What is iPage?
February 6th, 2013 by admin | Type: Standard

iPage is one of the top choices when it comes to quality web hosting. At present, it is ranked # 1 by most webhosting review websites and has been in the web hosting business for quite a lot of years. It provides varying hosting plans for the various needs of website owners. Some of its features include free domain name registration and transfer, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space and several add-ons like SSL certificates, automatic site backups and restoration.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is one of the largest open source (which means it’s free to use and no licensing fees need to be paid), web blogging software used nowadays. It was developed by a community of web programmers and was originally aimed at providing ways to easily setup blogs. At present, WordPress consists of a “Content Management System (CMS)” which is based on MySQL and PHP thereby allowing the development of dynamic and content-rich websites.It also allows you to automatically connect your website to most social networking sites like facebook and twitter, without any web programming.WordPress also allows you to customize your blog with different themes or CSS layouts and can is easy to update and maintain. It further supports search engine optimization (SEO).

WordPress on iPage

Yes, iPage supports WordPress. This is good news for bloggers who already have accounts in WordPressand fear losing their followers when migrating to iPage. All the features of WordPress mentioned above can be enjoyed by you and your followers on your iPage-hosted website. To install WordPress on iPage, here is an easy guide for those with existing iPage accounts:

  • First, go to your iPage webhosting account.
  • On your Admin Control Panel, go to the “Scripting and Add-ons” tab and click InstallCentral.
  • On the next page, click the “Blogs” tab then click “WordPress”.
  • Just scroll down and click the “Begin Installation” button.
  • On the next page, fill in the necessary information for your WordPress account such as the Blog Title, Admin username, Admin password, and Admin email.
  • Next, fill in the installation directory or the path where the application will be installed (example: www.yoursite.com/blog)
  • Next, you need to create the database for WordPress or you can use an existing database.
  • Finally, click “Install Now”. The next page will give you a prompt that “WordPress installed successfully”, as well as the URL for your WordPress. You can click on the displayed link to check out your new WordPress.
  • If the WordPress page does not appear (which most iPage users encounter), just go to your iPage File Manager.
  • On the “Website” tab of your Control Panel, select “FileManager”. This will display the WordPress files on your directory. Select the “Home.html” file then click the “Delete” button. Confirm the delete command on the prompt.
  • Now go back to the URL for your iPage and check once again. If you are successful, you will see the Default WordPress page saying, “Hello World” and “Welcome to WordPress”. Now you can start blogging on iPage! Congratulations.

Now that you already have your very own WordPress page on your iPage-hosted website, you can already start developing your blog. Start off by choosing a WordPress theme. Themes are composed of images and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) layouts. Here you can choose the font, font color, font size, and the color scheme of your WordPress page. Make sure the theme jives with the topics you post on your blog. Next, test your blog by creating your first post. Try posting simple texts like “Welcome to my site!” so you can see how your site looks with text. Also try posting images. Next, start creating your official blogs or begin importing them from your old WordPress account or other blogging sites.