I discovered a free website hosting offering and wanted to test whether it would support a WordPress install (which it does).

You can use your own domain name as well (e.g. yourname.com). I registered a new one for this example to demonstrate how someone could get up and running from scratch. In this example, the domain registration does cost however the website hosting is free. You could use any domain registrar out there as long as you can modify the nameservers on your domain per the example below.

I setup this website to be an example for my web design company so we can show it to our clients (www.MicrotekCorporation.com)

In this example I used EasyDNS.com for the domain registration.

I went with the very basic package they have. Even this would be considered expensive for our example where we are using a free hosting package.

Now that you have paid for your new domain in this example, you need to go to the domain management page so you can change the nameservers.

https://cp.easydns.com/manage/domains/

We need to change the default nameservers (easydns) to the following:

ns01.000webhost.com

ns02.000webhost.com

 

 

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SETTING UP YOUR FREE WEB HOSTING

Open in your web browser:

www.000freehost.com

Refresh the page or come back in a few minutes to have the status change from Building to Active.

You will see a lot of important information (especially for those of you who are technical).

They are quite generous with the disk space and bandwidth usage for this free package.

You can FTP to your website using the Server Name and Username above with the password you registered the account with. Need to FTP website files into public_html folder. Same info listed under View FTP Details menu option.

FTP is File Transfer Protocol and how you can transfer files to your new website if required.

They have a 1-Click installer which was broken when I tried it. Therefore I had to resort to a more technical approach to install WordPress on this free website hosting package.


If you are manually installing WordPress, you need to create a MySQL database.

MySQL database will be created in 1 minute. Use these details for your PHP scripts:

$mysql_host = “mysql##.000webhost.com”;

$mysql_database = “a8######_wp”;

$mysql_user = “a8######_wp”;

$mysql_password = “abc123”;

You will need the information above during your wordpress installation.

Now download the latest WordPress package from:

http://wordpress.org/download/

Unzip/Uncompress it into a directory

Now at this point you need an FTP client program.

FileZilla is a good free FTP program https://filezilla-project.org/download.php

** You need to delete the “default.php” file that is in your free website hosting directory (under public_html). Also you need to transfer ALL files and directories exactly as is into the public_html folder. These are the ones you uncompressed from the WordPress package you downloaded.

If you are comfortable with a unix command line, a very easy program is lftp.

cd wordpress (go into the directory you unzipped wordpress in)

lftp -u a8##### server##.000webhost.com

cd public_html

rm default.php

mirror –R .

mirror –R .” is a great command which mirrors everything from your local computer folder to the FTP host and does so recursively (copies the contents and directory structure as well).

Go to your new website with a web browser now.

You should see the WordPress installation page.

Create a new config file.

Fill in all the fields regarding the MySQL database per the one you created above.

** Record this username/password! Super important!

This is how you will administrate your WordPress website.

Go to website with web browser. Should see:

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE DONE.
WordPress is now installed on your free website hosting package.

I realize some of you may have issues with the FTP portion if you are not technical and if the 1-click install is not working. You can engage the help of one of your friends if you are really stuck. Provide them with the FTP information (username, password, server name).

 

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LET US CONFIGURE OUR NEW WORDPRESS WEBSITE

Now go to http://yourwebsite/wp-admin to access the WordPress administration of your new site

and click on Proceed.

Add new webpages:

I like to change the links in my website to be search engine friendly. I feel by Post name is the best one.

If you are using this as a website and not a blog, you can get rid of the side bar.

Here is how you add another page to be your About webpage. The order is also important to order your menu items (from left to right). Make 0 the home welcome page.

Continue to add 2 more pages and you can ensure they get displayed in the order you want.

Services (or Products) = Order 2

Contact = Order 3

I would delete the default Hello world! post which is part of WordPress installation.

Select “Hello world!” sample blog post, then Bulk Actions -> Move to Trash -> Apply

Fill in your website specific information under general settings:

Settings -> General

Now you decide whether your website will support blog posts or is just a “brochure” website. If you want to support blog posts and that is your main focus, then you will keep it the way it is and your Home page is actually your latest blog posts. Otherwise you will change it to be a static Page and the one you created above as “Home“.

