How to Host a WordPress Site on a Dedicated or Shared Hosting Account
WordPress is the number one content management system (CMS) powering millions of websites around the world. It’s flexible, user-friendly, and highly customizable — making it ideal for any type of blogging or business website. In this article, we’ll discuss the steps necessary to get your WordPress site up and running on your own dedicated or shared hosting account.
Step One: Get Your Domain Name
The first step is to secure your domain name. You can find a dedicated host for your WordPress site or install WordPress on a free hosting account from a reputable provider such as Bluehost. Once you’ve chosen a domain name, you can use a free domain checker to confirm its availability.
Step two: Install WordPress
Once you’ve secured your domain name, the next step is to install WordPress on your web server. You’ll find detailed instructions on how to do this in the WordPress documentation. Remember to use a secure and private password when installing WordPress, as this is the key to securing your website. Also, make sure to install the latest version of WordPress to get the most out of your site.
Step Three: Configure WordPress
After you’ve installed WordPress, the next step is to configure it to your needs. The best way to do this is to edit the WordPress configuration file (wp-config.php).
You’ll find several parameters in this file that you can change to suit your needs. These include the site’s name, domain, email, and login credentials. You can use a tool such as Notepad or a WordPress-compatible text editor to make these changes. Then upload the edited file to your server.
Make sure to save the file before completing the installation. This will cause you to switch to the “Configuration Settings” screen in WordPress, as seen below.
Step Four: Launch WordPress
Once you’ve uploaded the edited wp-config.php file to your server, the final step is to launch WordPress. In order to do this, log back into your account via FTP, then visit your domains directory. Find the wp-config.php file and click the “Update WordPress Admin” button at the top-right of the screen. This will launch WordPress as seen below.
You’re now ready to build your WordPress-powered website! Remember to come back here from time to time to check on the progress of your site.