Chapter 1


Welcome to my WordPress Tutorials. This is a “Follow Along” series of tutorials on building a WordPress site/blog from the ground up. I will show you how I do things as I create a Personal Portal.

Knowing how to code is not required, although it would be helpful if you were familiar with basic HTML markup. Again, it’s not required because you will be able to copy and paste any code that’s needed. I will supply that, with a brief explanation and screenshots to help you along.

You will be using several plugins, however, there is no need to run away because I will show you exactly how, when and where to use them. Plugins are essential in creating your own style and design.

I will provide links to needed websites as well, where you can download helpful programs and other resource websites. You won’t absolutely have to download any programs I may suggest but they will make your creativity go much smoother. Any program I suggest I use myself and know they’re safe, with no spyware, malware or virus’.

I do not claim to be a professional blog designer nor an expert on WordPress, but I have been building web pages/sites almost as long as I have had a computer and internet service. I also do not claim to know everything there is to know on any subject pertaining to these tutorials and I am open to suggestions or corrections if I do something incorrectly or you know an easier way.


In order for you to get the most out of these tutorials, you must be willing to dig into the “guts” of your blog/site. Doing so requires three (3) things:

  1. Patience
  2. Desire
  3. Love

You must have the Patience for trial and error. Building a blog/site this way takes time, especially if you’ve never done it before.

You must have the Desire to create something all your own, unique to you and your vision for your blog/site.

You must Love what you’re doing, being creative and bringing your vision into reality.

If you do not have all three of these then you may as well not even start. I know there are some that will start following along and then get frustrated and stop, and that’s ok, I’ve done it a thousand times. However, I always come back to it, mainly because I’m determined and stubborn, and I love to learn new things.

So, with all of that said, let’s begin, shall we?

Part 1


What you’re going to need:

  1. Web Host – You need to sign up on a Web Hosting site such as Hostgator or GoDaddy. Personally, I use Hostgator and I have nothing but high praise for them. Every issue I have ever had was resolved in an extremely timely manner. They have different packages to choose from, but the one you will need to start off with cost’s $10.95 a month. There will be a one time Domain Registration charge added in to get it started.
  2. WordPress – Most hosting sites have a One Click Installation option. I know Hostgator does, but if the host you decide on doesn’t, just go to and download it. Once you have it on your computer, go back to your host and upload it. Your host should have detailed instructions on installing WordPress. I will explain how to install it on Hostgator in Part 2.

Once you have these first two steps completed, you’re ready to start building.

Part 2 – Setting Up WordPress – Coming Soon

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4 comments on “Chapter 1
  1. Maybe stupid question, but…. does it need to be one of their wordpress hosting plans? I mean, the extra perks sound nice but the limited “visitors” is kind of a turn-off.

    • Hillbilly says:

      I wouldn’t go with any wordpress hosting plan. There are too many restrictions because you’re still on their servers. It’s best to go through a hosting provider like Hostgator, GoDaddy, etc. Sorry it took so long to answer.

      • Yes, but on Hostgator (and others) they have packages for “web hosting” and packages for “WordPress hosting” and the latter cost about twice as much but they have a “visitor limit.” Do you have to choose one of their WordPress plans if you’re hosting a WordPress blog, or can you use one of the web hosting plans?

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