WizardsPlace is all about WordPress but before you can even begin with your website there are a few things you should know and some services you will need. Getting that part out of the way should be your first action.
Before You Begin...
Before you start installing WordPress you need a place to install it. Before that you should have a domain name. To connect your hosting service and your domain name you'll need to know a little about nameservers. You will also likely want to know about file transfer protocol (FTP), and before all of that you may want to get organized. The following videos should help.
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You may already be completely organized (I wish I was!) but, if not, this video will give you a few useful ideas -- especially for being organized on your computer. It is surprising how fast clutter fills up your hard drive and before you know it... well, watch the video for solutions:
Domains, Hosting, Nameservers
A domain name is an address on the Internet. It is how people will find you. You can use a shared domain which can either be a sub-domain or a sub-folder domain, that will look something like this:
- mysite.hostingcompany.com (sub-domain)
- hostingcompany.com/mysite (sub-folder)
They are similar but different and there are reasons for using each one. One is not necessarily better than the other; they each have a purpose. The one common factor, however, is that neither is actually yours. If you choose to move to a different hosting company you won't be able to take either of these domains with you. And the domain will always be recognized as belonging to the parent owner. That's not good for branding or building trust.
Every person serious about building an online presence, and/or an online business, should register their own domain name(s). You don't actually buy these. You don't own them. You register, or license, their use. During that time they are uniquely yours. Your own domain will look something like this:
To be a full web address, called a universal resource locator (URL) or universal resource indicator (URI) a protocol designation must be included, like this:
Note that there is also, correctly, a trailing slash. Sometimes, primary website domains are shown, as below, with a "www" included. While once the right way to access web resources, this is now optional in most cases.
Having your own domain name is like having your own store, office, or other business, located in your own building on a street or mall concourse. Not having your own domain name is more like having your business tucked away in the back room of somebody else's place of business. Besides being out of site and harder to find, to promote your business you have to promote them, and that can be a distraction for your customers, clients, or prospects.
Here are three videos that should help you understand all this:
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
You have probably heard the term FTP. You might know it has something to do with files. You may even know it is about uploading and downloading files to and from your computer. It is, in fact, the most reliable way to move files around the Internet. There are other methods, but you should definitely learn about this one. And while WordPress has a built-in file transfer mechanism, you may even want to use FTP from time to time. It is one of the tools you really should have available to you.
These videos will help you understand file transfer protocol and, in particular, one of the most popular FTP programs available.
FileZilla is a safe, secure, professional quality software package that is FREE and can be downloaded HERE. You can also download a FREE personal-use-only (okay to give away too) digital PDF guide book for FileZilla below.