How to Build a WordPress Website on Bitnami
WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) used by websites across the world. It is highly suitable for creating a blog or a news website as it is very flexible and user-friendly. You can also use it to create an e-commerce store or a community-focused website. In this guide, we will teach you how to build your own WordPress website using Bitnami’s web stack.
Step one: Install WordPress
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) developed by the community-supported company WordPress Foundation. You can install it on many hosting providers’ servers with one click and in a few minutes you will have a fully-functioning WordPress website.
If you already have a website, you can use Bitnami’s one-click installer to get started with WordPress in no time at all. Simply go to https://www.bitnami.com/ and click on the Get started button.
You will then be presented with the Bitnami WordPress installer. If you want to use Bitnami’s services, click on the Sign up button.
You will then be asked to provide your name and email address. You will need to confirm the email you provide in the next step.
Once you have confirmed your email, you can click on the Install WordPress button to begin the installation process. This will take you to a confirmation page where you can check the status of the installation process.
Step two: Configure WordPress
Now that your WordPress site is installed, you need to configure it for the first time. You can do this by clicking on the gear icon located at the upper-right corner of your site’s dashboard. You can then click on the Settings tab to view the WordPress settings.
If you previously had a site with WordPress, you will know that there is a lot of configuration that needs to be done to get the website to behave in the way you want it to. For instance, you need to set a site name and color, pick a theme for the site, and decide what features you want to activate (such as featured images or navigation menus).
Before we begin configuring your WordPress site, you should activate all the features available by default. To do this, go to Settings and click on the Reading tab. Look for the All Features button and click on it to activate all the options.
Now that all the features are activated, you can begin configuring your WordPress site by clicking on the Settings tab once more. Use the General section to decide what content you want to display on your site and whether you want to show a Google search box or not. You can also decide how you want your site’s links to appear: as text, in a list, or in a graph.
The rest of the configuration options allow you to decide what type of behavior the site should display when a visitor leaves a comment, an inquiry, or an event on your site:
- Should the site show a confirmation box when a comment is left?
- Should the site show an error box when an inquiry is left?
- Should the site show a success box when an event is left?
Once you have configured the site as you want it, you can click on the Save button at the bottom of the page.
Step three: Use your new WordPress website
Your WordPress site is now fully-configured and you can use it to publish content online. You can access your site’s dashboard by clicking on the gear icon (as in the first step) and then clicking on the SiteName tab. On this page you will find all the content you have published as well as a list of your recent activities (comments, articles, and events you have participated in).
Now that you have a working WordPress site, you can begin exploring the many features it has to offer. Bitnami provides a lot of documentation and support if you get stuck or have any questions about using WordPress.