How to Create a WordPress Website the Easy Way
Creating a website isn’t as hard as you’d think. It’s actually a lot simpler than you’d think. All you need is a little bit of technical knowledge and some basic HTML skills. That’s it. With those two things, you can create any kind of website you could think of. You’ll have a completely blank canvas and a lot of creative juices to work with. This is a perfect way to creatively unleash your thoughts on paper. This guide will teach you how to create a WordPress website with a professional appearance in no time.
Pick A Theme
One of the first things you’ll want to do is choose a theme. A theme is a layer that gives your webpage its appearance. It’s like the paint that gives your artwork its final look. Themes usually come with a set of pre-designed HTML templates that you can choose from. These templates already have the basic layout and design of your website ready to go. All you have to do is populate it with content. You’ll learn more about themes in the tutorial below.
Decide On A Domain Name & Webhosting
The next thing you’ll need to do is to pick your domain name and determine what type of webhosting you need to purchase. When you install WordPress to create your website, it will automatically install a package of plugins. One of these plugins is WooCommerce, which is a retail shopping cart plugin. If you plan on selling and processing online payments, you may want to look into purchasing a professional quality merchant account. Without one, you’ll have to resort to using a third-party payment processor like Stripe or Paypal.
Once you’ve picked out a theme, you can move on to the final step which is to install WordPress. This is pretty straightforward process. You’ll simply need to follow the onscreen instructions. Once WordPress is installed and configured, you can start creating your website. From there, you can use the dashboard WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) tool to start building your site.
Create Your Site’s Blog
Once you’ve installed WordPress and configured it to your liking, you can begin creating your blog. A blog is a website that acts as a news journal or a diary. For our purposes, we’ll use it to create a guide for WordPress beginners. You can name your blog anything you like but it should be something short and sweet. Think of a brand name or product name that you could use.
To create the blog, you’ll need to go to your WordPress dashboard and click on the “Blogs” icon. From there, you’ll see a list of recently published blogs. You can click on the dropdown menu and choose Create New to start a fresh blog. To make it easier for you to write content for your blog, WordPress installs a Publish button on the toolbar. Simply click on this button to make your blog live.
Configure Your Site To Accept Payment
Creating a website doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to just talking about information. You’re welcome to write about anything you like but you should focus on providing useful information to your readers. If you plan on having membership fees or product sales, you’ll need to configure your site to accept payments. To do this, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Settings. From there, you can select which payment methods you’ll accept.
You’ll want to accept PayPal, Credit Card, and Offline Payment methods. Offline Payment is what you’ll want to use if you don’t have a merchant account. This way, customers can still use their Paypal account to make online payments even if you don’t have the Paypal button on your website.
Create Your Site’s First Page
Your first page is the landing page or home page of your website. This is the page that your visitors will see when they visit your website for the first time. On this page, you’ll want to include all the important information your visitors need to know about your website and its products.
On the left side of your website’s homepage, you’ll see three vertical menus with the heading “Products”,”Services”,”About Me”. These are your navigation menus. Just beneath them, you’ll see a heading with the word “Blog”. Beneath that you’ll see three more vertical menus “Archive”,”Search”,”Contact” with the heading “Subscribe” below them. These are your social media icons.
To make your home page look more interesting, you can add content in the form of product demos, gallery displays of your work, and videos of you or your staff providing useful tips and information about your products or services.
If you need some help figuring out what to write in your home page copy, you can refer to our guide on how to write a business blog to get inspired.
Set Up Your Site’s Sidebars
One of the things that make a website special is its sidebars. These are the boxes that run along the top of the page. They’re used to provide extra content or information relevant to what the user is viewing at the moment.
Think of your sidebar as a small extension of the content on the page. Much like a widget on a blog, a sidebar can be used to add extra information like frequently asked questions or product reviews. To set up your sidebars, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Appearance”. From there, you can select the sidebars you want to use on your site.
Start Building Your Blog’s First Content
Use Keywords In Your Headlines And Descriptions
When you build a website, you’ll want to use keywords in the headlines and descriptions for your articles. You can do this easily in WordPress by selecting the content you want to use and using the Find and Replace feature. Just enter the keywords you want to use in the field below and click Replace With.