Do you want to start your new online business or blogs? Are you a newbie in building websites? Are you confused about where to start? You will need to start from scratch and WordPress is the right place to land. Are you wondering how to use WordPress for building your desired website? Well, relax and do not panic. Here
Alan from WebPop Design has created this great tutorial on how to build a website using WordPress.
WebPop Design is a group of self-employed WordPress Web designers and developers with clients across the globe. Their clients include one-man bands to large corporations. They have an experience of over 13 years in designing websites and WordPress development.
The company’s service focuses mainly on web designing. The firm primarily provides the following services to the clients- Web Designing, PSD to HTML, PSD to WordPress, Sketch to HTML, Sketch to WordPress, and WordPress Maintenance.
The tutorial will help anyone create a website for a business or project within 60 minutes. Here’s an overview from start to finish, to build your own website:
Choosing a Suitable Content Management System
The primary step is to choose a content management system (CMS) that acts as an interface for any website. It communicates with the database, thereby gathering and managing the content for easy access.
Even though it is possible to build a website without a content management system, it is advised not to choose the path. You must be wondering why. Here are the reasons behind this:
Choosing the right platform for building a website is of utmost importance. It can prevent you from being financially drained. Also, the wrong platform would become an obstacle while trying to develop or expand your website performance.
You will find it easier to develop your website in wordpress.org as it is a self-hosted CMS powering 50% of the websites on the internet. The best part about working with WordPress is it’s flexible enough to befit any website, be it an online business, eCommerce store, personal project, or a corporate website.
There are benefits of building a website on a CMS and possessing your web hosting. Everything on your website will be under your control, and you will have full access to any image or line of code present there. Thus, using a popular CMS such as WordPress is very important for building your website.
The domain name and Web Hosting
These are two important components required while building a website with a content management system instead of a website builder.
Storehouse containing all the materials such as images, content, website files, etc.
A lot of hosting providers grant a domain name for free, up to one year, and charge a small amount, maybe $15, for renewing it annually.
While creating your website, choosing a domain name is the most fun but challenging step. It is the web address typed in the browser that makes them find your website. The domain name is pointed at your server and connects your website to the internet.
A domain name is your website identification. Possessing your domain name is regarded as an essential part of building your website, and it happens to be affordable too. Additionally, it is a great way to protect your brand.
Go through detailed information about how to go about the whole process of registering a domain name and hosting the site.
Setup and build a website with WordPress
After purchasing the domain name and setting up hosting, you have to install WordPress a CMS to your hosting account. There are two ways to do it.
One-Click Installation To Create A Website With WordPress
It is the simplest way to do it if you have already signed up at BlueHost.
If you’re using Bluehost, the one-click installation option is present in the account control panel. But if you are using a different web host, try finding it in a similar sort of place.
Follow the exact steps for the successful installation of WordPress via BlueHost. However, the steps are more or less the same, even if you are using another web host.
- Log in to the hosting account.
- Move to the account’s control panel.
- Click on ‘1 Click Installs
- Click on the ‘WordPress’ icon.
- Select the domain name to install WordPress.
- Lastly, click on the ‘Install Now’ button, and within a few minutes, WordPress will install automatically. After that, they will provide you with the credentials, and you can easily have access to your new website.
Manual Installation of WordPress
Certain hosting companies do not provide a “one-click installation” feature. Hence, you will need to install WordPress manually by downloading WordPress to the computer and re-uploading it to the hosting provider.
Designing the Website
A good design always attracts more customers. Choosing a design that matches with the theme of the website is important.
A default theme (Twenty Ninteen) is installed along with WordPress. Although the default theme is good, yet it is the most used template. It is important to design your theme so that you have a distinct identity.
To find a theme, you can spend some time in the archive section. There are a whole lot of free WordPress themes restocked. You can also choose from the premium themes.
The depository contains thousands of free WordPress themes created by the WordPress Developers. All you have to do is log in to your website, find your way to the themes repository. After doing so, spend a good amount of time to find the best options available.
Sometimes finding a good one is time-consuming, but the finest artworks are hidden there itself. Once, you find the beautiful ones, download them from the free storage and use them.
Do not lose hope if you fail to find a suitable theme for your website. The premium WordPress themes are still there for you.
Premium themes are more reliable than the free ones, as professionals have designed it and have finishing touch to it.
Additionally, they are updated regularly and are custom built-in case something goes wrong with the theme.
A Lot of premium themes consist of drag and drop software, page builders, and entirely personalized templates where you can design page layouts as per your needs and wants. Elegant Themes and Themes Forest are perfect for WordPress webmasters.
Once done with the search, the final step is to install the theme.
Adding Content To Your Website
This is the point where you will understand the actual importance of the “content management system” and why choosing WordPress as a CMS is the best option.
Add relevant pages according to your website. Some important points to be noted in every website:
Change the Site Title and Tagline: This is an important step, change the title and tagline according to your company identity.
Add a navigational menu: Put the best content on your website, but it won’t mean anything if no-one finds it. So, design an user-friendly navigation menu.
Set Homepage: It is the landing page of your website. So design it according to the purpose of your firm. This will help the customer to get a proper idea when they visit your website.
Blog Post: You can add a blog page if you need it. Articles are always a good idea for engaging people on your website.
Making the website SEO Friendly
SEO is a very important aspect of your website. A good SEO will bring more customers to your website and hence more business. Here are some important things to be kept in mind.
Ensure the permalinks are SEO Friendly
The URL of your posts or pages is called Permalinks, and by default, WordPress permalinks contain parameters and page IDs.
For example bakersdelight.com/?p=123
Changing your permalinks will make them SEO friendly and help your posts, pages, and website easily traceable in Google.
After you change the permalinks, the URLS would appear like this:
Install Yoast SEO
It is a lifesaver plugin that helps you optimize your website from head to toe and make it SEO friendly.
It analyses the page content and tells you the ways to improve it by utilizing alt tags, subheadings, keyword density. It even gives you a score for your content based on the Flesch reading test.
Additionally, Yoast SEO generates a sitemap of all your pages, which can be submitted to the search engines to inform them about updated or new content on your website.
Making Your Website Accessible To Search Engines
When you’re sure of your website and have decided to launch it, make sure to complete this little step which can make hell a lot of difference in your audience reach.
By default, after installation, WordPress blocks search engines from accessing your website to give you time to develop your website before getting indexes.
After we have completed all the above steps, we have a website ready to launch. To ensure that the website is quickly indexed and is in it’s best shape, we need to complete further actions.
- Register For Google Webmaster Tools
- How To Get Indexed Quickly
- Register For Google Analytics
Follow these steps and you will successfully build your own website. The work is not over yet. The building is just the first step and you need to walk a long way.
Creating a website is just the first part of all the hard work. You need to develop engaging and interesting content to grab your audience’s attention, know your target audience, promote your content, find ways to grow your reach and attract more traffic from all corners of the digital world.
Alan has tried his best to educate us with the know-how of web designing and development and thus make us an independent creator and manager of our website. However, if you still have certain queries, you can contact him.