Our how to build a WordPress website tutorial is for someone who is a complete beginner and is not suited for intermediate or above.
Have you ever wondered how to build a website from scratch but you are not the techy one?
Good news, with the CMS (Content Management System) you can create your own blog, e-Commerce site, or any type of website. In this tutorial, we will be using WordPress to create the website for you.
WordPress is one of the most popular CMS with more 30% of the website using it.
Please note, even though you do not need to know HTML or CSS, but a bit knowledge can help you a lot. It will give you better control over the look of your website. If you are a complete newbie to coding and are stuck, you can always visit these great resources below.
Why is it necessary to have a website?
Nothing stands more accurate in business than the fact, the technology has influenced consumer behavior.
Today’s consumer is more informed than the predecessor. They want to have more information about a business before getting into a relationship with you.
I am sure you must have often checked for the review of the product or researched about the business before deciding to actually work with them.
Of the two option, a business with no website and the one with a site, you will choose the latter just like your customer will. The website helps you build trust.
What are the things you need to have a website online?
You can create a website on your local computer, however, to make it live on the internet for others to see you will need these things:
- A domain name
- A web hosting provider
- Download and install WordPress
- WordPress Theme
- Install Plugins for additional functions and features
1. Domain Name
Domain name is the unique name of the website. To be geekier, the domain name is arranged in subordinate levels (subdomains) of the DNS root domain. The first set is TLD (top-level domains) such as com, info, org, co, etc.
SEO Best Practice
If you are targeting local or specific country, you should go with a country-specific TLD, also known as ccTLD (country code top-level domain). If your target audience is of Australia, a https://websitename.com.au is recommended over the https://websitename.com.
The benefit of ccTLD is:
- You are letting search engines know that the website is country specific and it gives you page ranking benefit for country-based search results.
- The other advantage is that a ccTLD will provide added credibility and confidence for local visitors.
Best Practice for Choosing a Domain Name
Domain name is an essential part of online branding. When choosing a domain name for your website, you shall want to keep few things in mind.
You will want to choose a domain name that sounds like a brand rather than something spammy. Think of a domain name that is catchy.
If you are a local business, getting an EMD (Exact Matching Domain) should not be a problem, however, for a company planning to go National, this isn’t a good idea.
Avoid hyphens in between the domain name.
- Easy to pronounce
Everything is forgivable with a domain name except the ones with ones that are hard to pronounce and for sure never to be remembered.
- Go for a .com domain
For most people using the internet, the .com is the TLD that they associate a website with.
These are the top domain providers you can buy domains from. We personally choose GoDaddy from day 1.
The renewal fees for a domain name is annual. You can save a lot by buying 5 years subscription from the domain provider.
All of your website files are hosted on a computer, called Server. When you are opening a website, you are accessing the permissible files at the front end.
Now you may think of hosting your website on your computer and save a few dimes, however, it won’t be a good idea unless the website is going to be accessed within the house or office with limited users.
The reason it isn’t a good idea is that:
Your pc and the internet bandwidth may not be powerful enough to handle traffic.
- Security threats:
The hosting company invests in the security physical as well as virtual. They have highly skilled and trained team members to look after the security.
- 24/7 Monitoring:
Can you monitor your server 24/7? Is there going to be someone available all the time if something goes wrong?
There are a lot of reasons why you want to go with a professional hosting company. Hosting isn’t expensive. Initially, you can host your website with a decent hosting.
Check out these hosting companies for WordPress website
After buying the domain name and hosting provider, navigate to the domain seller’s option where you can update the DNS information. The hosting provider has the name server for their server. Update the nameserver information in the DNS information. A nameserver must look like ns1.xxxxxxxxxxx.com & ns2.xxxxxxxxxxx.com.
The DNS propagation may take up to 24 hours.
3. Download and install WordPress
After you log in to the hosting companies website, you will find an option “Softaculous” or a WordPress icon. The option lets you install the WordPress website in one click. It’s super easy.
1. Choose the language for your WordPress website
2. The second step is the welcome screen where you will need to enter the site title, username, password and the email address.
Click Install WordPress
Now, go to the backend of your WordPress website to make the customize, add content, etc. The link to the backend should be http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Excellent, I am sure you are excited. To start creating the website, you need to have a basic understanding of modules in the WordPress.
You can download WordPress from here.
4. WordPress Themes
The theme is responsible for the look of the website.
To make things easy for you and help you save time, WordPress comes with a lot of free themes, but if you are looking for something more, you can always shop on themeforest.net. By far, this is the most popular marketplace for WordPress themes.
If you are writing an article for your blog, you will have to create a new post on your WordPress site.
Pages are used for creating non-blog pages, e.g., about us, service, home, contact us, etc.
Okay let’s roll,
Visuals of your WordPress website
Your WordPress website comes with a default appearance of which I am not a big fan.
To start giving your WordPress website a face, you need to go to the left-hand side option Appearance>Themes page.
3. Go to Appearance and then themes. Click on add theme
Click the “Add New” button.
4. Browse from more than 4,400 free WordPress template. Hover over the theme you like and you will see an install button. Click on it to install your favorite theme. You can sort and filter them based on industry, popular, featured, etc.
Choose the theme you like the most. You will see the option “Install” at the bottom right of your favorite theme. Click it.
After installing, you now want to customize the WordPress theme to your liking.
Click on the option “Customize” link at the bottom of the theme you have installed. You can also go to Appearance>Customize.
Alternatively, we can build a custom WordPress website for your business.
5. Install Plugins
Go Win Rai is the owner and founder of Crazy Media Design. He loves the infinite possibility in digital space and how it can make small fish look like a shark. He has spent years in learning and honing his digital marketing knowledge. His goal is now to make small businesses grow from zero to a superhero brand.