How to create a free website

By | April 15, 2015

             This post demonstrates you how to create a free website. In today’s world most of the websites are built using frameworks. Some of the famous open source frameworks are WordPress, Joomla, Drupal. They are also known as Content Management System[CMS]. Among the websites you com across daily most of them are built using these three platforms.

          A framework is nothing but  a half built solution for an application. In fact if you learn wordpress or joomla installation nothing more is needed to build your own website because these frameworks provide almost everything you required to build a customized website. So to create a free website it costs nothing but just  your time.

           This post explains you how to create a free website using wordpress from scratch. You can find step by step explanations. A person having no knowledge of php, html can create a website in five minutes. You can also go through the video which gives the clear picture about  installation. 

          I will take you through the steps how to install wordpress.

  1.  Go to http://wordpress.org/download/  Download the latest wordpress files. It will be in Zipped format Unzip it.

    Download wordpress

    Download wordpress files

  2. you can try the installation on local server. In fact it is the best practice to learn any web application. I would suggest you WampServer, xampp server . Both are open source servers.
  3. Go to http://www.wampserver.com/en/  -> downloads. Download the latest WampServer and install it.

    Download free wamp server

    Download free wamp server

  4. Go to Windows->start->start_WampServer and click on it. This is to start your wampserver.

    Start wamp server

    Start wamp server

  5.  You can find the wampserver icon on your task bar.  Left click on that icon and then click on localhost.  [Alternative way :: Open any web browser and type localhost then hit enter. (If you have chosen any port number while installing then include that one in the url. e.g. localhost:8080) ]

    open Localhost on the browser

    open Localhost on the browser

  6. If you get the this default page, it means your WampServer is working properly.

    localhost home page

    localhost home page

  7. Now you need one database to store the post,comments, user details. So again Left click on  WampServer icon located in task bar and click on phpMyAdmin.

    opening phomyadmin - used for database management

    opening phomyadmin – used for database management

  8. Give a name to your database and click on create database.

    create database for file storage

    create database for file storage

  9. Now you need to upload wordpress files to File Manager. www directory acts as file manager in WampServer. 
  10. Left click on WampServer icon located in task bar and click on www_directory and copy your unzipped wordpress files into www [copy whole wordpress folder into www].

    open www - where worfpress files are placed

    open www – where worfpress files are placed

  11. Now you have to enter your database name, database username and database password into configuration file of wordpress. This step is to connect your wordpress to the database which you have created in step 8.
  12. So go to www/wordpress then create a copy of wp-config-sample.php and rename it to wp-config.php and update the details.

    editing wp-Config.php file - changing configurations

    editing wp-Config.php file – changing configurations

  13. Now type http://localhost/ or http://127.0.0.1/ on any browser and go to Your Project and click on wordpress.
  14. Now you will get wordpress welcome page. fill the Site title and other details and click on install wordpress.

    give title to your website

    give title to your website

  15. Now Login into your account with the username and password you have chosen and start customizing your website.

    Login into your website with admin privileges

    Login into your website with admin privileges

Go through this video to understand the process clearly.

            You can download further themes and plugins from http://wordpress.org website. And there are many other sources who provide wordpress themes  and plugins you can google and get them. You can also search for terms like  ‘best plugins’ or ‘must have plugins for wordpress’ in google. This is how I too learnt. You also learn it and share it. Blogging is really fun. You will enjoy it for sure. Just give a try first.

           If you have any doubts or problems you can comment here. If you need any help about customizing, changing themes, adding plugins you can comment here. I will reply you back.

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7 thoughts on “How to create a free website

  1. rajesh

    Nice and detailed explanation….video is much effective ..!!!

    Reply
  2. nileshagile

    Hello gyes,
    This post tutorial is really fun.. today’s world most of the websites are built some of the famous open source like wordpress, Joomla.This information in very useful for us.

    Reply
  3. Shalini

    Nice video Sir.
    I have installed wordpress according to the steps you have specified.
    How to install new pugins ?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Go to wordpress.org and download the required plugin.
      Unzip the files.
      Now go to
      ::\\wamp\www\wordpress\wp-content\plugins
      and copy the whole folder.
      Now Log-in into your profile and go to
      plugins->Installed Plugins and
      say Install to activate the plugin.
      Once you installed it, you can change its settings under Setting->Plugin Name
      This is it..!!

      OR

      If you have hosted it then follow this procedure.
      After logging in into Admin profile go to
      Plugins->Add New then you can search by the terms for what you what to install new plugin.

      Since many of the hosting websites support direct integration from user panel to wordpress.org so it wont be problematic to install from user panel itself.

      Reply

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