The 5 Minutes Guide to Setting Up a Website…Even If You’ve Not Done It Before
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In this post, I will be treating how to setup your own website with the domain name and hosting account you bought.
It is expected that by now, any domain name you bought should have propagated and is now ready on the internet.
If so, follow the simple steps below to set up your own website in less than 5 Minutes.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a Phone or Laptop. The step is the same.
To get started, add “/cpanel” at the back of your domain name.
For example, if your domain name is “businesspillar.com.ng”, you will have to type “businesspillar.com.ng/cpanel” into your browser as displayed in the image below:
Once you do, you will be taken to the control panel of your hosting account (cpanel is the short form of control panel).
You’ll need to open the email that was sent to you from the hosting company when you opened your account with them. In that email, you should see your cpanel username and password.
Copy and paste the username and password into the cpanel login page on your screen and login.
Once you login, you will see a page that looks like this:
The next thing for you to do is to scroll down to where you see “Softaculous App Installer”. It is found under the software section. Click on it.
Once you click on it, it will take you to the page where you can install the script for your website.
In this case, the website script we will be installing is called “WordPress”. So once the softaculous page loads, click on WordPress. It is the first script you’ll see on the page. Click on it.
After you’ve clicked on WordPress, it will then take you to a page where you can install it. Click “Install Now”.
NOTE: The installation will be done on the Server, and not on your phone or Laptop.
Once you click “Install Now” on wordpress, you will be taken to a page where you have to choose the username and password you want to use for your wordpress installation, as well as where you want to install wordpress in as shown in the image below:
In the space for directory, make sure you leave it empty. Do not type anything in it, because if you do that is where wordpress will be installed for you. So it is recommended you leave it empty.
Also, when you scroll down on the same page, you will see a section called “Admin Account”. This is where you type in the username and password you want to use for the installation.
As you noticed, the default username there is “admin”. You can either use this name or change it to something else, something that you can always remember.
Please note: Whatever you used as your username and password while installing wordpress will be the same username and password that you’ll be required to log into wordpress with. So I advice you use a username and password that you can always remember.
After filling out the short details on the page to your satisfaction, insert your email into the space provided at the bottom of the page, and then click “Install” at the bottom of the page.
Once you do, the installation will start, counting from 1 to 100. It is a very brief process and will only take a few seconds.
After the installation has been complete, the details about the installation will be sent to the email address you provided. In addition, you will be provided with 2 different urls or links.
The first url is the normal url for your website. The second url, also known as the backend url is the administrative url where the owner of the website can login with the username and password you used during installation to make changes and set up the website to your satisfaction.
That’s all it takes to install and create your own website. As you can see, it is not difficult at all, and the process is very easy.
In addition, you can watch this little video to see how I to do it from start to finish.
After Installing wordpress on your domain name and web server, the next step is to install some very important plugins.
For our purposes, there are only 3 plugins you need to install.
To get started, click the administrative url of your wordpress installation and login to your website.
When you do, you’ll then see your wordpress dashboard.
At the left hand side of your wordpress dashboard, you’ll see the section called “Plugin”. Click on it.
After clicking on it, you’ll see a list of the default plugins already installed, as well as the link to “Add New” ones.
Click “Add New” at the top of the page.
When you do, another page will load and you’ll then be able to search for the plugins you want and then add it.
When the page loads, you’ll see a search bar where you can type the name of the plugin you want.
The first Plugin you’ll search for is called “Pixel Your Site”. Type “PixelYourSite” into the search bar and it will start searching.
When the search finishes, click the “Install” button on the first plugin on the search page. When you do, the button then changes to “Activate”. Click on it to activate.
After activating the “PixelYourSite” plugin, repeat the same process for two more plugins called…
ii. Redirection, and
iii. Yoast SEO.
Those are the 3 plugins you need, namely…
- Yoast SEO.
One of the reasons why installing Yoast SEO is important, it is because it partly assist you when you’ll need to do some linkbuilding and get links to your site in the future.
You can see the little video below on how to do it.
Once you’ve installed these 3 plugins, you can now proceed to the next stage, which is how to configure these plugins and use them correctly.