WordPress has become one of the most popular CMS of all among beginners as well as experts or even enterprise-level organizations. Since its popularity increased this much, WordPress possesses a lot of opportunities for both merchants as well as developers. Learning and mastering the skill behind creating a website with WordPress that too from sketch can come in handy at times. It allows merchants to navigate their website themselves eliminating the dependency on developers. It can allow even beginner merchants to become professional developers. Moreover, it allows you to save a lot of money, although a subsequent amount of time will also be exhausted in the learning process. But in order to learn something, you need to sacrifice something. Hence, a step-by-step guide for beginners allowing them to create a website and publish their content online in just 1 – 2 hours.
One can easily start their website with the help of WordPress within an hour or two. However, creating an amazing platform will take time. The beautification of any solution never ends. The more you learn, the more you understand that you know nothing. But before starting, always remember this:
“One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” – Sidney Howard
WordPress is quite an easy CMS. With all the templates and Plugins available, you’ll be able to gain an edge over your competitors; provided you are creating the website yourself while they are depending on WordPress Development services. So without wasting more time, let’s dig right in:
Here’s an overview of what steps we’re going to follow from start to ends:
- Register a Domain name
- Choosing a Web Hosting Provider
- Installing WordPress
- Choosing a WordPress Theme
- Creating Your First Page
- Marketing Your Site
Step-by-Step Guide on creating a website from scratch
Step – 1: Register a Domain name
The very first step that comes in building a Website is the Domain name.
What is it? A domain name is the name and address of your website. This allows users to find your website using their web browsers. For example, this websites’ domain name is https://wordpressindia.co.in. The Domain name of your website depends on you alone. It can be anything. But in order to access the desired domain name for your website, you need to check if the name is available or not. Register it under your name. On average, a Domain name registration cost from $0.99 to $12 per month.
You can use platforms like GoDaddy.com, Hostgator.com for DOmain name registration.
Remember one thing, the domain name of your website should be simple so that your user can find it easily and can understand the business’s offerings. Usually, the domain of any company is something like www.yourcompanyname.com/in/co.
You can use .com, .net for a more generic approach if your business’s offerings are global. For more local reach, use .in, .uk, .dr, if your targeted audience is country-specific.
Step – 2: Choosing a Web Hosting Provider
The next step is to buy space on the internet where you can deploy your website. Web hosting is a service that allows you to deploy your website and store its content on a secure server. That means, without web hosting, you’d not be able to run a business over the internet.
Any affordable web hosting is going to cost you between $2 to $ 10 for a month. You can avail of hosting from websites such as Bluehost, Hostgator, and other similar sites. Whichever you choose make sure the hosting offer these benefits:
- Domain support with SSL Security(Secure Socket Layer)
- Seamless WordPress Installation
- Cloud Storage support
- No limit on bandwidth for when the traffic on your website, it still executes without any issue.
For such services, we recommend you to use BlueHost, as it is the most trusted Hosting service provider. You can always refer to the WordPress development services provider for more suggestions. Since this article is about starting your Website, we’ll mention the steps for hosting in brief here:
- Navigate through the website and select the plan that’s appropriate according to your requirements.
- For beginners, Selecting shared hosting is a better option in case you are low on budget.
- Select a free domain name in case if you haven’t purchased it yet. For 1 year the domain name is offered for free by Bluehost
- Once done, it’ll take some time to register, and then you can start building the website.
Step – 3: Installing WordPress
Now that you’ve completed the Hosting procedure, it’s time for you to install WordPress(A website building platform). Install the CMS within your Hosting that you just purchased.
Setting up a WordPress Website is easy. It becomes more fluent with the right hosting provider. Install WordPress on BlueHost. It’s a One-click installation.
Click on the “My Site” menu and select “Create Site”. Add the basic information in the form and click Install. It’s all on Auto-pilot mode from now on. Once the setup is complete, BlueHost will show you the complete details about your website such as the Login details, Domain details. It’ll automatically install the latest WordPress version. Check out the features of the latest WordPress here.
Test your website by entering the domain in your browser.
It should look something like this. It sure doesn’t look like a website as of now. We’re going to change that soon in the next step. But before moving to customization, make sure to check the SSL and the HTTPS settings to verify the website’s security.
Step – 4: Choosing a WordPress Theme
Now that an Abstract of your Website is up and running, It’s time to design the solution to look more like a website than just an abstract. Selecting a Theme for your website comes first in this process.
Choose Your Theme
WordPress Theme is going to be the base of your website and it’s’ going to change the way your website looks. In order to select a theme, navigate to the WordPress Theme Store from the dashboard, and select the appropriate theme for your website.
These Themes are interchangeable. Most of these themes are free of cost also. Once selected, install the theme from the dashboard and test the domain once.
Moreover, you can go for customized themes as well. WordPress India offers Custom WordPress Theme Development and PSD to WordPress Theme Conversion that caters’ to your unique requirements.
Add a Logo and Customize the Basics
From here on, it’s hunky-dory. You’ll enjoy spending time on your dashboard and customizing the website. The dashboard would look something like this:
In order to add a logo, navigate to the ‘Appearance’ section, and select the theme option. Click on the option Upload Logo and select the Logo for your website. You can customize a logo for your website or you can select any stock image if you like. This is what your website would look like once the Logo is uploaded.
The rest of the customization includes changing the website’s favicon, fonts, color as per your project’s requirements. Experiment with the Theme you selected, add widgets, sidebars, and other important stuff.
This is the beauty of installing and customizing your website by yourself; You’ll be having direct experience with building a website. Moreover, there’s no need to worry about the site’s speed and other stuff. That part comes later when you’ve mastered the building process.
Step – 5: Creating Your First Page
Pages are the soul of your website. There’s no website that does not have any pages. A Web page is similar to a word document. It holds important information about your business and its functionalities. Almost all of the websites have a similar webpage in terms of names, the content might be different:
Homepage, About Us, Contact Us, Terms and Conditions, Blog Page, and Service Page.
When creating a Website, once you have selected a theme, Your homepage is already created. You can find this page in the ‘Pages’ section from the dashboard.
You can create as many pages as you like from the pages section; just click on add new page and start adding content.
This is what a page builder looks like:
Add images, text contents, animations using page builder templates, and theme options.
Often, most of the functionalities you’re looking for are not included in WordPress’s Core offerings. To gain such benefits, navigate to the ‘Plugins’ section and search for your desired plugin from the ‘add new’ option.
Just add the keywords of the plugin and I’m sure something will pop-up as there are more than 50K plugins available in the WP directory. Still, if you feel like the pre-developed plugins can’t fulfill your requirements, check out our custom WordPress Plugin development services.
Once you are finished with page customization, click on publish to make the page live. You can also convert the website into an eCommerce platform. To gain such functionalities, install the WooCommerce plugin or get in touch with our experts who excel in WordPress eCommerce development.
Step – 6: Marketing Your Site
Once you’ve created all the main pages of your website, it’s time to start promoting your website on social media. Social media is the best platform to do so as it is free of use and has many potentials in terms of supporting marketing. The penetration level of social media websites are great and can help you greatly in jump-starting your business.
Moreover, it is also good to include some plugins to help you with marketing. A subscription form for your newsletters, a contact form, plugins to support SEO, are some of the major tools used for enhancing marketing. Plugins like Yoast are most used for enhancing and generating a sitemap automatically.
For more advanced services opt for WordPress Marketing Services offered by professionals at WordPress India. Our experts will audit your website thoroughly and come up with a customized plan for your solution only.
Here we conclude the Step-By-Step Guide for Creating a WordPress Website from scratch.
Congratulations, you have built a new website completely by yourself. Still, there’s still much more you can accomplish with the help of WordPress. This is just the beginning. However, from now on you just have to concentrate on steps 4, 5, and 6 from now on. Still, if you need support from an external organization, get in touch with a WordPress development company for a more professional approach.
WordPress India is just a click away. Get in touch with our experienced developers, consult your requirements and ideas, and let us help you in converting your dream website into reality.
Frequently Asked Question
Is WP the only way to create a Website?
No, there are more CMS and frameworks available that can help you in creating your website. However, WordPress is the most popular, Robust, Flexible, and easy to use.
How to monetize my website?
Monetization can be achieved with the help of different tools such as allowing Ads that convert traffic into money. You can also convert your website into an Online Retail Store.
Do I need to know HTML or CSS too?
No, it is not necessary to understand HTML/CSS for operating a website. However, HTML/CSS can help you gain much more with your solution in terms of customization, beautification, and unique front-end development.