SELF HOSTED WORDPRESS
Is the .org version of WordPress which is a free open source software that you can install on your server, and get your website running, it gives user complete control over his website/blog, and requires hosting as the package (CMS free Open source software) doesn’t include hosting and a domain name.
With wordpress, you can create any kind of website like: portfolio, company website, school website, blogs, social media website, forums, question and answer websites etc. It comes with numerous free and premium themes that help give your website a better look, you can also create your own theme (if you are good in programming), and gives you numerous free plugins to help enhance your website or blog, premium plugins are also available for purchase.
WHY SELF HOSTED WORDPRESS?
WordPress is very powerful, it powers almost 29% of all websites on the web, it is easy to understand that you can create your blog without any technical knowledge on programming and I hope I told you that WORDPRESS IS FREE? WordPress is the best if you want create a blog, follow the guide blog to learn how to install your free software.
It is also fully customizable as it is 100% controlled by the user, and you don’t have ay fear of getting banned or deleted for violating terms as the case is in WordPress.com, SEO ready, flexible and many cool features make a Self hosted a must have, you can explore more WordPress features in our post WordPress.org Vs WordPress.com.
WHAT TO DO FIRST
To get started with the self hosted wordpress(.org wordpress) you first need to get a host service (A place to place your blog to make it visible to the web), and almost all premium and some free host services provide a wordpress auto-installer to ease wordpress set up, within 10 minutes you can set up your blog and get it running.
When it comes to affordability and good performance especially as the dollar exchange is high (to Nigerians) am recommending hub8 web host service, it is a hosting service that let you set up your website or blog at an affordable price, the whole set up won’t cost you more than N2500, and it comes with a free TLD (Top Level Domain), Free SSL certificate, Free Email Service, MYSQl Database and many more exclusive features, you can read hub8 full review here.
But if you are living abroad or among those who don’t care about the dollar rise and fall, or want a high quality hosting,you can use bluehost it is most recommended for wordpress, it also gives free TLD (Top Level Doain) to its users, it host website for as low as $0.93 if you use my link while signing up.
DISCLAIMER: Note that when you click the hub8 and bluehost link i place, abuaslam will get a little commission which will not affect you in any way, rather by using the link you get a discount on your host purchase.
After purchasing you hosting package from hub8 or bluehost, and your website got activated, go to your account panel, and scroll down to Scrupulous installer menu, you will see wordpress, click it, and here you go, fill in the fields and get it installed.
AND THEN …
You can access your new wordpress website by going to your admin link which Is in form of yourdomain.com/wp-admin, where a login menu will appear, insert the data you use while installing the software, and click the Sign in button, your dashboard will appear.
HOME: Is a link which returns you back to your wordpress dashboard POST: A link which takes you to a page where you can create, delete and modify your blog posts.
MEDIA: Used to ease user upload pictures, videos or other media files to your wordpress website.
PAGES: A link which will take you to a place where you can create new pages, modify and delete existing ones.
APPEARANCE: Is one of the most important links in the wordpress dashboard, it allow you to change default theme by choosing from the available themes on wordpress or uploading your own theme, customize it, add widgets to you website, create or modify menu etc.
OTHER IMPORTANT MENUS
PLUGINS: it allows you as a website admin install plugins to your website, which help add functions and extend your website’s performance. There are numerous free plugins to install in wordpress directory, and there is an option to upload your own plugin if you have any.
USERS: Is a menu that lets you manage your users, i.e those that register on your website (if you allow that feature), manage sign ups and edit your own profile to your taste.
TOOLS: is also a menu which help you import or export some files (e.g theme demo files) to your wordpress sites, and help you do some other important tasks.
SETTINGS: Help you make some customizations in Privacy, Writing, Reading, Discussion etc and some other plugins.
Choosing a responsive theme is very important, it is what gives users using mobile phones the ability to browse through your blog with comfort.
There are numerous themes in the WordPress theme store, you can choose any that suite your taste and apply it, or purchase premium themes from third parties. Monitoring your page loading is very important, as most users tend to leave a page when it is slow, so I advise that you should make your blog load fast, you can do that by compressing the pictures you insert in blog post before uploading, this will help reduce the size of the image and help improve your blog speed, you can also install jet-pack, it has many features which will help keep your blog on track.
This is in details how to create a blog or website using the best free open source software developed by the wordpress team, if you got any question you can drop it in the comment box. Find this helpful? Share it to your friends.