When you choose to manage your own website, even if through a hosting company, you’ll need to install WordPress. This basically means that you’re installing the software provided by WordPress.org

Auto Install

You’ll need to install WordPress when you start your website. Most hosting companies offer an easy, one-touch, auto-install. This essentially means that you won’t have to go to too much hassle to install WordPress. 

Once you’ve signed up with your hosting provider, you’ll be directed to a Control Panel. Here you should find several auto-install options (although this may depend on your hosting provider). Click on the one for WordPress.

You’ll then be directed to a page giving you information about WordPress and the version you’re installing. Click on the Install Now option. 

That’s it. You now have WordPress! You can start creating your website, adding content, photos, posts and pages. But while you do this, get a landing page.

Install WordPress by yourself

You can install Worpress yourself. WP101 offers a useful tutorial on how to do this. This involves 5 steps from downloading the latest version of WordPress and creating a MySQL database to configuring WordPress to that database. 

But if you’re looking for an easy way to start your own website, then this isn’t recommended. It’s far simpler to choose a hosting service that offers an auto-install.

If you’ve chosen a free website, or one hosted by WordPress.com, you won’t  need to worry with this step at all.

With WordPress installed you can start working on your content. Now is also a good time for step 5 where you set up you social networks and newsletter.

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