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) https://www.godaddy.com/domains/domain-name-search
I also recommend NameCheap – https://www.namecheap.com/
2. Purchase Hosting
I recommend WPEngine, and you can Save 20% off your first payment via this link, which actually comes with WordPress installed. If you are new to owning a website, 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 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.
I also highly recommend Flywheel – Excellent hosting, super clean user interface.
3. Install WordPress
Guess what? You don’t have to do this anymore. Most any host you choose will install WordPress for you. And certainly the above mentioned hosting companies I recommend.
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, simply follow the step by step setup documentation on our support site. Setup your theme to resemble the demo site, and don’t forget about the free WordPress tutorial videos in your account area.
Have a question? Email the support desk here: https://prettydarncute.com/submit-a-support-ticket/