In this easy-to-follow step-by-step guide I’m going to walk you through the process of setting up a WordPress website.

Visit the Cloudways website and click on the ‘START FREE’ or ‘GET STARTED FREE’ button.

You’ll be taken to the main Cloudways signup page where you can choose to signup with your LinkedIn, Github or Google account credentials or by entering an email address and a password.

Complete the signup screen and click on the ‘START FREE’ button. You’ll now see the following screen:

You now need to go to your email and find the activation email from Cloudways.

Click on the green “Activate Account” link and you’ll see the following screen:

You can now add names for your app, server and project if you want to. These are really meant for users who are running multiple sites or servers (and they’re easy to change later) so you can leave them at the defaults.

The next three choices you have to make relate to the server on which you’re going to host your WordPress site. The choices look rather daunting, but don’t worry – they’re really not (and Cloudways make it very easy to change things if you want to later)!

The server I’d recommend depends on what you’re trying to do. Specifically whether you’re just trying to learn WordPress and/or are building a test site, or building a site that you intend to publish live within the next month or so.

Trying to learn WordPress and/or are building a test site

  • Choose Digital Ocean
  • Set the server size to 1GB
  • Choose the nearest available location to where you are

Building a site that you intend to publish live within the next month or so

  • Choose Vultr
  • Choose “High Frequency” from the dropdown (rather than “Standard” which is the default)
  • Set the server size to 1GB
  • Choose the nearest location to where you expect your website visitors to be
  • Note: If the nearest location to where you expect your website visitors to be isn’t available then I’d recommend you follow the instructions for someone trying to learn WordPress and/or building a test site but choose the nearest location to where you expect your website visitors to be (rather than where you are). You can change it when the location becomes available on Vultr and you’ll save a bit of money in the meantime.

Click on the ‘LAUNCH NOW’ button. Cloudways will start setting up your new server.

In my experience it normally takes 7 or 8 minutes for the server setup process to complete. Once it has, you’ll see the following screen:

Move the yellow slider at the top from ‘SERVERS’ to ‘APPLICATIONS’, and you’ll see the following screen:

Click on ‘Your Application’.

You can now login to your WordPress site using the URL, username and password in the ADMIN PANEL section.

Install the Kadence theme

Install a Kadence starter template

Kadence is fast becoming one of the most popular WordPress themes, and its creators provide a small range of starter templates which you can install on a blank WordPress site in order to speed up the website development process.

Check out the range of Kadence starter templates here.

In this easy-to-follow step-by-step guide I’m going to show you how to install your choice of starter template.

If you don’t have the time or the inclination to set up a website using one of the Kadence starter templates then I can do it for you as most of them are available as part of my website setup service.

To follow this guide you’ll need a WordPress website that has no content on it that you need to keep. (This is because installing a starter template may overwrite and/or delete any existing content.)

If you don’t have a WordPress website that you can use then you can set one up by working through the following step-by-step guide:

What next?

How to add an online shop to a WordPress website

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