In this tutorial I’m going to show how you can start a website in a matter of minutes using WordPress.
If you are planning on teaching English to private students you should have your own website to promote your services. Having a website makes it easier for people to find out about you and your classes, it makes it easier for people to refer students to you and it can help advance your career in many other ways which we will discuss in a later post.
Follow this step by step guide and you will have your very own website in a matter of minutes.
Step By Step: Bluehost WordPress Install
Before We Begin: Buy a domain and get a Bluehost Account
There are countless hosting providers that you can choose from. They all more or less offer the same services and have similar pricing structures. In fact most of the major hosting providers are owned by the same company, EIG.
I’ve used a number of different hosts over the years and had complaints with some of them, but I’m pretty happy with Bluehost. I like Bluehost because I’m able to host a number of different sites on one account and not have any adverse consequences. Bluehost bills yearly, and if you’re not willing to commit to buying a years worth of hosting you might try another host, such as Hostgator.
I should note however, that BrazilianGringo.com is hosted on Flywheel. Flywheel provides hosting only for WordPress sites which means their sites load faster. Their support team is also trained to use WordPress at a high level and provide a higher level of support than Bluehost. They’re also able to handle a higher volume of traffic than the other providers. Not really necessary when you’re starting out though.
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For this tutorial I am assuming that you are going to use Bluehost, but the process is pretty much the same for any other host.
With regards to the domain, if you don’t have a clear idea of what domain you should get, just get YourName.com or ProfessorYourName.com if that’s taken. You can always buy another one later and its a good idea to own your own name.
Step 1: Click on WordPress inside C-Panel
When you first sign up for Bluehost, you’ll get an email with all your login information. This information can be used to access your C-Panel.
Inside your C-Panel, you’ll see a section titled ‘Website Builders’. WordPress is the first on the list. Click on that button.
Step 2: Click Install To Begin
This is all done automatically, without having to know HTML or write any code. Before 1-click WordPress install came along it used to take hours for first timers to get their sites up and running. Now it takes just a few seconds.
Click the green Install Button and move on to step 3.
Step 3: Choose Directory to Install WordPress
For this step just leave everything after the domain completely blank and you’ll be fine. What this is going to do it install WordPress on the Root Directory of the given domain. That means that you’ll be able to access your website at YourDomain.com. If you input ‘index’ into the directory then you’ll have to go to YourDomain.com/index in order to view your site.
Step 4: Ignore the Error Message
It happened that the domain I was installing WordPress on was NOT completely empty. It had files that Bluehost added when the hosting plan was purchased. This may happen to you.
Ignore the error message and click the check-box. The installation will remove all of the files and directories that are currently there and continue the installation. Here’s what that error looks like:
Step 5: Name Your Website
After confirming the directory you want to install you will have the option of naming your website. For now just put a simple title that explains what your site does and include a few keywords you want to rank for in the search engines. You can always come back and change this later.
Step 7: Wait a minute for the install to finish
It could take a few minutes for the site to install. While you are waiting they will try to sell you a custom theme for your site. There are a ton of free themes you can use to customize your website inside of the WordPress platform itself.
If you are looking for a paid theme I suggest checking out Themeforest or Woo Themes. I’m also a huge fan of BeaverBuilder because it’s a drag and drop theme editor that comes with a lot of templates already custom designed.
Step 8: Now you have a website!
Voilá! Now you have a website.
You can make changes to the site design and add content by logging in at http://yoursite.com/wp-admin with the username and password you supplied previously. If you forgot that information it should be in your email inbox.
Now that you’ve set up the website you can customize it to your preference. Play around with the WordPress dashboard and learn about what you can do with the site.
The first thing you should do is find a theme that you like. WordPress has thousands of free themes that you can choose from. There are also a lot of paid themes out there that you can choose from. If you are looking for a specific style do a search for something like “dentist WordPress theme.”
At this point you should also add an About page that explains who you are and what your site is all about.
If you are using this site to promote your teaching services, make sure you have a page for that too.
In future posts we’ll go over how to use your website to get more private students, but for now I just wanted to show you how easy it can be to start your own website.
I hope this has been useful for you. If you used this guide to start your website please feel free to share your site in the comments
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