DIY : Choosing a Hosting Provider

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I apologize if this seemed a little out of order, and perhaps your right. (Should have changed the order in my introduction… to late). Well, we press on.

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) option can be frustrating though potentially the most rewarding way to deploy WordPress. You’ll only be limited by your imiganiation and/or your ability to decode the WordPress Codex.

There are a laundry list of requirements and things you have to do to deploy WordPress to a hosted webspace. Many of them were covered in Getting Started with WordPress (Introduction) so check out there for the requirements, additionally you can also checkout Hosting WordPress on WordPress.org.

Choosing a Hosting Provider

This is perhaps one of the least glamorous parts of the DIY solution, but unless you have your own web server, you’ll need to engage some help and it will cost a little money. This help is generally referred to as a Hosting Provider. WordPress.org has a recommended list of hosting providers on their site. I use Hostmonster. Most providers will help you register a Domain name, the Address or URL of your site: (e.g. www.mycoolblog.com). For the purposes of these articles, I’ll assume you choose Hostmonster, but most hosting providers will do fine as long as they meet WordPress requirements.

Here’s several reasons to use Hostmonster.

  • Unlimited Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Email Accounts
  • Unlimited Domains on a single account
  • Sub-domains
  • cPanel
  • FTP, CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MYSQL
  • SSH Access (Secure Shell)
  • SimpleScripts and Fantastico
  • Linux OS

Don’t worry if you don’t know what some of these items are, the important ones are FTP, PHP and MYSQL and a Linux OS. I prefer Linux over Windows hosting not only for stability reasons, but they are usually a  better value.

One of the advantages of Hostmonster is the inclusion of SimpleScripts and Fantastico. These two items automatic script installers are handy tools to get started with WordPress quickly. Here’s an example of how easy this process is. (We’ll go in depth in a later article)

  1. Login to your cPanel.
  2. Click on the “SimpleScripts” icon.
  3. Choose scription to install (WordPress)
  4. Click the “Install Now” button
  5. Choose where you want to deploy it.
  6. Give your site a name, Agree to the terms, Click the “Complete” button.
Posted on March 22nd, 2009 in WordPress Basics | No Comments

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