Getting Started With WordPress: Get Setup

Welcome to Getting Started with WordPress! If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you want to learn how to set up your very first WordPress website.

A clipartpicture of the WordPress logo on a rocket, taking off from the ground.

Most people’s very first steps in getting started with WordPress are:

  1. Deciding where they want their website pages, posts, images, and other content to live, and
  2. Giving their WordPress website an address where people can find their website.

In fancier, more technical terms, these two things are known as “finding a host” and “registering a domain name.”

This course will walk you through the basics of both of these things!

Are you in the right place?

This course is right for you if…

  • You want to set up a simple website or blog;
  • You are getting started for the first time with WordPress;
  • You haven’t decided on a host yet (or don’t know what this is–yet!);
  • You haven’t picked a domain name yet (or don’t know what this is either);

Does this sound exciting? If so, let’s get started! Enroll in this course by signing in to your WordPress.org account (or creating a WordPress.org account for the first time) and then clicking the button below.

Time Requirement: 15-20 Minutes


But wait! What if I have a much more complicated website in mind? In that case, we would recommend this more detailed video course.

Why WordPress?

We’ll start by examining what WordPress can offer you with some practical, real-world examples so you can start to decide what you will need to start building your website.

Lessons

1/11 Getting Started With WordPress: Is WordPress Right For You? 2/11 What WordPress Offers: It’s Sort of Like Cooking 3/11 Why WordPress Is For Everyone

Get Hosting: Give your website a place to live.

You’ve decided what you want to build and why you’re here! Now, let’s move onto the very first step: picking a host.

Lessons

4/11 Your Website: A Home of Its Own 5/11 How Big of a “House” Does My Website Need? 6/11 Basic Hosting Recommendations

Get a Domain: Give your website an address.

When you decide on hosting, it’s similar to when you might buy a house. Now, it’s time to put out the address so that your friends can find it for the welcoming party!

Lessons

7/11 Your Brand: Decide on a Domain Name 8/11 Why Your Domain Name Matters

Getting Started with WordPress: Wrap-Up

You’ve learned about hosting and domain names, the first building blocks to getting setup with WordPress. Now, it’s time to show what you know and actually get started with WordPress!

Lessons

9/11 Can I Self-Host My Website? 10/11 I’m Ready To Get a Host and a Domain 11/11 Show What You Learned