Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video What you'll need to follow along in this course, part of WordPress and Genesis DIY: Setting Up Genesis.
- The goal of this DIY series is to provide a quick and easy way to get a WordPress website online that meets your personal or business goals. In order to do that there's a few things you'll need to follow along with this course. Let's take a look at each of these key components. First off, you've got your domain name. That's what visitors will use to navigate to your site in a web browser. Domain names can be difficult to pick, but look for one that makes sense and isn't too hard to spell, and you'll be on the right track. You can acquire or register a domain name at any number of services such as GoDaddy or SiteGround.
These domain registrars allow you to register a domain on an annual basis. And here's tip for finding a domain. Use the search feature at your web host or domain registrar, to check for domain name availability. Even if the one you want most isn't available, they'll show you other top-level domains, or similar names that are available. Next up, you'll need a web hosting account. A web host is sort of like a storage facility. Think of it as a place where all of your site files and your database are stored.
This is where you'll upload and install WordPress and to do that, you'll need administrative access to your hosting account. We'll talk more about how to get this account access later in the course. Finally, you'll need an FTP application. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and is what we'll use to move files from your computer up to your web hosting service. In this course I'll use FileZilla. It's free and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are tons of other FTP applications out there, so feel free to use whatever you're most comfortable with.
With your domain name registered, a hosting account set up, and an FTP application installed on your computer, you're ready for the next step.
Ready for the next stage? Find more courses in this series by searching for Wordpress DIY.