 7: To upload & install a new theme, login to WordPress with Admin panel & click on Add New button. Now click on Upload Theme button to upload the new theme. Browse the theme in .zip format and click on the install now button to install the theme.
Step 8: After successful installation of new theme, click on the Activate button to activate the theme. Now click on Live Preview link to view the installed theme.
Step 9: Under the Site Identity option you can change the Site Title, Tagline & Site Logo. Each time when you make changes, click on the Publish button to view the changes on the website.
Step 10: Now on the Top Left bar options click on the Customize option and then click on the Posts option on the left side of the bar as shown in the video. Delete any existing default post and then click on the Add New button to add a new post. Enter the text of your post such as title, description, text etc. and click on Preview button to view the pre-publish preview of the post. If you are satisfied with the Preview then click on the Publish button to publish the post on the website.
Step 11: To change the Color of the Site title & Background, click on the color option under Customize option. Change the color and Publish on the site to save the changes.
Step 12: To display a Header Image on the website click on Header image option. Now click on Add New Image button to upload the Header Image for your website & Under Enable Featured Header Image on drop down box, select Entire Site to display the header on the entire website. Choose the required image size such as 480x320px or any size suitable for the website. Add an Alt Text (Mouse Over Text) for the Header image, also provide a link URL such as Home Page Address or website URL so that if someone clicks on the Header Image then website home page will open. Click on Publish button to save the changes.
Step 13: To add a Menu entry, click on the Menus tab under Customize options and click on Create New Menu button. Mark it as Primary Menu of the website and enter a name for the menu. Now press Next button and click on Add Items button to add various types of menu entries such as Custom Links, Page on the Website, Posts etc. as shown in the video. Click Publish button to view the changes.
Step 14: To add Widgets on the website which are small graphical elements & provide specific functionalities on the website, go to the Dashboard as shown in the video & click on the Widgets options. Widgets can also be accessed from Customize options. Here you can see different types of available widgets and to add a specific widget on the website just drag & drop the widget on a particular part of the website such as Primary Sidebar, Footer Area 1, Footer Area 2 etc. Provide a Title for the widgets & Save the changes. Now visit the site to view the new widgets on the website.
Step 15: Under Homepage Settings you can modify home page settings of the website. A static page or all the latest posts can be displayed on the home page of the website.
Step 16: Now Publish all the changes you have made from Admin panel of the website and visit the newly created WordPress website from the domain name web address.
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