How to Build a WordPress Website From Scratch
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world. It is a free and open-source software that powers more than 27% of the web. If you’ve ever shopped online, you may have come across a WordPress-powered website. It is a great choice as a CMS because of its flexibility and ease of use. Plus, it’s completely free! Let’s take a look at how to build a WordPress website from scratch.
Choosing The Right Domain Name
One of the first things you’ll want to do is decide what domain name you want to use for your website. You’ll also need to decide whether or not you want to use a.com, a.net, or a.org domain extension. When choosing a domain name, keep these keywords in mind:
- easy to remember
For example, if you want to create a blog about fashion, you might want to consider using a.com domain extension with the name “fashionwisdom”. This would be an easy to remember and non-obtrusive choice because it’s made up of commonly used words. In addition, you could add “international” to the end of the domain name if you decide to allow for translations. Your domain name should be easy to find and remember, but most importantly, it should represent your blog’s content.
Preparing The Basics
Once you have your domain name chosen, it’s time to move on to the next step – preparing the basics. You’ll need to pick a theme for your website and install WordPress to begin with. For this tutorial, we’ll be using the Genesis Framework by WordPress, which is one of the most popular and most flexible frameworks out there. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Genesis Framework, follow the on-screen prompts to configure your site according to your needs.
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a suitable hosting service. A good hosting service will give you a free domain name, as well as allow you to install WordPress and other supported websites without problems. When choosing a hosting service, make sure to look for these things:
- bonus features
- a money-back guarantee
- 24/7 support
In addition to picking a hosting service, you’ll also need to decide what sort of content you want to put on your blog. You could start by setting up a few test posts, to see how things look, but eventually, you’ll want to populate your blog with all sorts of content.
Installing WordPress To The Blog
The next step is to install WordPress to the blog. This is where all the fun starts. You’ve already picked a nice, simple theme for your site, and now it’s time to put it to use. First, you need to visit the WordPress Dashboard (www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin) and navigate to the Settings menu. On this page, you’ll find various options that you can fiddle with to fit your needs. After configuring the Settings page, return to the Dashboard and click on the Install button to begin the WordPress installation process.
Depending on your needs, you can either install WordPress to the URL you’ve been given or you can use Bitnami’s WordPress Stack (https://bitnami.com/stack/wordpress/). For our example, we’ll use the latter, which gives us the flexibility to use a subdomain for our site (e.g., “blog.yourwebsite.com”).
Once WordPress is installed to the blog, take some time to familiarize yourself with the Dashboard. The Dashboard is where you’ll spend the majority of your time when using WordPress. It provides you with all the tools you need to manage the content on your website. It contains various widgets that you can add to your website to enhance its functionality. You can also add custom fields to any post or page to keep track of extra information (e.g., customer reviews).
Customizing The Appearance
After installing WordPress to the blog, it’s time to start customizing the appearance of the site. You have a variety of choices when it comes to the templates, or the look of your site, and this is something you need to take into consideration if you want your website to look professional. When choosing a WordPress theme, make sure to look for these things:
The above list should give you an idea of what to keep in mind if you want your site to look good. Once you’ve found a suitable theme, it’s time to go through the theme’s documentation to see how to make the most of this theme. The documentation will usually come with a variety of tutorials that will help you get started creating your website in no time.
Setting Up The Security
This step is critical because it involves ensuring that your site is safe. You’ve got to remember that whoever visits your site, be it a member of the press or a user that you’ve invited to your blog, needs to feel confident that they can trust what they’re reading. For this reason, you need to set up a few security measures to ensure that anyone who tries to tamper with your site will be detected.
The first step is to install a WordPress plugin that will add an “X-Counterjade” HTTP header to the pages of your website. This header contains a unique ID that will help Google and other search engines to recognize your site as being legitimate. In addition to this header, you can also choose to run a Google search for your website to see how other sites are presenting themselves.
The next step is to set up a few hidden fields on your blog’s registration form. The registration form for your blog is the place where visitors can sign up to get notifications when new content is published. Hidden fields are fields that don’t appear anywhere in the form, but they exist and they can store information that will be easily accessible by search engines and other third parties. In addition to hidden fields, you can also choose to make certain sections of your registration form inaccessible by certain users. This can help you limit who can access certain parts of your site’s content.
Tweaking For Better Performance
Having a responsive, mobile-friendly website is something that every business should strive for. When someone visits your website on a mobile device, they should be able to easily view your content without any problems. To achieve this, you need to go through and make various tweaks to the code of your site. This can be a time-consuming process, but it’s worth it in the end.
The first thing you should do is get a dedicated server (more on this below). A dedicated server provides you with more resources, which in turn will speed up the loading of your site. If you want to really make a difference, you should get a load-balanced server, which is capable of handling multiple requests at the same time. This will make a world of difference. In addition to this, you should also get a fast, reliable internet connection.
Familiarizing Yourself With The CMS
As mentioned above, WordPress is a free and open-source software that you can use to build your website. It is a CMS, or Content Management System, and what this means is that it provides you with the tools to manage the content on your website. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with these tools, so it becomes second nature to you.
With WordPress, you get a variety of tools that you can use to manage content, design a website, and track its performance:
- the Appearance menu
- the Content menu
- the Menus WordPress dashboard
- the Comments section
- the Discussion forum
- the Metrics tools
- the SEO tools
All of these tools can be accessed from the WordPress dashboard, which provides you with a clean interface for all the content on your site. If you ever used Microsoft Office, you’ll feel right at home with WordPress, because it operates with a similar “drill down” approach – allowing you to access all the necessary functionality from a single location.