This covers getting a new WordPress installation ready on the Internet to start adding pages, following your site blueprint. Strictly speaking, the site blueprint is not required until the next stage, configuration. However that plan is so important to your success, that you should make sure you have it before going further.
The other thing you need is your domain name, unless you are starting with the free Shrewdies option described below. Domain names are normally registered when you open the hosting account described below, but for extra domains, I recommend GoDaddy. I explain why extra domain names are useful elsewhere, or you can ask about this in the hosting forum.
In addition to the site blueprint that I keep banging on about, there are some services that will enhance almost all web businesses, regardless of how and where they are hosted.
I tend to use Google services, as they are largely free from charge, and very effective. Alternatives do exist, and I discuss these on Shrewdies Interactive.
Two essential services are Analytics and Webmaster Tools. Setting up these services is very straightforward, so I will not bother with detailed instructions. Though you can register your domain with these services now, you can only complete the process when you have installed your website using the instructions below. For effective use of Google Analytics, you will also need to add an appropriate plugin or amend your site theme.
Shrewdies ShrewdSite Installation
ShrewdSite does not actually have an installation process – that’s the beauty of it – all the detailed technical stuff is done for you. All you need to do is register, and you can “install” as many websites as you like. ShrewdSite free registrations are closed for the moment, and we are reviewing prices for our paid managed websites. Please ask on the web support forum if you need information now. Once registered, see the Next Steps notes below.
WordPress.org Installation USA
If you are planning a global web business, or a market targeting the uSA specifically, it is best to use a website server based in the USA. See my Web Hosting Prices page for more details.
I believe the installation process to be so simple that I haven’t (at least yet) provided a step-by-step guide. You can discuss any issues in the forum, but please note that if you order your HostZil.la account through this link, I’ll happily complete the installation process for you.
Use the HostZil.la automated WordPress installation, and your WordPress website will be live immediately. Once installed, see the Next Steps notes below.
WordPress.org Installation UK
If you are hosting a .co.uk domain, or targeting UK markets with other domain names, it pays to use a UK based server, both for speed, and audience matching reasons. I now use NativeSpace.co.uk, and have found them to be very reliable, cost effective, and user-friendly. See my Web Hosting Prices page for more details.
I believe the installation process to be so simple that I haven’t (at least yet) provided a step-by-step guide. You can discuss any issues in the forum, but please note that if you order your NativeSpace account through my link above, I’ll happily complete the installation process for you.
Use the NativeSpace automated WordPress installation under Fantastico in cPanel, and WordPress will be live in around two minutes. Once installed, see the Next Steps notes below.
Non-WordPress Sites & Other Countries
Please discuss non-WordPress installation issues, or hosting in other countries in the hosting forum. If common questions arise, I’ll add explanations to this page.
WordPress Installation: Next Steps
Now that you have an accessible website, you are probably eager to turn it over to the content building team (or put your content management hat on if you are a one-man-band). But there is at least one more step required first. You must apply various settings that shape how WordPress (or your alternative CMS) operates to suit your site blueprint. I deal with these in the WordPress Configuration pages.
In most cases, you will also need to add functionality using plugins, and organize your format using themes, but these can be done during the early stages of content building.
I am in the process of developing complete step-by-step guides that cover the entire deployment process, with appropriate options for information websites and community websites. To be informed when these are available, please subscribe to my free update service: