Are you not sure about How Website is created on WordPress? Here, we have offered a step-by-step guide to building a website or blog on WordPress dive to get more details.
Planning for starting a blog of your own to earn some pennies from the comfort of your home? Then you have taken the right decision because there are vast opportunities in the blogging platform. Besides money, you can also create a personal blog to promote your brands or your YouTube channels.
For starting a blog, the first and foremost thing that you will need is building a website either to promote your personal information or maybe the products or services. Are you worried that you are not a technical person and do not have any web development or web designing field experience?
Don’t worry; we will present a step by step guide here to make you aware of the popular blogging platform ‘WordPress’ and build a basic website or blog on WordPress. There are no additional skills required for building a website on WordPress.
You are always open to contact any professional web designers or web developers to build a website for you. However, if you want to do it yourself, stay tuned and go through this step by step guide for building a WordPress website.
The most common mistake that newbie bloggers make while starting a blog is selecting the right blogging platform. As you are here reading this helpful guide, hopefully, you will not make this mistake as we are here to suggest to you the right platform, which is WordPress.
Though there is a lot of content management system CMS like Drupal, WordPress is still one of the most popular and free website builders platforms that help you quickly build a website. This is free because you have to buy hosting plans and a good domain before using this one of the best website builders’ platforms that require some money.
A domain name is a string of characters representing your WordPress website which users will type on the browser to visit your site. For instance, google.com is a domain name.
Then you need to opt for the hosting service to assign a room for your WordPress site. There are many hosting companies worldwide, but the best web hosting company we prefer is Bluehost, Fastcomet, a2 hosting, and Chemicloud. With these hosting companies, you will also get a free domain name for the first subscription to any hosting plans.
You will find shared web hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated hosting plans for any web hosting company you may choose. It is better to go with shared web hosting plans for beginners which later you can switch to the cloud or dedicated hosting if your WordPress site starts to get lots of traffic.
Once you successfully take any of these hosting services and register a domain, you will receive a confirmation mail to your email address with your site’s admin URL through which you can enter the WordPress dashboard and some other important information.
Step 2: WordPress installation
As mentioned earlier, in the confirmation email that you will receive in your registered email address, you will also find an URL to enter the cPanel of your hosting account dashboard.
Once you visit the cPanel, you will see plenty of icons but don’t worry; above 90% of those icons are never used. So, scroll down to find the WordPress icon and click it to install WordPress.
There are specific necessary details and the admin username and password that you have to fill though you can change these settings later. After these, you have to click on the ‘Install’ button that will install WordPress for your site within a few minutes.
After the installation is complete, bingo! Your first WordPress website is ready now with some default style or format. The username (or email address) and password, you set earlier can be used for logging into the WordPress dashboard from where you can install various themes and plugins required for designing the web pages of your WordPress website.
Step 3:WordPress themesselection
The WordPress themes are the main things that control your WordPress site’s visual Appearance. There are various free themes as well as premium themes that you can use. There are many best online stores for the premium themes for downloading those WordPress themes and importing them to your site. You find best Premium themes from Themeforest.
If you are a newbie, then we suggest you start with the free themes only as there are many of them already available. We recommend some of the best WordPress themes include GeneratePress, which is one of the lightest themes available.
You can use this as the free theme, but you have to use various drag and drop page builder plugins like Elementor for designing the web pages of your online store. With the premium version of this theme, there are many pre-made templates that you can use as your landing web page without the need to design from scratch.
You can change the theme from the Appearance section of the WordPress dashboard and then select the “Add New” option. Then you will find thousands of themes from where you can choose the one that you like.
Besides the GeneratePress theme, you can use OceanWP, Schema, or ColorMag themes as they are the most popular ones though it is up to you entirely.
Once you set the theme for your WordPress site, go ahead and start customizing various settings like adding a site icon, logo, headers, footers, etc.
Now let us see the most important thing for blogging which is adding content to your sites. Contents are as important as petrol or diesel for a car. Without content, your WordPress site has no meaning as publishing SEO-optimized content frequently will help your site to maintain its position in the search engines.
Step 4: Adding Contents/ Web pages/ Posts
There are two different types of content in WordPress that you will find like the Posts and Pages. If you want to post your blogs, then Posts is the type of content you must add as they are dynamic.
