Starting a self-hosted WordPress website may seem overwhelming or confusing. But it does not need to be! Here are five easy steps to get your new site up and running.
1. Buy your domain and hosting
Choose and register a domain name at a domain registrar. I use NameSilo. If you go with NameSilo, use coupon code “AMBRETHEMES” to receive 10% off your first order. Then sign up for a hosting plan. I use SiteGround (affiliate link). SiteGround offers affordable prices and good customer service, and WordPress recommends them.
2. Point your domain to your hosting
Find the nameservers (DNS) for your site in your hosting account. If you have trouble finding the nameservers, contact your host’s support. Then enter the nameservers into your domain account. If you are not sure where to enter the nameservers, contact your domain registrar. Note: Skip this step if you purchased your domain via your hosting company.
3. Install WordPress
Most hosting companies offer one-click WordPress installation. In the cPanel of your hosting account, look for a WordPress button. The button may be located under a section titled “Autoinstallers” or “WordPress Tools.” If you have any issue installing WordPress, your host’s support can provide assistance.
4. Buy your theme
Now comes the fun part — choosing a theme! I hope you find an Ambre theme that you love. And if you find a theme in my shop but want a few customizations, let me know your desires. But if you do not find a theme here, of course that is okay. There are lots of WordPress themes to choose from.
5. Install and set up your theme
To install your theme, upload the theme zip file via your WordPress admin. All Ambre themes come with thorough documentation and support, to help you get your theme installed and set up like the demo. If you would like your theme installed and set up for you, I offer two installation packages for any Ambre theme.