In my post, I show you how you can make a WordPress website easily in a few steps.
You do not need any experience to build a WordPress website.
Follow my guide, and you can launch a website today.
WordPress is the preferred website builder. Over 40% of websites use WordPress.
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The website-building process is simple, but it is easy to make mistakes.
If you plan to make a website to publish content, then you need to use WordPress.
There are free website builders, but they charge for extras when your blog grows.
My guide shows you how to make a website, so you don’t have to pay extra fees.
I have made many websites since starting in 2018. I always use WordPress.
Let’s start building your WordPress website.
Step One – Domain And Hosting
A domain name is the address of your website. My domain name is Newblogr, and the .com is the TLD (Top Level Domain).
I recommend buying .com for your site. It is the most common and is not country or sector-specific.
Buying a domain name is difficult. The name you want is probably unavailable.
Keep your domain name short. Your name must be easy to remember.
Focus your name around a topic rather than a product. You want to have room to grow your website.
Namecheap Domain Names
I recommend ‘Namecheap.com‘ (*paid link) for domain names.
You can buy a .com domain name for about $10 a year.
Enter the name you want, followed by .com, and click Search.
You see a Make Offer option when a domain name is not available.
The Make Offer link means the owner might sell.
A premium listing could cost thousands of dollars. I recommend looking for an available name.
Continue your domain name search.
Once you find an available domain name, you get a green tick with an option to Add To Cart.
On the next page, ensure that Domain privacy is enabled.
Domain privacy hides your personal information after you purchase this domain.
When you don’t enable this option, your name, address, and email are on the domain name registrar list.
With Namecheap, this option is free forever.
To complete your purchase, create a free account.
You have completed the first step. You have a domain name.
Bookmark Namecheap, you need to make changes to your account later.
How To Buy A Domain Name Video Tutorial
You keep your website folders and files on a server. This service is Hosting.
There are hundreds of hosting companies offering different hosting packages.
The cheapest hosting package is called Shared Hosting. Shared hosting is when multiple websites are on the same server.
Choosing shared hosting is an excellent option for new websites. It is cheap.
Hosting companies offer discounts to new customers, but when it is time to renew, the price doubles or sometimes triples.
For example, here are Siteground’s hosting packages. The new customer price is the discounted price. The renewal price is much higher.
When choosing a hosting company, here is a list of essential factors.
Uptime means your website is accessible.
Look for hosting companies that guarantee an uptime of over 99%.
For example, here is Hostgator’s sales page. They guarantee 99.9% uptime.
Support is essential when you are new to blogging.
Your site will have issues. Choose a hosting company that has a reputation for excellent customer support.
Here is a blog post from WPbeginner.com talking about customer support on Siteground.
Your site must load fast for your visitors. They won’t wait for a slow website to finish loading.
You need a server that replies quickly to browser requests.
This metric is called time-to-first-byte, or TTFB for short.
I use WebHostFace to host my website. My site’s homepage TTFB is under 400ms, which is fast.
Before purchasing a hosting package, review their refund policy.
Most have a 30-day refund policy. If you have issues with your site or are unsatisfied with customer support, request a refund.
Hosting I Recommend
I have used Hostgator and Webhostface.
I used Hostgator for three years and was happy with the price and support.
Their introductory price is competitive, but their renewal price is high.
Check Hostgator’s latest hosting package prices at www.hostgator.com (*Paid Link).
Webhostface is a new hosting company.
Their new customer discounts are excellent. Their customer service is fast and efficient.
They offered me a discount each time I renewed my hosting.
Check out Webhostface’s latest customer discounts at www.webhostface.com (*paid link).
Connect Your Domain And Hosting
For your WordPress website to work, your domain name and hosting need to connect.
When a visitor visits your domain, the browser needs to know where to get your website files.
The browser needs nameservers. Nameservers are unique to each hosting company.
After you purchase a hosting package, the company sends you their nameservers via email.
Webhostface sent me an email with their nameservers. There are usually two.
You need to take your nameservers to your Namecheap account.
Sign in to your Namecheap account and select the Manage link next to your domain name.
On the next page, there is a Nameserver section.
Paste the two nameservers you received from your hosting company, and click the green tick icon.
Nameserver changes take a few hours to process.
Once the process is complete, your domain and hosting are connected.
When you type your domain name into your browser, you see a default homepage set by your hosting company.
How To Update Nameservers On Namecheap Video Tutorial
You have your domain and hosting set up. Next, let’s install WordPress.org software so you can build your blog.
Step Two – Install WordPress
WordPress is website builder software. You need to install the software to make your website.
After purchasing a hosting package, you get an email with a link to a Control Panel.
You install WordPress from the Control Panel.
The email also contains your Control Panel‘s username and password.
Click on the link to your Control Panel and log in using the given details.
Here is a Control Panel dashboard.
To start, type WordPress. Then select the WordPress link.
On the next page, select Install.
On the right, select Quick Install.
Complete the required information.
Ensure you remove the WP from the In Directory box.
You don’t need to put your website in a directory.
Finally, select Install.
WordPress installation takes just a few moments.
How To Install WordPress On Bluehost Video Tutorial
After the WordPress installation is complete, you get two links. These links are essential.
The first link is to your website’s homepage.
The second link is to your WordPress admin dashboard.
I recommend you open both links and bookmark them.
WordPress admin is where you make your website. It is the back office of your website.
Here is the WordPress admin dashboard.
WordPress Set-up Checklist
Before publishing content, there are settings on WordPress you need to complete.
Permalinks are the URLs of your blog posts. There are many options. I don’t recommend leaving them as default.
