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How to make free website(for beginners) - Hosted Wordpress on x10


This is a tutorial on how to make a website for free, using free hosting and WordPress CMS. Many people ask me about making websites and they usually expects they are free. Well, it can be free. Here's an example of how to do it. What you need to have a website:

  • A web host  - this is a computer or a virtual computer (a computer running/pretending to be multiple computers). Web host can also be referred to as web server. The web host will contain the files of your website.
  • A domain - the name of your website.

There are some websites out there offering this services for free, I recommend using x10hosting. Here's how to sign up:

Domain And Sign up

Domain is, the name of your website, for example this website's domain is: add.ph Registering real domains costs money, but the owner of domains can register subdomains for free. For example, because I own the domain add.ph , so I can register subdomains such as tools.add.ph, mvc.add.ph, blog.add.ph and so on. There are companies that claims to provide free domains, such providers of "free domains" use subdomains instead so they can provide it for free. I do not recommend free domains, because you will not have full control of the future of your website. Unless, you're absolutely sure that just gonna use such free domains for testing purposes. Which on this case is probably true, because you are just gonna test it out. Now, go to www.x10hosting.com, fill up the form ( see screenshot below) of what you want your website's name(domain) will be. Because it's free, it'll be appended with their own domain, x10.mx.  

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x10 homepage: Type desired (sub)domain on the input and submit the form
If you can't think of a name,  just use your name or your name's first letter plus your surname or the other way around, your first name and first character of your last name or your fullname (with no spaces). Valid characters for domains are letters, numbers and "-". Note: you cannot change your main domain after signing up. Filling up the form After submitting your desired domain, fill up the form with your username and desired password  ( Be careful not to misspell your password because there is no password confirmation field there). Then press continue
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Signup: username and password

Click continue and follow the instructions that follows after

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Signup: Verification Code(CAPTCHA) and TOS
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Signup: decline premium offer

After you have signed up you will receive an email with confirmation with a link, click on the link and follow instructions.

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  After confirmation, you can now login for the first time, and read the instruction afterwards. If you ever forgot your password, just click the "Can't access your account" then fill up your email address.

CMS

Content Management Systems(CMS) are application packages that can be installed to your website so you can manage it's content more easily. Using CMS is recommended for those that doesn't want to do programming on their website manually from scratch, specially for non-programmers. There are many CMS around, like Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress, but for this tutorial we will use. You may play around with many CMS when testing, but it is wise to choose one in the end when you are ready to make a production(live) website. For now we will focus on Wordpress, a CMS optimized for blogs; a blog is, website that publishes contents on a regular basis, something like news or public diary or log. We will use it since it's one of the most popular if not the most popular among CMS, and it is easy to use and customize.

Wordpress Installation

To install Wordpress on your website, login to x10hosting and click the "My Websites" tab, click the "Add New Website" button then click "Software Installer", follow the instructions on the following figures:

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My Websites: Add New Website
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Software Installer: Click on "Choose Scripts To Install
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Click on the "Blogging" category
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Scroll down and Wordpress, then click on "Select This Software"
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Installation Form: Fill up the email field with your email (ignore the other fields for now)

After this, you will see this page and you have successfully installed Wordpress

Success page
Success page: Click Continue to My Websites
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My Websites Tab: Click on the website icon

Wordpress Administration

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Blog Homepage: Click on login
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Login on wordpress
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Wordpress Dashboard

Explore Wordpress

And now it's your turn to go around the administration panel you can try adding new posts, adding new pages, comment and try other themes or install other plugins. Things to remember:

  1. Do not be shy to post, cause you're probably the only one reading it
  2. Do not be afraid of breaking something, explore and experiment.
  3. If you got any questions, post in the comments section below

Next Week: Basic WordPress Customization For Beginners Part 1: Posting  


Comments (2)

  1. Basic Wordpress Customization For Beginners Part 1: Posting | PHP Developer's Blog:
    Sep 29, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    […] is a blog post for people who have read and followed the instructions on previous post: “ How to make free website(for beginners) – Hosted WordPress on x10 ” or for beginners who have just had installed WordPress but has little idea how to use […]

  2. Rory:
    Jan 09, 2015 at 02:23 AM

    Hello Albert This is a brilliant tutorial on using x10 and wordpress. I will follow this but would prefer just have a place where I can practise php and mysql rather than a blog. In the part where you select 'blogging' which category should I take. Rory Barrett


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