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

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

Visit the Cloudways website and click on the ‘START A FREE TRIAL’ 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.

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.

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