1. Set up a Website
This is quite a daunting task.
(a) Find a home for your site – you need hosting.
- It’s a good idea to support the local yokels – at least with support in your time zone.
- You get what you pay for. Those low, low prices might support a one page html site, but guess what, to host a modern CMS you are going to need extras that will drive the price up by the month.
- Consider web hosting on a yearly basis, rather than by the month.
- Choose a service that has scripts which make installation of your CMS easy
My Experience has been a good one with Web Host Canada. They are based in Montreal, have reasonable prices and a great support staff.
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If you do the search ‘web hosting Canada’, you get links similar to this one:
HostUpon and HostHero (2 out of 10) seem to have servers in Canada. I guess Google thinks that if you offer the service in Canada = Servers in Canada – NOT!
(b) Get a URL if you don’t have one. Preferably http://www.MyBrand.com. These days you may need to use .net or some other domain suffix. Dot Com is pretty much used up and all the good stuff – short names are taken. You can often set up your domain name with your web provider (and they look after renewing it on your behalf), or you will be able to transfer your URL from your old provider.
If you are starting out from scratch. Just type ‘domain name search’ in your search engine. Up will pop the ‘usual suspects’:
You can play around with these to see what is taken.
(c) Once you have signed up with WHC.ca go to Client Area>Manage Products & Services>cPanel Hosting Console.
You will get a long page with a list of tools.
Scroll down to the Bottom > scripts
Choose your poison, er platform WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are all there. Double click on the icon – follow the instructions (best to read the instructions carefully) and in a few minutes you will have a new site installed.
If you have delusions of grandeur, you can set up a multi-user site here. This allows you to run individual WordPress Sites off of one installation of WP. That is the pro – the con is that managing themes and plugins is a bit weird (that end is now ‘network’). You might want to keep it simple and just set up a normal WordPress site.
(d) Using WordPress you can log into and edit your new site using URL/wp-admin.
Checkout these videos to see what you are in for:
It is also worth checking out the WordPress Mothership. You can browse the free theme and plugin repository. (You can access this from within your site – which makes installation easy and you don’t need ftp or ssh programs).
You need to choose a theme, or live with 2015 which is the current default. You should be able to choose from three or 4 pre-installed themes (2012–2015 at this point, I believe.) In the Admin Panel (wp-admin puts you there) left side – Appearance click – you can see your options. Select themes to see what is loaded. The box with the ‘+’ sign allows you to add a theme from the WP repository, or you can upload a zip file (it won’t work unzipped) from your hard drive. You can buy pre-developed themes. They have all of the whistles and bells for eCommerce and more sophisticated templates.
A good place to look: