How To Build A WordPress Website
Dear Fellow WordPress User (or potential user),
MOST people who try to create a WordPress Site give up.
Let me say it more clearly: 9 out of 10 WordPress sites never get completed!
A lot of these websites were started by people who never even made it past their first blog post.
Where do you stand in that equation?
You see, the problem most people face is a lack of actionable instruction.
These shortcut strategies take you by the hand and lead you through the WordPress creation process, step-by-simple-step.
Just follow along — and you’ll be up and running in no time!
so let’s get stuck in
And if you need any help, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help you
Unsurprisingly. WordPress is the software we will be using to create our website
It really user friendly, easy to add additional features, is very versatile in the appearance options you can choose
And best of all – It’s FREE to use
WordPress has been my preferred choice for years. It’s what I use for all my own websites and for the sites I build for other people.
I love it, because it has so much extra functionality that you can do just about anything you can imagine with your site.
Everyone has their own preferences, and opinions, about what is the best to use.
And, there are plenty of other options out there, including Blogger (which is free), Type pad and even WordPress.com, which is also free.
Now, I want to clarify something about WordPress because I know sometimes there is confusion between WordPress.com and the self-hosted version from WordPress.org
With WordPress.com, you build your blog on their site and you must follow their rules.
Yes, it is free, but there are rules and guidelines you must follow, such as using affiliate marketing on your site to make money. You are at their mercy, because if they ever decide they don’t like what you have on your site, they can shut your site down. All your work would be gone.
Why risk losing all your hard work.
Not to mention, having a domain name like “myfabulousbusiness.wordpress.com” doesn’t sound quite as professional as “myfabulousbusiness.com”
That is the exact same problem with having a blogger blog.
The same rules apply – and while you can get your own domain name and point it to your blogs, you are still working under their terms and conditions.
Your financial situation may make the choice for you.
If you’re broke and have no money to start with then you won’t have any other choice, get set up on one of the free platforms.
But as soon as you can, I highly recommend moving to your own hosting.
The hosting can cost as little as £10 a month; with the domain name costing around £10 a year so it’s really not as far out of reach as most people think!
And the upside is worth far more than the small investment
Self hosted wordpress
We are going to look at WordPress.Org and all the enhancements that we can make using the repository of Plugins and Themes.
With a self-hosted WordPress site, there are a few things we need to take care of before we get to installing WordPress. You will need to buy a domain name (website name) and you will need to buy a hosting plan, which is the server space you will use to store (host) all your website files and folders.
There are lots of different providers of both, so for the ease of writing, otherwise this guide could easily be a thousand pages long, I will be focusing on the suppliers that I use myself.
But why should you trust my judgement?
That’s always a good question.
The best answer I can give you is ~ because if they were not any good I wouldn’t be using them
Doing The Technical Stuff
This section is dedicated to explaining how to set up your own self-hosted blog using WordPress.
Now for some people this can seem overwhelming and too technical for a lot of people, especially if you’re just starting out, but it really isn’t.
I am going to walk you through this, step by step
You will register a domain name for your site and have your own site set up on your hosting plan and you will install WordPress
I am not going to go too in-depth because I don’t want you starting to think this is just going to be too hard;
I remember feeling like I was in a tornado of information when I was getting started and didn’t know what direction to try going in!
When I signed up for my hosting plan, I almost passed out when I got the welcome email and saw all the information on that page that I didn’t have a clue what any of it meant!
But don’t worry about any of that, you don’t need to know half of that stuff at the beginning anyway:)
Let’s get stuck in…
Congratulations, if you’ve followed all the steps, you have registered a domain name, set up your hosting account, installed WordPress and set up your general settings!
Things are always changing with WordPress and on the internet in general, but the information I have given you here is straight forward and should not change too much in the immediate future.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions from other WordPress Users as you will often get different ideas and methods that work great for them – and which might be something you can use too.
Remember what I have explained here isn’t the only way of doing things – but this is exactly how I do things for my my own sites. I continue to learn and I am always learning more, reading up on new ways of doing things
But, I just wanted you to understand that getting your own site installed, set up and running doesn’t have to be a scary process. Too many people get stuck at this point, fearing that they will never be able to learn or understand how to do it – so they don’t ever get their website up and running!
Now that you know how to get started – there is nothing holding you back! You should now have the confidence to get started, with no excuses or worries, and get your own WordPress Website published online and start writing some great content, and learn the rest as you go.
This isn’t a sprint to the finish line – it is more of a test of endurance.
It is very unlikely that any new WordPress Site will take off with great speed, gaining traffic and readers quickly. Most take time, and sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere.
When you’re getting started don’t spend too much time trying to get everything perfect. Your WordPress website will be something that evolves and grows as you spend more time working on it, and something you might want to try now, might end up being something you want to change down the road.
You now know how to build a WordPress website
Good luck and feel free to come visit and say hello and tell me all about your site.