How to set up a website in under an hour

Advice on setting a new website up from scratch if you haven’t done it before and don’t know how to do it.

Step 1: Register a domain name at 123-reg.co.uk

Do not get any of the other add-ons they try to push on you – just register the domain.

This will automatically create an Admin panel at 123-reg

Keep the username and password somewhere safe.

Cost: approx £8.00 for 2 years

Time: approx 10 minutes

Step 2: Setting up hosting – Go to https://www.kloudhost.co.uk/shared

Buy the Starter Package

Register a 2nd domain name whilst doing this (free and a good back up, make it a .co.uk domain)

This will create a Main Admin panel called your Kloudhost Client Area

Cost: Approx £30.00 per year (domain will be approx £5 a year after 1st year)

Time: approx 10 minutes

Step 3: Within Kloudhost main panel click on Dashboard

You will be prompted to complete the domain registration process for your free domain.

Check details are correct and click Activate Order

Time: approx 5 minutes

Step 4: Check your emails

You will receive 3 or 4 from Kloudhost, keep these somewhere safe and make note of username and password.

Time: approx 2 minutes

Step 5 Quick explanation so far

You now have 2 admin panels at Kloudhost;

1. Is your main client area, this is your main admin panel for billing, support, managing services, etc.
Your username will be the email address used when creating the account, password will be the one you created.

2. The 2nd panel is your hosting control panel, the username and password is created by the Kloudhost system but password can be changed later.

Sign back in to your main control panel (if not already signed in)

Click on where it says My Products & Services

This will display your hosting package

Click on Manage

On the next screen Click on Login to Control Panel (you will be prompted to create new password, save this somewhere safe)

Have a good look around control panel

Step 6: Log back in to your control panel at 123-reg

Next to where it says Your domains, ensure the one you want for your website is displayed and click manage.

On next screen scroll down to Advanced domain settings and click Change Nameservers (DNS)

Where it has boxes for nameserver 1 and 2 enter your nameservers (these will be in the email you received from Kloudhost and have put somewhere safe, they will look like ns1.*****.co.uk and ns2.*****.co.uk)
put 1 in each box and click update.

Time: approx 2 minutes

Step 7: Go back to your hosting control panel at Kloudhost

Click on Add New Website and add the one you have just edited at 123-reg

Time: approx 2 minutes

Quick recap

If you have done all of this correct you now have;

1. A 123-REG admin panel where your website is registered

2. A Client admin panel at Kloudhost

3. A hosting control panel at Kloudhost

4. A section in your Kloudhost hosting control panel for managing your website

Your website may now be live (it sometimes takes a few hours for the registration and nameserver changes to take effect)

Step 8: managing website

From within the website management section of your Kloudhost hosting control panel (manage website) make sure you are managing your site, scroll to bottom and click on Install Applications

Select WordPress and click install

Install in / and click install application again

Wait, wait, wait

After installed, make note of username and password and keep safe.

Time: approx 5 minutes

Step 9: Login to WordPress

Click on where it says login

Ignore the clef stuff

Click on Users in dashboard on the left, hover over your username, click edit and immediately change the email address and password and click update profile.

Fill in username info section and click update again.

Go to Settings – General and set email address to what you want.

You have now installed WordPress on the website.

Time: approx 5 minutes

Step 10 is now up to you

Learn how to set up WordPress better and use it, or hire someone to set it up for you and show you how to use it.

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Note: other domain registers and hosts are also available, it’s just nice and simple with 123-reg and Kloudhost.