Using WordPress for Website Creation (Beginner’s Guide)

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With the current available web technologies and user friendly applications, it’s not difficult for a beginner to create a website or blog in order to generate an income online. There are several ways to do it but choosing WordPress for website creation is the best decision you’ll ever make. The reason why I think WordPress is the best way to create a website is because it’s really easy to use for beginners, there are tons of helpful resources for WordPress online to learn from (ex. blogs, forums, YouTube videos, etc.), and the plugins feature in WordPress makes customization of a website very convenient. WordPress Plugins are technically an alternative to coding…you can easily customize and add many functionalities to your website using simple apps.

By following the simple 9 step guide I’ve provided below, you’ll have a clear understanding of how to use WordPress for website creation
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Complete Guide on Using WordPress for Website Creation from Scratch in 9 Steps

Step 1: Register a Domain and Web Hosting

To make a website, a domain name registration (ex. Companyname.com) and a web hosting service (A server where the website content is saved and managed) are required. The domain is renewed once a year and a web hosting service is a monthly plan. Register your Web Hosting with WP Engine which is one of the TOP 3 Hosting services recommended by WordPress (Use the coupon code “wpe4free” to get 4 months free)

Step 2: Domain and Web Hosting Linking

If you register a domain and web hosting from two separate providers then you need to connect these services together. You’ll receive two name servers (ns1 and ns2) from web hosting company. Insert these name servers in the DNS section of domain registrar account. (Note: This step is not applicable if you register domain and hosting from the same provider).


Step 3: WordPress Installation

WordPress is the easiest and most popular content management system (CMS) for website creation. You’ll receive an access link to CPanel (which is the configuration page for your website) from your hosting provider or you can access it by going to: yourdomain.com/cpanel. After signing in, go to the applications section and click on the WordPress icon to start the installation process. The steps for installation are straight forward.

Step 4: WordPress Dashboard

After installing WordPress successfully, you’ll be able to login to the dashboard area of your website to start building it. You can access this dashboard area by going to: yourdomain.com/wp-admin.

Step 5: WordPress Themes

When you login to the dashboard area, this is where all the magic happens. The first thing I recommend you to do is click on Themes in the pop-up menu that comes under Appearance in the left side menu. You will find a general WordPress theme already installed and activated there (ex. Twenty Twenty Three). You can go ahead and start building your website using this theme but if you prefer to use something different then click on the Add New button and browse through the thousands of themes available. Most themes you’ll find will have free and premium versions but I think you’ll be able to create a full functional website without having to pay for a theme. Keep in mind that regardless of what theme you choose, you’ll always find some features missing but I don’t want you to stess about that because you’ll be able to add or adjust these features/settings using the WordPress Plugins (Explained in step 8).

Step 6: WordPress Theme Customization

Once you’ve activated the theme you want, you can click on the customize button below the image of the active theme. This will take you to a page which will have the customization setting in a left side menu and the website live view on the right side. This is where the fun begins as you play around with the settings on the left side and view the changes you made on the right side. In this step, you’ll be able to add a logo, change the theme header and menu bar, change colors, add header and background images, adding items to a sidebar, changing the website layout and much more. I suggest that you spend extra time on this step as it will increase your knowledge of how a WordPress theme design works. I also recommend that you have one page published as a a static front page (homepage) as this will help you have a better view of the changes you make in the customization settings. (Note: Go to Reading under Settings in the left side menu of the main dashboard area to select a static front page).

Step 7: Website Content (Pages and Posts)

After selecting a theme, you can go to the pages section and start the content writing process. You can always save and come back later to update the content. If you decide to create a blog section, you should be publishing posts instead of pages in the posts section. Under the settings in the left side menu bar, you can find and update all settings related to home page selection, posts preferences, general website settings, etc. It’s a good idea to consider SEO keywords while writing your website pages or posts. Learn what kind of keywords to use for titles and where to find them?

Step 8: WordPress Plugins

You’ll notice that regardless of what theme you select, there will always be some features missing. You will also need to add things to your website like social media icons, apps, widgets, etc. All of this can be done in the plugins section by simply searching for what you need to install and activate. Plugins are the most IMPORTANT thing in WordPress so make sure to spend extra time on searching what plugins are required to improve your website appearance and performance. YouTube has thousands of videos about WordPress plugins for you to view and learn from.

Step 9: Listing Your Website on Google

Once a website design and content writing is complete, it’s time to get your website listed on the search engines (ex. Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) so people can find it. You need to verify and index your website with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools. HOW TO LIST WEBSITE ON GOOGLE AND SEO BASICS