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What You’ll Learn In This Tutorial

  1. What WordPress is and why you should use it.
  2. How to buy a domain.
  3. How to choose a web host.
  4. How to install WordPress.
  5. How to choose and install a WordPress theme.
  6. How to setup WordPress and start posting your content.

What Is WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular and powerful content management system (CMS) available today. As a content management system it is extremely easy to add or edit content to an existing WordPress website. Whether you want to create a new blog post or just change some wording on your home page, it can be done quickly an easily with WordPress. WordPress is extremely versatile. It can be used to create a personal blog, a website for your small business, or even a large online store.

As a CMS, WordPress stores your content in a database separate from your site your layout and site structure. This means that it is possible to completely change the look of your site without having to rewrite any of the site’s content. Later in this guide, we will look at how to change the look of your site by using different themes. Professional themes allow you to focus on content and leave the graphical and user interface design to the pros.

WordPress is an open source community project. Thousands of people globally are working together to make sure that WordPress is as secure and user friendly as possible. The WordPress community also creates thousands of plugins that can be added to your website to give it additional functionality. For example, there are plugins to add a shopping cart to your site or to create a newsletter signup in your site’s sidebar. In the setting up your site section of this guide I will recommend some plugins for your site and show you how to install them.

Buying A Domain

A domain name is your website’s address on the internet. For example, this site’s domain name is SanDiegoSEO.info. Some famous domain names are Facebook.com and Google.com. If you choose an easy to remember domain name, it will be easy for people to remember how to find your site. If you want a domain for your business, your business’ name would likely make an ideal domain name. Below is a tool you can use to see if your domain name idea is available. Generally you want you domain name to be short, memorable and relevant.

Use this tool to see if your domain idea is available. Just start typing your desired domain in the box and the tool will let you know. Note, don’t click through to buy the domain yet. In the next step I will show you how to register your new domain name for free.

Once you find an available domain, you could purchase it through DynaDot or GoDaddy, but I recommend you wait. In the next section on hosting I will show you how to get your chosen domain name for free.

Choosing A WordPress Host

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