Moving on to what needs to be done after the basic ground work is laid out this articles features a technical guide to setting up a blog. Now you need to get a website up. Unless you are an expert web designer, you’re going to want to choose a content management system (CMS). A CMS is software which separates code and content. This means that those that deal in creating and uploading the content can do so without having to worry about messing around with HTML or CSS. Knowing a few basics of web design helps as this gives you control over a few elements displayed on your site.
Now there are a number of content management systems out there. But the one that is by far the most preferred by bloggers is WordPress. WordPress was created in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg as a means to make creating websites a painless job for those that don’t have any knowledge of how to do it. The CMS has gone on to become so popular that studies have shown 1 in 5 website built today is based on WordPress. Here’s a few reasons why it is such a popular piece of software:
It’s equal parts basic and advanced
The great thing about WordPress is that it can be whatever you want it to be. To the puritan writer, the software gets out of the way and creates a simple way to put words up on a website. To those that are more adventurous and would like to have a say over the functionality of their blog, WordPress is a powerful repository of code.
Due to the popularity of WordPress, there is a large section of developers working purely around it. This means that there is a wide array of plugins to choose from with wide-ranging capabilities.
If you need your website to get any substantial amount of traffic, SEO is a must. The great thing about WordPress is that it makes it extremely easy to produce SEO-optimized content on a site written in semantic code.
So now that we’ve chosen WordPress to be our CMS of choice, we need to install it. To do this, head on down to the cPanel on your website. cPanel is one of the most popular administration tools for web hosts. Contact you’re hosting provider to find out how you can access the cPanel of your website.
Once you’re in, go to the Databases panel in your cPanel account and click on MySQL Databases. Right at the top of that screen enter a name for your database and hit Create Database. For the database name, you could go with the name of your website. The next thing you need to do is create a MYSQL user. To do this scroll to the MySQL Users area and fill in the relevant fields. Next head down to the Add User to Database section, choose the databased you created from the drop down menu, and click Add.
To install WordPress, download it from wordpress.org and proceed to upload it to your host via the File Manager on the site. Once this is done, WordPress will lead you through the installation process in what is known as the famous 5-minute install.