Option 1: Hosted site (easy setup, no cost, less control)
Option 2: Make a site that you can fully control and easily update
- a) Kirby
b) Bluehost and wordpress.org
1) Register a domain at Namecheap (or skip to step 2).
2) Buy hosting space (and register a domain, if you don’t have it yet) at Bluehost.
3) Log in to [your-domain-name/cpanel] in Bluehost. Skip all the ads and offers—you probably won’t need them.
4) Scroll down to Software/Services and open Simple Scripts.
5) Install WordPress, or any other framework of your choice.
6) When you are asked, “Where would you like WordPress installed?” either leave the space blank (for a direct link) or type in the name of a new subdirectory.
7) Log in to the new WordPress site according to the instructions, then change your password to something you can remember (under Users/Your Profile).
8) Browse and install templates under Appearance/Themes. This will determine the visual structure of your website. (Look through free or paid themes. Or you can just start with the very customizable Weaver II.)
9) Choose a subtheme, if available, and customize all theme options, including color. Choose a picture to use as a header (1082px width by 42px height).
10) Delete/replace the default first post, page, and comment. Start adding your own content. If it’s a blog, use mostly posts. If it’s a static site, use mostly pages.
12) Get early feedback from friends. Adjust settings as you can. Search (google) or ask for help when you need it.
13) Add more content, and convince yourself that you will stick with the project.
14) Let people know the site exists by linking to it.