So you want to create your first Word Press Site. Like anything, it can be achieved if you place some effort behind it. Making a website with WordPress requires hosting, dedication, and a plan on how your site will appear to your viewers.
And we’ll show you how to get the first one on board.
What is Word Press?
Word Press is the easiest most popular way to make your own blog or website. In fact, 33% of the websites on the Internet are powered by WordPress. This means that one and four of the websites you see will have WordPress features underneath it.
On a technical level, WordPress is an open source content management system, which means any user can modify WordPress websites for free. The content management system makes it easy for users to manage important aspects of your site without having to know about programming.
The end result is a website that’s accessible to everyone, even people who aren’t web developers.
Who Invented WordPress?
WordPress was made as a project back in 2003. Because it’s open-source software, it has a large community of contributors. But if we trace WordPress origins to its first launch, its original creation was by both Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg.
Matt Mullenweg became the face of WordPress and founded Automatic, which is a company behind WordPess.com's service. Then, WordPress has pushed forward throughout the years, and their large community develops it to make any website from a personal or professional level.
Why Use Word Press?
Here are some reasons why companies and bloggers use Word Press today:
WordPress themes are versatile and offer multiple choices for adjusting the functions and appearance of your website, thanks to its growing and large theme directory. Most of these themes are available through the WordPress directory and thousand more can be purchased by the design marketplace and other designers around the world. Themes can be installed at any time to change the layout of your Word Press website.
WordPress has the elements needed to get a basic sit, but users want specific functions to assist with their site's needs. Also, it has hundreds of plugins which are small coding pieces that perform specific tasks. Users can add features such as contact forms, shopping carts and galleries, and more for comfortable WordPress Sites. You can activate, deactivate, or uninstall the plugins as your site continues to grow.
High Search Engine Rankings
Searchability is important for ranking on Google and other web search engines. WordPress sites receive high rankings on Google’s algorithm. This is because they are updated ad because WordPress uses a variety of tools such as SEO (search engine optimization).
Mobile websites are important on Google’s web search algorithms, so your websites have to look good in almost any device. WordPress has a lot of responsive theme designs, and you can make a responsive site with theme file adjustments and plugins.
Word Press has a content management system; this gives you multiple features that help with publishing content. For instance, it has a blog feature that you can access at any time, aNd users can add a blog to their website without having to make it separately. This makes it possible for sites to have a blog feature for announcements and add updates.
Adaptable and Flexible to Your Needs
While WordPress was made for blogging and other forms of online publishing, it also gives powers sites for other purposes. WordPress is used to run sites for small businesses, multinational corporations, and to make personal blogs.
With WordPress, you can showcase a portfolio, start up an e-commerce stores, or host a podcast, group, or network. Whatever the requirements, your WordPress can use plugins to make the site adapt to your changing needs.
You can create a WordPress site in minutes, without needing any technical expertise. All you need is a hosting account and a domain name. From there you can easily manage the Admin dashboard which comes equipped with features needed to customize the site's layout, header and was about to make you start creating posts and pages instantly.
Important Website Features
Fast Page Load
On average, humans have an attention span that lasts for 30 seconds. Your website has to be engaging and interesting, or else your reader will skip over your site.
You need a website that loads fast. There are a few tools and cache plugins you can use to improve its performance. We suggest that you find good website hosting, as it will help reduce the page loading times for your viewers.
All WordPress sites should be SEO optimized. With some SEO Plugins, users can add the meta information. You don’t need to have expert skills to explain how your site operates, but doing so is a skill that will help you in the long run.
Google Search Console
If you want to expand, place your blog on Google Search Console. This is a free service that allows you to check your website’s health, flagged issues, and search engine ranking. While you might not need it, it's a proactive step that will help your page become more dynamic.
Adding this is free if you have a Google account. Link it to your main account that has Google Analytics to ensure all of your plugins work property.
How to Create a Word Press Site?
There's no actionable task that you have to do this point. You first need to get familiar with the software and plan how you're going to use it to build your website. Most people tend to rely this with ease due to the Content Management System.
For the most part, WordPress’ CMS have a familiar interface such as Google docs or Facebook. This will allow you to manage your site while teaching your client how to navigate through the pages. Thus, always practice using WP’s CMS, and you’ll find it easier to design your site how you want it.
