In my former job where I worked for an internet marketing agency, I learned how expensive websites can be. We built and managed websites for large retail companies and we charged them thousands of dollars per month. You may be thinking, “Ouch”, and I agree with you.
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But for $20 million companies, a better website can result in tens of thousands of dollars (or more) in extra revenue every week. Obviously, small businesses can not afford to hire most of the agencies out there to build and manage custom websites for them. But luckily, there’s WordPress, which means you don’t have to spend gobs of money to have a great website.
WordPress is an open source software platform, which is built and maintained by hundreds of volunteers. There are hundreds, or perhaps thousands more who built plugins and additional functionality for WordPress (and often charge for it). All this means you can access a REALLY good website platform for next to nothing AND it’s easy to use.
In the above video, I walk you through how to create a simple website with WordPress.org, which is the open-source, self-hosted WordPress software. I use WordPress.org for all of my websites. Since WordPress.org is self-hosted, you’ll need to install it on your own server.
If you’re like me, you aren’t a server guru, and therefore have no idea how to host your own website. You’re in luck, because there are a variety of web hosting services out there that are very reasonably priced, which will enable you to host a WordPress site (or several of them). I host all my sites with hosting service called Bluehost. It’s what I recommend using and it is only $100ish per year. Click here to use my affiliate link to get your own Bluehost account.
How to Purchase a Bluehost Web Hosting Account
Getting a web hosting account through Bluehost that you can use to host your WordPress business website is easy. Here are the steps:
- Head over to MathiasMedia.com/Bluehost.
- Select “Get Started Now”.
- Under “I Need a Domain Name”, type in the domain name you want to purchase.
- Go through the steps to purchase your Bluehost account
How to Install a WordPress Site on Your Bluehost Hosting Account
Once you have your Bluehost hosting account, it’s super easy to install the WordPress.org software on your domain name. To do so, just follow these steps:
- Head over to Bluehost.com.
- Select “Login”, in the upper right-hand corner.
- Under “Website Builders”, select “WordPress”.
- Go through the steps to install your WordPress site on your domain name
This whole process will only take a few minutes and when it’s complete, you’ll have a website live on your domain name. You can access your site by going directly to YourDomain (ex: yourwebsite.com) and you can access your WordPress admin panel by going to your YourDomain/wp-admin (ex: yourwebsite.com/wp-admin).
Congratulations, you’re now ready to customize your website to make it rock. Stay tuned for future tutorials where we’ll be digging into the details of how to customize your WordPress site and how to make it awesome.