Settings -> Reading -> Static Page -> Front page = Home -> Save Changes

If you decided you are just creating a brochure website, you will want to disable the “Leave a reply” feature on the Pages you created.

Do this for all the Pages you created (Home, About, Services, Contact):

Go to “All Pages” -> “Edit”

You need to show the hidden area “Discussion” by clicking on “Screen Options” in the top right

Then uncheck “Allow comments”. Do this for every Page in your website.

Don’t forget to click the Update button in the Publish section as you are done each page.

You can now visit your new website and you should see this:

Let’s add an image to the home page.

Go to Edit your Home page then click on the Add Media button.

Click on the “Media Library” option instead of Upload Files. You should see the image you uploaded. Then click on the image to select it.

You can decide how you want to display the image in your page before you click on the Insert into page button in the bottom right corner.

Now click on the Update button and you can view what your webpage looks like. You will get a feeling for pixel sizes. I chose 225×225 as a nice square size for my example.

If you want to apply some quick effects to your image or resize it, a great free and simple website is http://www.picresize.com

 

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A NOTE ABOUT WORDPRESS THEMES

The next step would be to give your website some character and style it. There are many ready-made and excellent themes available.

There is one included in the WordPress default installation called Twenty Twelve. You can “Activate” to see what effect it has on your website.

You can go to “Install Themes” and search for new themes or you can view some free ones by going to www.wordpress.org/themes/

One popular theme (free) to try out is “Responsive”. Also Twenty Eleven by WordPress is quite good. If you go to Manage Themes, it should already be installed and you just need to Activate it.

One paid theme I really like is by Avada. You can purchase great themes are www.themeforest.net However it is a 9.6 MB upload and is too large for this free website hosting service. They appear to have an 8 MB limit. Be aware of this!

Here is the error you will get if the theme you are trying to upload is too large for this free website hosting package:

Also they have a 64 MB PHP memory limit on the free website hosting service. This means that large theme packages will not work. Ensure you stick with the simple free ones.

I have observed also that their service is not always available. Sometimes my free example website is not accessible. It has not been often, however I guess you get what you pay for. Haha.

If you are concerned about uptime, reliability, you don’t like the restrictions they have based on the theme sizes, or you really want a 1-click install for WordPress, then I would recommend you seriously consider going with either BlueHost or HostGator for your website hosting package.

I hope the above provides you a lot of helpful information to point you in the right direction if you would like to try setting up your own free website hosting package.

Playing with WordPress is a lot of fun. Check out the bonus material in my previous blog post where you can very easily make blog posts on your WordPress website using Microsoft Word. This assumes you are setting up your WordPress website for blogs and not as a brochure website (per the examples above). Setting up a brochure website (i.e. a company website with information only such as Welcome, About, Services, Products, Contact Us) is very easily done using the example above.

Enjoy!

91 Comments
  1. This is pretty cool, I’ve always wanted to get my own website, and seeing how it’s free, why not? Having Wordpress is awesome also, so it doesn’t look like something made from a notepad jumble of HTML.

  2. Wow, this look really good. Thank you for the very informative post. This can save people money everywhere, by not having to spend money on web hosting. I only wonder, how reliable they are, and if your website will be offline often. If so, I would probably stick with Host gator.

    • What are your experiences with Host Gator? I’ve had it recommended to me but I’ve never gone about using it. Is the service reliable?

  3. I’ve owned a couple of websites before so I can appreciate how much time this will save for someone that’s never done this before. I will be setting up a new site in about a month. I don’t know if I’ll be using Wordpress, but if I do, I’ll be revisiting this helpful guide.

    • I would definitely love to get my own website and use WordPress with it. I’ve tried the free Wordpress.com service and it’s so easy to use, coming from an site building newb like me. I know there are drag-and-drop type of website builders but even I get frustrated at those and eventually head back to WordPress.

  4. Probably one of the most comprehensive and in depth guides available online for setting up a wordpress site. The guide is step by step and I’ve saved it for next time I feel I need to set up a website. Thanks for the great find David, this is truly a gem.

    • Totally agree with what your saying. I just discovered this blog and it is a goldmine of information for techies. I will link to this site quite a bit in the future I think!

  5. I love the instructions provided here and the clear screen shots. You make it sound so easy! I’ve always thought about setting up a site just for fun. However, it seemed so daunting and many of the supposed how to sites glossed over the important steps, so I gave up on the idea. Now I have no excuse to keep procrastinating. I’m bookmarking this post!

  6. This is one of the best guides I’ve seen, super in-depth but still very comprehensible.
    Thank you for this!
    This is especially useful for me as I am in the process of starting a personal blog so I’ll definitely follow this guide

    • Wish you all the best luck with it. What will the blog be about? I agree, it’s a great article, I even saved it what I do not that often with websites.

  7. I just wanted to say that this is a great guide. I’ve been looking into starting my own website and this just made the process so much easier. Thanks for posting, please continue to give all the information you can with these topics. Thanks!

  8. As I was reading this I kept saying to myself “What is the catch? What is the catch?), I suppose if they don’t plaster ads on the site and you can find decent themes within their size limit then I don’t suppose there is a catch to be found.

    You don’t mention ads in your review, can you confirm where they display ads or not?

    • I think they are really hoping you will upgrade to one of their paid/premium hosting plans. There are no ads. However as I indicated in the article, the site can become unresponsive at times and they limit the resources available to it. It is great though for people who don’t really care. Otherwise if it is important to you, then I would definitely go with BlueHost or HostGator as two paid (and inexpensive) options.

      • At what time do you think people should not care about having a site that is not always online, maybe something for family only?
        Do you not think that would defeat the purpose of putting something online?
        I mean what if someone puts up a blog, it starts getting a little traffic, then you hit some consecutive “unresponsive” times and those visitors hit it too frequently they would no long even try to see your site anymore.

        While I do get something like this is nice, I think it puts people into a unrealistic comfort zone, thinking this type of host is the same as real hosts. I personally try and avoid all the low cost get the best deal type hosting companies. I think for the non-technical people hosts that offer fully managed hosting solutions would be a better choice. While you are paying a higher monthly/yearly fee, you get a vastly higher level of service/technical support, it is about as close as you can get to having an admin on staff 24/7. As they generally offer more flexibility in configurations, what they will actually help you with and much more.

      • It’s really great that they don’t bother you with ads and such! And the fact that the site can become unresponsive doesn’t seem that bad to me. I get that from my Hostmonster account which has periods when it seems to be asleep. From what you’ve told us, it’s worth the $15.

    • Their servers as mentioned are not always up, and many social media sites ban their subdomain. I would suggest buying a domain name if you want to avoid your site being bocked on Facebook.

      • I tried a free domain and it just died, I think. There’s no warning whatsoever. I think I might just save up first to buy a domain name and web hosting. And write with Blogger for now.

        • Unfortunately the same happened to a friend of mine. I was very unhappy about it. Seems that it is just gimmick and only lasts a few months at most.

  9. Very nice guide. As you’ve already said, it’s a great method for the smaller and less professional kind of blogging where it doesn’t really matter if the site isn’t available or responsive 100% all the time.

  10. Okay, that looks like I can even handle that. I have been thinking about starting my own website and I like the idea of being able to use wordpress since I am already familiar with it. How secure is that anti-ddos protection? Internet security fascinates me in general, but I admit to being very limited in my knowledge.

  11. I am so happy to read this article. I was searching way to install and how to use it and setup WordPress. It is nice to learn it because it will help me more.
    thanks and regards

  12. I have an account with this company, and you are right about the servers not always being available, It still has good uptime though, For my needs, dispite it’s problems, I am goin g to continue using this until I need a better server.

    • There are loads of better servers out there, you can google it though and find a good one that suits you for a good price.

  13. Awesome, thanks for such a detailed set of instructions! I’m hoping to get a blog up and running soon, so I bookmarked this for future reference.

  14. Free is one of my favorites words and free hosting is even more exciting. I love the details here because setting up Wordpress can be difficult. You really took the time to break it down and make accessible for the rest of.
    This is concise, through and meticulous. I’m inspired to set up my own site.

  15. 000webhost has stopped Wordpress auto-installer for free hosting saying they have some error in it and won’t be fixed sooner enough. People can try x10hosting.com, host1free.com, byethost, etc. all of them can be useful but still 000webhost is best among all.
    Nice tutorial david, this is how I am maybe most of us has started creating websites.

    • I’ve heard byethost is good if you’re using WordPress. I’m going to try it although I really need to save up first for a domain name.

  16. I think that 15 dollars for the year is quite cheap. I always wanted to make my own site but could not be able to continue paying hosting expenses. Thanks for the help. When I am ready to setup my site I would use this info.

  17. Thanks for this very comprehensive and very detailed guide. This would help me a a lot.

  18. A detailed and comprehensive guide, however my experience with free web hosts generally has been very discouraging. Free web hosts usually have frequent downtime and are very unreliable especially when your website begins to get decent traffic. Anyway like you said in the article anyone concerned about uptime should consider a paid host like hostgator.

  19. This is a very comprehensive post. Now, I think I’ve a solution to people’s 20 questions about hosting a wordpress site independently without paying a dime. I don’t need to stress my self about explaining or even end up doing it for them. With these pictures and explanations, a newbie could set it up without any hiccups.

    Although, I’d advice they use paid hosting like David suggested above. I’ve had some bad experiences with free webhost services in the past. At some point I made use of 000webhost, but their downtime was alarming, most time they have to add a domain manually which may take up weeks. Nevertheless, a free webhost will be good for testing or a website that does not require much of data.

  20. Wow! Thanks! That was what I really needed as I’m about to create a website and I would prefer a wordpress support. It’s so detailed and step-to-step guide with so many pictures. It’s difficult to find those in the internet and to understand them so well!

  21. Just dropping a comment to let you know that this post is bookmarked. It is getting late here so I won’t have time to go through before going to bed. Thanks for all the effort you put in for this great, great walkthrough! Bonus points for the screencaps. 🙂

  22. Thank you for letting us know about this and showing step-by-step how to set it up with screencaps! Free is ALWAYS better, right?! I, too, have this post bookmarked now, as I am going to set up my blog this way asap. Very informative post! I am new to this blog, but you have so much good information, I will be checking back frequently for new posts!

  23. Very useful information. It’s always good to learn about such basic stuff and to see it compiled in a way that saves you time.

    It was so much more difficult to build a site ten years ago. And more expensive. Nowadays it barely costs more than a cup of coffee a month.

  24. This is a really interesting idea that I’ll have to look into more. I imagine it would be a good place to start for someone like me who doesn’t know the first thing about building or maintaining a website!

    As long as it doesn’t reignite the Geocities craze, of course. I’d rather forget about those days of eye-searing graphics and horrible fonts.

  25. Another well written and informative post David. I wish you were around years ago when I tried to get a website and wound up paying through the noise. Do you think this will last or do you see it going the way of Geocities? I would hate to get a site up and running to find out the company behind it all is bankrupt.

  26. Yes, I suppose that’s the other curse (or blessing, depending on how you look at it) of Geocities – the fact that it didn’t last forever.

    I imagine this option won’t either, though there should be a decent way to pull data and host it somewhere else. Anyone know if I’m right about this?

  27. That is absolutely the most complete and comprehensible set of directions I have ever found for setting up a wonderful blog.

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I just have to refine my content and give it a shot!

    I am really impressed and actually relieved. I’ve tried to set up pages in Facebook and in blogspots but never managed to get the critical exposure needed to make a go of it. You have given me a little bit of hope now.

  28. David,

    Great info here and laid out step by step with easy to follow instructions. Even the Wordpress setup instructions put a lot of others to shame!
    Do you have to purchase the domain from Easy DNS or can you buy it from anywhere?

  29. Google is actually offering a free hosting and free domain name service as well. They have a program called “Get Your Business Online” which gives away both free for the first year. I have not tried it yet, nor do I know what the renewal rates are once your year is up, but considering how Google has already started giving away free internet access in select states, I would guess they are pretty generous.

    • I’ll have a look at that, but I definitely appreciate the guide David put up here. I admit, the first thing that registered to my mind when I saw the title is free. As someone stated, usually there’s a catch, but this does look legit, with features people can use.

      • Yes, I agree, David’s guide is excellent. It’s a great go-to resource for people who are just starting out and who may also be short of funds. Free hosting beats cheap hosting any day.

        It is quite amazing that this time there is no catch. Free Web hosting and WordPress, that’s fantastic. I still remember some of the free Web hosting from years ago, such as Bravehost, that were bogged down with ads and looked unprofessional, as a result.

  30. Great guide again David, a very clear walkthrough.
    I have my site on paid for hosting, through Hostgator, but I have to say for someone just starting out I cannot see much difference with setting up and using the free service, other than saving $8 a month or whatever of course.

    If I were starting out again, I would definitely go the free hosting route, they were nowhere near this sophisticated even as few as 5 years ago. Great find.

  31. This might actually be quite handy if you just want to set up a small site. I’ve only really wanted a small site that I can share with friends and family. I’ts also great to hear that they don’t advertise on your site. But the fact that it can crash and go offline very easily makes sense. I mean hosting costs money so they have to make their loss as small as possible. I’ll probably look at host gator first and see what their rates are like before coming to this.

    oh also great guide by the way!

  32. Very detailed, excellent. I’ve been looking to start hosting my own blog, since traditional blog hosts aren’t doing it for me. I’ve used Blogger and tumblr so far and neither has been exactly what I’m looking for. I have a little bit of WordPress experience so I can definitely use it to its fullest and customize it more to my desires. There are sites that offer free domain names as well, by the way, I think dyndns is one.

  33. I’m hoping to make a new portfolio website for myself and this would certainly save me some money.

    I guess I’m lucky I found this, haha! Thanks for this man.

  34. I’ve started looking about hosting and domains and it can get really overwhelming. I just realized that this post is composed of several guides that I have searched somewhere else and haven’t really understood. I’ll check this again since this does look so much easier to follow.

  35. Wow, thank you for this tutorial! Wuth these step-by-step explanations even someone like me can make it through. I’ve been blogging for years now and the thought of moving on and making myself areal website has crossed my ming more than once. It’s a big step tho for someone like me, but when I decide to go for it, I will def go back to this post and follow all the steps.

  36. This is by far one of the most helpful articles I have read when it comes to making your own site. I loved how you basically just broke it down step by step so even someone with hardly any technology knowledge would understand. Again, amazing article.

  37. This is exactly what I needed! I have been wondering how cheap I can start my own website with a real .com domain. I did not know this could be done. When looking at providers the cost of hosting scared me. This is very helpful to me and you gave all the details on how to set it up. Thanks for sharing this.

  38. I thank you a million times David! I have always been scavenging the internet for a tutorial like this, however most of them were outdated, not working, or plain out scams. I currently do not have time to read the extensively long tutorial right now, but I will make sure to bookmark this one. Maybe I could make an IT blog just like you. Everyone should learn how to do this, it is a great alternative to those unprofessional domains such as name.domain.com. Thanks in advance! I will make sure to give this one an attempt. Looks very promising.

  39. David, your post made me think about free domain. Is it worth using or is it really better to buy one? I was thinking I can go about blogging free resources until I can afford to pay for stuff and I’ve read it’s best to do this with WordPress.

  40. I stumbled onto 000WebHost a little over a year ago and I second the author in that they’re a great option for simple sites. I remember spending a couple days comparing them to some other free hosts I’d found. They have pretty great up-time and reliability, especially for free.

    This was an extremely detailed and very well illustrated tutorial that can help users of just about any level get a site set up. Of course the truly frugal could dig around for a domain coupon code.

    The beautiful thing about all of this is in how flexible Wordpress is. It wouldn’t take too much more effort from where this tutorial leaves off to build an eCommerce site, blog, user-driven content site, company website (as demonstrated), or virtually anything else. Naturally as time goes on one may want to upgrade for more disk space or something, but you can’t really argue with free.

    • I’ve heard there are dangers though of having your site taken down without warning since it’s free. Have you heard of any situations like that? I’m trying to really get WordPress but I can’t really afford to get a paid domain and webhosting these days.

    • Have to agree! Even though I’m very familiar with the technical side of webhosting, and even own a server myself… sometimes I just end up falling back to 000webhost; it does the job very well for a free webhost.

    • 000webhost is a legitimate company with a business model that has been proven through the years. By providing free web space the barrier to entry for new users is zero, favoring adoption. The websites from the rookies today, are the larger sites of tomorrow. A number of users satisfied with their free space will buy.

      It is a rather sweet model. Small websites consume few resources, so they can host many with reasonable servers. Ultimately, a portion of those who succeed and grow organically have an incentive to purchase a better paid plan to upgrade a proven service which satisfied them already.

      Sustainable system!

  41. Great tutorial thanks.

  42. Thank you for taking the time to explain how to register a domain name and host the Wordpress. This blog provides excellent instructions on getting a web hosting on the Wordpress. I have always worried about losing my blog if something happens to Wordpress.

  43. This is an easy to do instructional guide and it really inspires me to go ahead and have my own website. I always thought this website setting up was so difficult and complicated but as I browse through this i realize it’s not so difficult after all.

  44. Thanks for this detailed and very comprehensive post. I’ve my own domain but using Blogger hosting and I’ve been meaning to get hosting from another provider for quite some time now. 100GB data a month is something that I can work with given that it’s only a personal blog so freehost really does seem a good alternative for me. Can I just ask how your experience with it so far, and for how long you plan to use it?

  45. I echo what other commentators write. This is a nice, clear and easy-to-follow guide to setting up WordPress. Using screenshots is a definite plus, as it’s always easier to follow directors when you can ‘see’ what you are doing and what you (should be) looking at on each site. I’ll be setting up a WP blog soon and this will definitely help me. So thanks!

  46. I just made my first website with the help of your tutorial. I had always wished to have my own website and now, i have it. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. Saved me a lot of time and it was really so easy and fun creating my website.

  47. I have personally used WordPress and I believe it is a great start to set-up your first blog. However, I strongly recommend a free hosting provider called ‘Weebly’. You can build a site on their host with or without a domain name (you get a sub-domain *.weebly.com instead). The site editor is WYSIWYG and you can also creat a blog element. It is very easy to use that anyone who knows how to turn on a computer can do it with ease.

    Moreover, if you are looking for a free top-level domain name, try out Dot TK (www.dot.tk). They provide a free *.tk domain. Good for starters who want to get into website building without spending anything.

  48. Phew..Been wandering around internet for this information and then finally stumbled on this piece. It couldn’t have been simpler. I have now installed word-press on my site and started to construct the pages. Won’t have been possible without the step by step details. Was stuck for a moment with FTP as filezilla did not work, but eventually got around to it using SmartFTP. I had also created a webpage using website builder so it was not picking up wordpress automatically. Had to amend index.php to point to wordpress and it started working.
    Many thanks for this post. I am sure it has helped many of us struggling to get sterted.

  49. How cool is that! Thanks! I’m still on the hunt for free hosting and somehow I still can’t find one that would fit my needs. I tried Hostgators 1 cent hosting which is the closest to free if you ask me but it just doesn’t cut it for me.

  50. If people wanted to go a little further, you can actually set up your home computer as a web server pretty easily using guides on the internet, and then your website will always be up and you don’t need to worry about data caps or someone else randomly closing it. I have mine running as a web server at home, and I actually host three different pages off it. You may want to check with your ISP though, because some consider running a home server a violation of their TOS.

  51. This is so far one of the best and most detailed guides on the subject I have had the luck to find! Awesome! I might actually give it a try one day, I would like to create a blog on fitness and health using WordPress and free hosting service!!! This is like a dream come true, thanks a lot! I’ll surely bookmark this and use it later!

  52. This is just about one of the most in-depth guides I have ever seen. But ever since free hosting, I really wish that some companies could do reliable VPS hosting for little cost. I’d be fine with putting their branding somewhere when accessing it, but there almost never seems to be a good company that can reliably host VPSs without too much downtime.

  53. This is very thorough and very clear. Thank you for adding your insight on which themes to try out and which services to check out. Also, I didn’t know that we need a MySQL database to start a blog, and I am now considering getting one of them.

  54. Ok, this is officially the coolest article! I didn’t know that free hosting was possible. I can’t afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a webhost that offers good webdesign templates and a domain name. And I’m tired of having a website with bold links advertising the webhost or a domain name with the webhost’s name before the .com (-your name-.wix.com). So, it’s such a relief to know all I have to pay for is a domain name. $15 is seriously so much more affordable. Many thanks!

