Small Steps For Building Your WordPress Site

There are a few technical steps you will need to take care of to get everything set up correctly before you can start building your website and adding content.

In this article, we will walk through all the steps of setting up a WordPress website.

Register a Domain

Where do you want your website to put live? Registering a domain for your website is just like selecting your street address.

Here are some basic things to keep in mind when choosing a domain:

  • keep it short and simple
  • make it memorable
  • make sure that it’s easy to spell
  • make sure that it accurately reflects your brand identity

If you already know what you want to use for your website address, you can register your domain on skyhost.ae now. If you are not sure what to use, or if your first choice is already taken by someone other, we have some handy tips on how you can go about choosing your domain.

Set Up Hosting

Now that you have your domain name, you need a place for your website to put it live. While there are several different options for your hosting here on Sky Host. Let’s assume for this example you are going to use Shared Hosting – a great place to start out for most websites, as it is both economical and easy to use.

Connect Your Domain and Hosting

Once you have registered your domain and set up your hosting account, you will need to point that domain to your hosting platform. Sky Host support team ads your nameservers to your domain themselves. This is just like sending out a change of address card to let the post office know where to deliver your mail.

Accessing your cPanel

Once you have created your hosting account, you will receive an email with your personal cPanel web address (URL), username, and password. These are different from your hosting account username and password.

Control panel is your dashboard for your hosting account. Here you can view your bandwidth and disk space usage, create subdomains, manage web email, use FTP to upload files to and from your site, access databases, and install content management systems (like WordPress) or other software on your website.

Install WordPress Using Softaculous

Now, it is the time to install your website foundation. WordPress is an outstanding content management system through which you build out your website and update content easily. You can use Softaculous to make install it quickly.

You need to follow the following steps:

Log into your cPanel and locate the Softaculous App Installer. There will an option within Softaculous to install WordPress.

Let’s suppose that you want your website URL to be “yourwebsite.com,” you can leave the In Directory field empty.

Set your username and password for WordPress. These should be different from your cPanel login or your hosting account. Note down these login details and keep them safe. You will need these credentials to log into WordPress when you are done with the installation process.

Log into WordPress and Choose a Theme

Congratulations, your house is built. But it still needs excellent decoration. Once you have installed WordPress, you can close your cPanel and log into your WordPress website.

Go to your site address (the address specified in “In Directory”) and add /wp-admin (e.g. http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin).

When you are asked for your username and password, use the details you specified when you installed WordPress. If you have set up everything correctly, you should see your WordPress Dashboard when you log in.

Once you are logged in, you can install a theme by navigating in your Dashboard to the left-hand column. Select Appearance and then go to Themes.

The WordPress Codex offers more help with themes if you get stuck.

Build Your Website

This is where you get to add your furnishings. To learn WordPress and all of the options you have for your website, we recommend the WordPress Codex. The Codex covers all kinds of helpful information about WordPress and is maintained by the volunteers of WordPress Foundation.

Specifically, you may look at the first steps with WordPress page, which will give you a visit through the majority of the features.

In other Sky Host blog posts, we will continue to highlight WordPress best practices and tips on improving your website security, choosing plugins and themes, and much more.