Step by Step Guide to Create a Website on WordPress CMS

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Step by Step Guide to Create a Website on WordPress CMS
Step by Step Guide to Create a Website on WordPress CMS

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system.It is based on PHP and MySQL. A content management system (CMS) is a set of related programs which is software application that are used to create and manage digital content.

What is Web Page?

Web page is a document which can be displayed in the form of text, images or Hyperlink in a web browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Known as “web pages”.

What is Website and Web Server?

Website is a collection of web pages which are grouped together and usually connected together in various ways. A Web server is a program that uses HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to serve the files that form Webpages to users, in response to their requests, which are forwarded by their computers’ HTTP clients. Dedicated computers and appliances may be referred to as Web servers as well.

What is Web Hosting and Domain name??

Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page on the Internet. A domain name is the address where Internet users can access your website. A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of number.

Step by Step Guide to Create a Website on WordPress CMS

Domain Name System, or DNS, is the friendly naming system for giving addresses to web servers and web pages

How to create a website—

If you’re interested in launching a website, you’ve probably heard about this “WordPress” thing. That’s because self-hosted WordPress now powers over 27% of the known web, making it by far the most popular tool to build a website.

But despite that popularity, many beginners still find it difficult to get started with self-hosted WordPress. So to help you out, I’m going to show you everything you need to create a website with WordPress.

After you read this post, you’ll know all about:

  • Picking a domain
  • Signing up for hosting
  • Installing self-hosted WordPress
  • Choosing / customizing a theme
  • Adding plugins
  • Writing posts and pages

If you’re ready to go with WordPress zero to WordPress hero, let’s get started!

Step by Step Guide to Create a Website on WordPress CMS

Below is 6 steps you need to follow to create a WordPress site.

Step 1: Need to Purchase a Domain Name

Think of your domain name as your WordPress site’s permanent address on the Internet. It’s a standardized format that allows anyone around the world to easily find your website. For example, no matter where you are in the world, you can easily get to WP Mayor by going to “wpmayor.com”.

Tips for Choosing a Standout Domain Name

Choosing a domain name is a lot like getting married. It’s supposed to be permanent. And while you can always get a second chance if needed, it’s a complicated process that will cause you enormous stress. That’s why you should spend some time seriously thinking about the domain name you choose. You need to find a domain that balances brandability with contextuality.

wpmayor.com is a great example – the “WP” part provides context (WordPress) and the “Mayor” part provides brandability. When in doubt, this formula of “Context” + “Brand” is a great way to structure your domain.

Here are some other tips to help you out:

  • Stay short– shorter domains are easier to remember and therefore preferable to longer domains.
  • Don’t use hyphens– while they’re more available, domains with hyphens can be confusing.
  • Try to get a .com– other domain extensions are becoming more popular, but .com is still the most recognizable domain extensions.
  • Just remember that each domain name can be only used once! So if someone has already registered your desired domain name, you’ll need to choose a backup.

Where to Purchase a Domain Name?

To actually buy your domain name, you’ll need something called a “domain registrar”. Your registrar is licensed to register and manage your domain name.

Most hosting providers double as registrars and offer a free domain name as a signup incentive. I’ll discuss hosting in the next section and how you can get a free domain from your hosting provider.

But you can also purchase a domain name through a third-party registrar.

Step 2: Sign Up for Reliable Hosting

While domain names help direct traffic, web hosts are the services which actually serve up all that pretty content, you can see in your web browser. In order to make your WordPress site available to visitors from around the world, you’ll need a web hosting.

You’ll install WordPress on this host and use it to store and deliver all of your posts and content.

While high-performance web hosts can easily cost hundreds of dollars a month, you don’t need to spend anywhere near that as a beginner. Instead, you can get affordable web hosting for basically the price of a latte or a pint of beer. Usually $4-10 per month.

Our Recommend Budget of WordPress Hosting for Beginners

For beginners, we recommend to use GoDaddy Hosting. Not only is GoDaddy affordable, it also has excellent performance and up time. The former is important because your readers will demand fast page load speeds. And the latter is important because you want your WordPress site to always be available.

Godaddy also offers automatic updates for your WordPress software, which is an essential element of keeping your site safe from hackers. And they’ll even give you a free domain name.

If you’d like to learn even more about why we recommend Godaddy you can check out Jean’s Godaddy review.

How to Sign Up For GoDaddy Hosting

To sign up for Godaddy Hosting, you first need to go to GoDaddy. Then scroll down to see the list of available plans:

For beginners, I recommend the StartUp plan. It only costs $4.99 per month or 300 Rs. approx and offers plenty of performance for beginners. Just note that, as is standard for the hosting industry, the $4.99 price is promotional and only applies to your first billing cycle.

Once you select your plan, you’ll be prompted to enter a domain name. If you purchased your domain name through a third-party registrar, choose the I already have a Domain option. Otherwise, choose Register a New Domain and enter your desired domain name in the box below:

Other Good WordPress Hosting Options

While SiteGround is great, it’s not the only quality web host out there. If you’d like to weigh your options, here are some other hosts we recommend:

  • Bluehost– another popular affordable option.
  • ewallhosting- it’s a very good option for domain and hosting registration.
  • WP Engine– where WP Mayor is hosted. It has excellent performance, but the price might be overkill for your first WordPress site. Read Jean’s first hand WP Engine review for more details.
  • Media Temple– a good mid-tier hosting option.

