Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What you'll need to follow along in this course, part of WordPress DIY: Setting Up WordPress.
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- The goal of the WordPress DIY series is to provide you with a quick and easy way to launch your own website live to the web, powered by WordPress to fit with your personal or business goals. To get this process started, we need to set up the core of the website. And for that, we need a couple of key components. First, you need a domain name. This is the address people will put in the address bar of their browser to get to your site. It's important to find the domain name that makes sense, is easy to remember and easy to type out.
It can be a bit of a challenge to come up with a good domain name. But if you spend the time and get it right, it will be well worth the trouble. And here's a tip. When searching for available domain names, use the search function provided by your hosting company or domain host. These search forms will tell you if your domain is available and also what top level domains like .com or .org are available as well. Next, you need web hosting and admin access to your web hosting account.
A web host is kind of like a hotel. You rent space, and in that space you can place your files and your database. In this course, we'll place WordPress on your host and create a database for our content. And to be able to do that, you obviously need to have administrative access. Now this begs an obvious question. How do I find a good host? I'll talk more about that in the next movie. Finally, you need an FTP application. FTP or File Transfer Protocol is a method for moving files from one computer to another, or in our case from our computer to a web host over the internet.
To make this happen, you need an FTP application. My FTP application of choice is called FileZilla and it's available for free for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can use FileZilla or any other FTP application of your choice. They all pretty much do the same thing. So, with the domain and hosting setup and an FTP application installed on your computer, you're ready to get started.
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