The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to WordPress - Part 1 - The Beginning

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Real Estate Agent with Luminary Elements

WP logoAre you in the verge of tackling a WordPress site or thinking about it? Maybe you've already tested the waters and left the starting blogs. It can get overwhelming fast. To make the journey to the WordPress world smooth, enjoyable and exciting - and much less frustrating - I am putting together a multi-part series of posts from the start to more in-depth coverage, The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to WordPress.

You'll find out about how to set up WP, about themes, customization, SEO, plugins and much in between. This post is the beginning, which sometimes seems to be the hardest thing to do - to begin.
The only way to do it, is to do it. Buckle up and get started.

WordPress - The (very) Beginning - Part 1

When talking about WordPress, I am talking about the self-hosted WP - or wordpress.org (not wordpress.com)
You will need to get a hosting account and there are a few that have been tried and tested, meaning play along well with Wordpress.

First Things First

A domain name

www.supercoolrealestatesite.com

Use a domain name you already have or buy/register a domain name of your choice from godaddy.com (probably the most well known) or from networkdomains.com etc.

It is suggested to get a domain name that is your name e.g. johnsmithdotcom, even if you don't want to use - but just to have it.

Domain name and SEO
(this could be a post in and of itself)

Google (at this moment) seems to favor domain names that have keyword/s in the name.

E.g. mycityrealestate.com or mycityhomesforsale.com - if city + real estate or city + homes for sale is something you'd like to rank for. Even if the url has - dashes - in - it - google likes it. It may be harder for people to remember it - with - dashes - but there are ways around that.

Shorter url is favored over a lengthy one e.g. mycityrealestate.com and not mycityrealestateandhomesforsalebyareaexpert.com

Note. SEO is a fluid thing of beauty. Things change, Google algorithms change and experts will always have differing views and opinions. At the end of the day, Google wants to give users the best possible results period, therefore spamming will be short-lived and you should always keep the reader in mind first, but not ignore good SEO practices.

Hosting

Decide where you will want to host your WP site. The top guns in the blogging world suggest using one of the following three hosting providers for smooth WordPress hosting.

BLUEHOST
DREAMHOST
HOSTGATOR


Hostgator hosting

Godaddy hosting is not often recommended for WP - actually I can't think of any that have recommended it, quite the opposite!

Do some comparisons and research and pick one that fits for you. See how many domains are offered for each plan, do they come with unlimited GBs of hosting space, e-mail addresses etc.

The cost of hosting is typically around under $100 to about $150 per year.

These hosting providers offer easy often one-click Wordpress installation.
These are by no means the only hosting options out there.

Once you have the hosting account set up you can go to your domain management at godaddy or where you purchased the domain and point the nameservers to your hosting.
I will do a separate tutorial on just that.

These beginning steps are steps to setting up a blog or a site for many other platforms as well, not just with Wordpress.

This is just the beginning - the very beginning.
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Comments (13)

Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I wish I could do same, having heard all sorts of good things about WP. But too late. My sites have been up and running way to long to monkey with them.

Apr 10, 2011 07:35 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

I'm curious as to why GoDaddy isn't recommended as a host provider.

Apr 10, 2011 09:07 PM
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

This is some great information. Once you get started a learn a few things it's not that hard.

Apr 11, 2011 12:32 AM
Rita Roninki
Luminary Elements - Broomfield, CO

Jon - if it is not broken...

Mike - There are plenty of stories about issues with Godaddy hosting, not only with WP but their hosting in general. There have been many hacked sites, through the hosting, lack of customer support when issues arise etc. Most recently one of my client's sites with a lot of traffic, suddenly stops working, only giving an error message, it stayed offline way too long for comfort and it was their database issue. Godaddy hosting is not the only one getting hacked but it sure gets mentioned alot, especially when issues do not get resolved.

Alan - Thanks. It sure gets easier once you get going.

Apr 11, 2011 05:42 AM
Jordon W.Y. Wong, Jr.
Marcus & Associates, Inc. - Kailua, HI

I've been happy with my Godaddy hosting, but a few days ago my website wasn't reachable from my PC.  The funny thing was that I could access my site from my android phone.  My PC was able to pull up my website after an hour or so.  This was the first time something like this happened.

Apr 14, 2011 03:50 PM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Rita- I'm a Wordpress user and love it, I'll look forward to your new post. I've been really happy with Bluehost. Best.

Apr 30, 2011 09:53 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks for Posting Rita.  I'm just getting started with WP.  This was very helpful!!

May 08, 2011 10:30 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Rita – Just stopping by to see how you’re doing. Hope you’re doing okay and are really busy.

Jun 13, 2011 02:48 PM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ
AzLadyInRed

Rita, great article on how to begin on a Word Press blog...If only I would have had this when I set mine up. ;-)

Jun 20, 2011 06:36 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hey, Rita - I despise WordPress. Maybe I would like it better if I could follow someone who knew what s/he was doing!

Happy Hump Day!

Jul 26, 2011 06:08 PM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I have to start a new WP blog, not a real estate blog but I am procrastinating.  I last did this in 2006 / 2007...

Did you continue this series? 

Jul 26, 2011 11:27 PM
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Rita,

 

Great concise post on the beginning stages of using WP.  Made the initial steps much smoother.  It doesn't appear as if you've continued with the series, but I would be interested in reading further.

 

Thanks

Jul 02, 2012 04:38 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Rita, I definitely need some help in this area having a couple of WP sites needing a good bit of work. In the process of upgrading one site, the other just trying to get it functional. Looking forward to more of what you have to say.

Nov 23, 2014 10:49 PM