Steps to Building a Directory Website
- Identify your Niche area
- Get Hosting
- Get Domain name
- Install CMS
- Get Directory Theme
- Configure Theme and setup website
First step is to sign up for Hosting. Dreampress recommends using Dreamhost but you can Compare Hosting Services here. Shared hosting is a good plan to start with. View differences between hosting plans here.
**This tutorial shows how to build a website using Dreamhost as the Hosting Service. So the process will be a little different if you’re using a different Hosting provider.
Installing WordPress with Dreamhost is as easy as one click.
Now its time to find a theme.
To install the Theme you first Download the .zip file from Themeforest. Then you have to unzip the outer folder but leave the internal Theme folder zipped. WordPress requires the Theme folder to be zipped in order to install it.
Your webpage should now look like the demo in Themeforest after you install the Theme and load the demo data. Once the Theme is installed its time to edit the pages and add the content. Detailed description on how to edit your WordPress site
Mind maps or table of content tree are good ways to map out the topics or niches for your Directory. Mindmaps take a central idea and expands that idea to all the different areas related to it. Its a good way to start brainstorming and finding your ideal niche.