Introduction to Site Design – Part 4: How To Build Your Website Framework In 5 Minutes (I’m Not Kidding)

When I first started building websites – in 1995 – it was something so unbelievably difficult it’s hard to imagine, especially now that you can build a sleek, modern website today in about 5 minutes.

We used to have to hand-code page by page, and then upload it to the webhost to see what it looked like. OOPS, everything is off by 1/2 an inch. OK, so find the formatting error, upload the page to the webhost, and take another look. OOPS, now it off in the other direction.

And so on, and so on.

No more. Now I’m going to show you how you can do what some of the most powerful websites in the world use as their framework.

It’s called WORDPRESS. You may have heard of it as a ‘blog platform’. That’s how it started out. But just like a cup of gourmet coffee that started out as a seed in the soil of some foreign land, WordPress has come a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way from its origin as a blog.

Nowdays, it’s called a CMS or Content Management System. I don’t want to extol WordPress’ virtues at great length, but it is one very powerful program that makes the average computer geek giggle with delight.

It has two features that make it irreplaceable as a website construciton kit:
1 – IT’S POWERFUL
2 – IT’S F-R-E-E! Yes, I said FREE. WordPress is ‘open-source’ software, and anyone can use it.

OK, so we’re going to use WordPress. What do we do and how do we do it?

Here’s what you do:

• Log into your web hosting account’s cpanel. From your CPanel, use a feature called 1 Click WordPress Install. Do this by by finding an application called “Fantastico De Luxe”. Once you’ve clicked on the Fantastico icon, look for WordPress listed in the left side column.

• Click the WordPress link and then follow the wizard to install WordPress on your host.

• Make notes of everthing you’re asked to enter: admin name, admin password, etc. DO NOT LOSE THIS INFO.

• When Fantastico finishes, you’ll be able to check to see WOrdpress installed on your domain. Type your domain name in your browser.

• BAM! What you see is WordPress in its newborn state – with a HELLO WORLD post and the default theme.

YOU JUST BUILT A WEBSITE!! IN UNDER 5 MINUTES!!

Good work, but there’s more. In the next in this series you’ll learn what do with WordPress to make your website look and say what you want it to.

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