Welcome to part 3 of this series. So far we have talked about why to build your network marketing business online. Two of those reasons were to allow you to work when you want to and to expand your reach beyond your immediate area.
Last time we talked about why to use a self-hosted website as opposed to one of the many free services online. Self-hosting gives you a level of freedom and control over your content that those other services don’t allow.
Now that you have your web hosting account, a place to be online, you need to do something with it so that you can share your message. I use WordPress for that.
Before I get into WordPress I want to make sure that you are clear on one thing. This may not be you, but some people have a hard time understanding the difference between what your hosting account is, what WordPress is, and your content. Here is a rough analogy. Let’s say that you want to store some food. Your hosting account is like your kitchen, a place where you can put a number of appliances that do various things. WordPress, or any other content management system, is one of the appliances, in this case the refrigerator to store your content. The content you create are the food items that you store in your refrigerator. I hope that clears it up a bit for you.
Like I said, I like to use WordPress for my content management. Drupal is another one that I know some people use. While in the right hands Drupal may create a cleaner looking website in the end, WordPress is much easier to setup and get running with quickly. It is also what I am most familiar with and can most easily support my team with.
How to Get Started With WordPress
With most hosting companies that I have seen, installing WordPress requires little more than logging into your account, clicking on a WordPress icon, filling in a few pieces of information in a form, then clicking “Install”. If you cannot find the icon for WordPress, usually in an “application” or “software” folder or section in your C-Panel, then call the technical support people for your hosting company and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
This is what my hosting company’s C-Panel looks like and you can see that WordPress is in the Software/Services box. I have rearranged the boxes here for this picture, so this box may be farther down the page for you. Once you find it, click it and follow the prompts.
Once WordPress is installed, you can log in to your WordPress Dashboard and immediately begin creating and publishing content without having to do anymore customization. To do this, log in to your new WordPress dashboard, expand Posts on the left side of the screen and click Add New in either place that it appears.
Now you are ready to start writing. You can save your work without making it visible to the world by clicking Save Draft on the right. Now you can leave and it will be there in your list of Posts when you return to continue editing it. When you are ready to share it with the world, then click Publish on the right.
Keep in mind that once you publish your post, it is NOT set in stone. You can always come back and edit it. I usually do that if I later need to fix a typo or I want to add a picture. Any time that you change a published post be sure to click Update on the right to save your changes. The Update button is now where the Publish button was before you published the post.
I provide more in-depth support for the people on my team. If you are interested in getting that, and you are interested in wellness, please let me know and we can talk. You can reach me by leaving a comment below, using my email address above next to my picture, click Contact Wayne below my picture, or just reply to the email that brought you here in the first place. Be sure to give me your phone number, a good time to contact you, and what timezone you are in. I’m looking forward to talking to you.