Creating a website: the importance of WordPress
If you want to reach a wider audience, you better create a website. But how? Well, one of the most commonly used platforms for building websites is WordPress. How come? WordPress is free, easy to use, and provides versatile features that allow users to design their dream website.
Setting up a local WordPress installation on your computer: let’s get started!
Install a Local Development Environment
So, before doing anything else, you need to install a local development environment on your computer. And here’s the fun part: you can do it with MAMP, WAMP, XAMPP… Feeling overwhelmed, much?
Download WordPress and Install
Now that you have your local development environment, it’s time to download WordPress from the official website. But don’t just stop there: extract it to your local development environment’s htdocs or www directory. And there’s more! After you finish with that, you must create a MySQL database where WordPress will store your data using phpMyAdmin, or MySQL Administration tool in your development environment.
Edit wp-config.php File
Easy-peasy! All you have to do now is to edit wp-config.php file and connect WordPress to your database. No stress, the wp-config.php file is located in the root directory of your WordPress installation.
Visit Your Local Site
The moment of truth: visit your local site in your web browser. Just go to http://localhost/wordpress or http://127.0.0.1/wordpress. If everything works, you should see the WordPress welcome screen.
Customize Your Website
Don’t like what you see? Customize it! You can add themes or plugins to your website, or even customize your website’s layout and design. With WordPress, everything is possible.
Export and Import Your Site
The final step: export and import your site. When you’re happy with your website, export it and move it to a live server. To export your site, go to the WordPress Dashboard and navigate to Tools -> Export. And here’s the exciting part: you can export your entire website or specific content types. After that, go to the WordPress Dashboard of your live server and navigate to Tools -> Import, and you’re done! You have already imported your site by uploading the export file.
To sum it up, creating a website with WordPress is easy and accessible to anyone. With this tutorial, you can set up your local WordPress installation, customize your website, and export it to a live server. Go ahead and happy website building!