  55. This is definitely a useful resource and I spread the word about it. I’ll try to set one up myself for my photography portfolio, and see if it can support that kind of data, including video.
    I will get back to you once I’ve succeeded.

  56. Very useful information to know. I’m all for making the most of free or at least cheaper ways of running your own site. I wouldn’t be an early adopter, and I’d like to here success stories from those that have used it before considering it.

  57. That’s a pretty impressively descriptive instructions as to how to set up the domain…
    Although I’m probably not going to use this in the near future, I’ll keep this article in mind. Props to you for writing all of this out to help people out.
    I feel that if I tried this out myself without instructions, I’d probably mess up a bunch… so once again thanks from people like me!

  58. I have used 000webhost for many of my websites, and I have found it a delight to use. Their support tickets are quickly replied to and their hosting simply works. However I agree about the php limit being incredibly annoying- maybe x10hosting is better for WordPress themes?

  59. Bookmarking this for future use! I have a blog over Wordpress right now — I chose to use the webversion rather than the application + host since, as I was very novice, it seemed the easier version and I wanted to focus on just writing. That said, I write in French, so it’s pretty much just the people I already know coming to read me. I expect that when I will want to write in English, I will try to reach as much a readership as possible — and then, the own domain name and themes will be great for this purpose. Your instructions make it much less intimidating, thanks for the heavy amount of pictures.

    One question — does the app version allow Javascript? Can you play with the codes of the website? Thanks!

  60. That seems really simple when it is broken down onto steps. More than anything else, I am impressed that the band Rush got a namecheck in the name server list! I didn’t know anyone else liked them!

  61. Man, what a great post. Extremely informative guide. I’ve been thinking about starting my own website for a little while now, so when I have enough capital to get things going, I’ll definitely go back to this article. Bookmarked.

  62. I’ve been using Wordpress (the free .com one) since 2012 and it’s pretty neat so far. There aren’t that many customizations like in the .org version but it meets my needs pretty well. I run a blog and post stuff on there from time to time.
    Wordpress really makes creating a website or a blog very easy and you don’t even have to learn a bit code to get good (but it’s also better if you do). You also have the option to pay a small amount amount of money to gain some customization options for a limited amount of time.

  63. Amazing article, David! I’ve been wondering lately if I should start my new website and venture out in the online world and with this tutorial I don’t have any reason not to.
    I wonder if the host is reliable though.

  64. This is super useful. I have a free WordPress blog, so I’m pretty familiar with it. Excellent to know I can save time and money using a method like this. Just need to raise the initial money for a domain name and I’m good to go thanks to this guide!

  65. Thank you for these tips. While it’s great a lot of the times, it can be ranked as a bad non trusted website due to the free web hosting company that is being used. But after all, if you’re starting small, I think it’s a good idea to do that. Thank you for sharing that David.

  66. Thank you very much for this information. I always want to have my own website but I don’t have some money to buy for a web hosting. A friend of mine already bought the domain that I like to use and then I find this post. This really helps me putting up my own site with a free web hosting. Thank you so much.

  67. Pupils at my college are going to find it easy following this guide.

    They’re used to using Dreamweaver so it is going to be good to get them to experience a real world CMS package and see what’s involved with setting it all up.

  68. I tried to install Wordpress on 000webhost but couldn’t at that time because their Fantastico autoinstaller wasn’t working.

    Sure they are offering free webhosting which is good but they shouldn’t lie that those who want to use their that they services can install wordpress with one click. You need to be somewhat tech savvy to do it.

  69. I’ve used 000webhost in the past and I know they are good but as you said you get what you pay for and sooner or later you’ll find out your site isn’t accessible all the time. This means you should avoid 000webhost (or any other free hosting service) for anything professional or work related. For testing purposes is just fine but if anyone is planning on setting up your business there just don’t.

    Having said that I must also say that this is an amazing guide on getting started with Wordpress. It’s an amazing job you did here.

    Keep the good work going!

  70. Terrific!! I have been looking for something like this and thank you very much for this blog. I am sure it is going to be of immense help for me. Can I do it with my domain purchased from GoDaddy?Please let me know.

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