My old hosting company unfortunately did not support WordPress, so it was time to make a change in hosting companies. I did some research and found that bluehost.com supported WordPress. I inquired before I signed up with them, to make sure they would be able to assist me in getting my new website live.
The video below explains how to transfer a local WordPress website to a remote server. The video shows the process using bluehost.com for hosting, but you can still get a general idea of what it takes to transfer from local to remote.
What is the Difference Between Instant WordPress and Regular WordPress?
Now you are probably wondering what the difference is between Instant WordPress software and the online version of WordPress software. It’s essentially the same, but one is for local development and one is for online development. It primarily has the same menu options, interface, as well as bells and whistles. With Instant WordPress, you install it and used it locally; whereas with «regular» WordPress, you register and login to start using it online.
Initially, I was thrilled when I found out that I could use Instant WordPress to build my website locally while leaving my original website intact in the meantime. I read a lot about Instant WordPress, downloaded the software to use locally, and began designing my website locally.
However, when I finished designing my site, I discovered that I couldn’t just upload my files like HTML pages to a server. It was a bit more involved than that.
I had maintaining my website locally and then uploading revised HTML files via FTP software. Filezilla, which is free open source application, can be used for transferring files from local to remote server. I also used a program called WS_FTP Professional from Ipswitch. It was just a cooler program with a bit more features and it had some nifty sounds like bells and train noises that sounded when file transfers were completed. I primarily use Filezilla now, but there are lots of other options for FTP programs out there.
The section and video above explained how to transfer a local WordPress site to a remote server (if you decide to use Instant WordPress), but what if you want to use WordPress online to build your website? How do you put that website live? Number one, I would recommend a hosting service which supports WordPress, such as Blue Host (otherwise, headaches will be a given).
What If I Just Want Plain Old WordPress and Not Instant WordPress?
WordPress online (let’s call this «regular» WordPress) might be just the thing for you!
If you want to use WordPress online, and don’t want to bother with Instant WordPress, go to <a website to signup for WordPress. Once you obtain your login, you will be ready to use WordPress and start building your website.
Once you have your WordPress site built and your hosting service selected, you are ready to put your site live. You’ll need WordPress on the server in order to do this.
Hosting companies which support WordPress should have an icon on their control panel for you to do this. They should also provide assistance for this process.
The video explains how to Install WordPress on Blue Host, which you need in order to put your WordPress website live (the author also explains how to register a domain if you don’t have one yet). The good news is that once you register with bluehost.com, there is an icon readily available called «Install WordPress» and if you need help, bluehost provides assistance on how to complete the process, including how to go live with your new website.
What’s the Difference Between Dreamweaver and HTML Pages vs. WordPress Files?
There’s a big difference with the types of files that you manage with WordPress as compared to a tool like Dreamweaver. WordPress is a database-driven Content Management System, or CMS which stores all your content in a database.
If you don’t know HTML or don’t prefer coding, then using a Content Management System like WordPress is a lot easier to use for the average computer user. This is because it contains user-friendly menus and interfaces where you can manage the content. Plus, there’s a ton of articles, videos and online help to get you started.
What WordPressTheme Did I Select?
At first, I felt a little frustrated because the theme previews as compared to what I ended up with when I selected the theme didn’t quite match up. Some of the previews looked beautiful, but after testing some out, I ended up with a bare bones site that required me to make a lot of selections. I opted to use the It is the Duena theme from WordPress. It was one of the only themes that seem to require a lot less customization from scratch.