Virtually everyone is gradually becoming a brand of their own, hence, the need to own a website that serves as a landing page to update all the necessary information about them. Now, creating a website is no more a magic like it used to be with just a common content management platform like WordPress. You can create your own website with these five steps:
First Step: Choose a name for your website
You go to your browser, type in your desired name and add ‘.com’. If the website name has been taken by someone, it would either open up the website or show you a page that shows you it is no more available. If it is not available, you would be led to a page that shows the ‘url’ is not available. Then, you move to the next step.
Second Step: Get your domain and your hosting
Once you have found the name of your website, the next step is to get the domain and hosting. The domain is the name of your website (www.yoursite.com) and hosting brings your website to the Internet. There are many domain and hosting websites around. For instance hostgator.com.
Third Step: Set up your account
Once you have your domain name and hosting, you can start setting up your account.
To set up your account:
- Click on “Webhosting”
- Click on “Configuration”
- Enter a username and password (to manage your hosting account)
After a short video, you will be directed to the control panel (cpanel).
Your account is now ready and you can proceed to the next step which is installing WordPress.
Forth Step: Install WordPress
In 2016, 90% of people use WordPress to build their websites. This is because:
It’s free: WordPress is 100% free
For Beginners: Even novice users can create incredible websites with WordPress.
Powerful and easy to use for mobile devices: WordPress can be used to create any kind of website. Your website will also be optimized for mobile phones and tablets.
Easy Help: If you want to add a new feature to your site, you only need Google. Due to the popularity of WordPress, you can easily find what you want on the internet. Therefore, it is obvious that WordPress is the best way to start your website. Follow these steps to install WordPress:
- Click on the WordPress icon in your control panel.
- Then click on “install this application”.
- Scroll down and enter an administrator username and password. This will be the username and password for WordPress.
- Enter your e-mail address and the title of your website.
- Click Install
- WordPress will now be installed on your hosting server. To access your website, click on the link “www.yoursite.com/wp-admin/“.
You will be redirected to the WordPress panel. Here you control everything on your website.
Fifth Step: Customize your website
The biggest advantage of WordPress is that you can change the design of your website with just a few clicks. This is done with the help of themes. WordPress has thousands of amazing themes available for free.
Just do a Google search for free WordPress themes and choose the one that suits you best. You can also download some great free themes here.
To install a new theme:
- Go to the board
- In appearance, click the topics
- Add a new theme
- Click on Download above
- Select the compressed file you downloaded.
- Preparation for the start
- Add your content
There are two types of content that you can add to your WordPress site/blog:
Publications are the articles that he publishes regularly. These are also called blog posts. They are organized by the release date.
They are static, e.g. about us page, contact us, etc. These pages usually appear in the navigation menu.
You can add posts and pages by clicking on the link below the new menu.
Create the navigation menu of your site
With WordPress, you can create menus that help the user navigate your website.
Create the menu:
- Click on the link Customize
- Click on “Menu” and “Add Menu”
- Enter a name and click on “Create a menu”
- Now add the desired pages to the menu.
These are the basic steps to creating your own website using WordPress.