Think installing WordPress is hard? Think again!
Choosing a host for your new WordPress blog is no easy task. With 100's of hosting companies, it can be really difficult to sift through all the noise and find one that you can rely on. I've been online for almost 20 years and I've hosted sites using many different companies.
Almost no one uses a static HTML website anymore. WordPress has become the King of applications and almost everyone who's anyone uses WordPress now for their main site. Because of the popularity of WordPress, marketing plugins like Instabuilder 2.0 have given WordPress users amazing power to create professional content.
Hosting companies are also shifting their services to cater to WordPress specifically. One of those hosts is SiteGround and they are my choice for TrainWithSwifty.com . If you're looking for a new home for your WordPress blog with world class uptime and support, look no further than SiteGround. You can watch my video review of SiteGround here.
Once you've chosen a hosting account for your new WordPress blog, it's time to install it. Almost every host now has an automatic feature which will install WordPress with just a few clicks of your mouse. It's very simple and anyone can do it. Don't think that it's too “techy” for you to master, just follow along in my video and I'll walk you through the simple steps to install WordPress on your hosting account.
Now that you've installed WordPress, you're going to want to get a professional looking WordPress theme. While WordPress comes with it's own themes, none will give you the flexibility or look and feel of a paid version. This is one area you DO NOT want to scrimp on.
I'm sure you've heard the phrase, “You only get one chance to make a first impression”. This is very true online and you want your website to look professional and inviting to your visitors. An ugly free theme is no way to build a business and the money you might save up front going with free theme, will cost you more in the end. Do it once and do it right with StudioPress's Magazine Pro theme.
This is the same theme I run here at TrainWithSwifty.com . It's easy to set up, looks stunning and gives you all the features you would expect while running on the world famous Genesis framework. Don't worry about all the tech that's inside it, just know it's working for you and making you look great right out of the box (or file I guess ; ).
You won't have to spend a bunch of extra money on plugins either. Magazine Pro comes pre installed with almost everything you need. You can check out my Top Tools page to see which paid and free plugins I recommend.
If you run into any hiccups or need a hand with anything described in the video or in this post, just shoot me a message on Facebook or use the contact form and I'll get back to you within 24 hours, probably sooner.
I hope this WordPress installation video was helpful. Leave me a comment below and let me know if there's something else you'd like to see a video about. I enjoy making them and want you to enjoy them too!
Don't sweat the techy things, I'm here to help.
Talk to you soon.