Are you a new blogger to WordPress? And you don’t know where to get started. This article will tell you what you need to prepare before launching a blog using WordPress platform.
So what do you need?
1. WordPress source code
You can download latest release of WordPress from WordPress.Org
2. A domain name for your blog
Thinking about your blog subject, content and choose a domain name related to your content. Check whether that domain is available and get it from GoDaddy.Com (I suggest GoDaddy because it’s the best domain registrar) before other person taken. A domain is very important for blog development so you should buy one. You can use domain coupon codes from NiceHints.Com to save your money when buying domain. Do not use free domain services!
3. A hosting support PHP and MySQL database.
Almost all web hosting providers have web hosting plan support this. Note that you should check to make sure your hosting has enabled mod_rewrite Apache module. This is very important for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). It’s better if your hosting using CPanel, a powerful and easy to use control panel to work with your hosting. The best hosting provider for WordPress is Hostgator. Don’t forget to use our Hostgator hosting coupon codes when buying hosting to save your money.
If you just want to test WordPress code, you can install WordPress on localhost using WampServer.
4. Create a database for your WordPress blog
WordPress need a MySQL database to store data, so you need to create one. You can create a database using your web hosting control panel (such as CPanel, Plesk Panel, Vista Panel…) or using phpMyAdmin.
After creating the database, copy these information to fill in the form when installing WordPress:
- Database Host
- Database Name
- Database Username
- Database Password
That’s all. You are now ready to install WordPress. Check next tutorial for how to install WordPress blog.