Learn to manage your own WordPress website.
To help you better understand, let’s look at some website setup basics. There are three important parts to your website:
- Domain Names: An example of a domain name is www.todayshomeinspector.com.
- Web-Hosting Service: In order to publish your website online, you’ll need a Web host. The Web host stores all the pages of your website and makes them available to computers connected to the Internet. WordPress recommends you use Bluehost. However, we have also worked with GoDaddy.com
- Site Files: Like the inner workings of a fine watch, the internal details of your site are craftwork that only other technologists will see, but your users will benefit from careful planning and thought. Discussions about site and page structure usually center around the most visible aspects: color, layout and content. But attention to file directory structure can payoff.
Computers communicate by using numbers, called IP addresses, to contact each other, much like you use a phone number to dial a specific person’s phone. Domain names on the internet are much like entries in a phone book. The phone book tells people looking for a business what the entries are just as a domain tells people (i.e. their computers) that a domain is hosted on the server.
Without a domain, you would have to tell your customers that your site is located at a temporary url such as 123.456.789.123/~mysite instead of using a domain name such as mysite.com, making your site appear unprofessional and impractical. We’ll help you.
There are hundreds of thousands of web hosts out there, the vast majority of which meet the WordPress minimum requirements, and choosing one from the crowd can be a chore. Just like flowers need the right environment to grow, your WordPress website works best when it’s in a rich hosting environment. We’ll help you decide.
The site files are your pictures, text and other content. The method you use to setup your files (file structure) is important. We’ll show you how.
Whether you already own your own domain name (website name) or you’re just starting out and need to create a website, you can take control!
If you’d like us to help you navigate the entire process of website setup send us a note and we’ll contact you to set up a one-on-one recorded video session.