You can choose whether to have WordPress hosted on wordpress or on your own domain or website. WordPress hosting is simple, but then hosting it on your own domain is also very simple.
There are many different interfaces used by different hosting providers, so this article cannot guide you step by step through the WordPress set up on your own domain. Almost all hosting services install WordPress by pressing a few buttons. eg Domain Administration, All domains, YourDomain, Web Applications, (scroll down) WordPress, Install.
You need to decide if you want your WordPress page to be your site’s home page, or whether you want to link to it from your ordinary HTML pages. The default installation puts WordPress into a subfolder /wordpress. The effect of this is that you can access the WordPress pages and posts by linking from your main site or by typing in eg [www.yourdomain.com/wordpress]
If you want your WordPress installation to load directly into eg [www.yourdomain.com] then you need to delete the wordpress from /wordpress when the installation asks you where to install the program. Install it in / .
Many people prefer to host WordPress on their own domain because they have full control over the appearance of their site. Hosting on your own domain is also the only way you will be able to make any money from your WordPress blog. The FAQs and forum support at WordPress.org are phenomenal and you WILL be able to set it up on your own domain.
WordPress is often used for blog (web log) sites, but it can be used for other types of sites too. WordPress allows you to set up a site where others can make posts and can comment on previous posts. You can use this to set up community sites, club sites or sites for extended families to stay in contact.
There are thousands of free WordPress themes that you can choose to download, or you can have your own theme produced for a reasonable charge. The best way to find themes is from the WordPress Dashboard once you have WordPress installed on your domain. Choosing a theme will take you longer than any other aspect of the installation, but it is essential not to use either of the two default themes that come with the initial installation if your site is to have any credibility at all.
You need to work through all the headings in the Dashboard.
Start with Settings, General:
1.Choose your title.
2.Tagline is your subheading.
3.Membership is for you to decide, check the box if you want to enable others to join.
4.New User Default Role, Choose Contributor if you want people to be able to make posts and comments. Choose Subscriber if you only want your visitors to be able to read posts and comments.
5.Set the timezone.
6.Play with the other settings if you like but they are less important.
Now work through the other Settings headings, one at a time.
When you come to Settings, Discussion; most people set these so that you have to approve any new contributor. If you omit to do this you will find some people posting everything from posts filled with swearing to porn videos and pictures.
In the Settings, Permalinks page you need to change the default setting if you want each post’s address to be easily recognized. If you paste this [/%category%/%postname%] in, without the square brackets it will give each post an address like [http://yourdomain.com/news/bridgecollapse] for a post about a collapsing bridge in your News category. Save your changes
Appearance in the Side Headings is where you install and choose new themes.
Links in the Side Headings is where you put your links to other sites, either your own or those of your friends. You can change the category names to, for example, “Other Local Sites” or “Recommended Sites”.
Pages in the Side Headings is where you set up About, Contact and your other static pages which will be displayed as links on your site. It is illegal now in many countries not to display a contact postal address on your site.
That is all the essential admin done. When you come to Posts, set up categories for posts as the need arises.
You will come across the phrase “Widget Ready”. Widgets are objects such as
Lists of Recent Posts, Links and Calendar of Posts that can be dragged to various parts of your post pages under the Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets heading. Different themes allow widgets to be placed in different parts of the page. Think before you display a widget on your page. More is not always better. Avoid making your pages too cluttered.
Once you have set up your preferences in the WordPress Dashboard once, it is much faster on subsequent occasions. This is the tedious part of the setup, after this all you have to do is to make posts and to review and edit the posts and comments that others put up.
There are thousands of fellow WordPress users online and in the forums who will help you if you need it, but most people don’t ever need to ask direct questions. Good luck.
If you are to develop a sense of community in any way you need to look at putting together a community website. Your community might be your website users, it might be your company’s employees or your town’s residents. Check out http://www.GlanmireOnline.ie as an example of what can be done.