How to start building a website with WordPress (Requirements)

Why should I use WordPress? What do I need to start building my own WordPress based website?

Chapter 1: What is WordPress and why should I use it?
Chapter 2: What do I need to build a website with WordPress?
2.1 Hosting
2.2 FTP application
Chapter 3: Once you have a hosting and an FTP application...

Chapter 1: What is WordPress and why should I use it?

WordPress is a web-application which is mainly designed to be used as a Blog. However even if you’re not into blogging you can use WordPress to easily build your website.

WordPress.com - The blog is hosted by WordPress and you don’t have to pay for the hosting. This is not recommended since due to security issues it’s almost not customizable at all (except domains) meaning it doesn’t let you post HTML codes which are needed for a lot of things.

WordPress.org - The blog is hosted on your own server/hosting hence your website or blog will be highly customizable since it lets you post any HTML code you want and it will be much easier to personalize it. That’s highly recommended!

There are a lot of reasons why I would recommend you to use WordPress. It’s really easy to use and it is highly search engines friendly. Since a lot of people use it, a lot of people build Plugins for it, design Themes/Templates for it and so on. Which increases it’s capabilities, performance and customizability by far. Of course there are a lot of more reasons on why you should be using it but you will find them out on your own.

Chapter 2: What do I need to build a website with WordPress?

To start building a website with WordPress you need two things: a hosting and an FTP application.

2.1 Hosting

The hosting needs to have:
PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
MySQL version 5.0 or greater

Most hostings out there provide these versions of PHP and MySQL. If you don't have a hosing yet or your hostings doesn't provide the minimum requirements to install WordPress I may recommend you to use HostExcellence which is the hosting I use.

HostExcellence mainly offers two hosting packages:


Basic Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build only one website.

Specifications:

- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer
- 50 MySQL (1GB total)
(used for WordPress, Forums, ...)
- 1 free domain
- 1 dedicated IP address,
and more...

For 3.95$/month (click to sign up)


Unlimited Business Plan

Recommended for:

People who plan to build multiple websites.

Specifications:

- Toll free support
- Unlimited space
- Unlimited monthly datatransfer-
- Unlimited MySQL (10GB total)
(used for WordPress, Forums, ...)
- 3 free domains
- 15 dedicated IP addresses
and more...

Note: more IP addresses make your websites being much more stable and reliable.

For 7.95$/month (click to sign up)

I’m currently using the Unlimited Business Plan since I have a lot of websites which I store on one hosting account. To me it’s really worth it. I barely ever run into problems and if I did their support was most helpful. Since I know how HostExcellence works I could give you better support if you run into problems with my FAQs.

I wrote detailed instructions on how to use HostExcellence and how to install WordPress on HostExcellence on this page.

For other hostings have a look at this page instead.

2.2 FTP application

An FTP application is used to transfer files between your computer and the server. I may recommend you to use Cyberduck which is available for both Mac and Windows.

Detailed instructions on how to use Cyberduck are found on this page.

Chapter 3: Once you have a hosting and an FTP application...

...proceed with the following steps:

2) How to install WordPress
3) Setting up WordPress
4) Themes
5) Plugins
6) Widgets
7) How to use WordPress
8) Some general tips

Once you have a hosting and an FTP application you're ready to install WordPress.
Proceed to: Step 2 - How to install WordPress.

This FAQ is also discussed in my WPFAQ.org E-Book (sample)

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- Cédric -

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