How to create a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog? If suddenly someone asks me this type of question. Firstly, I think what is Self-Hosted, WordPress and WordPress Blog. Ok, let’s move to know about this.
Self-Hosted means it is the act of having your website completely under your control. It is one kind of software and uses as a part of a computer program. It is a place to share alternatives to popular online services. This is commonplace on personal computers and larger systems.
WordPress is an open and online website creation tool, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. It’s written in PHP and MySQL coding. It is easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS).
WordPress Blog means it’s a place to create or easily build a free website or blog on WordPress.com. There is available hundreds of free, customizable, mobile-supportive designs, themes, and free hosting support.
You know that a self-hosted WordPress blog is the best choice for most bloggers in the worldwide. You need to decide on few important things before you start a self-hosted blog. Now, I describe it one by one.
1. Domain name:
- Domain name is you, your blog, your business or your exact online identity.
- It symbolizes your brand.
- It familiar, easy to remember, and a proud representation of you and your blog.
- Find one that’s easy to say, spell and call to action basis.
- Mark assured that it reflects your business name.
- There is a popular domain in the world likes- amazon.com, apple.com, alibaba.com, business.com, casino.com, change.org and so on.
2. Domain Name Registration.
- Use a trustworthy domain registrar that will be one of the most important decisions for the domain.
- Consider registering substitutes (.net, .info, .org)
- It keeps your blog live, and the performance of your blog will partially depend on your hosting provider.
- It makes sure your blog is available 24/7 to potential readers and stored your file online.
- Protect your Private information with Whois Guard Protection.
Note: Most hosting companies offer you that they provide hosting account for the trouble-free management and maintenance. But before you host your domain, you have to more knowledge about domain registrar.
If you’ve already registered a domain through another service and need to host it, you’ll either have to transfer your domain registration or point your name servers to the host.
3. Get Web Hosting
- Your web host shows your pages on the website lives.
- For right performance, security, expertise and make sure you sign up with a loyal managed WordPress host.
4. Connect your domain name and web host.
- You Already Have a Domain Name and Web Hosting Account
- Ask your web host for the name servers, or Domain Name Servers (DNS), for your site.
- Plug this DNS info into your domain name registrar account.
- Enter the Name Servers into Your Registrar’s Settings for Your Domain
5. Install WordPress
Blogging requires software for better advantage and the best that I’ve found is WordPress. It’s easy, quick, and best of all, free. You can set up WordPress through yours. Otherwise, you have to go through WordPress.org to download the software and then upload it to a host.
Note: Using WordPress.org is different from signing up for a free blog at WordPress.com. This infographic explains how.
- Log into your cPanel.
- In the Software/Services section, click on the Quick Install icon:
- In the left menu, under Popular Installs, click WordPress, then click Install WordPress:
- Complete the form that appears with the following details:
- Download WordPress
- Upload WordPress to Hosting Account
- Create MySQL Database and User
- Configure wp-config.php
- Run the Installation
- Complete the Installation
6. Choose your theme:
- Download the Theme files
- Unzip the file
- Upload the theme in your following directory: /wp-content/themes/
- Activate the Theme:
– Go to your wp-admin panel.
– Look at the sidebar on the left and click on the tab Appearance > Themes.
– Find your theme there and click activate.
7. Set up the basics:
- Will your home page be a blog or a landing page?
- Change this in Settings>Reading.
- In Settings> Permalinks,
- Use/ %postname%/ so page URLs are easy to read.
8. Log in and start blogging:
- The URL for your dashboard is yourblogname.com/wp-admin/.
- Click- Posts
- Select- Add New.
- Get to work filling your pages with great content.
- Read Copy blogger to learn how to attract visitors and keep them engaged.