Select a name for your website
When creating your first WordPress, finding a unique name is the most fun prat of the entire process. After all, you get a lot of freedom here. Here, you can pick any name you desire for your website.
However, there are a few things that need to be understood before you can succeed.
First off, there are about 2 billion websites on the web. This means that staying original will become a challenge, but is necessary for your page to thrive.
It’s a good idea to create your website’s name around your organization and what services it provides. Alternatively, you can use one with a term that comes up often in your niche, with some extra words for added brandability.
In short, your domain name should have the following:
In the next step, we’ll show you how to register your domain name and obtain a hosting package in one go.
Buying Domain Name and Hosting
Note: While buying things like a hosting package can be sound difficult at first, there’s nothing you have to worry about. The process we’re showing you is simple and doesn’t require any technical heavy-lifting.
There is over 100 different companies that can verify a domain name for you. Then, there are some companies that will sell you a hosting package. Start by going to the domain's site (i.e. GoDaddy, etc) and pay for the domain name you're looking for.
Under hosting services, press the location area that’s closest to your target audience.
Under extra services, see if you want the Domain Privacy feature. If you don't, your information will be visible when a visitor does a WHOIS lookup. Whether you want this to occur or not is up to you.
After finding a domain name, you can press “Pay Now” to complete your purchase.
Telling Your Web Host to Install WordPress
Now that you've obtained a domain name, you need to have proper web hosting. While you can install WordPress manually, there are some hosting providers (i.e. Site Guard) that allow you to create the website automatically.
Press “Select a New Website” and use WordPress as your main platform. Also, type in your admin username and password that you want to use.
After clicking ‘Confirm,' you'll be asked if you want to add more Enhancements to your current hosting plan. Skip them and press "Complete Checkout."
Go to your My Accounts tab, and you'll see the WordPress installation tab. Now, go to the "Admin Panel" so you can start configuring your WordPress page.
Once you've successfully downloaded WordPress, here’s what you’ll see when logging onto its interface.
Status: The status of your site and what occurs alongside it.
Post - Your blog posts are here, so you can use this feature to start scheduling posts.
Media: Manage/Upload image files and additional features here.
Pages: You can create sub-page pages.
Comments: Here you can add comments that are moderated by your team.
Appearance: Customize things that are viewed on your page, and how to adjust content on the current design.
Users: Manage Users accounts are managed, and you can give some users administrative positions when changing your site.
Make Your Site Public
First, search and find your website on Google and index it. To make sure that it's visible go to Settings, Readings which can you uncheck "discourage Search engines." This allows your site to rank on Google's algorithm, making your website more viewable to the public.
Set Your Tagline and Website Title
Your tag line and site description might appear on various locations on the site. Some WordPress themes show them on the homepage and the SEO description. Google uses both when listing your website on the results page.
Enable or Disable Comments
Whether you want comments or not is your decision.
On one hand, letting readers leave their questions and opinions under your pages is great for creating a community under your website. However, you will have to moderate your page and protect it from spam or trolling.
To enable/disable comments, go to the Settings > Discussion panel.
Disable Trackbacks and Pingbacks
This feature is rarely used on WordPress. It’s a leftover from when tracebacks were a thing. In order to disable it, go to Settings and Discussion.
Set Up Your Time Zone
Setting up the correct time zone will make it easier to publish and make your pages predictable. Usually, you should set the time zone to where you’re at or where your target audience is at. Whichever one makes sense.
You can choose the time zone in Settings > General.
With the basic settings under control, now we can give into the fun parts.
Install a Theme For Your Word Press Site
WordPress has over thousands of interchangeable designs called themes. This means that you can change the look of your WordPress site in one click. Here’s how you can select the right theme for your page
Get a Theme That You Like
As we’ve mentioned earlier, WordPress themes are design packages that dictate how your website will look. You can quickly install them and change them in the future if needed.
The important detail here is that themes don’t change your site contents but will alter the site’s presentation. WordPress has thousands of themes you can choose from so you can alter your website’s appearance as you see fit.
Even though there are a lot of paid themes available, free themes are a great option, to begin with. The best thing about free themes is the impressive features they provide without asking for anything in return.
