How to Manually Install WordPress on a Free Hosting Site
A free hosting site is a perfect place for budding bloggers to try out their hand at journalism. There are several reasons why you might want to set up a WordPress blog on a free hosting site rather than a premium one. For one, the setup and learning curve are a lot less complex. Another bonus is that you don’t have to worry about paying for monthly charges or taking out a huge loan to pay for your web space. Finally, the content that you produce is largely under your control, which can be a nice change of pace from working with a team of people you’ve never met. In this article, we’ll show you how to manually install WordPress on a free hosting site so you can get started blogging as soon as possible.
Find A Free Hosting Site
There are several options when it comes to free hosting sites, and you should take your pick based on which one seems most convenient for you. Some of the more popular free hostings sites include:
- Amazon Cloudfront
- Google Cloud Storage
- Azure Cloud Storage
- Level 3
- Yahoo! Cloud Web Hosting
- Media Temple
Keep in mind that these are just examples and not an endorsement of any particular product or service. You should use the resources available to you to find the hosting plan that works best for your needs.
Set Up Your Blog With WordPress
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to build and manage a functional web site with few limitations. It was originally created for blogging purposes but has grown to encompass a wide range of uses.
If you’ve ever used WordPress, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect when you set up a new blog. The platform is fairly intuitive and user-friendly, so even those with no previous experience should be able to figure out how to use it without any problems. Once you have WordPress installed on your computer, you can use the handy WordPress SuperAdmin dashboard to get started building your blog. This is a highly convenient tool for those who simply want to get the job done and don’t need to engage with the platform every day.
From the WordPress dashboard, you can click on the red button to log in to your hosting account and then click on the Install WordPress button to start the process. You’ll need to provide your username, email, and password as well as select a secure password option (we recommend using a password manager).
Once the process is complete, you can click on the login link in your inbox to gain access to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can click on the Get Started button to begin building your blog. Alternatively, you can log in at any time by going to http://YOUR_INSTALL_URL/wp-login.php and using the existing credentials to log in.
Secure Your Blog With A Password
Even though you have a brand new WordPress installation on a secure and trusted hosting site, it’s still a good idea to take extra steps to secure it. To ensure that nobody else gets access to your blog’s content, you should generate a super-secure password that you’ll never forget. Before you begin using the password, you should write it down, save it in a secure place (such as a password manager), and then delete it from your memory.
The better your password is, the harder it will be for someone to guess or hack it. Ideally, your password should contain a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. For added security, you can choose a complex master password that’s been generated using a passphrase tool (e.g., 1Password, Dashlane, or LastPass).
Make Sure You’ve Upgraded Your Blog To The Latest Version
If you’ve downloaded and installed WordPress, you should check to see if the version you have is up to date. From the WordPress dashboard, navigate to Tools → Updates and then click on the Check for Updates button. Or, you can simply go to http://YOUR_INSTALL_URL/wp-content/update-check.php to view the details of the update.
Create Your Blog’s Title And Description
The title of your blog and the first few words (or less) that appear in the description box will appear in the search engine’s algorithm when someone searches for relevant content. Since search engine algorithms can be unpredictable, it’s a good idea to invest some time in making your blog’s content relevant and desirable.
The title of your blog should be concise, meaningful, and easy to remember. The blog description should include enough information for potential readers to know what your blog is about without having to click on the link in the description to read the rest of the content. It should also be comprehensive enough to appear as a mini-description in search results.
Choose A Suitable Domain Name
A domain name is the address of your blog, and it can be anything that you want. However, it should be relevant to your content and easy for others to remember. If you’re having trouble coming up with a domain name, use one of the popular free domain name registrars such as http://1and1.com or http://www.bluehost.com/ to get a.com or.co.uk domain name.
Make Sure The Site Is Mobile-friendly
Blogs that are not mobile-friendly will struggle to appear in the organic search results for relevant keywords. Therefore, it’s a good idea to invest in making your blog’s content accessible on mobile devices. One way to do this is by creating a responsive theme for your blog. A responsive theme is one that automatically adjusts the layout of a web page to fit the viewing screen size.
Another way to make the most of your blog’s content on mobile devices is by making the blog accessible from a mobile device (such as a smartphone or tablet). To do this, you’ll need to create short links (also known as small web buttons) that can be clicked to navigate to the blog’s main content. This is known as mobile-friendly blogging.
Make Sure Your Blog’s Header, Navigation, And Footer Are Correct
The header, navigation, and footer are the bits of content at the top, bottom, and side of your blog, respectively. They can be comprised of anything you want; a logo, text, or a combination of the two.
These elements determine the overall look and feel of your blog. Therefore, it’s a good idea to spend some time experimenting with various headers, footers, and navigation items to see which ones work best for your blog.
Curate A Catchy Headline
A catchy headline will help you to grab the attention of potential readers. To come up with a catchy headline, you’ll need to think of something that will make your content interesting and easy to remember. The better the headline, the more likely it is that readers will remember your blog. To get inspired for a catchy headline, take a look at the headlines of blogs in your niche. Word of advice: don’t be afraid to reword or use existing headlines to fit your needs.
Once you have your headline, you can test it out by placing it in a blurb above a sample post. If the headline is catchy and draws attention, you can use it as the post’s title. If it doesn’t work, you can go back and try out another headline.
Make Sure Your Website’s URL Is Correct
The URL of your website is the address of your blog. Regardless of whether you have a.com,.co.uk, or.org URL, it should be able to be easily remembered and associated with your blog.
If you notice, some blogs have the website’s name or a phrase in the URL, while others use the fully qualified domain name (FQDN). Using the FQDN is the recommended approach because it provides greater security and allows for greater flexibility when it comes to connecting your blog to other platforms.
You can use a tool like Google Domains to easily create and manage your domain’s name. For example, if your domain name is `example.com`, you should use the website URL `https://example.com/` to log in to your Google account. Once you have your domain, you can use it to establish sub-domains like `blog.example.com` so you can easily create and manage your blog’s content from any device.