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How to Install WordPress Step by Step in 5 minutes

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A virtually every author who has managed to put up a blog with a free account on WordPress.com or Blogger and has achieved some success, sooner or later there comes a time that feels that the benefits of an open platform as mentioned They are small.

How to Install WordPress Step by Step in 5 minutes

That moment frequently arrives when the author sees things on other blogs you would like to also apply to yours (for example, a highly customized design) and it turns out that when trying to incorporate meets a wall due to the limitations of the tool.
If you identify with this situation, it is time to create a professional blog with self-hosting, or what is the same: install WordPress on a hosting.
You have it easy because to start, WordPress is the market leader, is freely available as open source licensed under GPL ).
With the embodiment of a WordPress installation with own hosting disappear the limitations of a single user account hosted on WordPress.com and how to earn 100% of the potential of the platform and its almost infinite collection of accessories in the form of themes and plugins.
How to install WordPress in a simple and well done will be the subject of today's article and for this finish it the article with a video of the installation process.

How to Install WordPress: 5 Basic Steps to Getting It Right

If you've encouraged to create your own blog hosting, there are, above all, five steps are critical to you now summarize briefly:
  1. Choosing a right hosting provider. We recommend as No. 1 choice in quality and performance DREAMHOST and as the more economical option, BLUEHOST. I'll explain below why.
  2. Choosing a good domain name. Do not decide lightly, give it a little time to find one that is as short as possible, fit well with your personal brand or the brand you want to create for your blog, etc. It is not an easy challenge because today, most "good guys" are already caught. You can check it very agile in places like DomainsBot and buy it on your own hosting providers (in the case of BLUEHOST you have 1 free) or suppliers like Namecheap or GoDaddy.
  3. Set WordPress, especially permalinks. Once you have installed WordPress following the steps indicated in the video at the end of this post, touch configures it, you have many options, but the essentials are just a few. At the end of the post, I leave you a video that does a review to all of them. Of these, because of their importance, include permalinks. This refers to 000000;. "> URLs" pretty "composed by names and not by parameters (something like, for example," https://www.ciudadano2cero.com/?p=8171 ") is essential to do SEO well done on your blog. This is done in WordPress settings that you see in the image below.
  4. Choose an original theme. Here is a first advice: no lies you with the choice of subject, take one simple, the first thing you see that good suits your needs, but take it from a reliable source as the repository of WordPress.org issues. This is because at first, you have to focus on creating content for your web to start and because at the beginning you do not have sufficient criteria to choose well. It has to pass a time of maturation of the blog and your ideas so that this is possible. More info here: How to choose the perfect WordPress theme for your blog
  5. Configure automatic backups: This is easily done with a free plugin as BackWPup which is what we recommend here. At the end of the post, I also put a video that explains how it is used.

Why is it so critical to choose hosting?

It's very simple: any application that uses PHP and MySQL as WordPress and many other (Joomla, Prestashop, etc.) is very demanding for servers. So you need quality servers.
If a vendor gives a disservice will have constant problems of slowness, falls and limitations of resources such as memory causing major problems such as, for example, make it impossible to use all the plugins you want.
A primary option of shared hosting should be enough for any blog that does not exceed a few thousand hits a day, (which would already be a considerable traffic to a blog). But you have to look very carefully at the performance of the Provider, especially, search References and testimonials from that provider since one thing is paper and another quite different practice.
A current blog WordPress (version 4.x) should have at least 128MB of memory and to be, quiet with 256MB. You can get you into a trap because they offer entrance dumped prices, but the options with adequate benefits, if any, end up paying many times more expensive than a good web hosting provider for WordPress.
To make a right decision, I propose two options:
  1. Do not waste any more time with it and heed our recommendations
  2. You learn on your own how a good hosting is chosen in this post: How to hire a good hosting for WordPress and without cheating
In the case of this blog, we use DREAMHOST that right now we think the best supplier in the market.
Of its benefits stands out, above all that:
  • It has the same virtues of BLUEHOST (good benefits, good support, cash back, etc.).
  • Excellent performance and quality of service, the quality of this hosting rivaling premium hosting the famous brands like WPEngine or Synthesis (much more expensive).
  • It has an added value that BLUEHOST has to sites using WordPress, Joomla or Prestashop: specialized technical support for these platforms.
  • Having support for WordPress makes maintenance of the facility accessible to non-experts.
  • Rules security Anti-Hacking specialized for previous platforms that you save a lot of time and hassle.
  • Automatic backups every 4 hours
  • It includes a free domain.

