WordPress – Why Your Company’s Website Needs It


In this article, I will help you start with DBA Press on your first WordPress Website. Before we do that, let me explain what WordPress can do for you… If you don’t know what a content management system is (CMS), it is the ability to manage your content without editing files. Quite simply, it’s the best thing to ever happen to the way we work our content. There are hundreds of thousands of websites on the web using WordPress as its content management system, and after I get done with you, you’ll have your very own, too.

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Let’s first get past the idea of hiring a web designer because you don’t need one for this! The best things in life are free, as they say; knowledge is free and lucky for you, WordPress is free too. First, you must visit WordPress’s website and download the latest version of WordPress. The download will be a ZIP archive; it will most likely be around two megabytes. Remember, it doesn’t install on your computer; it installs on your web host. I’ll explain next what a web host is, so for now, all you want to do is download it.

Next, you will need to get hosting for your website. I would recommend something from Godaddy or 1and1 because they have good customer service and give you a free domain or free hosting with the purchase of one or the other. Ensure you get PHP Linux shared hosting because WordPress is written in a scripting language called PHP. Once you have your hosting and they’ve told you how to upload your files (FTP), you should set up a MySQL database so that WordPress can store all of your content. You will need your MySQL login details.

Your login to your MySQL database will be provided to you from your host (user, pass, server, database name). You’re on your way to starting your very own WordPress Website. Fun times! Go ahead and unzip the contents of your WordPress ZIP (the one you downloaded from the WordPress.org website), and begin uploading the files through FTP software (your host can help you with that). After getting your files onto your site, you need to configure your WordPress installation. And when I say configure, WordPress will do almost all of the work for you.