Easy WordPress Website Design and Development for Beginners
WordPress is the most popular website content management system (CMS) in the world, and there’s a very good reason for this. It is extremely accessible to users of all skill levels who want to build a simple, yet functional and engaging website. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to easily create a fully functional and responsive WordPress web page in no time at all. You’ll discover how to launch a WordPress website from scratch and the various features that you can add to it to make it more functional and engaging.
The Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
WordPress is available in two separate versions:
- WordPress.com (https://wordpress.com/) – this is the free version that you can use to build a fully functioning website;
- WordPress.org (https://wordpress.org/) – this is the premium version that allows you to make your site fully mobile responsive and to add more advanced features.
The version you choose to use will depend on your needs. If you’re looking for a free and simple solution, consider using WordPress.com. However, if you’re looking for a premium solution that is fully customisable, go for WordPress.org. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to launch a simple yet fully functioning WordPress.com website.
What Is A WordPress Website And What Do I Need To Have In Mind When Building One?
A WordPress Website is simply a website that is powered by WordPress. As the most popular content management system in the world, WordPress can be easily integrated with just about any other CMS or e-commerce platform that you may choose to use. This means that you can use WordPress to power your e-commerce store, create a members’ area for your forum or news site, or even use it as a simple blogging platform!
You don’t need to have experience in website design or development to build a WordPress site. In fact, even if you’re a complete beginner, you can still follow this tutorial and launch a fully functioning WordPress site in no time at all. What you need is a willingness to learn, a desire to build a functional website, and a little bit of faith that you can do it successfully.
Let’s Build A Simple Yet Fully Functioning WordPress Website!
With the steps outlined below, you’ll be able to launch a simple yet fully functioning WordPress website in no time at all. Before we begin, it is important to note that this tutorial is intended for users who have never built a website before. For this reason, we have kept the instructions quite basic and simple. If you’re looking for more advanced instructions, you might want to consider checking out our other WordPress tutorial or picking up a copy of our bestselling WordPress book!
STEP 1: Register A Domain Name
The first step is to register a domain name for your new site. To do this, visit https://wordpress.com/ and click on the green Register button. In the pop-up that appears, enter a useful and descriptive domain name that you’ll be able to remember (https://wordpress.com is the example name that we’ll be using throughout this tutorial).
Once you’ve successfully registered the domain name, you’ll see two important links in the header of your WordPress dashboard: Blog and Sites. The first one is your blog. If you click on this link, you’ll be directed to your blog’s dashboard where you can see all of the content that you’ve published previously. The second one is your site. When you’re on the dashboard of a WordPress site, you can click on this link to be directed to that site’s dashboard. There, you’ll see a button named Build Now that will take you to the next step.
STEP 2: Install WordPress To Your Server
Now that you’ve got a domain name, you can install WordPress to your server. To do this, visit https://wordpress.com/ and click on the Install button. You’ll be greeted by a screen that will ask you to pick the location where you’d like to install WordPress. Since we’re installing WordPress to a local server, we’re going to choose the first option which is to install it
- On My Server
- Inside My Network
Then, click on the Continue button to continue the installation process. Once the installation is done, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can click on the Publish button to preview your site. If you’re happy with what you’ve created, you can click on the Continue button to move on to the next step.
STEP 3: Activate Your WordPress Blog
Once you’ve successfully installed WordPress to your server, you can click on the Publish button in your dashboard to activate it. This will create a space for you to upload and post content to. You’ll also need to set a password for this blog. To do this, visit your blog’s dashboard and enter a new password for the blog. Make sure that you remember this password as you’ll need it to log in to your site in the future. You can also choose to use your WordPress account to login to other sites as well, such as Amazon or eBay.
Now, let’s have a quick look at the components that you’ll need to have in place in order to launch a functional and attractive WordPress site. We’ll cover the basics of designing a WordPress site in the next section so that you can have an idea of what to expect. If you’re looking for more information on the various components that you’ll need to have in place before you can launch a successful WordPress site, you can click here to jump to our complete beginners’ guide.