What do you need to run a selfhosted WordPress website or blog?

You can read everywhere that it’s easy to run a selfhosted WordPress blog or web site, but what do you actually need? What are the requirements?In this article, which is very interesting for beginners, we are going to take a look at what we need to run a selfhosted WordPress blog or website.


  • WordPress software
  • Webspace and domain name
  • A computer with an internet connection

WordPress software

One of the first things we need is WordPress software. Because WordPress is open source software, you can download this for free. Go to http://www.wordpress.org to download the most recent version of WordPress.

Webspace and domain name

It’s not enough to install WordPress on your own computer. Like every other web site it has to be installed on a server. The easiest and cheapest way to do this is to buy some webspace (the place where your blog or website will be hosted) and a domain name (like www.yourdomainname.com).

There are a lot of companies offering webspace and domain names. Some of them are cheap, others are expensive. The best thing is to look for a webhost that offers WordPress hosting. This guarantees you that you will able to run a WordPress blog or website without problems. Interesting companies are HostGator,  Bluehost and GoDaddy.

A computer with an internet connection

To update your blog or website, you need a computer. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Mac, a Linux based computer or a Windows computer. You don’t need any special software, unless you’re going to develop plugins or design our own themes. The only thing you really need is a web browser and an internet connection.

To add or edit content on your blog or website, you don’t need to install any software on your computer. This means that you can update your blog or website where you want. It doesn’t matter if you’re working at home or at the other side of the world.


As you can see, the requirements to run your own selfhosted WordPress blog or website are not that hign.

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