Pre-Made WordPress Site Hosting – What You Need to Know
If you’re looking to launch a new website or update an existing one, you’ve most likely considered the benefits that a WordPress website offers. With the ability to customise templates with unique designs and add-ons like shopping carts and blog comment forms, the platform is incredibly flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes.
While WordPress is certainly easy enough to set up and use, a common question that arises is “Who cares about all these technicalities when I can just use a services like Bluehost to get started? What will I need to know about domain registration and hosting in order to launch my site successfully?”
Well, the short answer is you don’t need to know anything beyond installing WordPress and making a few basic settings to get started. The longer answer is a little more complicated.
Bluehost is one of the most popular website hosts due to its super-simple setup and high-quality hosting. The service offers a free shared hosting plan with cPanel, a popular web hosting control panel that provides users with a simple-to-use interface and the ability to install WordPress and a variety of other content management systems.
As an added bonus, Bluehost offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee, free domain privacy, and free backups with storage.
Basic Website Setup With Bluehost
Installing WordPress to a new server isn’t as difficult as you may think it is. In fact, Bluehost makes the process extremely simple and streamlined. To get started, visit the Get Started page on Bluehost and click on the Install WordPress button. A confirmation page will then appear with a link to the download file.
Once the WordPress installer has been downloaded, open it and follow the on-screen instructions.
You will then be taken to a page where you can create a new account or log into the one you already have. If you select the second option, you can use your email address and password to access your WordPress dashboard. Congratulations, you now have a pre-made WordPress site hosted on Bluehost!
Anatomy Of A WordPress Site
Each WordPress site is made up of five elements, as shown in the above graphic. In order to get the most out of your website, you must understand how these elements work together.
For the purposes of this article, we will assume that you have a basic understanding of how WordPress functions. However, if this is something new to you, I would recommend reading the WordPress documentation in its entirety before moving forward.
When it comes to creating a website, the first thing you’ll want to do is establish a domain name for the site. Once you have this, you can register the domain with your hosting service and set the default page to the home page of your WordPress installation. Next, you’ll want to choose a theme for the site. For basic guidance on this front, I would recommend checking out the helpful video tutorial at WordPress Get Started. Finally, you’ll want to populate your WordPress site with relevant content.
As you can see in the graphic, the content you add to your WordPress site will appear in a three column layout in the editorial portion of your site. The number of columns you have will determine how much content you can fit into the space. Once you have added all the content you can to a particular page, you can use the Save button at the top of the page to lock the in place. You can then click on the Publish tab at the top of the page to publish the page to your blog.