So how can you pick a theme that's best for you? Here are some tips if you want to take an in-depth look. Generally, you don't want to waste your time on this, and there are faster alternatives out there.
We suggest you take this option because the theme you choose is not final. You can always switch it back, later on, getting a new theme in minutes.
Install the Theme
If you can find the theme in WordPress.org’s directory, then you can install it within seconds. Here’s how you can install WordPress Themes:
Appearance > Themes and then press “Add New.” Once you’re there, write the name of the desired theme you want on your site. After pressing the install button, the theme will be apart of your WordPress dashboard. Next, press “Activate” which is right next to the “Install” button.
While the current theme for your site is nice, you can adjust it to your liking. Go to Appearance > Customize, and you'll see the WordPress customizer interface.
Here, you can adjust a myriad of things. For simplicity, we’ll adjust the homepage.
How to Make a Homepage
To create your homepage do the following
This will place your site’s articles into a custom homepage. By default, you’ll notice cool elements on the homepage.
Click on the pencil icon near the headline to change it. When doing so, choose a name that represents your business or anything else that can serve as the title of your website.
Features: The features section is a great way to show your organization’s purpose or what it has to offer. That purpose is probably the main thing you’ll want to keep in mind when making a website.
About: The about section is where you can tell your story.
Team: You can show the members of your team and highlight them if they work for your business.
Testimonials: Showcase your previous customer’s experience with your business.
Ribbon: This is where you can show your primary call to action.
Contact Information: Show your contact information and let potential clients know where to reach you.
You have to make the colors of your site appealing to your audience. Having too many colors will ruin the presentation of your site, and too little colors will make it look bland.
Choose 3 primary colors that will define your color scheme. You can change the setting in the WordPress Customizer. Simply click Colors on the sidebar. The accent color is made for links, buttons and to make things stand out from the site’s main design.
After doing the following, your website will feel like it's yours. You have made all of the customizations and tune-ups to let it fit with your brand.
There are a lot more settings in the Word Press Customizer. For example, you can:
Change the shape of the buttons
Add a background image to the website
Pick the site’s default layout - whether you want the sidebar to be top, right, down, or completely hidden!
How the blog listing will be displayed.
Fixing the Typography
The next thing you have to do is fine-tune the typography (fonts) of your website. Start by going to Appearance Settings > Typography on the Customizer sidebar. Here, you can pick a font and can see it on the site immediately.
Add Plugins to Extend Your Website’s Abilities
Installing plugins is easy. If it's a free plugin, you only need the name. Go to your WordPress dashboard and then Plugins > Add New. From there, add the name of the plugin you want in the search box, click "Install" and "Activate."
Create Basic Pages
Now that you've gotten a basic idea of how your WordPress page will look, it's time to start creating pages. Go to your WordPress dashboard and select Pages > Add New. Once you're done editing the New Page's content, click "Publish."
Here are some pages you should consider:
Portfolio: Showcase your past work and show your skills to a potential client.
Store: If you have a unique product or service to sell, you can use the WooCommerce plugin. This allows you to create a shopping cart on your page and help them create multiple orders.
Starting a Blog
Now that you have created a completed web site, a blog should be the next thing in mind. A blog is the most effective way to promote your website and the products you want to sell via that website.
55% of online marketers state that blogging is their highest marketing priority. Having a blog is a simple concept. Publish articles that are related to your website’s topic and do this regularly.
To make a new blog post press Posts > Add New from the dashboard. The process of creating a blog post is similar to making a page. The editing page and options look the same, so you have a lot of options to choose from.
Here is a table that shows some more facts about WordPress site building.
Google owns 96% of mobile search traffic.
Responsive websites are the key. If you want to attract mobile users to your page, then install a WordPress theme that does so
84% of people won’t purchase a product if it’s from an unsecured website.
Security. Your WordPress web page needs to be certified level security encryption to receive the trust of your customers.
Videos on landing pages will increase your conversions by 86%
Add videos to your site! By doing so, you break the monotony of the page and keep your viewers entertained.
Your first Word Press site will take some time. However, with a bit of patience, effort, and planning, your site will have a group of regulars that are interested in your content. So make your site according to your audience and chances are you’ll be successful.