How to Create a WordPress Website Demo
I have been building websites for almost 20 years now and I have come across, and solved, a wide variety of problems in the process. One of the biggest issues business owners encounter is the issue of displaying their products and services to potential customers without investing in a fully functioning production website. Many of these business owners are well aware of the powerful nature of a WordPress website and the many advantages that come with using this platform, but are reluctant to commit to a large-scale production due to the complexity that comes with it. So, for the longest time, I have been searching for a solution to this problem. And then… BAM! –> Introducing Wirecutter Studio.
I am excited to finally introduce you to the wonderful world of Wirecutter Studio. And what is Wirecutter Studio you ask? It is an easy to use website tool that allows you to build a professional looking demo website without all the coding that comes with using WordPress or any other content management system (CMS).
Let’s get into it.
Why A WordPress Website Demo?
WordPress is the most popular content management system used on the web today. According to figures from 2019, it’s usage stands at 67.9% globally. That’s a lot of websites out there!
What’s great about WordPress is that it’s very flexible. You can use it to build a basic blog or a fully-fledged eCommerce platform. Most importantly, it’s very easy to use. You don’t need any experience or training to get started. Once you have installed the software, creating a new blog or an eCommerce store is as easy as 1-2-3.
Odds are, you already have access to a WordPress website. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re already familiar with it.
So, why create a WordPress demo website? Well, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to build a functional website with a shopping cart, blog, and the like, the answer is… you don’t need to!
By using Wirecutter Studio, you can build a stunning, fully-functional website in no time at all. And, I mean, truly stunning. Because, while there are a number of WordPress themes and plugins that can help you build a functional website, nothing beats the pure beauty that is a custom designed from scratch. Right?
Plus, you get to keep all the content that you create. This is a wonderful thing! Especially if you’re creating a business website or blog where you plan on regularly adding new content.
What Will You Need To Create A WordPress Website?
To get started, you will need:
- A Computer or Laptop
- Internet Access
- A Photo Album (Optional)
- A Camera (Optional)
- A Backpack (Optional)
- Wifi (Optional)
- An Office Chair (Optional)
- A Quiet Place To Work (Optional)
All of these items are necessary to create a WordPress website. But, in my opinion, having a backpack, an office chair, and a camera are definitely worth it.
Then, you will need to install WordPress on a server (this is the tool that will allow you to publish content to the web).
If you’re looking for a free option, I would recommend WordPress.com. The advantage of this platform is that, as a user, you get to use the entire WordPress application without the need to purchase any additional extensions. This way, you can focus on creating content, not on learning how to use a completely different tool.
How To Create A WordPress Website Demo Using Wirecutter Studio?
Once you have WordPress installed and ready to go, you will need to create a new WordPress Site. To do this through Wirecutter Studio, click on the “Sites” icon in the top navigation area, or, if you’re on a mobile device, go to Settings>Sites. You will then be met with a page that looks like this:
As you can see above, I already have a site ready to go. To continue, click on the “Create New Site” button.
Once you click this button, you will be brought to the WordPress editor. Here, you can enter a brief description for your site, along with a catchy headline, and pick a clean and classic look for your site.
From here, you can begin writing your content. If you are looking for a simple way to get started, try one of the many curated blog starter kits that come with a fully functioning blog at the click of a button. These blog starter kits take the stress out of getting started with a blog. And, as a bonus, you get to keep the blog even if you do decide to discontinue using Wirecutter Studio.
The Many Benefits Of A WordPress Website
WordPress is free, which means you are not going to be locked into using a particular platform or hosting service. This is huge for those looking to establish a web presence without needing to spend thousands of dollars on equipment and hosting.
From a business perspective, having a WordPress website means you can take advantage of all the powerful features that this application has to offer. For example, you can use WordPress to quickly set up a professional-looking blog that ranks highly in the search engines. Or, if you’re looking to promote your eCommerce store, you can use WordPress to create a full-fledged shopping portal.
Plus, WordPress is open-source software. This simply means that, in addition to the powerful features mentioned above, you get to enjoy the benefits of a fully-maintained and -supported community of coders who are eager to help you with anything you might need.
Last but not least, let’s not forget about security. WordPress was originally designed to be a safe and stable option for websites, meaning you as the business owner can rest assured that your content is going to be protected.
How To Install WordPress On Your Computer
There are a number of ways to install WordPress. Most web hosts will walk you through the process of creating an account and activating your WordPress installation for free. Here are the basics:
- Visit the WordPress website
- Click on the “Get Started” button
- Enter your email address
- Set a password
- Click on the “Create my account” button
- You will be taken to a confirmation page. Check your email for further instructions
Once you have installed WordPress, you will need to visit the dashboard to set up your site. You can do this by going to the “Dashboard” icon in the top navigation area. Or, if you’re on a mobile device, open the Settings app, then go to Sites. On the desktop version, you will see a screen that looks like this:
Step 1: Select the country You Are Locating Your Website In
This is pretty much self-explanatory. You will need to select the country you are located in before you can proceed. For US-based websites, select United States.
Step 2: Set The Preferred Language For Your Site
Next, you will need to set the preferred language for your site. By doing this, you will make sure that all the content that is displayed to the user is in the language that they have selected. So, if you are running a multilingual site, make sure to pick the appropriate language for the content that you are displaying on your site.
Note: Be careful not to select a language that you do not find easily available on the Internet. For example, if you have a baking website and you choose French, you will have a hard time finding French speakers to translate your content for you. So, instead, I would recommend selecting a language that is commonly used around the world.
Step 3: Set Up Your Site To Use HTTPS
If you are serious about protecting the security of your website, the first and most important step is to fully implement HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure).