Welcome to WP Writer’s Block! This page might not be necessary for some users so feel free to skim through if you already have WordPress set up or know what you’re doing. For those new to the process, stick with us and we’ll get you sorted out.
This theme, like many custom themes, needs its own web hosting and WordPress installation to work. Web hosting is a funny thing. It’s also immensely confusing for those who don’t deal with it every day. Here’s all you need to know about hosting for now:
- You need a domain name. This is different than your web hosting but is typically purchased at the same time. A domain name is like “wpwritersblock.com.” You only need one domain name; there’s no need to purchase multiple domains.
- You need a hosting account. Long story short, this is the computer where your files will be stored. WP Wrtier’s Block is very lightweight so you don’t need anything fancy at all, just something that can run WordPress. Speaking of which…
- You need a WordPress installation. Many hosts provide a simple way to install WordPress without messing around with the server. Our recommended host below is the easiest way to get this done. Otherwise, if you already have a host, ask them how to get WordPress provisioned for you.
Now you’re an expert! Well maybe not but at least you know a little more than you did before and that’s all that matters.
Step 1: Set up a domain, hosting, and WordPress
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Their plans typically start at $24.95/month but, use the coupon 50off at checkout, and they’ll drop that down to $12.47 per month! It’s a great deal on very high quality hosting.
- Start here to sign up for the lowest hosting plan offered. You’ll need at least one database to start and an email address with your domain is a good idea as well.
- If you need a domain, enter the one you want in the field provided. It may take a few tries to get one that has not been taken. If you already have a domain, select “I will use my existing domain and update my nameservers” and enter the domain you’d like to use.
- Click the Click to Continue button and wait for the options to appear.
- If you chose to register a new domain, select the domains you’d like, scroll down, and click the Click to Continue button again.
- Select your “Billing Cycle” and add any options you’d like (none of them are required). Click Continue
- Add “ID protection” if you’d like, enter your “Registrant name,” leave the “Nameserver” fields as-is, and click Update Cart
- Look over your order and, if correct, click Checkout
- Fill in your payment information and click Complete Order
Once you’ve paid for your order, it takes an hour or so to receive your account information in your email. It should come under the subject line “Fused Network: New Account Information.” Keep this email!
- Scroll down and look for “Control Panel.” If you registered a new domain, the 2nd link with your new domain should work fine. If not, use the first link if you have not changed your nameservers yet.
- Log into cpanel using the Username and Password in the email under “New Account Info”
Step 2: Install WordPress (using Installatron)
If you used the steps above to create a hosting account and domain, the steps below should be clear. If you’re using a different host, this service may still be provided. Otherwise, you’ll need to do a manual install.
- Once you’re logged into cpanel, scroll to the bottom of the main page and click WordPress under the “Web Applications” heading
- Click Install this application on the top right
- Select a “Domain” from the drop-down (likely the one you just added)
- If you’d like this installed in your root directory, leave “Directory” blank. Otherwise, the name you use here will be the folder that the installation will be placed into
- Under “Automatic Update,” select the 2nd option
- Under the “Settings” heading near the bottom, change the admin login and password to something you’ll remember (here is the best possible password advice)
- Enter a correct “Administrator Email” and “Website title,” then click Install
- Once it’s complete, you should have links to the main site and the admin. Log into the admin to continue
Next: Installing the theme >