Less is more.
    Here is everything you need to do to get yourself online. Simply click the titles below, and slowly follow each step in order. Video tips are linked to, when useful, and there is a glossary here. Oh – and there may be some cheesy pictures, such as the above!

    If you have any questions (or tips for others) simply leave a comment at the end of the page. A forum for more advanced discussions is coming soon.

    One more thing – if you change your mind and would rather someone take over this process for you, we have trained experts ready to come to your assistance. The price is $120 and you will be ready to add your pages and other content at the end. Email us if you would like to have someone take over, at any time in the process.

    1 - Registering a Good Domain Name

    First thing you need is to register a domain name for your website to use – something like www.YourName.com.

    Usually your own name as a .com will be the best option for you. If not, we have some tips for other domain name options for artists which you can read here. (NB. just the first section of this page is relevant to the DIY guide).

    We recommend you use this company to register your domain name – just because they are cheap, reliable, and easy to get help from over the phone. There are others you can use, but this guide will assume you use this registrar.

    Video Tip. This video is a little old now, but it shows you how to register a domain name. The basic principles are the same today. The main thing to remember is that you don’t need anything else besides the domain name. Avoid Godaddy’s attempts to sell you hosting, pricing, certificates, or any other protections or products at this stage. (One exception some artists choose to make is to buy the email package – if they don’t want to use free options like Gmail.)

    If you just reserve your domain name, the total price should be under $10 a year. Just remember to pay your bill when the email reminders come!

    Remember your login name and password – you will need them after the next stage.

    2 - The Best Website Hosting?

    If this picture looks scary, you’ll appreciate website hosting companies. A website hosting company makes sure your website is always online – 24 hours a day. They make sure there are no problems, even if thousands of people visit your site at once, and good ones have easy to use interfaces, free software and support to help you get set up. (You can read more about why you need hosting in our glossary.)

    There are thousands of different hosting companies to choose from, all offering a confusing amount of options. We recommend one for convenience sake, having tried many of the leading options. The one we’ve settled on is the cheapest, easiest to use, is reliable and helpful. It also uses 130% green energy (without being more expensive).

    Feel free to use any hosting service you like for your website – however our instructions only apply this, our best pick. Be aware that some companies may not offer things you need, such as an easy interface, “one click” WordPress installation, and other things – and can be technically challenging.

    To do the next step, go to this page to sign up. When prompted, we suggest the x plan, and purchasing hosting as far in advance as you think is prudent (this brings the price down dramatically – registering for five years brings the cost down to only $XX per year/month).

    Make note of your login name, password, and DNS address (two web addresses they will give you to use your service).

    Forwarding your domain here?

    3 - Setting Up Your Hosting Easily
    Once you have purchased your hosting, log into your cpanel, or dashboard. Usually this will be found by going to www.YourDomain.com/cpanel. Enter the login name and password you were given when you signed up.

    It’s possible if you just have one domain you won’t need to ‘add on’ your domain – the next step might be wrong.

    The first thing you need to do is ‘add on’ your domain name. Simply go to X, Y, Z.

    The second thing you need to do is add WordPress to your site. This is a popular, free platform that runs about a quarter of all new websites, including eBay, the NYTimes, CNN, GE and Sony.

    Simply click on the icon that says ‘Fantastico’, and select ‘WordPress’. Select the domain name of your site, and follow the instructions. You will be asked to enter a name for your site, which is usually your own name. Don’t worry about a description. Also take note of the login and password you give – this will be the login and password you use to access your site. (THIS NEEDS OBSERVATION AND PICTURES).

    Make sure to click all the way through until it tells you WordPress has been successfully installed – there are a few screens to get through.

    4 - Domain Name & Website Tips

    When you signed up for your hosting, they would have given you what is called a DNS address, usually via email. It looks a little like a domain name, but it is the home where your website ‘lives’ on hostgator’s computers.

    There are always two. An example might be NS845.HOSTGATOR.COM and NS846.HOSTGATOR.COM

    Take note of these. You need to tell Godaddy this address to send people to, once they visit your domain name.

    There are two ways to do this:

    Call the Registrar

    This is the easiest method. If you have used a company like Godaddy (above), that offers good customer support, just call them up (the phone number should be on their home page), and ask them to do this for you.

