Get Started With WordPress

Are you now ready to setup your own WordPress blog or website? If so, we’ve created this getting started section to make it as easy as possible for you.

The first thing we’ll look at is the requirements to run WordPress. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to run it. Here’s what you need in order to install WordPress:

A Domain Name

A domain name is where people can find your blog or website. An example is our domain name, which happens to be ZoopMedia.com. Domain’s can be found with all sorts of extensions, such as .com or .net.

In terms of what to look for, it’s always a good step to find a domain name that’s short, and relevant to your blog or website topic. If you plan on creating a model airplane blog, you might want to find a domain name that contains the words “model” and “airplane.”

To purchase a domain name, we recommend using the the following service:

GoDaddy

godaddyNot only is GoDaddy super easy to use, but they’re also cheap. You can grab a domain name for less than 10 bucks a year. Better yet, they often have sales where you get discounts for purchasing more than one domain at a time.

We personally use GoDaddy for all of our domains and have never had a problem with their services. We highly recommend using them for your next domain purchase.

Web Hosting

The second requirement to install WordPress is web hosting. This is where your WordPress files are stores so they can be accessed by people around the world. Here are the server requirements to run WordPress:

  1. PHP Version 4.3 or Greater
  2. MySQL Version 4.0 or Greater

Here’s a list of WordPress compatible hosting providers that we recommend:

Host Gator

host-gatorIf you prefer a host that includes cPanel, then Host Gator is the way to go. With their Premium WordPress Hosting, you can host an unlimited amount of domains for $7.95.

It’s hard to find an offer anywhere that beats that. They also have a great support staff which makes it easy to get your technical problems fixed.

Use the coupon code “wordpress” to get a special price when you sign up for a new hosting account at Host Gator.

BlueHost

bluehostBlueHost offers a competitive hosting package for only $6.95 a month. You get unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domains, and 100 MySQL databases. The package also includes an unlimited amount of forwarding email addresses so you’ll never run out.

BlueHost also provides you with easy to install scripts including WordPress. This makes is super easy to get your own WordPress blog or website up and running in only a few minutes.

What Next?

Now that you know the basic requirements of WordPress, we highly recommend checking out the following resources:

WordPress Setup Packages

Our popular WordPress setup packages will help you get up and running in no time. We’ll configure your web hosting and domain name, as well as install WordPress for you. Our packages also include theme installation and many other features.

WordPress Crash Course

Once you have a WordPress website up and running, you’ll need to know how to use it. Our crash course teaches you all the basics of WordPress with high quality video tutorials.

Find A WordPress Theme

We’ll help you find a professional theme to use for you’re new WordPress installation. That way you can have an expensive looking design without breaking the bank.