In today’s world, having a website is like having your own unique identity. Because, if people want to learn about you or your business, they immediately go into their mobile or laptops and search by your name. If you have a website, then it will certainly give those people the right information about you.
However, the thought about having your own website might excite you but at the same time thinking about creating your website might terrify you. You must be thinking “ I need to hire a few web developers, give them good money, and create a website for myself”.
How about you create a WordPress website with the minimum cost?
Confused? Well, if you have any idea about the world of website creation then you must have heard about the beautiful invention that is WordPress.Even if you are a non-techy person, with WordPress you can create your own website all by yourself. And I am not talking about just any kind of website, with WordPress you can create"Almost 35% of the world’s website is built with WordPress" Click To Tweet
As you can see the options are endless. And the fun part is, you can create any of these websites without breaking any sweats. Because WordPress has countless plugins and themes that will enable you to create your website with the utmost ease.
Ok, let’s not use words, let us show you the process of creating a WordPress site. I am going to show you how to build a WordPress blog site. And I am sure the process will motivate you to create your own website.
Let’s get started with the tutorial, shall we?
Creating A WordPress Blog Site
A blog site helps a writer meets his/her passion because it enables him/her to publish and show his/her writing skills to the world. There are many topics that might be floating on your mind and you want to share that topic with the world. Or you might have a solution to any real-life problem that will help many people. You can easily portray the solution through a blog post.
And with WordPress, you can create a blog site within 30 minutes – 1 hour. Yes, it is that simple.
So, to create a WordPress blog site all you need to is,
One thing you do need to remember is, all though you can install plugins and themes for free, there are always paid versions available for those themes and plugins. And, you need to pay money to buy a domain and hosting.
1. Choose A Domain Name
A domain name is your website address or the URL which users type on the web browser’s address bar to visit your website.
It is the identity of your business. Choosing a domain name is fun and thoughtful. Fun because you can choose any name you want. And thoughtful because you need to keep some simple things in mind. Like,
- Keep it simple, smart, and catchy
- The name should portray your website content
- It should be easy to memorize
- Easy to type, you shouldn’t have to spell it out to your users
- The name should be brandable
- Include niche related words
- And last, choose an appropriate domain extension like .com, .org, .net, .edu.
These are the points you need to keep in your mind while choosing a domain name. If it is too hard, you can use a domain name generator tool to pick out your domain name.
2. Select WordPress Hosting
The next step to create a WordPress website is to select a suitable WordPress hosting. Hosting is like a home for your website. There are several hosting companies out there. But for WordPress hosting, you should know there are few types like,
- Shared hosting, where you will share the same IP address with other websites. It’s really cheap
- VPS hosting
- Dedicated hosting, the most expensive one
- WordPress hosting, especially for WordPress websites.
Also, while selecting a hosting, you need to make sure the installation process is easy. Although almost all the hosting providers have one-click WordPress installation, if your provider doesn’t provide that kind of feature, make sure to get the details of the procedure sorted out.
3. Install WordPress
Next is to install WordPress on your hosting server.
As I said earlier most of the hosting providers have one-click WordPress installation, so all you to do is,
- Login to your Hosting customer area for the first time, you may see options like ‘Welcome to our Website Setup Wizard!‘.
- Then you will find ‘Get WordPress preinstalled on this account‘ and click on ‘Proceed‘.
- You need to provide your site information like any other WordPress installation and voila! You are one step closer to create a WordPress website on your own.
Almost all the hosting providers have the same type of installation process.
4. Select A WordPress Theme For Your Website
After installing WordPress, use your username and password to access the WordPress admin area. Now, you need to start building your blogging site. The fastest way to do that is to select a WordPress theme.
Just navigate to WordPress Admin-> Appearance -> Themes. There you will find countless theme collections. Choose the most appropriate WordPress theme for your site and click on install and then activate.
You are done! That’s how easy it is.
5. Set Up Necessary Pages & Plugins
Now that you have selected your theme, it’s time to set up your website. You need to set up your,
- Home page
- About me
- Contact me
- Blog page
- Privacy page
After setting up these pages, your website will feel somewhat completed. However, you need to install the necessary plugins like,
- Contact us plugin
- Gutenberg block plugin
- SEO plugins ( not more than one)
- Security plugin
- Image resizer
- Cache plugin
Remember, the more plugins you install, the more slow your website will get.
To install a plugin go to Plugins > Add New and search for the plugin that you need. The free plugin repository works in the same way as with the themes i.e. you have direct access to the directory via the WP dashboard. You can also filter the plugins by Featured, Popular, Recommended, etc.
You are almost done with the setup.
You also may need to give access to your developer or writers. Learn How To Add Custom User Role In WordPress.
6. Publish Your First Blog
So, we are at the end of the tutorial to create a WordPress blog site. Now, all you need to do is publish your first post.
Go to Posts-> Add New. Choose a headline for your first blog, set a keyword, add categories, tags, and start writing. After finishing your post, just hit the publish button and your first post on your own blogging site will be published.
Promote your blog to social media so that people come and read your post.
Congratulations on your first post.
So, how was it? Fun right? When creating a website with WordPress, all you need is imagination and basic knowledge around the WordPress dashboard. WordPress will take care of the rest.
You can see how easy it is to create a WordPress website on your own. Now, I hope you can try creating any type of website you are dreaming of following these easy steps.