How to Install WordPress on Other Hosts

If you’re using a different host, you’ll need to go to your host’s knowledge base or contact their support to find the specific process for your host. But if your site uses cPanel, here’s a general guide for how to install WordPress.

Go to your cPanel dashboard and find the Autoinstallers section or it’s at the top of the page you can get WordPress option. Then, select WordPress:

Wordpress CMS

On the next screen, click Install Now and follow the instructions:

How to Install WordPress Manually

If you need to install WordPress manually, you’ll have to dig into your site via FTP and MySQL. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll direct you to the official wordpress.org guide.

While the installation process is simple if you’re familiar with basic web technologies, it’s still intimidating to most beginners. That’s why I recommend going with your host’s automatic installation process whenever possible.

Once you’ve installed WordPress via any of the above methods, you can access your WordPress dashboard by using “yourdomain.com/wp-admin” and logging in with the account credentials you created during the install process:

Wordpress Dashboard

Step 4: Pick a Theme According to Your Site’s Design

Your WordPress theme dictates how your site looks. Think of it like your website’s “clothing”.

You can choose from both free and premium themes. While free themes are a nice way to minimize startup costs, they’re often less feature-rich and not as user-friendly as a quality premium theme.

If you’re ok with those trade-offs, you can find heaps of free themes at the official WordPress.org Theme Directory.

If you want to go with a premium theme, we recommend these theme developers. All of them provide aesthetic, well-coded, and user friendly themes:

  • StudioPress – StudioPress’ Genesis framework is great for beginners.
  • Elegant Themes – Best known for their Divi theme, Elegant Themes offers an array of well-designed themes.
  • Elmastudio – A theme shop selling beautiful, minimalist designs.
  • Tesla Themes – Beautiful, functional themes.
  • AppThemes – Themes offering very specific, niche functionality.

There are certainly other quality theme shops out there, but these are our favorites.

How to Install a WordPress Theme

Once you’ve chosen your theme, you need to actually install and activate it. If you chose a free theme from the official WordPress.org Theme Directory, you can install it directly from your WordPress dashboard by going to Appearance → Themes → Add New and searching for the theme name:

Wordpress Theme in Dashboard

If you’re using a premium theme, you’ll need to upload the .zip file through a similar interface. Go to Appearance → Themes → Add New → Upload Theme:

CMS WordPress Theme Installation

No matter which method you use, make sure to Activate your theme after you install it:

Customization of Your WordPress Theme

Once you activate a theme, you can customize it to make it even more your own. For most themes, you can do this by going to Appearance → Customize:

Wordpress Theme Customization

In the WordPress Customizer, you can make changes and preview them in real time:

Some themes might use custom interfaces for theme customization, as well.

Step 5: Activate Some Basic Plugins to Add Functionality

Plugins add extra and/or improved functionality to the default WordPress software. They’re incredibly versatile. Plugins can add minor tweaks like a new menu item or full-scale site changes like turning your WordPress site into a social network.

The specific plugins that you add to your site will depend on your exact goals. But there are some all-purpose plugins that all sites can benefit from.

Essential Plugins for All WordPress Sites

Here are the plugins all sites should consider…

  • Yoast SEO– every WordPress site needs a good SEO plugin. Yoast is one of the best.
  • W3 Total Cache– caching plugins speed up your site and minimize the resources it uses.
  • Google analytics plugin to install your analytics code.
  • Twitter plugin to monitor activity on the website.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Installing a plugin is almost identical to installing a theme. Just go to Plugins → Add New:

WordPress Plugins

If you’re installing a free plugin listed in the wordpress.org plugin repository, you can add it directly here. If you’re installing a premium plugin, you need to click the Upload Plugin button to upload the .zip file.

As with themes, you need to make sure to Activate the plugins that you install before you can use them.

Step 6:  Your First Blog Post and Publish Some Pages

Now that you have your theme and plugins all set up, you’re ready for the fun part:

Creating content.

There are two basic types of content you can create:

  • Posts– these are blog posts. Older posts will get pushed down by newer posts, so they’re strictly to be used for blog content.
  • Pages – these are permanent pages. They’re good to use for static content like your About and Contact

You can create posts by going to Posts → Add New:

Add content in wordpress

Similarly, you can create pages by going to Pages → Add New:

How to add content in wordpress

Both posts and pages use the WordPress Editor, which allows you to format posts in a WYSIWYG interface similar to Microsoft Word or Google Docs. You can also upload images or other media by clicking on Add Media:

Add content in page in WordPress

Once you’re finished with your content, just click Publish to share it with the world.

Your WordPress website is ready, Enjoy!

And that’s it! You’ve just learned how to create a website with WordPress. You’ve got your own domain name, your own theme, and you’ve customized your site with some essential plugins.

After following all the above steps you would be able to create beautiful website for yourself and can present your business or blog website in front of the user’s. For more related information like how to promote the business you can visit our page on digital marketing. 

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