How to Create a Website Using a Hosting Script
Creating a website can be fun, but it can also be tricky. There are various aspects to think about, such as picking a good hosting script, knowing what to put on the site, and the technical aspects of making sure the site is functional on the web.
Let’s dive into how to create a website, step-by-step. The complete source code for this tutorial is available on GitHub.
Step 1: Choose a Hosting Script
The first step is to choose a hosting script, also known as a “Platform as a Service” or PaaS. A hosting script is a piece of software that developers use to create websites. They can choose from a variety of popular scripts, including Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal.
The most important thing to consider here is whether or not you need a “full-fledged” website platform. In other words, do you need an entire development team able to help you build and maintain your site, or can you handle that on your own? A full-fledged website platform has all the bells and whistles. It usually comes with a “free” option as well as several paid options. The advantage of using a hosting script is that it takes care of all the technical aspects of creating and maintaining your site. You just have to put content on it!
Step 2: Install WordPress on your Hosting Account
One of the most popular and the most frequently used hosting scripts is WordPress. Let’s install it on your Hosting account. Once you have installed WordPress on your Hosting account, you will be able to create a blog using the CMS (Content Management System). You can also install other content management systems such as Drupal or Joomla if you are looking for something more complex.
WordPress is very intuitive and easy to use. It has a very active and responsive community. If you are just getting started, the WordPress community can be a great source of support and tutorials. You will find many helpful resources on the web, including WordPress guides and FAQs. If you are looking for a quick and easy to use CMS, then WordPress is a good choice. It even comes with a free option!
Step 3: Install MySQL on your Hosting Account
MySQL is a relational database management system, which many developers use to create websites. It is used along with PHP to create websites because it is extremely flexible and powerful. Since you are going to be installing WordPress, you will already have PHP installed on your computer. If not, you can download it from the official site. Once you have installed MySQL on your Hosting account, you can use the program to manage your site’s content.
MySQL is very popular because it is easy to use and has a large community. If you need basic website functionality, then MySQL is a good choice because it has a wide range of free tools that you can use to get started. If you are more of the technical type and want to be able to fully customize your site’s appearance and functionality, then go with Drupal or Joomla.
Step 4: Create Your Blog!
You have decided to go with WordPress as your CMS platform. Excellent! Now it’s time to create your blog. The first thing you need to do is log in to your WordPress dashboard. You can do this from the control panel of your domain. Once you are on the dashboard, you should see the following screen:
As you can see in the image above, the dashboard is split into three panels. The first one is the left side menu, which is actually a menu of sorts. It contains links to various tools that you can use to manage your site, as well as shortcuts to various areas of WordPress. The second panel is called the header. This is where you will put the name of your blog and the description of the blog. The third and the most important panel is the content area. This is where you will put your content in the form of articles, images, and videos. To create your blog, click on the add new button at the top of the screen.
Once you click on the add new button, you will be taken to a screen that looks like this:
The first thing you need to do is give the blog a title. This is the name that will appear in the browser bar when someone visits the blog’s website. The title must be more than seven characters in length. Next, you need to choose a category. This is the place where you will organize your content into topics or categories. When someone lands on your blog’s home page, they will see a list of categories with their respective subcategories. Finally, don’t forget to add your website’s URL or website’s domain name to the blog’s dashboard. This is where you will find the link that connects to your website’s homepage.
Once you have added the URL, it should look like this:
As you can see in the image above, the dashboard now has a home button at the top left corner. This is your blog’s home page. When someone clicks on this button, they will be re-directed to the blog’s homepage. From here, they can navigate to any page of the blog by using the menu at the top of the page.
To add more content to your blog, you can either create an article or a side-project. If you go with the first option, you will see this screen:
Here, you can give your article a title, an overview, a brief description, and set the excerpt (the part that will be displayed on the blog’s home page). Then, you can either choose published or draft status for the article. If you go with the second option, you will see the following screen:
Here, you can create a category, a project name, and make a description. Don’t forget to add your website URL or domain name as before.
Once you are done adding content to your blog, you can either publish it or leave it unpublished. If you choose to publish it, you will see the following screen:
Here, you can choose the blog’s cover photo, a header photo, and a footer photo. Then, you can choose a category and select a theme, which will change the appearance of your blog. Don’t forget to set up email notifications for when someone comments on a blog post or subscribes to your email list.
If you decide that you don’t want to publish the blog yet, you can leave it unpublished. In this case, you will only see a draft status on your blog’s home page, as shown below:
As you can see in the image above, the dashboard now has a previous and next buttons at the top of the page. These are links to the archive page (also known as the history) and the feed (the news feed) of your blog. The feed is similar to a news feed, but it is used for articles and blog posts.
When someone lands on your blog’s home page and clicks on the previous or next buttons, they will be taken to the archive page or the feed page of the blog.