Can You Use WordPress With $1 Web Hosting?
Most of us are aware of WordPress and the many benefits it brings to the internet world. Millions of blogs, websites and even whole businesses have been built using the popular content management system. Even better, it’s very easy to use and implement into your own websites.
However, did you know that it’s a totally free service and that you can use the popular CMS with just $1 web hosting? In fact, you can use almost every major CMS on the market with just one low cost hosting plan. So, let’s take a closer look at what you can (and can’t) do with WordPress when hosted on $1 web hosting.
Everything You Need To Know About WordPress On $1 Web Hosting
If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a) considering trying out WordPress for your own personal blog or b) you’re at least curious about how the popular content management system works. Don’t worry, I have you covered.
If you choose to host WordPress on $1 web hosting, you’ll initially need to select a premium plan in order to utilize the functions and features of the CMS. Fortunately for you, we have you covered on that front as well. Even better, you’ll find a whole host of premium plans to choose from when you visit the WordPress marketplace. For the best experience, I recommend Bluehost.
But before we get started, it’s important to note that not all $1 web hostings are created equal. In particular, shared hosting plans from Bluehost and Hostinger are 2 of the best and most popular choices in the market. So, if you’re looking for a low-cost hosting option, be sure to read our review of Bluehost if you’re looking for a WordPress hosting solution or check out our Hostinger review if you’re interested in a general web hosting solution.
If you’ve ever used WordPress, you’ll undoubtedly know that it’s very easy to use and implement into your own websites and blogs if you follow the steps below.
First, log in to your WordPress dashboard. You can do this by entering your username and password when you sign up for the service or by clicking the [Log in] button at the upper right corner of your screen. Then, click on the [Settings] icon in the left-hand column.
From there, click on the [Lets Get Started] button to go on to the WordPress installation wizard. Here, you’ll need to provide your site’s name, email address, and choose a secure password for your account.
Once that’s done, you can go back to the [Settings] page, where you can configure various options for your WordPress site. Among these are:
- Your site’s privacy settings
- Your site’s theme (if you selected more than one)
- Your site’s header image (if you’ve set one)
- How you want your site to display on the internet (optimized for SEO)
- Your site’s footer (if you’ve set one)
Features That You Can Use
There are a number of features that you can use to enhance your WordPress experience and move closer to a professional look. While you can use most of these features on any standard WordPress plan, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium plan in order to utilize all of them.
The headline here is the use of header and footer images within your site’s design. Bear in mind that you can use either one of these elements to represent your website, so it’s essential that you choose one that suits your brand. Above all else, make sure that the image is of good quality.
From your WordPress dashboard, click on the [Appearance] icon. This will take you to a page where you can select a header image for your site. Then, either upload an existing image from your computer or click on the [get a custom header] button to choose a stock image from the WordPress library.
Similarly, you can get a site footer by clicking on the [Appearance] icon from your WordPress dashboard. As with the header, make sure that the footer images you choose suit the overall look and feel of your site. Also, keep in mind that you can use either a stock image or logotype for your footer.
Now, onto the fun stuff… Once you have a header and footer set, return to the [Settings] page and scroll down to the [General] section. Here you can enter the name of your blog (this will be the name you use when you log in to your dashboard) along with a short description of your blog. Then, click on the [Save Settings] button to go back to the [Settings] page.
If you have a specific niche blog that you plan on writing about, you can also select a topic for your blog in the [Writing] section. Be sure to enter a brief description of what you’ll be writing about along with your email address so that we can notify you when there’s new content posted.
The Importance Of SEO
You may be wondering why you should care about SEO when hosting WordPress on a $1 web hosting plan. First, lets get rid of the common misconception that SEO and speed are at odds with each other. While it’s true that having fast loads on your site generally helps with search engine optimization, it’s not necessarily the case. In fact, making your site mobile-friendly can also help with SEO rankings.
Then, there’s the fact that some search engines (like Google) value content over design, which makes sense if you think about it. In other words, if you have a nicely designed site with no content, it’s not going to do much for your SEO. So, essentially you get the best of both worlds with WordPress.
As you can see, you have all the necessary tools to get started with a WordPress blog on $1 web hosting. Not only that, but you can also use the CMS to launch your own online store or portfolio site. In fact, you can use most of what you need to build a professional-looking website for under $20/month. Not bad for a free service.
As for the hosting, I recommend Bluehost if you’re looking for a reliable and affordable option or Hostinger if you’re looking for a more flexible hosting plan. If you’ve been looking for a free micro-site generator, you can also use WordPress to build one.
So, there you have it. Hopefully, this was helpful. But if you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.