Exercise 01.01: Server Space, Web Hosting and WordPress Installation


To acquire and demon­strate a func­tional knowl­edge of web-based host­ing and to under­stand the mechan­ics of set­ting up a basic con­tent man­age­ment system.


Find, lease and reg­is­ter com­mer­cial web host­ing space, install and acti­vate a Word­Press envi­ron­ment on a shared host­ing server. and enter basic site information.

Background Reading


Research and lease shared server space to host your web site, used through­out this class as well as for the remain­der of the degree pro­gram. Use the class dis­cus­sions to deter­mine the type of host and bud­get to fit class needs, but make sure to have a domain name, unlim­ited server space and decent cus­tomer sup­port. Once a selec­tion has been made, pur­chase and begin the Word­Press installation.

Part One

Choose the site (URL) name care­fully as the site will become a port­fo­lio site used to find intern­ships and employ­ment for about two (2) years. Each host has a slightly tech­ni­cal process, but you want to make sure you have the space paid for and installed at the end of the dead­line class. Please record any pass­words and reg­is­tra­tion or account num­bers. A delay here could cause seri­ous prob­lems for the remain­der of the course.

Using the direc­tions and inter­face pro­vided by your host­ing ser­vice, install and acti­vate Word­Press. Many times this is inte­gral to your pur­chas­ing, so be care­ful to note any user­names and pass­words. If given the option, con­sider using dif­fer­ent pass­words for each of the fol­low­ing logins: Account (server com­pany billing), Data­base (MySQL) and Word­Press (admin). Doing so will aid in secur­ing the site. It is also advis­able to have “Very Strong” pass­words cre­ated from a mix of low­er­case, upper­case, numer­als and spe­cial characters.

Dur­ing the course of the instal­la­tion, the please insert the fol­low­ing into the cor­rect loca­tions, as directed in class.

  • Site Name
  • Tag Line
  • Con­tact infor­ma­tion (of your choice)
  • Default Word­Press theme

Part Two

Once installed and acti­vated, visit the site. The default theme should be installed. Also, login to ensure that your cre­den­tials are work­ing cor­rectly. Take a screen shot of the browser, upload the file to the appro­pri­ate D2L drop­box, and cre­ate a click­able link to the site via to the drop­box com­ments sec­tion. Then post a click­able link to the site via the appro­pri­ate D2L course dis­cus­sion, which allows all stu­dents to visit and review each site.

To take a screen-shot:

  • Com­mand-Shift-4-Space­bar: Takes a screen­shot of the win­dow, and saves it as a file on the desk­top. The file will have a .png extension.
  • Com­mand-Shift‑3: Takes a screen­shot of the entire screen, and saves it as a file on the desk­top. The file will have a .png extension.
  • Instead of using the key­board short­cuts above, screen­shots can be taken by using the Screen­shot appli­ca­tion included with Mac OS X. It is located at /Applications/Utilities/Screenshot or by search­ing via Spot­light in the upper right of the Mac screen.
  • For more infor­ma­tion, please visit: https://​sup​port​.apple​.com/​e​n​-​u​s​/​H​T​2​0​1​361


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


Account man­age­ment, Word­Press instal­la­tion, web hosting


Browser, Server space, Word­Press instal­la­tion, web hosting


As defined by cor­re­spond­ing cal­en­dar item, drop­box, dis­cus­sion or con­tent topic description.


Thurs­day, August 13, 2020. Exer­cise given.

Tues­day, August 18, 2020. Exer­cise due. Link posted in D2L dis­cus­sion section.