How to Build Your Own Website Using WordPress
It is not without reason that WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) currently available on the market. With a usage percentage of well over 50%, if you look at pages with a CMS, you could almost speak of a dominant position. The advantages that WordPress offers are more or less obvious: The website can be easily edited, expanded with numerous themes and plug-ins and the installation is relatively easy. You can now find out exactly how you can install WordPress on your website!
Your own domain
As long as you are not the owner of a domain, you don’t have to worry about installing WordPress. The basis of every website is renting a domain so that the users of the internet can even access the data you have made available.
FIND AND BUY A DOMAIN
Depending on how big or small the niche you want to place your website in, it may not be that easy to find a website with a suitable name and a serious ending. Research is worthwhile, as it is important that the spelling is simple and that the domain is easy to remember – of course it should also have something to do with the topic. You can check the availability of domains on almost every page on which you can then book the domain of your choice.
Domain registration steps:
- Define the desired domain
- Check availability (Whois database)
- Result: Available
- Registration with the responsible registrar
- Domain zone entry
- Distribution of information about the new domain using DNS
If you have now found the host you trust, the domain is available and you are ready to invest a little money, then nothing stands in the way of everything. If it is a small to medium-sized page, then a database of around 1 GB should be sufficient.
DON’T SAVE AT THE WRONG END
Even if WordPress is not a particularly large application, you should still get testimonials from the web hosters beforehand , as a fast server is important. Customers don’t want to wait endlessly for the page to load.
Rent web space
Most web hosting offers include web space, as this forms the basis for installing CMS or blog systems. The size of the web space to be rented varies and can be selected as required. You also need a web space to upload files with an FTP program – this is what the manual installation of WordPress is based on.
There is also the possibility to rent the web space separately from the domain or to order a domain without web space if you already have one. To do this, you can usually only check or uncheck the order and then integrate the external database.
Use FTP access
The abbreviation FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. This allows you to transfer files from your computer to your web space or to edit them quickly and easily. Every reasonable database that can be ordered from a web host has FTP access that can be used with a username and password. Installing WordPress without this protocol would take an incredibly long time via the web interface.
It is difficult to generalize where these login data can be found. This varies from provider to provider, but you can usually view this data under the menu item “Database”. Usually there is an extra category called “FTP access” or something similar. There you will find a preset access that you can actually leave that way. This consists of a username and a password (and the server). You will need this data later for your FTP program. You can often create additional accounts or change the data of the preset account.
The MySQL database:
WordPress saves the data in a database. This database (mostly MySQL) is included in most hosting offers. If not, then it has to be bought again. The access data for this database will be required later when installing WordPress.
You can usually call up, display and edit your databases under the menu item “Database administration”.
Use the FTP program
Now you have a domain, a MySQL database and FTP access. Now things can really start. Installing WordPress is intentionally kept simple. You now download an FTP program – it doesn’t really matter which one. Experience has shown that FileZilla is user-friendly.
Simply visit the official WordPress site and download the latest (German) version. Usually this is an archive that you unzip on a computer and then add to your database using drag & drop using the FTP program.
- Open the FTP program
- Enter the FTP data and connect to the web space / server
- Unzip the WordPress archive
- Do not transfer the entire WordPress folder, but open it and drag all of the files in it over.
- Wait for the upload (that should go very quickly)
Now the “most difficult” is done and you can take the last steps. It is not for nothing that WordPress advertises the 5-minute installation. Now everything is very quick and easy. You simply call up your domain in the browser and then the installation window for WordPress should open. If this is not the case, then the directory path is incorrect (contact the hoster in a pinch).
DEFINE THE DATABASE
So that WordPress knows what to do with the data in the future, you now have to enter the data of your MySQL database. You have already determined this beforehand. The database host is usually “localhost”. Everything else here is self-explanatory or simply copying the login data of the database.
Run WordPress installation
If you have entered all the data correctly, you will now come to a button that says: Execute installation. There you click on it and WordPress will install itself automatically. You now have to define the title of the website, change the username, define a password and record all of this somewhere so that you don’t forget it and you can log into your website again and again.
Now press Install WordPress one last time and you should soon see the familiar WordPress dashboard. The CMS is installed on the server and your domain is ready to be designed according to your ideas!