Hover your mouse over Settings and click Permalinks.
I recommend the Post Name or Custom Structure options.
Both these settings ensure your blog post title is in your post’s URL.
Once you make your selection, select Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
WordPress plugins allow you to add extra functionality to your website.
Hover over Plugins and select Add New.
In the WordPress plugin library, use the search box to find plugins.
My Recommended Plugins
Akismet Anti-Spam – Akismet monitors spam in your blog post comments. The plugin separates suspected spam comments for you to review.
ShortPixel Image Optimizer – Large images on websites cause slow loading speeds. The Shortpixel plugin compresses images, so your site loads faster. The free version is limited to 100 hundred images per month. For more, you must purchase a paid plan.
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – Backing up your site content is essential. When you have issues with your site, you can restore everything from a backup. Updraftplus is an excellent free plugin.
Litespeed Cache plugin – Cache plugins help your site load faster by copying your blog posts and serving a saved copy to visitors. This plugin works better with Litespeed servers.
Wordfence Security – Keep your website secure from hackers with a security plugin.
Websites with SSL certificates have a safe padlock icon in browsers.
This padlock tells your visitors that data transfers are encrypted.
Websites that do not have SSL certificates generate a not secure warning.
Contact your hosting company regarding an SSL certificate for your website.
A safe website is essential. Many hosting companies offer free SSL certificates.
There are two options for your website homepage.
The first option displays your latest blog posts. The second option is a static homepage.
My website is a blog, so I have my homepage displaying my latest blog posts.
If you are a business, I recommend having a static homepage to encourage your customers to contact you.
To set your homepage, hover your mouse over Settings, and select Reading.
To display your latest blog posts, select Your Latest Posts.
Choose how many posts you want to show, and save your changes.
To set up a static page, first design your page and publish it.
Create a blog page, too. When you publish content, it displays on your blog page.
Return to Reading Settings and select A Static Page.
Choose your Homepage and Posts Page from the menu, and save changes.
Site Title And Meta Description
Google and Bing scan your website for content to display in search results.
To ensure the search engines know what your website is about, add a site title and short description to your website.
Here is an example of a site title and meta description in a Google search.
Search engines limit the characters in search results, so don’t add anything too long.
Hover your mouse over Settings, and click General.
On the next page, add your site title and a short tagline.
Finally, Save Changes.
How To Set Your Title Tag And Meta Description On WordPress Video Tutorial
Step Three – Install A WordPress Theme
A WordPress theme sets the layout and design of your website.
You change the look of your site’s WordPress theme using the customizer.
There are hundreds of free WordPress themes. Choose one that suits your website topic.
Install A Free WordPress Theme
Hover your mouse over Appearance, and select Themes.
On the next page, click Add New.
Use the Feature filter option to find themes suitable for your content.
Select from Subject, Features, and Layout.
Once complete, click Apply Filters.
Choosing a theme for your website is difficult because there are so many.
My advice is to not spend too much time on this. Pick a theme you like and go with it. You can change your theme later.
Step Four – Add Posts And Pages
When you publish content, it is essential to know if you should publish it as a post or page.
What Are Pages And Posts?
Posts are your blog posts. The content you write about your chosen topic.
Pages are things you need on your blog but do not want to show on your blog pages.
Publishing these pages as pages ensures they don’t appear on your blog page.
Blog content is a post. WordPress displays published posts on your blog page automatically.
When I started my website, I did not know the difference and published my content as a page. I had to fix this by republishing that content as a post.
How To Create A New Post Or Page
Hover your mouse over New and select Post or Page.
Give your blog post or a page a title, and start to add content.
Once you complete your post or page, click Publish.
After you click publish, it is on the internet.
I recommend creating posts first. It takes a while for Google and Bing to index your content and send you traffic.
You can add essential pages to your website after you have some content.
Step Five – Create A Logo
I recommend you create a logo for your website that represents your brand.
If you don’t want to pay a design company, here are two excellent free tools.
Canva (*Paid link) is an essential graphic design tool.
It is easy to use, and the free options allow you to design almost anything.
Create a free account and start designing a logo. You can use one of the templates or start from scratch.
Designevo is a free online logo maker with 10,000+ templates that anyone can use to design a compelling, unique logo.
Choose a template category to fit your website topic and have a logo for your site in minutes.
Step Six – Install Analytics
After you launch your website, how do you know what posts get the most traffic?
Installing analytics on your website allows you to track data about your visitors.
Most of your organic traffic will come from Google and Bing.
They both have free tools for website owners to track visitor activity.
Google has the Google Search Console. After you open a free account, add a tracking code to your website.
After 24 hours, you can view data about your site from visitors sent to your website from Google.
How To Submit Your Website To Google Video Tutorial
Bing has the Bing Webmaster Tool for website owners. After you open a free account, add a tracking code to your website.
After 24 hours, you can view data about your site from visitors sent to your website from Bing.
If you don’t want to add analytic code to your site, you can use a plugin to do this for you. Visit my How To Add MonsterInsights To WordPress article to learn more.
How To Submit Your Site To Bing Video Tutorial
It is easy to make a WordPress website. Buy a domain name from Namecheap. Then buy a shared hosting package, and install WordPress.
I recommend using WordPress to build your site. WordPress software is free to install and use.
There are no extra costs when you want to add something to your website.
Your content is the heart of your blog. Don’t waste too much time on design.
It is easy to waste hours and days over small things that don’t bring traffic to your site.
Get started today. You can edit and change things later.
I hope you found my article informative. If you have any questions, please leave them below.