There has been some discussion in the Pagan Business Network Facebook group about websites. There are many different options for building websites and many different options for hosting websites. I am just going to talk about my experience and my websites in hopes that someone will be helped by that.
First of all, let me start out by saying that I was an early childhood education major in college and computer programming was not on the list of required classes. For years I have had to try and find people to help me with getting websites up and running. One good friend was exceedingly patient and helpful, but I still had to depend on another person and work around their schedule. That is tough when you are trying to build a business.
I decided to find a way to do it myself. A friend had just put her website up on Weebly. I tried it. I loved the drag and drop options. But those options are a bit limited. I tried a website builder that my hosting service offered for a while. It was easy, but again limited. Not to mention costing a per month fee. We tried a service offered by Hypermart. That gave us a working website but their shopping cart platform was a little light on features and options without paying extra costs.
After talking with a lot of people I decided to try WordPress. I was able to install it free on my website and most of the features I needed were available as free plugins.
So how is any of this helpful? Probably not at all. Here’s what we are going to do. I am going to put together a WordPress website and show the process step by step here.
I’ve already reserved a domain. If you need help with that, message me and I will walk you through it.
Then click on My Account located at the top of the page on the right.
Look on the left half of the page and choose Manage Hosting.
Click on Hosted Domains on the right hand side of the screen.
Click on ADD DOMAIN at the top right hand side of the screen.
In the pop up window put your domain name in the spot marked DOMAIN. In the FOLDER you have a choice. In my case I am hosting more than one website in my hosting account. So I need to direct this website to set up in a separate folder. If you are only hosting one website in your account, you can leave that space blank and it will place your website in the root directory.
Your domain will now be added to your hosting account. It will show up as pending for a time. This can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 24 hours. I usually just move on to another project for a while and check back later.
The next step is installing WordPress.
There is a menu across the top. Choose MORE and APPLICATIONS.
Click INSTALL in the WordPress section.
On the top line is a drop down arrow. Your domain may already show in this box. If not, use the drop down arrow and choose your domain.
Remember, in my case I am hosting the website we are setting up now under another hosting account. I will need to make a choice from the drop down menu as shown below. If you are hosting one website on one account your domain will mostly likely already be showing in the box. If that is the case, you do not have make any choice in that box.
The next line is DIRECTORY. If this is the only website in your hosting account, you will probably want to leave this blank.
The next line is Admin Name. This is the username you will want to use when you sign in to admin the account.
Then you will choose a password and confirm a password.
Continue by filling out the email address you want associated with the website. This will be the email address you will receive emails regarding the administration of your website. Not necessarily the email you want your customers to use.
The last blank is the title of your Blog or Website.
WordPress sometimes takes some time to install. At this point I usually set it aside and come back the next day to work on building the site.
So that is what we will do. Look for another post to walk through setting up a basic site.
About the author: Lady Charissa has been Pagan for 30 years and a Pagan business owner for over 10 years and active in the Pagan community. She runs Charissa’s Cauldron and Kit’s Flea. You can find more about her at Lady Charissa.