DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION
You need to find a suitable domain name (e.g. lucky8webdesign.net.au) and ensure it’s available.
There are a lot of ways to check if the domain name is available but for this purpose i’ll use godaddy.
Type in the name you wish to use as your domain name and click search;
Domain names cost from $5 – $30 a month, depending on the trailing (.net.au etc.)If you require a .net.au domain name you will need an ABN (check my how to register an ABN here)
OK, so now you have your domain name sorted, it’s available and you are happy with it, you need a company to host your website, (again using godaddy as a guide but you can use anyone you like).
Hosting Linux Plans through godaddy http://au.godaddy.com/hosting/web-hosting (quick note, you don’t need to know anything about linux or use it as an operating statement) Choose the plan you think is best for your business / blog.
If you are only ever going to have one website, the basic plans ($3.99 per month) will work perfectly, if you may eventually have other blogs / websites, I’d suggest the Deluxe plan ($6.99 per month) (price correct as of 18-3-2016)
CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Now you’ve purchased the domain name and hosting, it’s time to choose a content management system (CMS)
"a content management system is a computer application that supports the creation and modification of digital content using a common user interface and thus usually supporting multiple users working in a collaborative environment."
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system
There are now a plethora of CMS platforms out there these days, here’s a few stats (http://trends.builtwith.com/cms)
For this tutorial I’ll use WordPress.
There are 2 ways to install a CMS, the first way is the quickest and easiest using an application through godaddy and the second will be a manual installation using FTP.
1. log into your hosting account
2. expand ‘web hosting’ then click ‘manage’ next to your domain name
3. from here (cPanel), within the web applications section, click wordpress blog
4. click install this application
5. change the default admin username, password and add your email address
6. select the domain name you wish to use
7. you can leave the rest as defaults
Once the installation is complete, Godaddy will email you.
Open your favourite web browser and type into the address bar http://yourdomain name/wp-admin and hit enter
Type in the username and password you created earlier
You are now in your installation of wordpress (wooooo!!!!) well done web master!
On the left hand side of the menu, click on Appearance and then click Themes and then click Add New.
Go through the Themes and select the one you think would be best for your business / blog and click Install.
You are now ready to start creating pages, posts etc. etc.
For the more Experienced, let’s do a manual install using FTP
Download and install an FTP client of your choice, I personally like Filezilla as I find it easiest to use and for this tutorial, i’ll show you how to install wordpress via filezilla (it’s the same process for other CMS’s). Jump back into your cpanel
NOTE: write down the database name, username and password as you’ll need these to finalize the wordpress installation
1. click on MySQL Database Wizard
2. type in a database name
3. type in username and password
4. click next step
5. check ‘All Privaleges’
6. click next step
7. click return home
8. click FTP accounts
9. type in a name and password
10. click create account
11. click configure ftp client (next to the account you just created)
12. take note of the username and server
Open up the ftp client you installed and type in the ftp username, server (or host) and the password and click connect
Once it has authenticated you, you can click ‘File > Copy Current Connection to Site Manager’ and give it a name
In your browser download wordpress here
Once it’s downloaded, unzip all files to a directory on your computer (can be anywhere)
Select all of the un-zipped files and drag them into the /public_html folder in filezilla and you should end up with something like the below
Once all the folders / files have been transferred open your favourite web browser and type into the address bar http://yourdomain name/wp-admin and hit enter
A wizard will now run you through the rest of the installation.
Once in your dashboard, you can select appearance > themes > add new and find one that will fit your business