Tutorial #1: Launching & Accessing Your Free WordPress Site

Tutorial #1: Launching & Accessing Your Free WordPress Site


To launch a free WordPress website, you’ll first create a free account at CloudAccess.net. To get started, click on the “Register” button at the top of our homepage. Please complete the registration form in its entirety to create your free account. Please provide your name, your company name, and your email address and create and confirm a password for your account. We’ll also ask for your address and your telephone number, and you can select a security question and answer for the account. When you’re done, click on the “Register” button at the bottom of the page. At that point you’ll be logged into Cloud Control Panel. I’ve already created an account so I’m going to return to our homepage and click on the “Login” button at the top of the page to login manually. After entering the email address and password that I used to create the account, I’ll click on the “Login” button. This is going to take me to the CCP or the Cloud Control Panel, the place where you’ll manage and maintain your relationship with CloudAccess.net. It’s also the place where you manage all of your applications. When you first login, you’ll see how many active hosting products you have, how many active support tickets are open, how many invoices are due, and how many registered domain names you have. Off to the left side of the CCP, click on the “Edit Profile” button to update your account information. You can also see if you have any credits on your account. The left side menu helps you browse through other products and get help from our team. To launch the free WordPress site, click on the “Launch Free Site” button. Every free site launched on our platform gets a free subdomain name, which is .freesite.host. Custom domain names are available after launching the free site. When you create the free subdomain you’ll have to add in the beginning part of the domain name. We’re going to type in “guitarcentral” because throughout this tutorial series we’re going to create a website for a guitar shop. The next step is to select which type of application you’d like to launch. We’re going to select WordPress 4.0. To launch the site click on the “Create Site” button. Our automated system will validate the domain name you’ve selcted and we’ll launch the site for you. It will only take a few moments. Please keep this window open while the site is provisioned. CloudAccess.net is also sending you a welcome email with login details for the site. Once the process is complete, you’ll be directed back to a new view in the CCP to manage the WordPress website. The welcome email will contain links to the front end and the Dashboard of your WordPress site. You can also link to those areas in the CCP. Click here for instance to access the front end of your WordPress site. The front end or the public-facing view is what your site visitors will see when they type in your domain name into their browser. By returning to the CCP you can also access the Dashboard of the WordPress site. Go to the “Application” tab and select “Log into WordPress”. The back end or the Dashboard of the WordPress site is the place where you’ll manage all of the posts, pages, media, comments, themes, plugins and more. Many of these features will be covered in tutorials later on in this series. You can manually log out and log into the WordPress dashboard. Click on the “Log Out” button in the upper right corner and you’ll be directed to a page where you can enter your username and password. You can find your username and password by going to the welcome email or by returning to the CCP and clicking on the “Overview” option under the “Application” tab. Your WordPress username and password will always be here for your convenience. You should also know that you can access the WordPress Dashboard if you’re on the front end of the site. At the end of your domain name, type in a “/wp-admin” and click “Enter”. You’ll be directed to page where you can manually login. The next tutorial will give an indepth overview of the WordPress Dashboard.

Author: Kevin Mason

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