Step 1: Get Webspace

If you don’t have webspace already, let me recommend these hosts.
Their cheapest offers will do and they all come with a free domain name. What’s most important, they have 1-click installers for WordPress which will make the installation really easy.

  • www.dreamhost.com You would need “shared hosting”. You get unlimited webspace and a free .com domain. I like their control panel because it’s really clean and well structured. Laytheme.com and my own website run on dreamhost.
  • www.bluehost.com The plan “shared hosting, starter” is enough. Comes with 100GB and a .com domain. This is the cheapest host of the three.
  • www.webhostinghub.com The “Starter Plan Spark” is all you need. I like Webhostinghub because they use green energy and have unlimited GB webspace. You get a free domain or you can transfer your existing domain for free.

Please don’t get WordPress hosting from wordpress.com. This is not compatible with Lay Theme.

Step 2: Install WordPress

Install WordPress in your webhost control panel with their 1-click WordPress installer.

If your webhost doesn’t support 1-click WordPress installation, you have to install WordPress manually. Download WordPress at www.wordpress.org. Then follow the official installation guide.

Step 3: Install Lay Theme and Addons

Purchase Lay Theme. Download “lay.zip” and the addon zip files.

Log in to your WordPress at “http://yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/”.

  • Go to “Appearance” → “Themes”
  • At the top click on “Add New”
  • Then at the top click on “Upload Theme”
  • Choose the “lay.zip” file and click “Install Now”
  • Afterwards click “Activate”

You can now enter your license key in “Lay Options”→“License Key”. If you have not received a license key after purchase please take a look at your spam folder. If you cannot find the key there, write an email to info@laytheme.com.

Now install the Addons you want to use:

  • Go to “Plugins” → “Add New”
  • At the top click “Upload Plugin”
  • Upload your Addon .zip file and click on “Install Now”
  • Afterwards click “Activate Plugin”

Repeat these steps to install more Addons. Please note that when activating the fullscreen slider addon, it will already be active for all of your projects, thus changing scrolling behaviour and placement of elements.

If everything worked, please watch the Getting Started Video. Also visit Documentation to learn more. If you get error messages, please visit Documentation → Troubleshooting.

If you want to hide your website while you are building it, you can use a plugin like Password Protected.