How to Set Up Your Own Website – WordPress

If you’re looking to create a website for yourself or a business, you’re in the right place. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about setting up a WordPress site.

Why WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world, and for good reason. The tool itself is pretty easy to use, and the community is fantastic. WordPress itself is a free tool, which makes it even more accessible to beginners.

WordPress is also incredibly versatile. It can be used for a variety of different purposes, from simply creating a blog to selling digital products online or offline through a store.

WordPress comes with a huge variety of premium themes and plugins that you can use to customize the layout and functionality of your site. There are also thousands of free plugins and themes available for download from the WordPress repository.

Setting Up A WordPress Site

To set up a WordPress site, you’ll need to have a hosting account. You can get a free domain and install WordPress to a subfolder on your server. For example, mywebsite.com will be your domain, and WordPress will be installed to mywebsite.com/wp.

If you’re using Linux-based hosting, GoDaddy offers a one-click install of WordPress which will import your content into a live WordPress environment, along with a one-click install of a premium WordPress theme of your choice. (More on themes later in this article.) If you’re using Windows-based hosting, you’ll need to install WordPress manually, but it’s still a pretty simple process.

Once you have WordPress installed to your server, you can begin to customize the appearance of your site. If you’re using a free theme, you’ll want to install the WordPress login credentials so you can log into your dashboard. (More on themes later in this article.)

Categories & Tags

A WordPress category is a group of articles or videos that are related to each other and can be accessed by users via a dropdown menu or featured image on the page. (More on themes later in this article.)

A WordPress tag is a keyword or phrase that you can use to group content that is relevant to your product or service. When a visitor uses these tags in the search bar, they’ll see your content matched to those keywords. (More on themes later in this article.)

You can use WordPress categories and tags to structure your content or create taxonomies for different sections of your website. For example, you could have a category for products you sell, another for services you provide, and another for articles or blogs you’ve written. You can even create tags to correspond with specific products or services to further organize your content.

Themes

The word ‘theme’ is used quite frequently within the WordPress ecosystem. However, not all themes are created equal, and you should approach your selection with caution.

When selecting a WordPress theme, you should look for a quality theme that is easy to use, customizable, and has a modern, professional look. (More on themes below.)

Plugins

Plugins are extensions or add-ons for WordPress that can expand the functionality of your site. You can use plugins to create a fully functioning eCommerce store, for example, or add an extra layer of security to your site. (More on plugins later in this article.)

WordPress comes with a large number of built-in plugins that you can use to extend its functionality. For example, you could use the Comments Plugin to allow users to leave comments on your site’s content or the Visual Composer plugin to create a fully functioning gallery of images without needing to learn a complicated coding language.

Content & Media

After you’ve setup your domain and installed WordPress, you’ll need to populate it with content. For our example, let’s say you want to create a blog about fashion. You could use the ‘Blogging’ plugin to automatically import your favorite fashion blogs into your site. (More on plugins below.)

You can then use the Content Explorer to find the content you want to feature on your blog. You can use the Tags or the Categories to help you find the content you’re looking for. Once you find the content, you can click the Edit button to begin your editing process. From there, you can use the various tools to make small changes to the text, images, and video clips.

Flexibility

Flexibility is one of the main reasons why WordPress is such a popular platform. With a little bit of know-how, you can use the tool to create a fully functioning website that can adapt to any screen size or browser.

If you’ve ever heard of the ‘read more’ button, that’s because of the flexible text area plugin. This plugin gives you the ability to create a ‘read more’ button that will display the text below the button on mobile devices.

To create a simple, yet elegant ‘read more’ button, you could download the Flexi Textarea plugin from the WordPress repository. Then, you could use the WordPress toolbar to drag a button onto your page. Next, you could use the drop-down menu to select the display settings for your button. When a user clicks on your button, they’ll see the associated text below the button.

For extra flexibility, you could use a tool like the Canva Marketing Dashboard to create simple infographics, landing pages, and web banners. From there, you can send your finished product to a designer to be folded into a professional-looking PDF or image file.

Summary

To set up a WordPress site is fairly straightforward, however, it’s important to approach your selection with caution. After you’ve installed the WordPress platform and started building out your site, it’s easy to become complacent in the knowledge that you have a functional website.

The important thing to remember is that with any tool there is a learning curve and its important to continue growing and developing your site instead of becoming complacent. This is a good place to start if you’re looking to create a WordPress site, and we hope we were able to help you understand the basics of setting one up. If you found this article valuable, be sure to check out our guide on how to build a WordPress eCommerce store for more information on launching a successful eCommerce operation from a WordPress site.