How to Create a WordPress Website Offline (without Coding)
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) on the web today, and with good reason. It is extremely easy to use, provides a wealth of features, and is absolutely free! Most importantly, it is open-source – which means that it is freely available to be downloaded and used by anyone. This last point is the crucial difference between WordPress and other CMSs such as Joomla or Drupal. Without getting too technical, WordPress was originally designed to be installed and used locally on your own computer or tablet. However, as the platform has gained popularity, so too has the demand for creating websites using WordPress. Thanks to the WordPress offline blog tool, all these years of WordPress magic can now be used even when you don’t have an Internet connection available!
Why Create a WordPress Website Offline?
Up until recently, the only way to create a WordPress website was to be connected to the Internet throughout the process. This is usually accomplished using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or a similar program such as FileZilla. However, with the release of WordPress 4.0, its developers included an “advanced features” mode that makes creating a WordPress website much easier. In this mode, all the images and content for the site can be loaded and edited using only HTML/CSS (which is the standard code used to create websites).
This new capabilities makes creating a WordPress website much more convenient when you are offline. Let’s dive into how to use the new WordPress four-alpha features to create a website using only HTML/CSS.
One of the first things you will need to do is choose a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for your website. This is usually done through a domain name registrar, but you can also use free websites like WordPress.com to generate a free URL. Ensure that you use a qualified domain name (usually containing words), as this will make a significant impact on the search engine optimization (SEO) of your site.
For example, if you are using WordPress.com to create your site, the name “wpseo” will make your site much more likely to be ranked higher by the search engine. As a general rule of thumb, try to use your chosen domain name as the web address for your site. For example, if you have chosen “myblog.com” as your domain name, all the pages on your site will be accessible via mysite.com. You can also use subdomains like blog.mysite.com, store.mysite.com, or contact.mysite.com.
Also remember that your domain name will be the equivalent of your website’s address on the web – so make sure that you keep it easily accessible and relevant!
With your chosen domain name and website address in hand, you can now begin the process of creating your WordPress website. First, log in to your WordPress dashboard and click on the “Create New” button at the top of the page. A dialog box will appear asking you to enter the name of your new blog.
In the boxes next to Blog name and Blog URL, you will need to enter a brief description of your blog – something that will identify the purpose of your site. This will also be used as the heading for your blog posts. Once you have entered these details, click on the Create button to continue.
You will then be brought to a new screen where you can choose your blog’s template. The main difference between the various themes of WordPress is the way the text and layout of the site appear. The default templates are clean and polished, but if you want a more unique look, you can choose from a number of different themes offered by WordPress. Alternatively, you can also design your site from scratch using one of the many free designs from WordPress or one of the many premium WordPress themes.
As you can see, the process of creating a WordPress website is fairly straightforward, but there are still some steps that you need to take care of. First, make sure that you back up your website regularly – this is especially important if you are using a CMS that can be accessed remotely, such as WordPress.
Security & Privacy
You can always go back and change your privacy settings at any time – WordPress allows you to keep your personal information private while still being able to monetize your content.
Monetization & E-Commerce
If you are looking to monetize your blog or website, you will need to choose a monetization method and set up a monetized blog/website. The monetization methods available through WordPress include:
- Affiliate marketing – where you promote a product (mostly affiliate products or services) and earn a commission when someone clicks a monetized link or buys a product that is promoted on your blog.
- CPA (Cost Per Acquisition) – where you buy a product (usually a lead magnet or a download) and earn a commission when someone clicks the monetized link or buys the product.
- CPC (Cost Per Click) – where you pay advertisers to show their ads on your blog and you earn a commission whenever someone clicks on an ad.
- Adsense – where you get paid per impression (when an ad is clicked on) plus you earn a commission from products sold through affiliate marketing and CPA methods.
- E-commerce and online shops – where you sell and display products online (mostly digital products)
- PPC (Pay Per Click) – where you pay for ads displayed on your blog and earn a commission on any purchases made through affiliate marketing or CPA methods.
- Product integration – where you integrate a product (mostly digital content like PDFs, e-books, or audio files) into your blog post and earn a commission when someone buys the product.
Depending on your experience and expertise, you may set up your monetized blog/site in a matter of minutes or it could take some time. Once it is set up, you can begin adding content to it and starting to build your audience.
If you are looking to take your WordPress blog/site to the next level, you will need to learn how to use a number of advanced features. These features allow you to do things like send automatic emails to your subscribers, schedule posts to be published at a later date, or track the analytics of your website.
To get started, navigate to the Settings menu on the left side of your WordPress Dashboard. Here, you can find and enable the advanced features that you need for your site. Also, make sure that you are logged in before you begin using these features.
Make It Mobile-friendly
WordPress is a flexible platform that can be used to create any type of website or blog, but if you are planning on making money from your website, you will need to ensure that it is mobile-friendly. Thankfully, with the release of the WordPress 4.0 alpha software, this has become much easier to do. In the previous versions of WordPress, creating a mobile-friendly site was primarily a matter of installing a few extensions and tweaking a few settings – now it is a fully fledged affair!
To make your site mobile-friendly, you will need to use a few different tools and programs. One of the simplest and most effective tools is Google Analytics for mobile – simply click on Analytics from your Dashboard navigation, then click on the Mobile button to get started. Once you are set up, you can start to track the traffic coming to your site from mobile devices.
With your WordPress blog/website complete, you can now begin the process of monetizing it.