1and1 Hosting WordPress Error – Fixing the Issue Quickly
In our last blog post, we showed you how to install WordPress on a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. Now it’s time to take that knowledge and put it to use – let’s install WordPress on a real live website!
Before we begin, let’s make sure we have all the necessary equipment to hand. You will need a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, an SSD to put WordPress onto, and of course a 1and1 account. You can also run into issues if you’re using a keyboard with extra characters on it – make sure you input your credentials correctly!
Now that we have all our equipment ready, let’s get started. First, we will need to download and run the 1and1 Web Hosting Client. This client will guide us through the installation of WordPress on our 1and1 account.
Once you’ve launched the 1and1 client, click on the **Get Started** button in the top right hand corner, then follow the on-screen instructions to continue.
Create a New Blog
On the next page, you will see a form asking you to enter your blog’s details. Give your new blog a name and choose a location for it – we’ll use our Raspberry Pi as an example and pick Birmingham as our location.
In the sidebar, you will see a variety of themes. Click on the **Live** link in the top right corner to activate the blogging platform. Once activated, click on the **Create Blog** button to finish creating your blog.
Now that your blog is created, it’s time to install WordPress. From the Dashboard in the 1and1 client, navigate to the **Settings** option. Under the **General** tab, choose a suitable name for your blog (we will use ourRaspberry Pi 3 B+ as an example) and enter the URL you would like to use for your website (in our case, http://raspberrypi.1and1.com).
Then, from the Dashboard in the 1and1 client, navigate to the **Websites** option. Click on the **Wordpress** link to install the WordPress app to your Raspberry Pi. Once installed, click on the **Add New Site** button to complete the process.
Now that WordPress is installed, it’s time to test it out. From the 1and1 Dashboard, click on the **Sites** option. Then, from the widget on the right hand side, click on the **Visit Site** button next to our new WordPress installation. You will be shown a sample blog post, along with a few options to choose from.
This step is important because it demonstrates to you that WordPress is working fine and that your site is up and running. Furthermore, you can read the FAQs (frequently asked questions) by clicking on the **Help** icon in the top right corner of each page.
Adding Domain Names
If you’re running a multisite network (weaving multiple blogs from one main blog) then you will need to add the domain name to each site. To add the domain name to our blog, we will login to our 1and1 dashboard, select the **Wordpress** app, and then click on the **Edit Site** option. Next, click on the **Groups** tab, then scroll down to the **Wordpress MU** group and click on the **Edit** button next to it.
From there, enter the domain name (in our case, blog.1and1.com) and click on the **Save Changes** button. You can now use the WordPress app to create a new blog in the same way we did before.
Why Use WordPress?
WordPress is one of the most popular and well-established blogging platforms around. It’s free, open-source, and it runs on the widely-used Linux operating system. If you’re looking for a blogging platform, then there are many choices out there, but we think that WordPress is the perfect fit for our needs. Plus, with WordPress, you can install a wide variety of themes and plugins which enhance the functionality of your blog.
Aside from being one of the most popular blogging platforms, WordPress also offers several advantages to webmasters and bloggers. Here are some of the main perks of using WordPress:
- A Large Number of Plugins
- Many Resources On-line
- Easy To Use
- English Speaking Community
- Many Blogging Platforms Available
- Secure and Private
Like anything else, WordPress has its cons too. A few of the major downsides of using WordPress are:
- Limited Design Choices
- No One-Click Install
- No Customizing Options
- No Seo (Search Engine Optimization)
- No Social Media Integration
So… It’s time to choose. Do you want to keep the simplicity of using a Raspberry Pi and rely on yourself for hosting or do you want to go all-in and use WordPress to build a better blog?
All Things Considered
As we mentioned above, WordPress is quite popular and there are several variations of the theme and plugins available. For example, you can change the theme entirely to suit your needs. Additionally, you can utilize the various plugins available to give your blog a completely different vibe. If you’re looking for a tool that will allow you to easily create and manage a blog, then we highly recommend WordPress.
Hopefully, this blog post was helpful in understanding what WordPress is and why you might want to use it on your site instead of just any random blogging platform you might come across. As we showed you in this tutorial, it’s very simple to install and set-up WordPress on a Raspberry Pi. Plus, with the various extensions and themes available for WordPress, you can customize the look of your blog however you see fit.