How to install WordPress step by step on a hosting server (video)

This video intentionally dispenses with installation wizards as QuickInstall or Fantastic and makes a "manual" WordPress installation since it is also very easy and quick, gives more control and more learn about the process of WordPress installation works in particular and of any PHP application in general in a hosting service.
Therefore, this tutorial can also serve as a sound basis to see how it would install other PHP based applications you may be interested in accompanying your blog, for example, the No.1 software for forums: phpBB.
Although the video has a duration of 15 minutes because it explains in much detail everything, the process is so simple that it can be done perfectly in 5 minutes or even less.
The video is recorded using BLUEHOST, but you can follow exactly the same in DREAMHOST by both providers use the same management tool for your servers: cPanel.
With this, you already know how to install WordPress without anybody helps in a hosting, but do not miss either the additional videos that come to the end of this page and that explain things how to make a proper initial configuration of a new installation of WordPress.

What do we gain with a proprietary installation of WordPress?

Seen the issue of how to create a web server for your WordPress blog, I'll go deeper into the theme that we touch in this article in the series. We are going to debate before what we win and what we lose with a proper installation of WordPress. Remember that some of these things are also available as options for payment in an account at WordPress.com

1. Total Freedom

That's the main advantage that sums up all the others: the complete absence of limitations. The degree of freedom is absolute and not only so the tool can do, but because being open source that can modify to your whim anything. You can reach the end of manipulating the PHP source code of the application, the CSS or whatever you damn well, please. Many professional bloggers end up in charge of this kind of modifications to personalize certain very specific aspects of their blog that they can not implement the more "conventional" options like themes or plugins.

2. Own domain vs. provider domain

First, both WordPress and Blogger, the free account carries no associated user domain. That is, the domain used will be "wordpress.com" or "blogsport.com." The full Web address of the blog is built by adding the user name as a subdomain, i.e., something like "drsamshay.wordpress.com". A real example could be this Web: https://nataliecannon.wordpress.com/ or this http://worldnettimes.blogspot.com/
It is not dramatic, but always going to be more elegant and professional have a domain name itself.

3. Blog Design: Themes

The following limitation I consider it very important given the importance of the design of your blog, an issue that we have discussed above. The themes are extensions of WordPress to customize their appearance and layout. A free WordPress account is limited, just like on Blogger.
Although the free account already offered more than 150 themes, these are rather a medium-low quality. With the almost certain time you try for a theme of high quality among the tens of thousands of available themes, and you can use these with the proper installation only.

4. Extensions for the blog: plugins and widgets

The same applies to the plugins and widgets, which are small extensions of the standard functionality of WordPress that give plenty of functionality and a lot of life blog, they are practically indispensable. An example of a very useful plugin is the vertical bar of social media to the left of this page.
With the free account, you have only a very limited selection when with a proper installation you can use those that we want. Of course, keep in mind that the more you use, the more memory resources and processor will require your installation, a very important thing to keep in mind when hiring the appropriate form of accommodation subject. We will return to this topic later.

5. Advertising

This is another of the great handicaps of a free wordpress.com hosted blog: unable to integrate ads like Google AdSense with which the free account you can not generate income blog this way, which, if you find a little well, could be quite attractive.
In this case, it is noteworthy that a free account on Blogger allows Google Adsense ads, a significant advantage over free accounts WordPress.

What do we lose...?

Although a WordPress blog with own hosting is the professional choice, the "top end" of blogging, we must also make the warning that here either whole mountain is oregano.
This is mainly because this option is more demanding than the simple choice of a type WordPress.com or Blogger blog. It should be clear to not be deceptions and assess whether in your case you offset choose the option of a professional blog hosting own.
What you should value are fundamentally two aspects:

1. More maintenance effort

The need to position oneself of maintenance surely be the more important consideration for most of the authors of a blog. With an account at WordPress.com, you forget things like software installation, updates, spam, backup, protection measures against intruders, etc.
With an installation of your own, you have to take care of yourself or delegate this task to someone. It is not much work and can be mostly automated, but requires some technical skill, time dedication, and enthusiasm, especially at first.
However, with a hosting provider like Webcompresa that offers support for WordPress, this work is relieved and, most importantly: it becomes affordable for non-experts.

2. Costs

The own accommodation has a cost. Certainly, there are free options, but as wrong (falls, service guarantees null, null support, etc.) and limited that simply are not an option.
A decent accommodation service is not expensive, but you have to keep that in mind. In our case, we use the hosting of BLUEHOST whose plans start at about $3.95 / month and is burdened traffic you see here.
Yes, yes free options are an option highly recommended to create a model of your blog (yes: for reasons of SEO, do not repeat the content). The reason is that you can try and mature peacefully the changes that are going to make (design changes, new plugins, try to create and restore backups, etc.).
Now you must meditate and decide which option you stay. If the criteria laid down do not have enough to make the decision and want to deepen, I recommend a simple search for " WordPress vs. Blogger vs. Typepad."

Bonus-Pack for extra video tutorials

That's all for today, I hope you have been interesting, and down to the end of the article I leave you with three videos more where it is explained that how to choose well your hosting and how, once installed WordPress, make a good initial setup

How to Choose a Web Hosting Service

Proper Website Setup To Increase Ranking on Google

How Backup Wordpress Automatically

And this video explains how to create automated backups with the BackWPup plugin to be able to recover your blog before any eventuality:

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