Setting up a Self-hosted (WordPress.org) Website when you’re far from Tech-savvy: WAMP?! PHP?! WTF?!!!

Setting up self-hosted website
Sad laptop

With the website up and running now for almost half a year I’ve decided to write a series of posts on running a self-hosted website. So in the first post let’s deal with setting it up. You can just google it right?

Well what you’ll find when it comes to setting up a website is that the internet becomes a quagmire of confusing information on the ‘how to’ and where to find a host. Be very wary of the latter as it seems that everyone is out to sell you their affiliate link (forums like Quora are the worst). You click on the link they give you for the best host ever and they get paid when you sign up. So be careful of advice with affiliate links including harmless looking ones like my post right here.  My affiliate link is in the top right corner and soon to come in this post. However, I’m not recommending here that you do or don’t sign up with them. I’ll get to that in another post.

Anyway after sifting through a few posts I became very confused. I concluded that in order to set up a self-hosted website I needed to sort out a whole pile of things first such as downloading and installing WordPress software, and to run this on your computer you’ll need WAMP, and to install that you’ll need something like a Visual Studio C++ malarkey, and all of this needs configuring and and and …arrghhh… STOP!!!!!

If you are setting up a simple little website like mine you don’t need any of that. These items are only required if you want to check out how changes will look before you make them public on your website (I think) and a lot of website setups will let you preview your changes before going public. Also these items might help provide a backup in case the site gets scrambled or hacked and everything is lost, however, a lot of hosts will offer backup services anyway. So again for small simple sites like this you don’t really need to worry about any of those things.

I found, after an insane amount of frustration, that the simplest way to set up was to subscribe to a host and ask their support team to help set it up. They’ll install WordPress on your hosted website (at least that’s how this computer illiterate remembers it). They’ll also advise you on buying a domain name, which you will need and off you go choosing a theme, configuring it, and publishing your posts. The host I used for this service was Siteground. However, I must warn you that the link is an affiliate link. Click and sign up and I’ll get money. So be careful of those links as I am starting to believe huge sections of the internet are being devoted to selling affiliate links. As for finding yourself a host that’s another head-wrecking internet experience. How I did it is forthcoming.

 

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