How To Safely Install WordPress

Installing WordPress manually gives you more control of the installation process.  When you install WordPress manually you also become familiar with cPanel. The first thing you’re going to do in cPanel is to create a database and a database user. There are things you can do to make your database more secure. However, the process is easy, point-and-click, make up a database user name and make up a database password. That’s all we’re doing copy and paste, point-and-click, to safely install WordPress.

Then you download the current version of WordPress. WordPress has been downloaded more than 13 million times and is the platform of choice for millions of website and blog owners. Use a text editing program to make simple yet powerful changes to WordPress.

To increase the security of your website you can paste-in secret keys, lines of text, to make your WordPress more secure. Adding a unique table prefix also helps to keep unwanted hijackers from easily kidnapping your site. You want to do everything you can to protect your website from hackers. Don’t leave it wide open with the flag up saying, “Hey! Come hack my website.” You don’t want that. You want to do everything you can to make WordPress more secure.
Add special lines of text to improve the user experience of your website. Making these little changes to WordPress is not difficult. You just need to know what to put and where to put the lines of text.

Then you upload the WordPress files using an ftp program. Once the files are uploaded go to your website and create your WordPress user. This is what you’ll use every time you log in to your WordPress admin area, your user name and your password. You want to make sure you make your user name something unique. Your password, you want to make sure you have a strong password. Uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols help to make your password harder to guess. A longer password is better, but no spaces are allowed in the password. Once WordPress is installed and you can log into the admin area you are ready to transform WordPress into a website.


Why Use WordPress For Your Website

When I created my first website with WordPress in 2008, I created everything from scratch. I created the theme from scratch. I coded up everything. But, now I’m at the point where I’ve learned there is no need to recreate the wheel. Now when I create a WordPress website just point-and-click, copy and paste. You don’t need all the complexities of learning code, HTML and PHP, or anything like that just to get your website up. I m going to tell you why you should use WordPress for your website.

The first reason why I recommend you use WordPress to create your website is because it’s really simple to use. Let’s say, you want to add a new page to your website. All you have to do is log in to your admin area and go to ‘Add new page.’ You type in the page title. You type in your page content or copy and paste it. In the content area you have a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, with options like ‘B’ for bold, ‘I’ for italics. I know somebody sitting there saying, “Oh man, that’s just like creating a Word processing document.” You’re right! That’s how easy it is to add your content. When you’re finished adding your content or you’re finished making changes to your content, you’ll click the little button that says ‘Publish’ or ‘Update’ depending on what you’ve done, so far. That’s the first reason why I recommend WordPress. It’s just really simple to use.

The second reason is that you can make it look the way you want it to look because there are thousands of themes available for you to choose from. All you have to do is decide, “Okay, do I want one column, two columns, or three columns? Do I want something that already has the colors I want or do I want something that I can change however I want? Do I want to have different page layouts or is the same page layout good for me?” You just decide what you want.

The third item is that you can make it do what you want it to do. You’re like, “Huh?” Well, let me put it this way. Let’s say you want to add videos to your website. Great! There is a plug-in you can add to your website to display videos. A plug-in is a small piece of code that someone else in the WordPress community has written to add additional feature to your website. Maybe you want to collect leads, people’s names and email addresses so, you can send them messages. Hey, great! There’s a plug-in that will do that. Anything that you want your website to be able to do, you can make it do just by simply adding a plug-in. WordPress can already do a lot but, for some things you’re going to want to add a plug-in.

If you notice, I have not told you that you have to learn HTML or PHP because, you don’t! That’s not required for you to create your own website. You can create a website without learning HTML or PHP. Take action now and create your website using WordPress. Why? It’s simple to use. You can make it look the way you want to. You can make it do what you want it to do. Lastly, no HTML or PHP to learn.

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