How to Create Your Own WordPress Website (And It Will Be Better Than You Think!)
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in use today, and it’s no wonder why. Not only is it free, open-source, and incredibly easy to use, but it also offers a large community supporting it with lots of helpful resources.
While WordPress is extremely useful for anyone who wants to build a website, it can be difficult to really understand just how much power it gives you when you’re not actively using it. Too often, people will see the sleek design and assume that everything is working just as it should. However, when you’re actually trying to put together a viable website using the platform, you’ll quickly discover that you’re not as prepared as you think you are.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your website and looking for a place to start, this article will teach you exactly how to do it and why it’s worth your time and effort. We’ll cover everything from the basics – what is a website and why do you want one – to the more advanced topics like security, hosting, and monetization – all while using WordPress as our example.
The Basics Of Building A Website
Before we begin, let’s discuss the basics of what a website is and why you would want to build one. A website is essentially a collection of webpages (sometimes called “content”) that can be organized into a pattern that makes sense to a human reader.
On the surface, this may seem easy enough, but it can be difficult to understand just how much work goes into the construction of a single, high-quality website. Think about it this way: When someone comes across your website and wants to read something, they’ll visit one of the pages and arrive at the “home” page. From there, they’ll either continue reading or leave the website altogether. This is all assuming that they’ve found something useful on your site!
If you want to create a successful and popular website, you need to consider all of the little things that you might do that would make a difference. For example, are you using a catchy and relevant title for the page? Does the picture match the rest of the content? Are you optimizing for the right keywords?
The answer to all of these questions is, mostly, yes. However, when it comes to actually putting the content together and getting people to come back for more, you’re often left with a pile of unfinished blog posts and a great, big hole where your content should be. This is where most people give up and leave WordPress completely, assuming that they’ve failed miserably at building a website.
Fortunately, this is where you shouldn’t give up. Even though your WordPress site may not be perfect, it’s still – generally speaking – a very good starting point whether you’re a skilled web designer or you’re just starting out. More and more people are heading to platforms like WordPress, which offer easy website creation along with a large community supporting it.
Why Do You Want A Website?
Even though a website is generally a good thing, you need to consider carefully why you want to build one. Do you want to simply sell your products online? Do you want to keep your fans informed of your latest activities? Do you want to allow people to find out more about you and what you do?
The answer to these questions will largely dictate the content of your website. Do you want to create a resource for your fans to find the most up-to-date news on your band? Do you want to create a social platform where you can connect with other musicians? Do you want to build a community around a specific interest, such as tabletop gaming or animation?
As you can see, there are many different reasons why you might want to build a website. However, in all cases, you’ll want to start by gathering as much information as possible about your target audience and what they want from your website. From there, you can choose a content strategy that makes the most sense for you and your band.
What Platform Should You Use To Build Your Website?
Once you’ve decided that you want to build a website, the next step is to choose the platform. Ideally, you’ll want to pick a system that is completely free and open-source, and offers a reasonable amount of functionality, depending on your specific needs. In most cases, these are the three pillars that you need to consider:
A hosting service: You’ll need a place to put all of your content (which we’ll cover in the next section).
A content management system (CMS): To actually put the content together, you’ll need a tool to help you. WordPress is the most popular and most well-known content management system, but there are dozens of others. Make sure that you’re choosing a platform that is fully supported by a community of users who can help you get the most out of it. Otherwise, you’ll simply be creating a site that no one wants to visit.
A domain name: Once you’ve picked a hosting service and a CMS, you need to choose a domain name. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a unique, brandable domain name that’s highly relevant to the type of content that you’re putting together. For example, if you’re building a music website, you might want to choose a.com domain name such as “soundcloud.com” or “spotify.com”. If you’re really branding yourself as an expert in your field, you might want to consider choosing a.net domain name such as “webdesignerjack.net”.
What Should Your Website Look Like?
Once you’ve decided on the general idea behind your website and you’ve chosen your domain name, it’s time to start thinking about how you want your website to look. To begin with, you’ll want to make sure that the content on your site is easy to read and digestible. If someone is stumbling across your site and not really sure what they’re looking at, you’ll likely lose them as a customer (and hopefully, they’ll become a fan, too).
Another important factor is color. It’s always important to choose colors that are “palette-friendly” and don’t create confusion or clash with the rest of your design choices. For example, if you have a dark theme (typically used for corporate websites), it’s essential that the text and the colors used in the website match. Choosing different colors for different elements of the design can lead to all sorts of trouble. It’s always better to stick with what you know.
How Much Should You Budget For?
Another important consideration to make is how much you should budget for this project overall. There are lots of factors that you need to consider here, so let’s run through them one by one.
Firstly, you need to consider how long you intend to keep the website online. Will it be a one-time event, or will you be regularly updating it? Bear in mind that, depending on the platform that you use, it can be rather difficult to maintain a website that is regularly updated. Some CMS platforms, for example, require a great deal of regular maintenance to keep the content organized and looking good. This is why, in most cases, people will go for a one-time website instead of a regularly updated one.
The next important consideration is how much content you want to put online. If you’ve decided to create a blog post about your adventures as a new band trying to make an impact in the world of music, you’ll most likely want to put together an archive of all of your blog posts. While it’s not necessary to have all of your blog posts online, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
The next step is to consider the amount of traffic that you’ll want to receive daily. If you’re just starting out and have no idea how much traffic your website will eventually receive, it’s better to choose a low traffic (but free) hosting service. However, if you’ve decided to keep the site online and are looking into the future, it’s best to choose a service that offers high traffic – at least, for the beginning.
To sum up, all of these things need to be considered before you can start laying down the digital foundations of your website. While it’s not necessary to have all of these things in place before you can start creating, it certainly won’t hurt to have them all lined up and ready to go. With a little planning and research, you’ll have an infinitely better idea of exactly what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Just remember – if you ever decide to take this journey, it’s a long road and you’re going to need patience.