How to Create a Website on WordPress

WordPress is the world’s #1 content management system and the most popular choice for creating a website. Not only that, but it’s a very flexible CMS which means you can build pretty much any website you might want using it. In this article, we will go over some of the basics of creating a WordPress website including setting up a domain name and purchasing a Web hosting plan from a reputable provider.

Choosing A Domain

Before you can actually begin building your site, you will need to choose a domain name. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a domain is the address of your website (i.e. example.com vs mywebsite.com). When someone clicks on a link to your site, they will usually enter the domain name which will direct them to the website.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing a domain name:

  • Make sure the domain name you choose is available
  • Check if there are any other sites using the same domain name
  • Look at the competition: is there any other sites which are similar to yours?
  • Decide if you want your site to be free or paid
  • Do you want your site to be mobile-friendly?

When choosing a domain name, take your time and try out a few different variations of the name before making a decision. This is especially important if you are looking for a bargain since you may end up choosing a domain name that is already taken. Once you have made a decision, make sure you register the domain name with your chosen provider. Registering a domain name is very easy and takes only a few minutes. You will also need to set up your hosting with a domain name (more on that below).

Choosing A Hosting Provider

If you decide to go with WordPress as your CMS, then you will need to choose a hosting provider. The host will act as your website’s “office” and store all your files (e.g. WordPress, HTML, and other content) as well as any backups you might want to make. The host will also provide you with an interface to access your site’s content (e.g. via FTP or cPanel).

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing a hosting provider:

  • Look at the features the provider offers: does the host offer a free domain name with your annual subscription? What is the transfer speed like? Is there any sort of money-back guarantee?
  • Look at the features the host offers: does the host offer a free domain name with your annual subscription? What is the transfer speed like? Is there any sort of money-back guarantee?
  • Look at reviews for the host: are there any bad reviews as well as good ones?
  • Decide if you want your site to be mobile-friendly
  • Check out the reliability of the host: have there been any problems reported by other users?

It’s always best to go with a provider that has a good reputation. However, if you are looking for a host that is completely unknown, then this might be a good option for you. Keep in mind though that good hosting is rather expensive and you will most likely need to pay annually for this service.

Creating and Setting Up Your WordPress Site

Once you have chosen a domain name and a hosting provider, you can begin creating your WordPress site. To do this, you will need to visit the host’s dashboard where you will find a link to create a new site or browse existing sites. Once you are in the dashboard, click on the link and you will be directed to the WordPress setup wizard. This is a fairly basic wizard that will walk you through the creation of your site (shown below):

The first thing you will need to do is click on the Create a free account button. This will take you to a form where you can enter a domain name which you will use to access your site (i.e. example.com). Once you have done this, you can then click on the Create your blog button. This will bring you to a form where you can configure the general appearance of your site. You can choose from a variety of free templates to customize the look of your site (shown below):

You can also choose from a variety of free CSS themes to give your site an additional touch of elegance. If you don’t want to use a template or a CSS theme, then you can always choose to create a completely custom design for your site.

Making Money With Affiliate Marketing

One of the things you will need to do to make money with affiliate marketing is to sign up with a legit affiliate marketing program. You will then be presented with several affiliate marketing opportunities which you can choose from (shown below).

Once you have chosen an affiliate marketing opportunity which you believe will be profitable, you will need to build an ad (i.e. banner or text link) around one of the products which is part of the affiliate deal. You need to determine how much you will spend on advertising and what type of conversion you want to see (i.e. click-through rate or lead generation).

One of the great things about affiliate marketing is that you can start making money immediately. However, you will need to put in the time to learn how to build links and how to choose affiliate products which are profitable. Once you have mastered these techniques, then you can start to build your income passively.

Managing Your Business

An eCommerce store based on WordPress is a great way to gain a following and make money online. Not only that, but it’s a very flexible platform which means it’s fairly easy to use even if you have never done so. If you’re looking to run an eCommerce store, then WordPress is a safe bet since it’s very popular and there are a lot of tutorials and guides available online which can help you get started. If you’re looking to create a blog with an associated eCommerce store, then WordPress is the perfect choice since it’s very popular and there are a lot of tools available to help you with the configuration and running of an eCommerce store.

WordPress is very popular, but this does not mean it’s the best option. There are other, very popular content management systems such as Joomla which also have very good support available online if you need it. If you are looking for a bargain, then opt for a content management system which is completely free (e.g. Square Space, Genesis Framework).