SXSW Prep: Make a Website in 1 hr without knowing a thing about html using WordPress *and with Under $50 bucks! With SXSW approaching, we want every band/artists/business person in Houston to have a website. It makes you look more legitimate and it’s a great way to sell merch,cds, etc. We at Indiehouston don’t know how to code and neither do you. Simply follow these instructions and within an hour, you should have the start of a kickass website!
#1 First you are going to need a domain – We recommend Godaddy because their cheap. Be careful though because they try to sell you on too many products you really don’t need – And use this coupon: cjc749fat at checkout so we can make sure you stay under poor band budget. Pick a good name too because after building links to your site, you don’t want to have to go back and change everything. If your bands name is already taken try adding the word music after domain to see if that’s available.
#2 Now your going to need hosting for your domains – We recommend Hostgator because you can host unlimited domains for one set price-which means if your in more than one band you pay one set fee for all of them rather than paying each one separately! -It costs About $10 bucks a month- Click Here to go to Hostgator or the image below first because indiehouston gets affiliate credit which helps pay for our own hosting. But wait -remember that Big Billboard you probably past off 45 – Enter the Word Houston at Checkout and you get the first month Free – This is crucial to saving money that I’m sure could go towards much more important things.
#3 Forward your domains Nameservers from godaddy or wherever you purchased the domain you are using to Hostgator – Their are very easy to follow instructions to do this that come in the welcome email after signing up.Login to your godaddy page and click on the domain you purchased until you find an area titled nameservers – Change the current nameservers to the ones sent to you in the welcome email just by clicking on Nameservers (This forwards your domain to your hosting so you never have to pay godaddy’s high prices for services)
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#4 Now you almost got a website – but now you need to decide if you want to learn to code or learn Indiehouston’s favorite program – WordPress!
The next steps require you to have already purchased a domain, a hostgator account, and forwarded your nameservers (There is a delay before the forwarding will work – It should take about 20 minutes – Go take a smoke break, get some food, then come right back to your computer so you can get this out of the way before SXSW. We at Indiehouston want to link to more than just your myspace page.
Step 1 – log in to your cpanel through the link in the hostgator welcome email you should have gotten by now– your username and password should be in there as well – It will look like the following screenshots
Step 2 – Scroll down and click on add on domains. By default the first domain you setup with HG is ready to install wordpress in, but if you have other domains forwarded here you have to follow this next step. If you only have one domain and you used it to setup your hg account skip to step 4 under fantastico.
Step 3 Type in your other domains, and leave Document Root Blank, Enter a password, and then click Add Domain!
Step 4 Now go Back to your Cpanel Home Screen and scroll down till you find Fantastico De Luxe and double click it.
Step 5 Click on WordPress
Step 6 Click on New Installation
Step 6 Select the Domain you want to install WordPress on and enter a username and password
Step7 Print this page so you won’t forget your login information
Step 8 Open up a browser and go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php – then login using the information you entered from the step above.
Step 9 Click on Appearance on the left under Dashboard – These are the screens you will be seeing to modify, create, and change up your website – Its kind of like a myspace page builder – or website maker for dummies tool
Step10 -Next as you can see there are not a lot of Themes you can choose from after a new installation – But there are 10,000,000s of themes on the internet which will help make your website look unique – For starters try doing a google search for themes. Once you have found one you kind of like save it to your computer and unzip it if you need to. Next you will need to install Filezilla or Cyber Duck. Open Filezilla up and then under host type in the same information you used for cpanel – only under host, type in the first domain you signed up with Hg.
Step 11 – The files on the right are the ones on your hosting account and on the left are files on your computer. Filezilla is intended for you to easily transfer files back and forth from your computer(Left) to to the Internet(right). Your website that is publicly viewed to the world will be under the folder on the right that says public_html
Step 12 Double click on public_html –> then double click your domain –> then double click wp-content –> then double click themes. This is the folder you want to drop your wordpress themes into.
Step 13 Go back to yourdomain.com/wp-login dashboard page from step 9 after dropping your theme into the themes folder – Now click on Appearance again – You should see the new theme you dropped into the theme folder in the previous step – Click Activate and it should look similar to what was advertised on the theme download page. That’s it – Now you can commence band practice.
After you like your layout,add information like pictures, news, music, links-myspace,facebook,twitter,last.fm,etc.
Next your going to enjoy installing wordpress plugins-There are many that are useful for bands -here are a few:
Last.fm for Artists
Integrates your Last.fm account into your website.
Manage all of your upcoming and past performances or events right from within WordPress, and display them using simple shortcodes or template tags on your WordPress-powered website.
Integrates your Twitter account into your website.
Gives you an inline music player and turns your whole page into a podcast (fans can subscribe via iTunes and whenever you post a new mp3, they’ll get it).
Easy maintenance of photo galleries with some sleek browsing options.
Lets your readers easily share your posts via email, AIM, text message, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Twitter, Blogger, Reddit and many more social sites.
Adds a sidebar widget containing a subtle list of all of your social homes including delicious, digg, facebook, flickr, last.fm, myspace, twitter, youtube, friendfeet etc.
Google Friend Connect Integration
Lets your fans join and create profiles and interact socially.
See an example here: http://www.socialarrow.com/
Flickr Thumbnails Photostream
This plug-in will let you show flickr photos directly from your blog
There are plenty more – if you have any problems, check back here or reply to this post -
To Install plugins – simply download them, unzip them, and move them to the right of filezilla inside the following folder
We hope this helps!