Ultimate Guide: How to Set Up WordPress Website from Scratch (Updated for 2018)

I think you will agree with me when I tell you that, it’s quite daunting to set up WordPress website by yourself, right?

The problem with this is that most clinic owners struggle with their websites.

It took me six months of looking through online guides, courses, and videos before I mastered the process of WordPress website installation and optimization.

I would like to tell you that it was six months of hard work that lead me into website mastery, but it was actually as simple as following the instructions of hosting company

Once I had my domain and server set up, along with the right theme and plugins, then everything fell into place in a matter of minutes.

The impact of these instructions instantly had an impact on my average time to build websites.

My healthcare practitioners clients saw how quickly and effectively built their websites, they rewarded me by continuing the contract to improve their sites search rankings.

Moreover, I even shared my Free Website Optimization Class to my private Facebook group members and they’ve all found extremely easy to do it themselves!

In this post, I’m going to show you the step by step instructions of how to set up WordPress website quickly and easily.

 

 

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In general, there are total of five essential steps to properly set up a WordPress website:

  1. Choose WordPress as the website platform
  2. Buy the Best Domain Name for your brand
  3. Get a Web Hosting Service most suitable for your industry
  4. Install Site Secure Lock Certificate (SSL)
  5. One click install WordPress

How to Purchase a Domain Name

A domain name is basically how people find you in a browser by typing in a URL to get to your website (ie. simonwyhuang.com).

There are many companies that sell domain names and hosting services together.

Right here, I recommend using WP Health Watch as the site to buy your domain name and host your website.

The reason I have suggested using this particular host is that it’s got one of the fastest speed and newest hard drive as their servers.

Some people may be suggesting Blue Host or SiteGround.

I gotta say I did start with them and they were great for starters.

However, as traffic to my website started to grow, I need a faster and more secure server.

So, here comes WP Health Watch:

How to buy a domain from WP Health Watch

 

Fairly easy, just type in your favorite domain name in the search column and it will tell you if it is taken.

Domain name is available 2

Once your domain name has been approved, we will be moving on to buy the hosting.

Click on “Explore package now” to continue…

 

How To Set Up Hosting For WordPress

Step 1. Select a hosting package that fits your current goals.


When you get directed to the next page, you will see 3 different packages:

Starter, Plus, and Premium.

If you are just starting, choose the Starter pack, it will be sufficient enough to run ONE clinic site.

Of course, the bigger the plan is, the more websites you can hold.

For now, click on “Order Now” to go to the next step.

Select your healthcare hosting plan 2

Type in the domain name again and click “Check” to continue.

Choose your preferred package for making a WordPress site 2

 

 

Step 2. Purchase your hosting plan and select the options.


Confirm your hosting plan and hit continue.

Edit your cart here 2

 

It’s good to note here that if you choose a longer billing cycle, not only you get a better price, you will also get a free domain if you chose the 3 years (Triannual) plan.

Confirm your order and checkout 2

 

Fill out your information or simply login to your social channels, then click the “Complete Order” button.

 Complete order 2

 Step 3. Access your account detail via email


It will take a couple of minutes for you to receive an email from WP Health Watch. Make sure you follow the instructions to activate your account…

Once you have completed verifying your host account, you are ready to install and set up WordPress site!

WP Health Watch Dashboard 2

Step 4. Install SSL Certificate


We are going to install WordPress website in your cPanel. To do so, you will need to go into Client Area -> My Products & Services (Click on “Active”) -> Product Details.

Services and products 2

 

Then on the left-hand side, under “Actions”, you will see “Login to cPanel”, click on that.

Client dashboard 2

 

You are now in your cPanel, now before you install and set up WordPress on your website, you will need to activate Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. (Note: Google has enforced https:// prefix for every website to make sure they are secure enough for users to log in. Without it, you will get a “Your website is not secure” kind of writing when someone entered your website URL. In addition, your website will not be found/indexed by Google without an SSL certificate.)

Cpanel in Dashboard 3

 

In your cPanel, type “SSL” in the search bar at the top, select “SSL/TLS”, you will be taken to another page, click on “Install and Manage SSL for your websites (HTTPS)”.

Type SSL in search bar 2

 

From there, scroll down and find “Install an SSL Website”, click the blue button “Browse Certificate”, from the drop down below that, select your domain URL, then click install at the bottom of the page.

SSL Manager 2

 

Install SSL certificate 2

Your website is now SSL certified, let’s move on to install WordPress site.

 

Set Up WordPress Website


Click the cPanel icon (9 dots on the left) to go back to your main cPanel screen.

From there, click the “WordPress” icon under “Softaculous Apps Installer”, you will be taken to the WordPress installation screen.

Cpanel in Dashboard 4

 

Click “Install Now” button and follow the instructions shown in the pictures.

Softaculous WordPress installation 2

Choose Protocol: https://

Choose Domain: your domain .com

Leave the Site Settings as default for now.

Softaculous WordPress installation software setup 2

 

Change your Admin Username and Password as well as Email and write them down somewhere safe.

Then click “Install”.

And…you’re done! You have successfully set up WordPress site for your clinic!

Softaculous WordPress installation click yes 2

 

By now, you will be able to login to your brand new WordPress site.

The default theme (aka, the skin of your site) is Twenty Seventeen. It’s fairly cleanly coded and I’d definitely suggest those who just want to write blogs

But if running a proper clinic website site is your main goal, read on to the bonus section. Where I will be teaching you how to install my premium WordPress Template that I have been constantly updating and personally using for my own practice.

 

Conclusion

It’s important to set up WordPress website properly, but it sure feels good that it could be done easily and quickly as well.

We always have our dream design for our clinic’s website.

However, most of the time it does require a lump sum amount of cash to make it happen.

I truly hope that you find this tutorial helpful and that you will be using my customized WordPress Template – Clinic Kickstarter.

When you’re finished setting up your website, you are ready to start building customized contents to bring in more traffic to your site.

Furthermore, you will be able to utilize my future instructions to help you convert those visitors into actual clients visiting your clinic.

I hope you’re ready!

Read on to my next article to learn How To Design Clinic Website In Four Easy Steps Part 1

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