How To Set up A WordPress Website Like A Professional (FREE GUIDE)

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When it comes to starting a website, the first thing you need to do is install WordPress. The process is pain-free so don't worry. :)
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Last Updated: February 17, 2020

Want to set up a WordPress website? This guide will walk you through the steps but if you don’t yet have a Domain or Hosting, I’d recommend that you go back to the “Make A Website” main guide page and complete those steps. Don’t worry that is a free guide too! But it does have a lot of different steps so please don’t skip any of those.

Once you have your domain, hosting, SSL certificate & security, the next thing we are going to do is walk through and set everything up.

On HostYak.com, once you have your hosting, domain, security & SSL certificate, you need to “Log In”

After that, you should be on your “My Products” page. You can also get to the page by clicking on the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner of the website and click on “My Products”.

How To Install WordPress

The first thing we are going to do is install WordPress. So click on “Manage All” in the “Managed WordPress” tab.

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This is going to take you to the page to get started creating your website with WordPress.

Create A Website With WordPress

Now all you need to do is click on “+ Create Site”.

On this page, we’re going to select “Manual WordPress Setup”.

***Don’t worry about the (for experienced users) if you are following the “Make A Website” training we’ll cover all you need to know.

The next step is to “Create a WordPress login”

This is not seen by anyone so the username for this doesn’t need to be the same as your brand. In fact, I’d recommend that it is different. This just needs to be something you can remember but DO NOT use “admin”, “webmaster” or anything like that. That is how you will end up getting hacked.

The next field is your password. This is very important. You need to have a secure password. I would recommend you not move forward until you have a strong password.

Once you get your username and password in the correct fields, click on “Continue”.

This step is fairly easy. You just need to make sure you select the “Data Center” that is associated with your location. I’m in Tennessee, USA, and so are my “clients/customers” so I’m going to select North America. Then click on “Continue”

After you do that the software will then start installing WordPress for you. Now, it is not going to install the software on your domain. It is going to give you a temporary URL. We’ll connect your domain with WordPress in a sec…

This process can take a few minutes so have patience. But once it’s finished, you have installed WordPress! :)

The next thing we are going to do is assign our domain to the website. So the next thing you need to do is click on “Explore Dashboard Instead”.

This will take you to your Hosting Dashboard for WordPress.

*NOTE: This IS NOT your “WordPress Dashboard”

If you accidentally clicked a different button, you can reach the page as we did earlier by clicking on the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner of the website and click on “My Products” then click on “Manage All” next to “Managed WordPress”

Assigning A Domain To Your Website

In order to assign your domain to your WordPress installation, you need to click on “Setup” for “Set up custom domain”.

This will open a window. It should have everything set up but if you have multiple domains you will need to select the domain you want to use from the dropdown box.

Once you choose a domain, be sure that the checkbox is selected for “Make this the primary domain for your account.” and then click on “Attach”.

The next screen you will land on is your “Overview Page”. You will notice that it has changed to display more information.

You can see in the “Domains” section the status of attaching your domain to WordPress.

While this continues, we’re going to move forward. You’ll need to go back to the “My Products” page. (Use the profile picture icon in the upper right-hand corner of hostyak.com)

***COMING SOON***

I’m working on this as much as I can. It should be finished soon!

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