How to Create a Website Using WordPress

WordPress is the most popular open source blogging platform and it’s trusted by millions of people around the world. If you’ve been considering creating a blog but don’t want to run the risk of creating something amateurish, then WordPress is the perfect choice. Let’s dive into how to create a website using WordPress.

Step 1: Learn the Basics

Before you can start building your site, you’ll need to learn the basics – like how to use a computer and how to build a website. Even if you’re tech-savvy and have experience building websites, creating a blog with WordPress can still feel a little overwhelming at first. That’s why it’s preferable to learn the ropes from the ground up. Luckily, WordPress comes with a great online course that’ll teach you everything you need to know about creating a website. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection – both of which you probably have already. So, it wouldn’t hurt to spend a few hours a day – if not a few days – learning WordPress.

Step 2: Choose A Theme For Your Blog

WordPress comes with a wide variety of themes, many of which are free, that you can use to build your blog. It’s crucial to pick a theme that suits your blog’s purpose. For example, if you want to create a lifestyle blog, you may want to choose a bright, airy theme with subtle touches of color. Alternatively, if your blog focuses on politics, you may want to look into darker themes with a professional look. One of the great things about WordPress is that it allows you to change the theme of your blog easily by clicking “Settings” and then “Appearance” from inside your WordPress dashboard. So, if you feel like your current theme doesn’t fit your needs, you can always choose another one. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for free WordPress themes, check out themeforest. You’ll find plenty of options there that you can download and install on your site in no time – with no strings attached.

Step 3: Set Up The Basic Structure Of Your Blog

Once you’ve picked a theme for your blog and have it installed on your site, it’s time to start organizing your content. The first thing you’ll want to do is set up the basic structure of your blog. You have three options here: you can either choose to have four posts per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (what’s known as a’schedule’), or you can opt for an ‘uncurated’ schedule, where you can post whenever you want. You can also choose between publishing your posts immediately or waiting a few days before making them live.

Whatever decision you make, bear in mind that the date on which you post your content determines the day on which it’ll be published. You can’t post a new blog post for the sake of publishing it at a later date – the post will always appear on the published schedule. So, if you’re looking to have a post published tomorrow, you’ll have to go ahead and publish it today. As a general rule of thumb, it’s advisable to always choose the former option, as you can always go back and edit content at a later date.

Step 4: Publish Your Posts

Once you’ve set up your blog with a basic structure in place, it’s time to populate it with content. Before you do that, it’s important to remember that WordPress has a no-back-link policy. That means you can’t have any sort of link – be it a bookmark, retweet, love or pin – to another website outside of the blog without WordPress’s explicit permission. So, if you want to have a link to another blog or website, you’ll need to do so via email or social media.

Now that you’re ready to publish your first post, go to “Posts” within your WordPress dashboard and click “Publish”. Then, leave the rest as it is and click “Save Changes”. When you visit your blog after publishing, you’ll see that it’s been populated with content. However, the good thing is that this content is searchable and accessible to anyone who comes across it. So, even if somebody didn’t read your blog post, they’ll still be able to find it if they enter the appropriate keywords into the search bar. That, in turn, means more eyeballs on your content and more opportunities for traffic – which, in turn, means more money for you.

Step 5: Promote Your Blog

Once you’ve got a decent amount of content published on your blog, it’s time to start promoting it. Believe it or not, the best way to do this is actually with a blog post itself. When you post on your blog, whether it’s exciting news or a detailed analysis, you’re giving your audience a reason to come back. And, if you want to have someone read your blog post on their behalf, all you need to do is put in the minimal effort required to make it stand out amongst the rest of your content. As a general rule of thumb, try to avoid using too many keywords in your blog posts and, instead, use simpler and more natural language. This will ensure that your blog post is easily searchable and accessible – without the use of excessive keywords. This, in turn, will help you attract the right audience and encourage them to engage with your content.

Step 6: Monetize Your Blog

WordPress allows you to add extra features to your site that generate revenue. You’ll find many different options here, from memberships, which allow users to access certain content for free, to adding a Google Adsense unit on your site. The great thing about these features is that they don’t require you to add any additional content to your blog and they’ll bring in recurring revenue. So, even if you don’t want to continue writing about technology, you can use WordPress to make money from your existing content.

Step 7: Maintain Your Blog

Finally, let’s talk about maintaining your blog. Just like any other blog or website, regular cleaning and maintenance can make a massive difference in the way your blog looks and functions. Fortunately, WordPress comes with an option that does just that: the RSS Feed Cleaner. Essentially, this tool examines every piece of content on your blog and identifies any items that are no longer relevant. Then, it’ll give you a sense of the content that needs to be removed and a list of the reasons why it was removed. So, you can either go through the content yourself, choosing which bits to keep and which to remove, or you can let the tool do it for you. If you want to keep your content fresh and engaging, it’s imperative to update it regularly with new content – whether that’s a blog post, images or videos. And, as a general rule, it’s always best to leave at least one piece of content unpublished, to keep things interesting for your audience.

WordPress is a great choice for anyone who’s looking for an easy way to create a website. Not only is it flexible enough to suit anyone, but it also comes with a variety of features that make it a one-stop-shop for monetization, SEO and content curation.

To learn more about WordPress and its many features, as well as how to easily install and use it on your site, I recommend checking out Learn WordPress in five minutes.