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Wordpress Content Management System

Wordpress is a popular content management system used worldwide to create a website for personal use or for business use, Wordpress is an open source project suitable for business and personal websites.

There are two ways you can install your Wordpress website the easiest way is through your hosting provider like Siteground they provide an automated installation within your account or you can install your wordpress website manually in this tutorial we will guide you through an automated installation of Wordpress and how to set up your Wordpress website as this is easiest way to get started.

Web Hosting

There are a few steps required to install a wordpress website and the first step is to select a reliable web hosting provider and a domain name our recommendation is Siteground Wordpress plan they provide an excellent starter plan from $3.95 /month on there shared hosting platform, you can use an existing domain name or get a new domain name when you sign up, just register and follow the instructions for your hosting account the process is very easy to follow, we provide an easy to follow guide for joining Siteground and signing up for your hosting account, an introdudtion to the web hosting services that Siteground provide Siteground web hosting services.

Installing Your Wordpress Website

When you have registered for your new Siteground web hosting account log into your account, and click on websites at the top of the page, then click on new website and a new page will open.

The next step is to register your domain name, you have three choices to register a new domain, use an existing domain or create a temporary domain, if you do not already own your own domain name we highly recommend that you purchase one now so that your new domain name is already pointed to the Siteground server as this will save you more work later on in the process.

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Next step is to select new domain name this will register a new domain selected by you or existing domain that you already own, fill in the required information in the drop down box and click continue.

A new window will open here you select start a new website or migrate an existing website to your Siteground server, if you already have an existing website with another host select migrate website and follow the instructions, to start a new Wordpress website select start new website.

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You will be presented with the automatic installers if you are starting a Wordpress website select Wordpress and create your installation details, enter your email address and password note the password for use later on, and click continue.

Next you can choose if you need SG Site scanner for a small amount each year the scanner will check your websites files for malware or hacking and automatically notify you when there has been a breach.

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The final step to your new website is one click away, select continue and the automated installer will create a new data base and user for your account, if you purchased your domain name from Siteground you will be good to go.

If you purchased your domain elesewhere you will need to point the DNS records to the Siteground servers more details on how to repoint your domain can be found here under domain name server, you can now visit your websites control panal by selecting site tools or vist your live website by entering your domains url into a browser.

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 Wordpress Dashboard

Now that you have Wordpress installed you can design the website the way you want it to look, there are hundreds of wordpress themes available at Template Monster our recommended theme provider premium themes provide more scope and features for designing a fantastic looking website.

To make changes to your wordpress website you need to login to your wordpress dashboard using the username and password you used to set up the wordpress installation earlier on, the dashboard is where you can design your websites layout and add content and plugins from.

Changing a wordpress theme has no effect on your websites content, your articles, images and other content remain the same when you change to a different theme just the layout and feel of the website changes, so you can change a theme as many times as you require. 

 Website Content

The wordpress admin panal contains many helpful tools for customizing the layout and look of your website, to start a new article click on posts on the left hand side of the dashboard and then add new, add a title to your post a description and the main content of the post, once you have finished your post you can save as a draft or click publish to publish the article live on your website.

To add a new page to your wordpress website find pages in the menu to the left and click on add new, the editor is very much the same as starting a new post, but there are a few more options available, then add a title and content to your page, a page will be displayed by a menu item at the top of your website and may contain articles you have posted or may be made up of other content you want to publish on your wordpress website like images or video.

Wordpress Plugins

Plugins are the core of your wordpress website they add functionality and new features to your wordpress website there are thousands of plugins available from third party providers, to add blogs, website security, article editors and various other helpful tools to the admin panal.

To install a new wordpress plugin first select a plugin you require from a supplier and store on your desktop then go to your dashboard and find plugins on the left of the page and click add new.

A new page will open and then click on upload plugin at the top of the page then select the zip file that you download from your desktop, next step requires you to click the install button and wait for the installation process to complete the new plugin will be available under plugins, the best place to buy Wordpress plugins is Wordpress.com. Siteground provide a great platform for any type of Wordpress website you get a free domain name with any Wordpress plan and can start creating your new website as soon as you signup so why not join Siteground with a Wordpress hosting account today.