Originally Posted by maestoso
Okay, I have to sheepishly admit that I don't understand something here.
After one buys the domain and hosting space, then you install WordPress to the server? If I understood that correctly, you can then just easily visit your domain and manipulate via WP's tools?
I was, perhaps mistakenly, under the impression that I had to construct my site, and then upload to my webhost. How is the WP option different?
After you secure your hosting,
-you need to setup your database
-edit the config file within the copy of Wordpress you got from wordpress.org
-upload the copy of Wordpress then go through the install process
-by default, Wordpress will use it's own default theme
-you upload your own theme (free, paid or your own creation) to the themes folder then activate it.
When you first get a domain name and change the DNS (domain name server) information to the info the hosting company gave you the stock answer is that it takes 24-48 hours for all the domain name servers around the world to catch up. This means you may not be able to see your domain right away and install Wordpress.
Seeing you said you have the Adobe package, another option, if you want to create your own theme is to install WampServer on your machine, install Wordpress (great way to practice), then create your own theme on your computer. Working out the kicks before you try going live.
Don't go plugin crazy. Each one adds to the download time of your site. i.e. makes it slower.
As far as a Sitemap goes, Matt Cutts, Google Employee, has said if you have to choose which to do first, do an HTML site map
. (note the different spellings
). As you look through our SEO and Google forums, you will see that people have a terrible time with Sitemaps because they are done incorrectly. Sitemaps do not help get your site indexed any faster - this is a false rumour that you will see around.
Google doesn't guarantee that we'll crawl or index all of your URLs. However, we use the data in your Sitemap to learn about your site's structure, which will allow us to improve our crawler schedule and do a better job crawling your site in the future.
- Google Webmaster Tools Help