What do you need to make a WordPress website? How To WordPress #2
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What do you need to make a WordPress website? How To WordPress #2

In the last video I talked about what WordPress
is and about the two different versions of WordPress. If you missed that video click on the little
“i” icon at the top of the screen to go back and watch it. In this video I’m going to introduce you
to the basic things that you need to create a website using the open source version of
WordPress. You can find and download that version of
WordPress at WordPress.org. There are three things that you need
to build a WordPress website. Number One is to get the WordPress software. Number Two is to set up website hosting or
a place to build your website and Number three is to install a WordPress theme. Let’s take a closer look at these three
steps so that you can really understand how this works. The first step is getting WordPress software. You can do this by going to WordPress.org
and hitting the download WordPress button. You will then have a free copy of the WordPress
software that you are free to use and modify as you see fit. The other and the much easier way to get the
WordPress software installed is to have it installed by your hosting company. And that come up to step number 2 in creating a WordPress website and that is getting website hosting
or a place to build your website. WordPress is software that is designed to
run on a computer server. A server is a computer that is specifically
designed to share websites and other services to multiple users at the same time. Servers have specialized software installed and
usually specialized hardware configurations to be able to serve up your website quickly
to many people all at the same time. The easiest way to setup a WordPress website
is to get a hosting company. These companies offer preconfigured computers
all set up and ready to run websites on. Most popular hosting companies will also have
an easy way to install WordPress for you. So Let’s take a closer look at hosting companies
and what the most popular types of website hosting are. There are 3 main different types of website hosting. There is shared hosting, VPS or Virtual Private
Server hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting. Shared hosting is usually the lowest cost
hosting available. And it’s a great way to inexpensively get
started building a website. With shared hosting your website lives on
the same server with a bunch of other websites. Usually your website will have it’s on folder
on the servers hard drive. That only you will have access to. And of course when it’s shared to the web, that people on the web will have access to. Your website will share all of the same server resources. With all of the other websites on that same server. Resources are things like the server computers
memory and processing power With this kind of setup the performance of
your website will depend a lot on how many other websites are on the same shared sever and
how many resources the other websites are taking up. The second type of hosting is VPS or Virtual
private server hosting. This type of hosting uses the same server
physical hardware but the server resources are divided up in a more precise way. Each website on a VPS will have it’s own
installation of the operating system that the server runs on and this is called a virtual
machine. So to a website on a VPS it will look like
it has it’s very own server computer, even though the physical hardware will be shared
with multiple different websites. Having a virtual machine setup allows for
a more precise division of the server resources like memory and processing power. And with most VPS setups you can add or remove
memory to your virtual server as you need to on the fly. Using a VPS is a great way to get more consistent
results for your website. The last main type of hosting for WordPress
is WordPress managed hosting. This type of hosting is usually a Virtual
Private Server that is setup and configured specifically to run WordPress websites. WordPress managed hosting will also usually
include special extra features to make it easier to run and manage a WordPress website. Things like daily backups for your website,
malware and hacker monitoring as well as caching services to help your website get delivered
to your viewers faster. So Those are the 3 main types of website hosting
you have to choose from. If you want to learn more about choosing a
hosting company for your WordPress website I have a video where I take a look at 4 great
options for WordPress hosting and help you choose which one is right for your project. You can check that out by clicking on
the “i” icon at the top of the screen or by looking in the description below this
video. Now there’s one other way of building a WordPress
website. It’s not a method that I recommend for beginners
because there are more steps involved to get your website live on the internet, but it
can be a good option if you want to work on your website offline on your own personal
computer. Just to be clear if you use this method your
website will not be able to be viewed on the internet. You will still need to move your website from
your computer to a website hosting service before it will be live on the internet. Moving your website adds more steps and there
are more things that can possibly go wrong which is why I don’t recommend it if your new to
building websites. So for this method you need special software
to create a virtual server on your own computer. This makes your computer look like a website
server so that you can install and work with WordPress right on your own machine. There are a few different options for software
that you can use, and I have a couple of tutorials that I link in the description below or you
can look at the “i” icon at the top of the screen to learn how to do this. So now that we know were we can build our
website we’re all set and ready to get started right? Well not quite as I’ve said before WordPress
isn’t complete on it’s own. You need to add a theme to WordPress so that
you can create webpages that your viewers will see. The theme is probably the most important part
of building a WordPress website. Choosing the right theme can give you a really
easy time creating your webpages and choosing the wrong theme can mean a lot of frustration
when building a WordPress website. In the next video we’re going to take a
look at the different types of WordPress themes. So click on the link to watch the next video
or look for the link in the description below to learn about WordPress themes.

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