Setting Up a New Website

Online Business, Web Design | 6 comments

Setting up a new website in WordPress is a fairly simple process. First, you will need your domain name (www.yourwebsite.com), and you will want to get hosting for it. Be sure that you pick a domain that really fits your business, but unique and catchy.

Buying Your Domain

There are many ways for you to get your domain name but I recommend GoDaddy. I don’t recommend GoDaddy for anything else, but they have excellent propagation time to setup your website. Also, their introductory special for .com domains is unbeatable along with phone support.

Ask yourself these questions when picking a domain:

  • Is the domain easy to spell?
  • Is the domain short and concise?
  • Are you using the correct extension? (.com, .net, .org)

Setting Up Hosting

Hosting is basically the housing for your domain. Your website needs a place to live. Without it, people won’t be able to stop by for a visit and you won’t be able to decorate the way you want. {yes, it’s that basic!}

Essentially, without your own hosting, you will have to follow the design specifications of whatever platform you are using.

Sure you can get a free or low-cost website but you will be very limited to what you can do with it. Hosting isn’t expensive and sometimes you have to pay to play. Your business needs to stand out, not blend in, so start with a domain then hosting followed by brand clarity and a gorgeous design.

I use and recommend GreenGeeks and here’s why:

  • Enhanced WordPress security
  • Automated nightly backups
  • Excellent customer service
  • One click WordPress installation

Installing WordPress

WordPress is the platform for you to create your blog posts, your pages and everything for your website.

These instructions are for the Green Geeks cpanel but you could use them as a base. If your hosting backend (cpanel) looks absolutely nothing like this you could simply Google “WordPress installation hosting company“.

Adding your Divi theme

Your theme is what controls the layout, functions, and structure of your website. One of the tips I gave in the video is to make sure that you delete all of the other themes that are not in use.

Another was to be sure to use a child theme for Divi. This way when Elegant Themes updates Divi it doesn’t override all of your settings. We are definitely not into double work around here.

You can get the Divi Bare Bones Child theme here.

There you have it. Step-by-step instructions on setting up your WordPress website or blog. In the last video, I did mention I would do a third one but I’m going to save all that goodness for another blog. Sorry for being a tease!

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6 Comments

  1. Marcela Pulido

    This is so useful, I wish I’d had this info when I first launched my website haha

    Reply
  2. Raven

    Excellent post! I hear that WordPress is complicated, but you explain it very well! Thank you for the post!

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  3. Elisabeth Stone

    Honestly, I was so hesitant about doing wordpress because it seems so daunting, but you’ve made it so much more manageable and seemingly simple! Thank you for this break down <3

    Reply
  4. heidi williams

    I recently switched from Blogger to WordPress and it could have been easy. I wish I would have read up more on the differences and WordPress is so much nicer to work with.

    Reply
  5. Victoria

    Love this! Very practical, easy to follow info!

    Reply
  6. Tonya

    This would have been a great article for when I first started. I love the step by step set up for a website.

    Reply

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