A few years back I wrote a post detailing what is necessary to get your website started with WordPress titled, “WordPress, Genesis and Hosting Explained“. While that information is all still relevant, things have changed a little bit so I wanted to build upon and simplify the process for you. I’ve also added 20+ FREE WordPress video tutorials to every single PDCD account, if you’ve purchased any of our feminine WordPress themes, login and check your account area for that link. It’s a wealth of knowledge and will walk you through every little detail from installing your theme on. Here is a list for, Step By Step Getting Started With WordPress, using the Genesis Framework.
1. Purchase a domain
While I do not recommend GoDaddy for hosting (see more below) I do recommend them for purchasing domains. Your domain is your website address. (www.yourwebsiteurl.com)
2. Purchase Hosting
I use and recommend Web Synthesis, which actually comes with the Genesis Framework and WordPress installed. If you are new to owning a website, Synthesis and other VPS hosting providers may seem expensive in comparison to some of the “deal hosting” sites, this is because your site is more secure, and monitored 24/7 by professionals (literally 24 hours a day, I’ve emailed and called and they’re always there.) who love this hosting stuff. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to refer someone for cleaning up their hacked sites on GoDaddy and the like. That said, GoDaddy is absolutely who I would, and do, use for domains. Without getting into the techy details, you’re good to go purchasing domains from them. I’ve heard they recently upped their game with hosting, but have yet to see that for myself and continue to see hacked sites hosted on their servers regularly. A chance I’m never willing to take with my business.
3. Install WordPress
https://wordpress.org/download/ (click the link, download, follow the 5 minute install instructions on their website)
You can skip this and the next step entirely if you go with Synthesis for hosting, they install WordPress for you and the Genesis Framework.
4. Install Genesis Framework
Purchase, download, and then install the Genesis Framework and activate. This is all done via your WordPress dashboard which can be found at www.yourwebsite.com/wp-login.php. Next you’ll click on the Appearance menu, then themes, install, activate.
5. Install your choice of Pretty Darn Cute Design Feminine WordPress Themes 😉
Once activated, navigate to your account area here at PrettyDarnCute.com and click on the setup link next to the theme you purchased for detailed instructions on how to setup your theme to resemble the demo site, and don’t forget about the free WordPress tutorial videos in your account area.
6. Continued Learning