How to Build a WordPress Website for a Client?

You’ve been asked to build a website for a client, and you’re stuck for inspiration. There are plenty of ready-made website templates to choose from, but what if you want something custom?

If you’re feeling creative, there are many ways to build a WordPress website from the ground up. But if you want to provide value and save your client money, here are five simple steps to create a fully functional and professional-looking WordPress site without hiring a web designer.

Choose A Themed Free WordPress Template

There are plenty of free WordPress templates out there. Choose one that you believe will suit your client’s needs best. Once you’ve found a suitable template, take a screen shot, or use the WordPress built-in “save as draft” feature to have a ready-made mockup of what your client’s site will look like. You can preview the template to make sure it fits their needs. While it’s not recommended to make major changes to the default template, if there are some small changes you can make (i.e. modifying the colors or adding a few lines of copy), you should be able to get it looking exactly like you want it to.

Install WordPress

WordPress is a free, open-source software that allows you to create and manage content-driven websites. It was created by the team at Automattic, and the WordPress community continues to grow and improve the platform based on user feedback and new feature requests. If you’re looking for a content-managed CMS to keep track of your website’s content, then WordPress is a good choice. In addition to being totally free, WordPress also offers a hosted option that makes it easy for clients to get up and running with a new site immediately.

Fill Out The General Information Page

The first thing you should do is simply create a simple page for the client to fill out some basic information about themselves. If you’re feeling creative, you can add a bit of personalization by including their logo, tagline, or short biography on this page. If you’re running a business website, you can include a short bio about your business or store.

Style The Front Page

Once you’ve got the basics taken care of, it’s time to start customizing the site’s appearance. At this point, you can start adding in the details that make it personal to your client. Add a border around the edge of the page to make it pop a bit more, and add in some graphics to represent their brand.

Style The Other Pages

The homepage is only the first impression your client will get of your site. The rest of the pages are what you (or more specifically, the search engine spiders) will use to navigate and discover content on your site. Your job is to help guide the user on a smooth and pleasant journey through your site. Start by styling the About Page and Contact Page, and include any other relevant pages in your client’s SEO strategy.

Install WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins make creating and managing content much easier. There are several WordPress plugins out there that can be used to add additional functionality to your site. The most popular WordPress plugin is the Visual Composer, which offers unlimited website and blog layouts, along with the ability to add videos, maps, and galleries to your content. Additional plugins include the Jetpack plugin for speeding up your site and improving its performance on any device, and the Ultimate SEO WordPress plugin for creating SEO-friendly content.

Create The Content You’ll Eventually Want To Feature

Now that you’ve got all the necessary elements in place, it’s time to start creating content for your client’s new website. The content you create will be featured on one or more of the site’s pages, so it’s important to choose content that will catch the eye and engage the reader. In order to save your client money and provide them with the best experience possible, you should aim to create content that is highly relevant and useful to their target audience. In addition, you can help them establish themselves as an expert in their industry by creating content that is well-researched and provides high-quality information. Finally, make sure that the content you create is short and to the point, keeping the reader’s attention and encouraging them to keep reading.

Curate a Resource Library

If you’re a writer or content creator, then curating a resource library is a great way to save and organize all your web-based sources that you find to be relevant and helpful to your client’s business. As you find and gather quality content from across the web, you can add it to your client’s library. Having a well-curated resource library will make it easier for the user to find the information they need without having to sift through a lot of unrelated material. In addition to being a time-saver for your client, adding a resource library also helps establish your expertise in your industry. If your client is looking for a specific type of resource, such as an email list or a downloadable ebook, then creating a resource library is the best way to ensure they find what they’re looking for.

As you can see, there are many ways to build a WordPress website. To save you time and effort, I’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know in order to create a fully functioning, professional-looking website in under 30 minutes. From picking a suitable template to styling the front page, it’s all about following a simple step-by-step process. If you’re looking to grow your client base, then creating a buzz around your website is the best way to do so. By taking the time to find out what your client wants and needs, you can then craft a plan to get the word out there. And remember, with every step you take, you’re one step closer to delivering value to your client and making them happy.