In my last post I promised to explain how to set up a homepage in WordPress. The good news is: it’s fairly simple! With very little money you can set up something that does look really good.
This particularly applies to new starters and small businesses. You can always go more complex or more individual, for example if you need a web shop or a customised design. Then, you need to hire designers, programmers and project managers and you will see your expenses climbing to lofty heights.
But that’s probably not what you want as a newcomer.
So here’s what you do:
1. Define the name of your website
Maybe that’s straightforward for you. However, do not underestimate the importance of this point. The name of your website will accompany you as long as you run your business.
Theoretically, you can transfer your website to elsewhere later, but you might need some time to figure out how, grow some grey hair and use a few swearwords on the way. That’s exactly what I did and in the exact order described.
There are a few things to keep in mind when defining the name of your website:
- Your website is your point of reference on the internet. Therefore, your website’s name which is also called “domain name” should be identical to your brand.
- People should understand your domain name as a word or sequence of words. If you tell somebody “hey, this is the name of my new website” and they have to ask you 3 times to properly understand the name they will probably have a hard time remembering the name. Repetitive first letters or rhymes work very well, e.g. millennialmoneyman.com
- Don’t make it too long. Choose one word or a sequence of words, don’t make it longer than 4 words. Keep in mind it should be easy to remember.
- If you intend to make it purely local, you can stick to local domain names ending .us or similar. But if there is even the smallest chance that you will expand internationally make sure to choose a .com domain. This will help your ranking with Google and it’s also easy to remember.
2. Set up your hosting
Once you have decided on your domain name you need to set up your hosting. I do recommend to use BlueHost as your hosting service provider. They have been around since 1996, they are affordable and allow you to set up your hosting within 10 minutes.
Click the link above to get to the BlueHost special offer for your hosting. Then hit “get started now” and select the hosting plan which is fitting your needs. I would personally start with the cheapest plan. In case you want to upgrade later it’s easy to do so.
After you select your package you can search for your domain. In the worst case your domain name is already taken and you will have to take the second best solution or come up with other solutions.
Once you have a match, you have to fill out your account and billing information. Double check all information before submitting.
Now you will have to choose your package and add-ons. You can choose 12 months, 24 months or even 36 months. The cheapest is 36 months. It’s up to you what fits your needs.
The only thing missing now is your credit card information.
And now your hosting is secured! Congratulations! You will receive a confirmation email from Bluehost.
Now you should create your password. Make sure you adhere to the password requirements. I personally use a software to help me with the pile of passwords that is needed. Whatever solution you choose, you will need your password later.
If you haven’t signed up yet, get started by using THIS LINK and receive a 50% discount!
3. Set up WordPress
Once you registered your domain, WordPress is installed automatically. No need to click anything. And now let’s dive in to setting up WordPress. Choose a theme that you love. You can easily try something and change it later, no need to spend hours thinking about what theme is the best.
You will be guided along the set up of your homepage by WordPress and need to decide whether your homepage is for business or personal use. The last step missing now is your homepage title and description. This can later be easily altered.
And here you go – time to celebrate! Now you can start to fill your homepage with content.