So we’ve looked at some immediate reasons for why we suggest WordPress to so many of you
- most people are capable of using WordPress
- there is a lot of help available if you get stuck
- you can edit, add, update your web pages
- you have an important central focus for your social media
- most things that you can imagine wanting your website to do are likely to be possible
- and it’s free!
So now to look at how to use WordPress. This Using WordPress Basics sheet gives you an overview of the WordPress administration area, the dashboard, and is enough for you to get started with your first WordPress pages and posts. Before you launch into your life of WordPress you need your domain name – the website/blog address – and hosting.
Registering your own domain name means you have your address for as long as you want it – you can have individual email addresses (no more @btconnect.com or what have you). The Blogmistress can register domains for you (in your name) for £10 per year, or pop over to UKREG for a reasonable service and pricing. You will tell the domain where the website/blog will be hosted.
For simplicity you want a host that includes a “one-click” WordPress install option (ask your host about this – it may be within Fantastico or Softaculous options, if included). This really does make the process wonderfully simple, however the WordPress “5-minute install” is pretty straightforward too though may need some help setting things up if you’re not familiar with databases and editing code. Another option is to get us to do this bit for you – tell us who your host is and we can then let you know how much it is for us to set up your WordPress.
Whatever host you use WordPress minimum requirements at MySQL 5.6 and PHP 5.6 – not all hosts will be up to this level, so do check and simply ask:
I’m interested in running the open-source WordPress web software and I was wondering if my account supported the following:
- PHP 5.6 or greater
- MySQL 5.6 or greater
- The mod_rewrite Apache module
If they argue about this, find another host.
So – once your new WordPress is ready to go, take a look at that Using WordPress Basics sheet and explore – have a good rummage around, create your first blog post, add a page, define your categories – just play.