How to Build a WordPress Website Before Going Live
A lot of people think that developing a WordPress website is a difficult job because they believe that they need to be genius-level computer scientists to be able to do it. They think that it is complicated because they have never really tried it out themselves, so they look at it as a puzzle that is too hard for them to solve. If you are one of those people, then this article is for you. We are going to walk you through the steps that you need to take to build a WordPress website so that you can actually enjoy the experience and understand what is going on.
The Difference Between Building a Static Website and a WordPress Website
A static website is one where all of the content is already there and you just have to design the site around it. For example, you could have a WordPress website where you store all of your blog posts, but you do not change a thing about the appearance of the site. The great thing about a static website is that all of the code is minimal and needs to be written only once. This way, you can literally rebuild the site at any time if you want to and will not be locked into any particular template or design.
WordPress is great because all of the code is already there and you can start populating it with content right away. You can use any theme that you want for your site since all of the contents are stored in the database. The great thing about WordPress is that you do not have to worry about the design of the site as much because it is already included in the platform. People will still want to read your content no matter what the design of your site is because it is already optimized for search engines and is populated with relevant content. If you want to change the design of your site after you go live, then you can always find a designer online that you can hire to help you out.
The Steps To Take To Build A WordPress Website
To build a WordPress website, you will need to follow these 5 simple steps:
Step 1: Decide What You Want To Do With Your Website
The first thing that you need to do is to decide what you want to do with your website. Do you want to sell products? Do you want to showcase your art? Do you want to write and publish blog posts? Once you have decided what you want to do, you can move on to the next step.
Step 2: Find A Theme For Your Website
After you have decided what you want to do with your website, the next step is to find a theme for your website. There are a variety of free and premium WordPress themes that you can choose from, and it is a good idea to look for a theme that is compatible with as many browsers and devices as possible. When choosing a theme for your website, it is important to look for these three things:
- cross-browser compatibility
- cross-device compatibility
If you are looking for a completely free theme, then you can go for the Solano WordPress theme by Bluehost. Or if you want a premium theme and are not sure about opting for the free version, then you can go for the Divi theme by WordPress. (We will be using Divi theme for our examples in this tutorial.)
Step 3: Install WordPress To Start The Development Process
The next step in building a WordPress website is to install the WordPress software. You can do this by visiting the WordPress website and clicking on the Get Started button. Once you are on the WordPress website, you can click on the Get Started button and this will take you to the WordPress installation page. The next step is to click on the Install button and follow the instructions.
Once the installation process is complete, you will see a screen that looks like this:
You can now login to your WordPress account and click on the Tools button in the top-right corner to access the WordPress tools.
Step 4: Choose A Domain Name For Your Website And Set Up A Back-up System
The next step is to choose a domain name for your website and set up a back-up system. One of the best things about going live with a WordPress website is that you do not need to name your website something that you may come across as having bad intentions. You can register any name that you want for your website, and if you are worried about people misusing your domain, then you can always choose a different name for your website.
As for the back-up system, this is something that you should already be doing. You should always make regular back-ups of your website’s content and store them in a secure place. We would suggest going with either a cloud-based storage system or a local hard drive storage system. You can use these types of backups to restore your website in case it ever gets hacked or damaged.
Step 5: Create Your Website’s Login Page
The last step is to create your website’s login page. If you are using the free version of WordPress, then the easiest thing to do is to create a user with the same name as your website and set a password for it. You do not have to do anything else for the login page – it will be the default WordPress login page. If you want to make it look a little more professional, then you can choose between a range of login page designs that you can find online. Or if you are a designer, you can create something completely unique and specific to your site.
When you are done with the last step, you will see a screen that looks like this:
You can now login to your WordPress dashboard and check out your brand-new WordPress website.
WordPress Is Not A Complex Programming Language
A lot of people think that WordPress is a complex programming language, but it is not. WordPress is actually very simple. It is actually very easy to use and do not require any special training to use it. Anyone can use it. You do not need to be a genius-level computer scientist to be able to use and build a WordPress website. You just need to have a good understanding of the English language and how to use a computer. You do not need any special software to use WordPress either. You can use any web browser to log in to your site and start building.
WordPress has a lot of functionality built in, and you can access all of this with a simple click of a button. This functionality is all accessible to anyone via the WordPress toolbar located in the top-right corner of the site. This toolbar contains all of the essential tools that you need to build a functional blog or website. If you do not know what these are, then just click on the Help button in the toolbar, and the WordPress help docs will pop up. From there, you will be able to find the functionality that you are looking for. Even if you are not familiar with using a computer, this toolbar makes everything easy to understand and accessible.
Additionally, WordPress has a built-in help desk called Live Chat. You can use this help desk if you are having trouble with your site and need someone to help you out. Just click on the Live Chat button in the top-right corner of your WordPress dashboard, and you will be able to open a live chat with one of the WordPress support team members.
So, as you can see, building a WordPress website is not that difficult. It is actually a very simple process that anyone can follow. If you are just getting started or do not have the time to dedicate to this task, then you can always outsource the entire process to a professional web developer. They will be able to get the work done quickly and efficiently so that you can get back to focusing on what is important to you.
This process is so simple, that even a 5-year-old can do it. If you read this far, then you can probably figure out that you want to build a blog or website, and if that is the case, then you can start by following these steps. If you want to learn more, then there are over 900 articles on our Knowledge Base that you can read and learn about WordPress.