For WordPress Newbies: Setting Up a Self-hosted WordPress Website

For WordPress Newbies: Setting Up a Self-hosted WordPress Website

You want to create a WordPress blog or a WordPress-driven website (for example, a portfolio or a company website) on your own domain, and you do not yet know exactly what you need and where you should start? Here are some tips to help you get started with WordPress.

1. vs.

First, I would like to explain the difference between and briefly. At you can create a free blog with an address in the format This blog is then hosted on the server at, and you do not have to spend any money on your own web space and domain. This is a great option, especially for small private blogs. However, you have a certain number of themes (WordPress templates) and plugins (extensions) available on a blog.

In contrast,  you can download the current WordPress version from for free and then use it with your own domain and your own hosting. With this self-hosted WordPress site, you’ll have more customization options.

You can use a huge number of free and paid WordPress and plugins, or even create your own WordPress themed design. Through an FTP program (for example, Filezilla), you can access and edit all WordPress files on your hosting account. Setting up a self-hosted WordPress page is not that hard. However, you should spend a little time to familiarize yourself with WordPress and then actually use the versatile options of your very own WordPress website.

2. What Do You Need to Install WordPress

Web Hosting

Before you can get started with your WordPress site, you need to buy a web hosting and a domain name. The fees are not expensive, especially if your website is still new or you want to set up only a small private site.

Then a smaller hosting package is enough. There are a lot of providers. We have always had excellent experiences with WordPress pages with iPage.

If you are not sure whether your selected Webhosting package supports WordPress, check with the hosting provider of your choice before signing up. A list of the WordPress prerequisites can be found on

Often WordPress is already available directly in the hosting control panel (for example at iPage). This is especially handy because you do not have to upload the WordPress files to your web space via FTP.

Domain Name

You can buy a domain (your website address) with a web hosting package (sometimes a domain is already included). If you choose a .com domain, they go for around $10 nowadays.


Most importantly, you need at least one database with your web hosting package. You absolutely need this to use WordPress. You can create a database with a password directly in the control panel of your hosting provider. This is not as difficult as it sounds at first (most hosting providers also provide a guide in their FAQs). Note the name and password of your database.

3. Install WordPress on Your Hosting Account

Once you’ve ordered your hosting plan and domain, you can install WordPress. As mentioned above, you can do this with some vendors directly in the control panel of your hosting provider (see the free one click installations).

Otherwise, you can download the current WordPress version on the free of charge. It is best to select the language in which you would later like to run your website. If you choose the English version, your admin area and also standard words such as “Comments” or “reply” etc. will be displayed in English on your website.

The wp-config.php file

After downloading WordPress, you have to extract the zip file ( and edit the wp-config-sample.php file in the WP folder. To do this, you can use a text editor (for example the free Notepad ++, Windows Editor, or TextEdit and TextMate for Mac).

In the wp-config-sample.php file, you now enter your database data (name, user, password, possibly hostname) in “MySQL settings”:

The MySQL settings in the wp-config.php file

The MySQL settings in the wp-config.php file

Below “MySQL settings” you also have to enter individual security keys. You can generate these on the website Simply copy the created keys and use them to replace the example code in your file. When you are done, save the finished file as wp-config.php. The wp-config-sample.php file can be deleted from the WordPress folder.

Now you can upload all files of the WordPress folder into the main directory belonging to your domain with an FTP program. (If you are not sure which directory is the right one, ask simply once again briefly with your hosting provider.)

After uploading, you can visit the following URL to sign in to your WordPress page:

Wordpress Install Screen

WordPress Install Screen

Now, a page should appear in your browser by logging into your WordPress site and logging in as an admin (choose a safer username instead of the suggested “admin”). Once the login is complete, you can access your new WordPress installation and begin setting up your website.

By default, the Twenty Eleven theme is used and some plugins are already installed for you. Of course, you can also choose a different theme for your website and install additional plugins. In addition, you can create an individual navigation menu and WordPress pages (for example, about me or a contact page).

4. Themes and plugins

The best of WordPress is the huge community, which helps each other with problems and develops new products (often free) for WordPress. For this reason, there are a huge number of themes and plugins for WordPress. So you can upgrade your website gradually and expand with useful plugins or choose a nice theme for your website.

I hope you find my brief explanation of the most important steps to your first self-hosted WordPress website helpful. And if you are already a WordPress professional, you might know a friend for whom this info could be helpful. I would gladly take feedback and any additional tips we can add to the post!

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Drones Delivering Amazon Packages? Really?

Drones Delivering Amazon Packages? Really?

Drones that deliver Amazon packages: a video spreads on the internet that one may hold initially for a parody. But the Americans are not the only ones who are planning such an air delivery service.The Australian bookseller Zookal wants to deliver books by mini helicopters in the coming year with the startup Flirtey in Sydney. The US startup Matternet working for several years on a drone network for developing countries, to transport medicines to inaccessible villages. Just now a million-dollar contest starts with unmanned flight transporters in Kenya.

The goal of the flying donkey challenge: Teams should build drones carrying up to 60 kg packages. Thus, even farmers are to fly their crops to markets in the region. The research departments of transportation companies such as DHL carefully observe the technical development.

Is it allowed at all for drones to fly?

“From today’s perspective, Amazon’s project is completely inconceivable”, says one expert. Drones may be controlled currently only manually and must always reside within sight of the pilot. “Supposedly the Amazon drones should be used in the urban areas. And here are other flying objects such as rescue or police helicopters on the way”. As long the drones are unableto adapt automatically to the rules of air traffic, they should not fly long distances.

Drones as postman: is this technically feasible?

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The technology is already far enough for three reasons, to avoid collisions in the urban sky. First even toy drones such as the AR equipped drone 2.0 of the French provider Parrot is already equipped with GPS sensors that can always accurately determine the position of the aircraft bya few centimetres. Delivery services could determine so accurate flight corridors, along roads, through which the drones would move, without having to leave it. Secondly, computer chips and image processing are developed so far that drones can process objects flying, even things such as a bird. Thirdly, there are drones already that are able to scan their surroundings with radar sensors and cameras to detect obstacles and dodge them instantly.

How fast and far can drones fly?

Within 30 minutes, Amazon wants to extradite packages via drone. Technically, this should be possible, because commercial Octocopter can fly already 80 kilometers per hour. On top of that the plane can take the direct route – and are far superior to vans, which stop at every red light, often in a traffic jam and navigate through one-way streets in a roundabout way to the target.

Drawback however is the range: Amazon wants to transport up to 16 kilometers and up to 2.3 kilograms heavy packages. With multiple batteries, this may be possible; other routes can be traveled only by gasoline-powered drones. If Amazon wants to supply not only households in the vicinity of its shipping centers, they would have to set up to loading stations where drones either replace the battery or pass their cargo to drones with a fresh battery.

We will keep you updated!