To use Semplice, you need to install Wordpress from WordPress.org. You also need to choose a host and domain for your site, as this is not provided with your Semplice purchase. This may seem confusing at first, but don't worry. Setting everything up is easy.
What is WordPress?
Wordpress is free software anyone can use. WordPress powers Semplice, so you need to install it to build your Semplice site. Just be sure to use WordPress.org (not WordPress.com).
Many hosting companies will help you install WordPress or make it easy to do so. You can read more about installing Wordpress here.
What is web hosting?
A web host is where your website files are stored – this is where you will install WordPress. To have a live website, you need an active hosting plan.
Semplice does not include hosting, but we do partner with Flywheel to make set up easy. Flywheel will even install WordPress and Semplice for you. However, you are free to choose any host you like with Semplice.
What is a domain?
Your domain identifies your site. You will need a domain (for example "vanschneider.com") to make your site live. This is how people find you on the web.
Just like your hosting, you are free to choose and manage your domain. Semplice does not provide one for you.
Can I use an existing domain with Semplice?
If you already have a domain from a previous site, you should have no problem transferring your domain it to your new host. Follow the domain transfer guides from that provider, or reach out to your new hosting provider for help.
What if I want to move my web hosting?
If you need to move your Wordpress install with Semplice to another server, we recommend getting in touch with your hosting company for assistance.
If you wish to migrate a site you built in Semplice, we highly recommend the Wordpress Duplicator plugin. You can use it to quickly duplicate and migrate your site onto a new server environment. The automated process is fairly simple.
Can I install Semplice locally?
You can also install Wordpress/Semplice on a local server environment as a temporary place to build until you purchase a hosting plan. For OSX users, you can use MAMP to generate and install a local server environment on your computer and install Wordpress and Semplice. Here is a guide for installing Wordpress locally with MAMP.
You can install as many local instances of Semplice as you want using the same license key. This will not count as a license activation until your site is live on a domain.