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Mar 042013
 
So lets install WordPress on our Bluehost web account using cPanel. This part only works well after you have allowed the nameserver propagation to be completed. However you can still install before propagation is complete, only that further work on your site can't happen before then.

Video: Install WordPress from cPanel

Install WordPress from cPanel
 
Mar 022013
 
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Video Transcript

The cpanel is like going under the hood, or under the bonnet, of your car. Depending upon what you want to do, you could actually avoid, possibly, using the cpanel at all. But if you want to do just a little bit more like, for example, with you car. If you want to add some extra rinse and washer fluid you have to open the bonnet to go there. Maybe you just want to check the oil, so you have to pull up the oil stick to check it. And similarly, with having a web account, you might want to do just a little bit more than perhaps just install or use wordpress that's already there. So, looking at the slide, if you go to the next one... Installing wordpress itself actually does need for you to go into the cpanel. There might be hosts that do that for you automatically, but you will be very much at the mercy of when they're free to do things for you, so cpanel is definitely worthwhile for installing wordpress or other CMS. There is a content management system called "concrete" which is very highly recommended by Bluehost and myself. I have used it and found it very easy to use. So you will want to open up your cpanel. The other thing is Google and other search engines like you to have a site map in an XML format. Don't worry about it at the moment. You can get this produced online very easily, but once you've produced it and downloaded it to your hard disk or your PC or laptop and you then need to upload it back into the root directory of your website. Now this is best done through a cpanel. You can actually also use FTP, but I believe that's a more complicated way of doing things. You just upload it into your root directory. You just go into the cpanel, open up the file manager, go to the root of your directory, and click on upload. And you can upload the sitemap.xml very easily. And the other thing as well is that with WordPress you probably have a child theme. If you don't want upgrades to your theme to actually obliterate any changes that you do at the CSS level, at the, you know, basic level... So what you will have to do is create a child theme, which also needs for you to go into the actual nitty gritty of the WordPress directory installs using the file manager in cpanel again. Okay, so, that's one of the uses that you will need to do with cpanel. The other one is, a lot of authentication if you're trying to use submit your website as being your own, a lot of ways that people want to authenticate yourself is if you use an email address that is actually located at your domain name. Like, for example, the need for authentication, myname@myurl.com. So that way people feel that you are the real owner, because you can get at the email that's sent to that URL. Okay, and the other reason why you might want to use the email address that is related to your domain name is to catch visitors who would assume that your email would be something like info@myurl.com. So I might see more sales at myurl.com, or inquiries at myurl.com, and will try to send you such an email, and you can catch that if you set up your web email account with your URL by going into cpanel. And you can set it up so that it catches all the whatever it is at myurl.com. So it could be sales, info, your name, whatever. Okay! Another reason why you might want to get into cpanel is to use its full capabilities. For example, Bluehost will allow you an unlimited number of websites on your shared account. Now that is incredible. Of course, you might want to have extra websites using different URLs. You will be able to do that only through going into cpanel and setting up addon sites. It's called add-on sites. And so you will then go to your registrar and point your domain name two, domain name three, etcetera, to your blue host, if you are with blue host, nameservers. And by going into cpanel and then add-on hosts, you can actually set up add-on accounts there. And so you will have as many websites as you want! Because it's unlimited with Bluehost. Now the third reason, well, part of the third reason, is you also have the ability to have subdomains. Subdomains are when you replace the WWW in front of your URL with your own chosen subdomain. For example, I've shown blog.myurl.com! You can also have other things in your subdomain, and you can have a separate directory where you have bits of your sub-website, you can almost call it, because it will have a separate address to your main site. So as I said it's blog.yoururl.com, and you can have... I don't know, you can have anything. You could have sales.myurl.com, or you can have the name of a business partner, you know? Bob.myurl.com. Or yourname.myurl.com. So there are many reasons why you might want to get under the cpanel and my next few videos will show you how to do some of these actions in a very simple, step by step instruction.
Feb 272013
 
Now that you have got your domain name, the next step would be to get some hosting with a web host company. If you have got hosting already with your domain registrar, you can skip this and go to the next video. Here I have used Bluehost as an example.

Video: Get Your Hosting

Getting your hosting from Bluehost.com

Mini Hosting Review and Recommendations

Bluehost bannerBluehost There are other hosts that are even more effusive in their customer service, but their charges will be proportionately higher. If you are a beginner, I  suggest steering clear of the really cheap web hosts with non-existent or rubbish customer support.  So highest recommendation for Bluehost for being reasonably priced, high performance hosting and superior customer support.

Out of the other web hosts that I have used here are a couple that are very good in their own way. One is UK based and the other is US. Let me advise strongly against free website hosting schemes. I have tried many and they all are painfully slow and have nasty down-time records and of course no customer service to speak of.

Studyhost No longer recommended due to substandard service with new management.
Smart Hosting UK However, we have a new star in UK based hosting with excellent customer response. I use their top reseller hosting but their low priced shared hosting have good reviews too. UK hosts are good if you are targeting UK visitors because your site will load faster without needing a CDN. Also Google search will lift your search engine listing position for local searches. Use my affiliate link below:


surpass hostingSurpass Hosting This was my first ever web host and I have a soft spot for them. Their prices are competitive and to keep it so, their support is through a quick response ticketing system and the excellent forum that is constantly patrolled by their staff, ready to sort out any problems. Although now part of the bigger Dreamhost company, service quality remains very good. Down-time is reasonable now but they struggled a bit a few years back but that was minor problem for most users and was improved by upgrading their equipment.

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Feb 262013
 
Out of the processes involved in getting your website up and running, the easiest step must be getting hold of your own domain name. That is, if you can find one that's not already taken. A little bit of lateral thinking here will surely help. Please do not be afraid of a longer name as most people visiting your site would be clicking a link rather than typing out the whole thing. But to help some who need to type it all out, using just words concatenated together is best. That is, not using hyphens or misspelt words. So "thisismysite.com" is much easier to type in and remember than "this-is-my-site.com" or worse is "this-is-mi-cite.com". Try telling the last domain name to someone on the phone!

Video: Get Your Domain


Getting your domain name from Namecheap.com

Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

Who to Buy From

If you are just getting one or two names, hunting for the lowest price is probably not worth the while. More important is who you use to register with. There are many stories of people getting both the domain and hosting from one small company only to find that when the company folds or get into a dispute with the customer, the hassle of trying to prise back a cherished domain becomes a major hassle. Some domain name registrars also have a very convoluted administration system that even an old hand at domain names can be made to think hard. So enough of words and let me give some personal recommendations. As I live in the United Kingdom but use registrars from both sides of the Atlantic, my choices reflect this. All are big players in the field and are unlikely to disappear any time soon.

Recommendations

Bluehost bannerBluehost will do a deal where if you buy hosting from them, the domain name is also thrown in. If you take advantage of this, life will be incredibly simple as you won't have to juggle with nameservers. Look at the section on Web Hosting to see the video to guide you through it.

 

Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web HostingNamecheap.com is used in my video above because I use them extensively and  find them solid and reliable. They are also active in campaigning against restrictive legislation being applied to the whole of the internet by content publishing companies. Using the link will earn me a little commission too!

domain names 123-reg.co.uk is a well-established UK company with an easy user interface. They also supply hosting but their non-premium offering is painfully slow even though you pay for it. Shame all their link images are annoyingly animated!

 

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