word press site and hosting company

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How the word press site and hosting company are related. what is cpanel. who offers cpanel. what are the steps to launch a personal site for free/low cost. any good links and step by step instructions with screeshots on this?
Please advise
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
WordPress comes in two flavors.

At wordpress.com, you can sign up for a free site that runs a managed version of WordPress.  If you choose to keep it free, the site will have the URL of username.wordpress.com and they may run ads on your site.  Managed WordPress is also different because you have to use the themes and plugins they allow and you cannot installing anything you wish.

At wordpress.org, you can download WordPress so you can install it on your own hosting account (assuming you have PHP and MySQL available).  If you host your own version of WordPress, you have the ability to install any plugin and/or theme you want.  The instructions for doing so are found in the WordPress Codex (their fancy name for documentation): https://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress 

In more direct answer to your question, I can't know what you consider to be "low cost" unless you tell me.  I also don't know what you plan on using the site for/your requirements so it's a little hard to advise you.

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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:

How the word press site and hosting company are related.

To install and run Wordpress there are a variety of requirements (php, mysql, etc). The hosting company helps you meet these requirements. Some hosts, like WPEngine, specialize in Wordpress hosting and offer features that make it easier to install/manage.


what is cpanel. who offers cpanel.

Most hosts will offer Cpanel. It's a control panel application that makes it easier to manage your hosting account. It provides a gui to do things like setup your email accounts, manage databases, manage user permissions, etc.

what are the steps to launch a personal site for free/low cost.

For free, follow Jason's advice with wordpress.com

Cheap, take a look at Bluehost or Green Geeks.

any good links and step by step instructions with screeshots on this?

I would start here if you go the free route.

The cheap route would be the same, except you'd set the site up somewhere other than wordpress.com
gudii9Author Commented:
(assuming you have PHP and MySQL available).

i am a java developr so is there is java option? or i can select PHP as well?

Do you mean i have to download PHP and MySql.

I already have MySql dowloaded on my laptop. I do not know anything about PHP and what software needs to be downloaded for that?
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
WordPress runs on PHP and MySQL.  You can make it run on some other database with enough effort.  It will not run on Java.  Even a cursory reading of the Codex will tell you this, so please do your part and read the documentation.

For your laptop, I would not download each component separately.  You need a web server, MySQL, and PHP.  If you have no experience setting these up, then download something like WAMP or XAMPP that will install a complete web server, PHP and MySQL instance and work almost instantly.
gudii9Author Commented:
i have both webserver apache tomcat and app server jboss on my laptop. I am not familiar with PHP set up. I will try WAMP or XAMPP. I wonder what is difference between these two. what kind of webserver bundled here? If two instance of MySql (one installed by me earlier one fro WAMP/XAMPP) hopefully wont create conflicts in future?
Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
WAMP/XAMPP shouldn't cause problems with existing installs.
gudii9Author Commented:
Most hosts will offer Cpanel. It's a control panel application that makes it easier to manage your hosting account. It provides a gui to do things like setup your email accounts, manage databases, manage user permissions, etc.

cpanel is paid service? are there any free services on this? please advise
Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
cpanel is paid service? are there any free services on this? please advise

Cpanel will come installed on your host by default. You won't have to pay extra for it, as the cost will be part of your 'monthly hosting' bill.

The only way you would need to pay for cpanel is if you were setting up your own personal host/server.
gudii9Author Commented:
For free, follow Jason's advice with wordpress.com

so word press also comes with cpanel by default right. Any good video tutorials on how to do all these things quickly?
Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Wordpress does not come with Cpanel. Your paid hosting account comes with Cpanel.

As for video tutorials, if you go the free (wordpress.com) route, you could start here:
https://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/

If you decide to host the site with someone else (ie. Bluehost), the tutorial will be unique to the host:
https://my.bluehost.com/hosting/help/wordpress
gudii9Author Commented:
how to have cpanel or something similar to that with wordpress
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