How to Write a Complete Custom Website for WordPress

One of the most amazing things about WordPress is that it is quite easy to customize the appearance of your website to be however you want it to be. You can use all sorts of pre-existing themes and plugins to make your website look like a piece of art. You don’t necessarily need to be an expert web designer to make your site look how you want it to look. You just need to have some basic knowledge about HTML and CSS.

Create a Plan

One of the first things you should do before starting to build your site is to sit down and create a plan. You can do this with the help of a WordPress planner (like this one from Studio Press) or by just using a simple editorial calendar. Having a plan will help you figure out what needs to be done and the estimated time it will take to do it. It will also help you figure out what you can do to keep your costs down while producing a high-quality product.

Use the Perfect Theme

The perfect theme is a theme that is both functional and beautiful. When choosing your theme, you want to make sure that it is simple and easy to use while still looking incredible and being unique. You should also consider the price as most themes are quite expensive. The best way to find the perfect theme is to look for themes that are currently popular and are also affordable. If you want to write about music, for example, you could choose a theme that is specifically designed for blogs written about music. If you want to create a fashion blog, you could choose a luxury fashion theme or a multi-brand fashion theme that allows you to combine many fashion brands together in one blog.

Consider All Options

When it comes to building a custom website with WordPress, there are a variety of options that you need to consider. Depending on what you want your site to look like and whether you want it to be free or paid, you should choose one of the following:

  • Free (self-hosted): If you want to create a simple site that does not require a lot of functionality and you do not want to pay for the service, you could choose this option. Creating a free WordPress site is fairly straightforward and requires little to no coding knowledge. All you need is a domain, hosting, and WordPress.
  • Paid (managed hosting): This is generally the recommended option for people who want to create a fully-functioning custom site. If you choose this option, you can hire a professional web designer to build your site for you and integrate all the necessary features (like e-commerce, membership websites, etc.).
  • Choice Plus: With this option, you can create a hybrid site that combines the best of both worlds: the simplicity and freedom of a free WordPress site with the added features of a paid WordPress site. This is a great choice if you want a custom site with a minimal design that looks outstanding but require little to no technical knowledge to use. You can also use plugins like All-in-One Link Manager, which helps you manage and optimize your external links; or Easy Digital Downloads, which allows you to easily sell digital products such as e-books, courses, etc.
  • Business Premium: The premium version of WordPress offers a wide array of features aimed at people who want to create a fully functioning e-commerce store, membership websites, etc. If you choose this option, you can hire a professional web designer to build your site for you and integrate all the necessary features.
  • Elegant Themes: If you want a classy, elegant design that is very simple to use, you could choose this option. Some of the themes from the elegant brands (like TwentyFour, Ava, and Divi) are completely free, while others (like Glamour) come with a premium option that offers a lot of features for people who want to create a fully functioning website.
  • Imperva: This option from Bluehost works with WordPress and is compatible with some of the best themes (like Ava, TwentyFour, and Divi). You can use the platform to create a nice blog or a fully functioning website depending on your needs. It is fairly simple to use and requires no technical knowledge to set up. The best part is that it is quite affordable so you can get started creating your site without worrying about breaking the bank. If you need a simple site that can be used for personal or commercial purposes, you can choose this option. Note that with this option you will need to code manually though – no templates are provided.
  • X Theme: X theme from StudioPress offers an elegant, simple, and clean interface that is perfect for people who want to create a blog. If you choose this option, you can expect the setup and design process to be fairly easy and intuitive. All you need to do is install WordPress, point your domain to the web server, and you’re good to go. This option is great for people who want a simple and elegant design for their site.

Choose a Suitable Domain

A domain is the web address (i.e. the URL) of your website. It is quite important to choose a suitable domain because the URL of your website will be the first thing people see when they visit your site. They want it to be easy to remember and as unique as possible. If you are using WordPress, you can use the built-in ‘shortener’ to create a short, unique URL (e.g.

Design Your Website

Once you have chosen your perfect theme, you can start designing your site. There are a variety of layouts to choose from including left-, right-, and centre-aligned grids along with several color options. You can always go back and change the layout of your site if you do not like the way it looks or if you want to add more content to the page.

Curate Your Content

One of the most important things to do on your website is to curate content. You can do this with the help of a content strategist or by just using good old-fashioned hard work. Regardless, you should make sure that the content you are curating is relevant to your target audience and has the potential to be viral. People love to discover new things and being presented with helpful information is always an excellent way to grow your readership.

Include Calls to Action

When people land on your website, they should easily be able to understand what to do next. You can achieve this by including calls to action throughout your site. For instance, you can create a prominent call-to-action button at the top of the page, you can put an “ask question” button at the end of each post, or include an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you send out (make sure to track these clicks so you can measure the effectiveness of your calls to action). You should not be afraid to be aggressive with the calls to action as long as you keep the information relevant and interesting enough for your audience.

Use the Right Links

When someone clicks on a link, they expect to be taken to a website with relevant information. One of the best things you can do for your website is to use the right links. When someone clicks on a link, they expect to be taken to a website with relevant information. Make sure that the links you are using are relevant to the topic of your website and that they are a good match for the content on your site. If you are using a third party service to build your links, make sure that they are relevant and that they will help you reach your target audience.

Set Up Your Social Media Accounts

If you have a Facebook account, you can easily set up a page for your website. Just make sure that you use the right hashtags when tweeting about your site and use keywords where you can. Having a Facebook page is a great way to gain more traction and engage with new audiences.

Regular Updates

A website that is not updated regularly may lose out on a lot of potential readers. It is important to keep your audience interested by updating your site with new content at least once a week. Good news is you can do this effortlessly with WordPress. Depending on how busy you are, you can set up automated, weekly postings or just do it manually and schedule them to go out weekly.

Above all else, make sure that you enjoy creating websites. It is quite an empowering experience to be able to publish your ideas online and have them read by a potentially global audience. You can use all sorts of tools to make your website stand out, but above all else, enjoy the creative process and make sure to have some fun along the way.