There are different ways to create your own wordpress blog nowadays. Sites like Blogger and WordPress.com let’s you write and publish content online as a sub domain or so. Other sites like Tumblr and Quora uses their platform as a social media, to generate visitors as writters and readers. Some make them out of curiousity, some for passion, and some for making money.
But, what are the best and cheapest ways to publish online content? Today you’ll learn how to start your own wordpress blog on a budget using your desired hosting provider and WordPress. Just like you, I love writing and want others to read it. So to start, let’s dive in!
Choose your domain name and hosting
Choose Your Domain
A domain serves as a “nickname” for your website. People don’t just go to their browser and type the IP address for your website right? They need something that are memorizable and will retain in their minds. A domain name simply is, an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. A domain is something like “example.com”. Check out my DNS tutorial here.
Here’s a small list of where you can register your domain:
Choose Your Hosting Provider
You need a hosting provider for your website to place its files. A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Hosting is simply a term used by developers because it “hosts” your files, serve the internet, and make your site work.
There are two types of this when looking for hosting online. One is the “Managed Hosting”, and “unmanaged hosting”. What we’re gonna talk about on this article is the Managed hosting on Namecheap.
*Check out my tutorial post for unmanaged hosting and how to setup your virtual private server. Unmanaged hosting are cheap but are for the geek in heart. Some can be as low as $2 – $5 per month.*
Here’s a small list of managed hosting providers online:
Setting Up Your Website
After signing up and buying your domain. Go to “Product List” and select your Domain. Click Manage to login to your cPanel. cPanel is your “control panel” for your website. It’s simply your back-office that handles every aspect of your website – the techy side. You can find things like “File Manager”, “phpMyAdmin” and so.
In the “Nameserver” section, make sure you indicate “Namecheap Web Hosting DNS” to connect your domain with the hosting bought with the account.
After that, go to products (do take note that this tutorial will apply if you bought your domain and hosting at Namecheap itself – with the same account). Click “Manage”.
Go to “Products” and scroll down to find the “Login to cPanel”. This will redirect you to your hosting’s 2083 port. (Another way to access your cPanel is concatinating your domain with the string :2083 or :2082. More of cPanel ports here.)
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Installing Your WordPress Blog
Once you’re logged into cPanel, navigate to the Softaculous Apps Installer. It can be found under the Software heading or the Softaculous Apps Installer heading. WordPress might be located in the Top Scripts section when you first open Softaculous. If WordPress isn’t in the Top Scripts for some reason, then you can use the Softaculous search to find it.
After finding WordPress, press “Install”. You should be brought to the WordPress Overview screen by now.
It’s time to choose a protocol for your WordPress blog. If you’re using SSL, then you would use HTTPS. If you haven’t purchased an SSL certificate, then HTTP will suit you just fine. There are different SSL at namecheap, but if you have SSH access to you server, then I recommend CertBot.
Now select your domain under “Choose Domain”. This is domain under which WordPress will be installed. If you want wordpress to be installed on your root directory, then under “In Directory” remove “wp”. And if you want to install your WordPress blog in another folder, you can specify another directory.
And finally enter a database name. The database name cannot be greater than 7 letters. You can name your database anything you like. Do take note of this if your gonna develop it later for it helps a lot.
Under the “Database Settings” heading you’ll find “Table Prefix”. I recommend changing the table prefix from the default “wp_” to improve your site’s security. Once hackers got inside your server and you have this basic prefix, he can change everything he wants in one command.
Fill in the other fields needed and install. That’s it, you have your blog ready! (you can change your theme later).