Create your website using WordPress and Elementor

The first thing you need to do to set up your website is to purchase a domain and hosting. For both, I recommend Siteground. Siteground is highly recommended by WordPress.org in a list of the top hosting companies. I have found it to be reliable, easy to navigate, and fairly inexpensive. I have also had great experiences with their customer service. I have used both their chat feature and telephone service and have never had any problems. Right now they are running a great deal. 

Some other hosting sites I have used include Bluehost.com and One.com. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want a few options to compare. Any of these will do the trick, but for me, Siteground is ahead of the rest because of its ease of use, lower price (after the introductory deal), and customer service.

Step 1: Set up domain and hosting

Step 2: Install WordPress in the Control Panel

Once you are inside the C-Panel (Control Panel), find the WordPress icon underneath the AutoInstallers heading. Next, click the install button (as indicated below).

The following is the next page you will see where you can check some of the settings. I didn’t change anything on this page, even though it says “A trusted SSL Certificate was not found” because I will obtain the SSL Certificate later using a plugin (more on that later). However, I did take the opportunity to change the username and password of my account.

After you’ve clicked the Install button at the bottom of the page, and the installation is successful, you can sign out of the C-panel.

Step 2: Log in to your WordPress site & upload theme

IMPORTANT NOTE: After you have set up your domain and hosting and have gone through the steps to install WordPress, it may take up to 24 hours for you to be able to login to your WordPress site. If you are still having trouble logging in (the instructions to do so are in the following paragraph) you may have to point your DNS servers to the right IP address. For this, you may have to contact your host’s customer service (chat would be easiest for this) to obtain the IP address to properly point the DNS servers. 

In order to log in to your WordPress site, you must type in your website url plus /wp-admin. It should look like this: http://myurl.com/wp-admin.

Once logged in, you will be inside the Dashboard. You may have been prompted to click through some introductory pages, but I usually skip those and go to straight to the dashboard. You are welcome to follow the prompts, if you’d like.

The first step to setting up your website is to go to Appearance on the left column. Once you click on Appearance, choose Themes from the dropdown menu. 

Next, click Add New and search for the Hello Elementor theme and click Upload Theme.

The next step is go to the Plugins page, which you will find on the column on the left, just under Appearance.

Create your website using WordPress and Elementor
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