Are you setting up your own eCommerce site all on your own? Are you finally starting that dream of owning your very own web space with the hope of someday making it big? Do not be scared to take the first step. Right now is the perfect time to start something on your own and with the available FREE tools today like WordPress, you have a lot of support on the technical side of things.
The bulk of your effort for setting up that WordPress CMS (content management system) lies on gathering all of the requirements, making sure you have all the tools and that you have the updated version of WordPress (www.wordpress.org/download). From there, it is really as easy as clicking a button and following the on-screen instructions, very similar to how you would install an application into your laptop.
Here are the necessary steps and tools that you need in order to have your very own WordPress setup for your website.
- It is free. You can choose to not spend a dime when using WordPress. There are no ads, no distractions.
- It is open-source. Meaning, if you want to dig deeper and customize your chosen theme, you can do that.
If you want to include additional plugins, you are free to do so. Being an open source platform means developers from around the world are free to tinker with the application since they are free to use the existing code base without licensing limitations.
- There are thousands of themes to choose from – free themes to premium themes.
- There are thousands of plugins and enhancements available –also free and premium.
- It is web-based. Meaning you can access your WordPress account from anywhere, much like how you can access your Gmail or Yahoo email accounts.
WordPress needs the following things in your laptop or computer before you can proceed with the setup:
- Download the latest version of WordPress from www.wordpress.org/download
- Get your own domain and hosting package, like how you can get from www.WebHostingHub.com
- Get your login credentials for your hosting account and login to the control panel
- A good and stable Internet connection
- An idea on WHERE to place your WordPress CMS. Would it be just for your blog section of the site? Or will you need it for the whole thing?
When you have all of these things worked out, you can proceed to the next step in installing your preferred CMS.
Follow the easy steps below to start and finish the installation:
- Go to the One-Click installation section of your cpanel or the Fantastico script section. This is typically found in the first page of your control panel.
- There should be an Install WordPress command there or something similar. You don’t need to manually install WordPress (using an ftp client and your notepad) when you are with WebHostingHub.
- Select the location where you saved your WordPress installation kit in your laptop (like desktop/mydownloads)
- Select the destination where you want to install WordPress. Would it be www.yourdomain.com/blog or would it be for the whole site (meaning, www.yourdomain.com).
Then select Install. That’s it! It will run on its own and should be done in less than 5 minutes with a normal Internet connection.
- Look at the format first before the overall color scheme and fonts used. Fonts and color values can be easily changed even if you do not have coding experience. Layout changes are a bit trickier.
- Choose themes that have the right kind of image display needed for your product. Pre-built sliders and photo galleries transitioning the right way can elevate the look of your products and overall brand experience.
- Take note of the placement of the Social Media icons like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- If you are planning to place ads into your site, think of where you plan to position them (above the fold?) and check the themes that you like with regards to possible ad space placements.
In reality, you will take more time deciding on what type of theme you should get for your site, compared to the actual time you need to install WordPress. The great thing about this is that you can change your theme anytime.
Routinely check for new themes if you want to make sure that your site is always hip and current looking. Just stick to similar navigational styles, though, so that you are not constantly changing the user experience of your customers. Maintaining a fresh look while constantly improving your user experience will work wonders for your site.