pot of goldBeginner Lesson for Those Who Have Never Created Their Own Website

No one talks about this because we, as “computer people,” take it for granted.  The fact still remains that a big percentage of small business owners don’t even have a website!  Let’s help as many of these people get online as possible.

With WordPress, there really is no excuse anymore.  Before WordPress, or BW, I used to here things like, “Who am I going to hire to create a website for me because my cousin (insert brother, nephew, son, daughter…) is taking forever and I still don’t have a website?”

Or “I need to get my business online but I have no idea what to do about it.”

Or probably the most popular, “I have a website.  The problem is I can never get it upgraded when I need so it is always outdated!”

Basic Instructions to Get Your Website Up and Running Quickly and Inexpensively

First you need to go to dreamhost.com or godaddy.com and register your domain name.

Your domain name means www.yourcompany.com.  You will see that many good names are taken so keep looking until you find one you can live with.  Stick with .com if you can – I don’t like .net, .org or .info for a few reasons I don’t think I need to get into.

Then, add hosting to your new domain name inside godaddy or wherever you chose to register the name.

Step 3. Just about every single domain registrar has a tools section on their website, or a quick install area.  Inside dreamhost, it’s under Goodies and One Click Installs
install wordpress to your site

After that you will get an email with a link that you click on and fill out the setup of your new site.  It will bring you to a page that asks for your website title, description etc.  Fill out as many fields as you can.

That’s it!

After that you can log into your dashboard (you can always get there by visiting http://yourcompany.com/wp-admin and entering your username and password created in the previous steps)
The dashboard is where you add pages, posts, themes, plugins…
Go ahead and play around until you get the hang of it.
I promise it’s not that technical.

It’s pretty easy but if you need help let me know.  You can email me at nk@nickkringas.com and I will do my best to get back to you the same day.
I wanted to shoot a video tutorial about this for my clients anyway so please don’t hesitate to let me know if you get stuck.