Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to get started, part of Installing and Running WordPress: Shared Hosting.
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To install and run Wordpress on a shared host, you need a couple of key components. First off, you need a shared hosting account and access to that account. Most large web hosts sell shared hosting accounts on a monthly or yearly basis and once you set that account up, you'll get full access to the management area of your account. You also need a domain name pointing to the shared hosting account. Normally when you set up a shared hosting account, you will get one free domain name with it, and that domain name will automatically point to the right place.
But, if you have an existing domain name with a different host, you can also point that domain name into your host. If you need help with that, contact your domain name provider, and your shared hosting provider. You also need WordPress itself, and later in this course we'll look at how to download WordPress and then how to upload it to your host. You'll need an FTP client application so that you can do the transfer of WordPress from your computer to your host. And finally you'll need a Text editor so you can edit some of the key files inside WordPress.
WordPress is a free, open source application that you can download from the web. You can also find free open source FTP client applications for your system, as well as free open source Text editors for your system, on the web. With all these components in place and a solid internet connection, you are ready to get started.
Need to run WordPress locally on your system for development or testing purposes? Check out the other courses in this series:
- Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP
- Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP
- Installing and Running WordPress: BitNami
- Installing and Running WordPress: WebMatrix