How to build a WordPress website?
More than 39% of the total websites are owned by WordPress and it is more than one-third of the total web. WordPress is having excellent CMS and it is very easy to build a website on WordPress.
If you are a newbie, creating a website may be scary for you. But I think that it’s not like that nowadays. It’s cheaper, faster, and easier to build a site than ever before.
Process of how to build a WordPress Website:
In this guide, I’ll explain to you how you can build your own WordPress website in less than an hour.
There are a lot of web hosting provider options in the market. You can select according to your needs. Bluehost is a super web hosting provider. It offers fast loading times and is available at an affordable cost to you.
First of all, you need to set up an account with Bluehost. This is a simple process. Choose a basic plan to start. Register the domain of your choice. Bluehost offers a free domain name for the first year. Check only “Domain Privacy + Protection”. Uncheck all other options.
Normally next step is to install WordPress, but here Bluehost has done it for you already. Pick a theme of your choice for your site. You should choose a theme according to your niche.
There are thousands of themes, paid and free, that you can install according to your needs. For theme selection, you can choose a theme from WordPress’s official directory or from ThemeForest.
To make your links more readable and more optimized for SERPs, you need to set your permalink structure.
This is the most important step to rank your site higher in search engines, so please pay attention to it. There are many plugins available to extend your website’s abilities but it’s optional.
Finally, the most important step to grab the visitors to your site is to create excellent content.
Excellent, you have a WordPress site that looks stunning with amazing content, and it is 100% ready to handle the traffic.
Important steps for building a WordPress site:
Let’s explore this process in detail. You can move forward from one to another step if you have done any step.
- Choose a Domain Name
- Web Hosting Provider
- Registering a Domain Name
- WordPress Installation
- Installation of theme
- Plugin Installation
- Configuration of Site Settings
- Set up Web Pages
- Promote Your Site
Choose a Domain Name:
The identity of a person or a business on the internet is its Domain Name. Through domain name, your audience will find you or your brand. A domain name should be easy and related to your business so that it will make it easy for visitors or customers to find you.
You are completely free to choose a domain name according to your choice. It’s totally your choice. The only thing you need to see is that it is not already registered by any other person or company.
Important steps for choosing a domain name:
Some of the important tips to choose a domain name for your site are:
- It should be brand-able and unique.
- It must be memorable.
- Short and precise.
- Easy to spell, pronounce, and type.
- Must include niche-related words.
For example, if you have a business of clothes, you should add clothes somewhere in the domain name to make it niche-related.
A free website to generate the name of a new site is Domain Wheel. If you want to take some inspiration about the domain name of your business, simply put the name of your choice in it and it will give you tons of suggestions.
After you have selected the domain name of your choice, the next step is to check its availability. About 1.8 billion sites are at the moment and being original in this crowd is challenging, but has worth it.
Web Hosting Providers:
Everyone loves free things; you can register your domain name without any charges. Many web hosting companies offer this service for the first year. During the first year of free domain registration, you can work extensively on your brand name to establish it.
From the 2nd year, you have to pay some charges to domain service providers. That’s not expensive using Bluehost. You can easily afford it.
Registering a Domain Name:
Hundreds of companies are there that provide web hosting services and also hundreds of companies allow their users to register a domain name for free for the first year. I think you should choose a company that provides both services.
Here comes Bluehost that is affordable, reliable, beginner-friendly, and gives you domain name free for the first year. Bluehost is one of the companies that are officially recommended by WordPress.org
For this, you need to visit Bluehost and you will see different plans. Select one plan according to your needs and strategy. As you are going to start a first business site, so according to me, you should need a plan that is cheapest.
After the selection of a subscription plan, you need to set up and register your domain. There are two options available to you here:
- Create a new domain
- Use a domain that you already own
If you are going to start a new website, then put your domain name in the “Create a new domain” option and click next. .com extension is the most famous and gives a professional touch to your site. You can use another extension as per your niche.
Then you will fill in personal information and account details. After this, provide your personal data to set up an account. There are some extra packages available. You can select among those according to your needs.
If you want your personal information like name, email, and phone number safe and not to appear in public databases, then you need to select Domain Privacy + Protection option. Don’t compromise on your data security.
When done, you need to click submit button to confirm your purchase.
After having a hosting service provider and a domain, you need to install WordPress. You can install WordPress manually by yourself. But I think, you should go for the installation of WordPress by Bluehost for free.
When your signup process completes, you will get an email from Bluehost. It contains details of your profile and the process of starting work on your site.
After login, you will see an easy-to-use wizard from Bluehost. It will guide you through the whole process of installation of WordPress on your hosting setup.
There is an alternative method for the installation of WordPress. Go to “My Sites”, click on the “Create Site” button, and the process of installation of WordPress will start automatically. You simply put your site’s name, username/password, and your site is ready to go.
There are tons of free and paid themes that you can install on your WordPress site with a touch of a button. You can have a look at some famous themes here.
You can find themes from WordPress.org. Apart from that, there are some theme stores like ThemeForest. It is a third-party site that offers a wide range of premium paid and free themes. You can use any theme of your choice without changing the content of your site.
If you select a theme from WordPress.org, you just need to hit the Install button to install it into your site. You can do this by following this process.
Appearance –>Themes –> Add New. Here you will enter the name of the theme of your choice and then click on the Install button that you will see under your desired theme.
Once a theme is installed, click on the Activate button to enable this theme on your site. Steps will differ from the process mentioned earlier if you use a theme from any third-party site.
- Download the .zip file of the theme.
- Login to WordPress, go to Appearance, then themes.
- Click Add New. It will direct you to the WordPress theme dashboard.
- At the top of the screen, there will be a blue button saying Upload Theme. After prompt, choose the .zip file from your computer.
- Activate your theme.
Although there are a lot of free themes, you can choose from premium themes, for that you have to pay. It’s up to your choice and need of business.
To boost the functionality of your site, you can install plugins. In WordPress, you will find a lot of free and premium plugins for every functionality or category.
But remember please, do not overboard your site with too many plugins. Having too many plugins will slow down the speed of your site and users or visitors of your site will get frustrate and ultimately traffic loss.
Configuration of Site Settings:
The setting of permalinks is very important for SEO strategy. This should be done right after starting your WordPress site. The structure of permalinks decides how your site will look like in search engines.
A very good permalink structure helps visitors to understand site structure. A bad structure does the opposite and hence User Experience is compromised. It also affects the SEO of your site.
Consider the following points to do this process right.
- Go to WordPress dashboard, then settings, and then go to Permalinks.
- In commons settings, click on the custom structure.
- Don’t go for numeric as it always confuses a customer. It also destroys your SEO efforts.
- Enter a tag string “blog/%postname%
Once you have completed it, you need to click on Save to save the changes that you have made.
Set up Webpages:
Now your site is ready to publish high-quality content. High-quality content is needed to boost the traffic at your site and also to convert these visitors into customers.
You need to make a thorough research about your content before publishing.
Promote your Content:
After you have completed all the steps of how to build a WordPress website, you need to promote it on social media channels. This will help you in boosting the traffic to your site.
To sum up, after this all process of how to build a WordPress website, you will have a domain name, web hosting provider, and a stunning website. Always keep experimenting with your site. By this, you will have a loyal fan base that values your products or services.