Your The iPage Wordpress Setup Guide
Hi! Kate here in Austin Texas - I put together this quick guide to wordpress setup on iPage. My goal is to help you get the most out of your iPage account as possible, quickly and easily, so if you have questions, hit me up. Maybe you won't need to send in that support ticket after you read my whole site :)
We are here to help you get to know the features of both iPage and WordPress. You need to know what you are getting for the plan that you are/ will be paying for.
Publishing online has never been this easy with the help of content management tools like WordPress. No doubt that WordPress is the most preferred choice nowadays, mostly because of the large presence of themes and widgets that you can get (both paid and for free) that can greatly enhance the look and feel of your web site.
WordPress is an online publishing tool – both in text and in other forms such as photos, videos and the like.
WordPress helps you connect to social networking sites without doing programming or even opening your page’s source code.
Think of it as your MS Word except that when it saves, it publishes it to your web site. Cool, right?
The best of all, WordPress is free. You can download their latest version from their official site and you can easily install this to your hosting server.
It is also open source, meaning, everyone has free access to the source code and makes it super easy for developers and programmers to create customizations that can be used by everyone.
WordPress helps you publish your stuff quickly – there is no need for you to cascade your content through a developer that will paste your text or images into an HTML file. WordPress does this for you.
Some other features of WordPress that may be useful to you on a daily basis:
- Scheduled posts so that you can create and write all of your posts in one sitting and then schedule them for publishing later on (helpful for even distribution
of your posts).
- Edit texts that have been written elsewhere since they have a built in rich
- Create image galleries without building the gallery itself. All you need is
to just upload the files!
- Link your site to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
With the help of the themes and the widgets, you can basically do whatever you need to do for your site via WordPress.
Yes, WordPress is supported on iPage. All of the basic requirements of WordPress are supported and it should run perfectly on an iPage hosting. In fact, a lot of iPage users use WordPress to manage and create their blogs, sites etc.
Having WordPress on iPage is easy.
- Download the latest version of WordPress on their official site.
- Upload this downloaded version of WordPress to your host. You can do this by going to admin panel of iPage and then go to the folder where you want to have the WordPress installed. For example, on www.myclothingsite.com/blog.
- Unzip the WordPress kit from there and click Install. Through simple scripts, the installation of your WordPress should be done automatically. Normally you have to create .php files in a separate page to activate your WordPress
And viola! You have your WordPress on that page! Just login with your WordPress username and password and edit as much as you like for your new page.
So now that you have your WordPress page up and running, what are the few things that you have to do so that you can let the world know that your site is up? You can do the following:
- Choose a WordPress theme. There are lots of free themes out there but there are also paid themes. Remember that it is much easier to just change the font, the color and the size, even the color scheme of a theme. What is difficult is to change the layout – the positioning of the animated scrolling, the gallery functionality, the number of columns in a page, the structure of the menu navigation etc.
- Do a test post. Once you have your theme, just try to post a simple text like “hello!” so that you can see how it looks. Try it with an image post,
too. You can always erase these posts, anyway.
- Import content from an external site, if applicable, by installing widgets for it. for example, if you are importing your blog entries from Tumblr, look for the
tool that does that. This way, you do not need to recreate all of your posts.