    The information you need to give them is: “Hi, I’d like to change the DNS for my domain name. The new DNS is …” And tell them the DNS numbers (give them the DNS numbers above).

    Log in and Do It Yourself

    Video Tip. This video is a little outdated also (they change so fast!) but it is the best one I’ve found online to explain what to do for registrars like Godaddy. Please note – the numbers you type in are the ones your registrar gave you, not the ones mentioned in the video!

    If there is any problems, call the registrar to help you – they are usually very helpful.

    In a few hours, when you type in your domain name into a web browser address bar, you should see the beginnings of your website!

    5 - Uploading Your Theme
    You received a download link from the email that was sent when your signed up. Download your theme to your computer now, as this link’s address changes periodically. Remember where you saved it.

    Now, you need to upload this theme into your hosting to work. Go to your hosting dashboard (name?). Click on ‘File Manager’ (?), and click on the name of your website.

    Go to X, and click on ‘Upload’. When asked, look for the Artist Website theme you first downloaded. Click (?)

    Close the window and press ‘refresh’ (?). You should now see the zipped file.

    Click on the zipped file and press (?)

    Your theme should now be ready to go. Please note, this theme uses another theme which usually comes pre-installed with WordPress, called TwentyTen (?). If you do not see TwentyTen in your ‘X’ folder, download it from here, and upload it in the same way that you did the Artist Website theme.

    6 - Setting Up Your Site
    You can now go to your website! Type into your address bar http://YourDomain.com/wp-admin (this is a setup address you use to configure your site. Once set up, you will be able to simply click on the ‘Login’ link at the bottom of your website).

    Your login and password were decided by you when you set up wordpress. Enter these now.

    When you are logged in, you will see what is called your Dashboard.

    The options down the left hand side are the different areas of your dashboard. We use the following notation to show you where to go on your dashboard: Appearance > Themes means look for the word “Appearance” on the left hand side, then click on it (or hover over it with your mouse) and click on “Themes“.

    Ok, do that now to select your theme. Go to Appearance > Themes and select Picabia

    You can see a very

    If you want to get rid of the

    7 - Adding Content

    The first thing you will want to do is to add some Pages for all the sections you want on your website. You might want to create a page called Paintings, Drawings, CV, Contact, or anything else you would like to have.

    This video shows how to create a page called Paintings, with the text Coming Soon.

    Clicking the mouse button on each editable area allows you to enter whatever text you want inside. Most people find it’s easiest to enter something simple first, and come back later to fine-tune.

    Repeat the same process to create all the other pages you want on your website.

    8 - Menus

    I’m not sure if it shouldn’t just list the pages in order, and tell people how to order them?

    9 - Adding Galleries of Images

    Coming Soon.


    You should also download some free ‘plugins’ to make your site work well. One that is vital is a plugin to help make your thumbnails work well, and to display your images easily. You can download the one we recommend (and give instructions for) here. HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE MODIFIED X FILE? PERHAPS ONLY OFFER LIGHTBOX – and an advanced tutorial to change the template.

    Other popular plugins are X, Y, Z, which you can download by clicking their title. If you don’t know if you need any of these things, you can come back and do this later.

    Almost there! Time to upload any of the Plugins that you wanted. Go back to your File Manager, and click on the folders in this order: X, wp-content, plugins (?)

    Click ‘Upload’. When asked, look for the first of the plugins you downloaded, for instance NextGen Gallery (?). Click (?)

    Close the window and press ‘refresh’ (?). You should now see the zipped file.

    Click on the zipped file and press (?)

    Your first plugin should also be ready. Repeat the process for any other plugins you want.

    10 - Adding an Optional Cover Page
    11 - Adding Website Statistics

    Shouldn’t there just be a plugin for this?

    12 - Adding an Optional Blog

    Coming Soon.

    – A table is used, otherwise you can’t make line breaks in between sections (all on one line).

    – Replace comments with forum when you can

    – Contact us for setting up help should be an ONLINE FORM, AFTER CHECKOUT, (DNS, etc) – so no email discussions.

    – Images required for each step – or even easier for me perhaps – screencasts. Try existing ones first – if none – Quicktime X has the ability to record a full screen screencast. Lower your resolution down to 1024 x 768

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