Part 2 Installing WordPress: Ultimate guide to Making Money with Minisites using PPC
This is the part 2 of the Ultimate guide in Make money online with minisites using PPC. The next step, you need to start building a minisite. There are several options that you can use to build your minisite, you could go basic html, or use Content Management Software like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many other various scripts available out there online. But I’m very biased towards WordPress as I know it’s one of the easiest to understand and to develop. So for all my minisites, I use wordpress.
The best thing about WordPress is that it has a very easy and simple admin interface which could be easily learned. But the best thing about it is that there are so many free plug-ins and themes available online that you can use freely and support is readily available and is answered by not only WordPress itself but also other experts who’re willing to lend a hand to everyone. I’ve used wordpress for around 2 years now and it’s always worked out for me.
Step 1: Get a decent WebHosting Company
I personally use A2Hosting ever since I started my online ventures, the best thing with them is that they have unlimited accounts which can pretty much fit all your domains for around $10 (cheaper with coupon codes, only $6.36 per month). Before you go thru and purchase web hosting with them, make sure that you check the web for “Coupon Codes”, this way you could get huge discounts to their services. I was able to save as much as 30% monthly on hosting services when I entered the coupon codes. The best part is their reliability, I’ve never had a problem with downtimes (until recently when there’s a problem with their servers lately which got a good few hours of downtime) but aside from that it’s been smooth sailing. Make sure to really get a reliable and good web hosting service for your minisites, remember if it’s down then traffic can’t go in, no traffic no earnings.
Step 2: Linking your Domain to your Web Hosting
1. Login to your Godaddy account (The top part of the Homepage)
2. Choose “Domain Manager” (It’s on the left side of the page after logging in)
3. Choose a Domain in the list and click “Name server” on the top of your domain list. Choose “I have specific nameservers for my domains” and enter your name server 1 and 2 in the list. You’ll normally get this thru your web hosting provider. For those who have went with A2Hosting, the name servers are 1 – ns1.a2webhosting.com and 2 – ns2.a2webhosting.com . Click OK and the settings should be saved and you’ll get a confirmation email that the name servers have been changed.
Step 3: Adding a domain in your web hosting
I’m not really sure whether all web hosting providers would have the same cPanel interface in their hosting service. But what I use in A2Hosting is cPanel, so after logging in and what you need to look for is Addon Domains. Click “Addon Domains”
Fill up the information details, Enter the Domain, Username (login username to cpanel) and password (login password to cpanel). You don’t need to input the document root as the system will do it for you. Wait until, it successfully added the domain in the list.
Congratulations, You’ve successfully linked your domain and web hosting! **NOTE: There are some delays in linking domains to webhosting, so do give it a few hours or a day to link, if it doesn’t work contact your domain supplier and web hosting provider.
Step 4: Installing WordPress
Don’t be intimidated by the word install, it’s not really that complicated. WordPress calls their installation the 5 minutes WordPress Installation and it truly does take 5 minutes or less (after you’ve done it once). Most web hosting have a feature called Fantastico, which automatically does it all in a few simple steps. I personally don’t use Fantastico and do it manually. Here’s how I do it:
1. Go to WordPress.org and download the latest Free WordPress copy
2. Choose File Manager in your cPanel’s Homepage.
3. Choose “www” on the left side navigation of the file manager page. And choose the folder of your domain (for example, PrinterCart.net would have a folder with the exact name).
4. Once you entered the folder, usually it’s empty as there’s no file in the new folder. Upload your newly downloaded WordPress copy by click the “Upload” button on the top of the file manager. Upload the full exact ZIP file, as the server can extract it for you. Once finished uploading, click the checkbox of WordPress ZIP file and click extract.
5. Usually it will create a new folder called WordPress, what you need to do is:
- Go into the folder of WordPress
- Choose “Select all”
- Choose “Move File”
- Check the directory and delete the /Wordpress part.
- It should empty the WordPress folder and move all the files to your domain’s homepage.
To verify if this actually worked, go to the domain that you’ve added to the list. You should get a “WordPress Error” Page which states that you should install it. If you did see it, then congratulations, you’ve finished setting up your wordpress minisite.
6. Choose “MySQL Database” in the Database list in your cPanel homepage.
7. Add a new database, and name it as you want.
8. After getting a confirmation that you’ve successfully added a new database, open your domain’s URL. Example: PrinterCart.net and you should see an WordPress Error Message which will prompt you to install WordPress.
9. Copy and paste the database that you’ve recently created to the “Database name”. Username and password is the same username and password that you use to login to your cPanel. While Database Host and Table Prefix needs no changes. Continue to fill up the form until WordPress gives you your admin username and password (which you’ll need to login to your WordPress Account). Once done, you’ll find that you’ll be able to login to your WordPress Dashboard and be able to control wordpress from there.
This Post is part of the 6 post series on the Ultimate Guide to Making Money Online with Minisites using PPC
- Part 1 – Domain Name
- Part 2 – Installing WordPress
- Part 3 – Configuring WordPress
- Part 4 – WordPress Themes, Minisite Design
- Part 5 – PPC Ads (Google Adsense)
- Part 6 – Writing Minisite Contents