On the other hand, pages are static like a home page, contact, affiliate disclaimer pages, about pages, etc. If you do not create a separate home page or landing page, then the blog posts will arrive in reverse orders. You can change these also by adding few pages by navigating to Pages > Add New from the WordPress dashboard.
You can add a title to the page like ‘Home’ and then click on ‘Publish’ for making that page live. In the editor, you can use the page builder plugins for adding images, call to action buttons, latest or recent posts, etc. to make your landing page attractive.
Now you can add your blog posts from the Posts > Add New section of the WordPress dashboard and after editing the blog posts, you can publish them. Make sure to set the category and featured image for the blog posts. You can install either ‘Yoast SEO’ or ‘RankMath’ plugins for optimizing the basic SEO of your blog posts’ contents.
Step 5: Customizing the WordPress site and creation of Menus/categories
For creating a static front page that is when you do not feel like the blogs appearing on the front page, you need to go to the settings and then to read from where you have to select the page you want to display as a static front page. We recommend the Home page to create as the front page as it is the usual case.
You can add various elements to the Home page using some page builders and highlight your products or services on the landing page.
The settings you filled up during the WordPress installation like the site title, description, can be edited from the general settings option.
Menu means the top navigation bar you see when you visit any site like the bar that contains home, blogs, and contact. You should select Appearance> Menus and add a new menu by giving a name, for example, ‘Primary_Menu.’
To display the pages or categories, you have to include them in the menu and check it as the primary menu else it will not get displayed.
Finally, you need to save the changes else all the changes you made will get discarded.
You can also create a favicon for your site from the WordPress customizer by preparing an image of 512 pixels shown in the browser tabs, which helps to increase your site’s identity. Favicon or site icons are also important in mobile devices if you want to add your site to the home screen of mobile devices as it is the favicon that appears in the icon image.
Step 6: Plugins installation
Plugins are required to add some extra features to your WordPress website. We have mentioned three plugins earlier like the Contact Form 7 for the contact page, ‘Yoast SEO’/’RankMath’ for SEO. Besides, you need to install Elementor which is a drag and drop page builder plugin, MonsterInsights for connecting your site with Google Analytics, WP Super Cache for making your site faster, Updraft Plus for scheduled backups, social media plugins for showing the social media icons of Facebook, Twitter, etc.
After all, the essential plugins are installed, and other setups are done, you need to create as much content as possible now. More content you do, more chances are there for your site to become popular. You must do at least more than 30 articles within the first two months. If you find that your site is getting traffic slowly, you need to create backlinks: the Off-Page SEO.
Since we have discussed a lot about SEO in our discussion, maybe you are not aware of SEO so let us discuss it briefly here.
What is SEO, and why is it so important?
SEO is the abbreviation for Search Engine Optimization. From the name, you can get the idea or the importance of this element in blogging or online business. SEO is a strategy or a set of rules employed to your website to rank higher among the search results.
For being a successful blogger, be it your personal blog or an online store or an affiliate website, the main goal you should have is to be at least in the top 5 positions in Google or on the first page. This is because more than 70% of Google visitors do not go beyond the first page of the search result for anything.
The primary tool that helps you to achieve this is SEO. Thus adding SEO-optimized content to your WordPress website enhances the Website’s quality and also the user-friendliness of the sites thereby attracting more visitors. In turn, traffic increases than their competitors thereby overtaking them to rank higher.
For making SEO-optimized content for your site, firstly, you need to be aware of the different search keywords used by the internet users in the browser. So you have to gain knowledge about the keywords, more technically speaking, long-tail keywords (e.g. – ‘what is SEO and why it is so important?’) and use them in your content repeatedly so that the Google bots can find those words and mark your site to the higher positions. However, SEO includes much more than only keywords.
In general terms, SEO can be of three main types- technical, on-page, and off-page SEO.
For the technical SEO, you need to make sure that the search engines can easily crawl and index your site without facing any problem.
On-page SEO has many things within it that deals with keywords, the title of the content, internal links to other posts of your sites, and others to provide the search engine crawlers green signals about your site.
Off-page SEO or link building is an essential strategy that you need to focus on once you are ready with your site and at least 20 content posts. Backlinks are required for trust generation and significantly affect your site’s rankings depending on the sites that are creating external links to your site.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. Is it WordPress only available for building a website?
A: Not, many other website builders can help in the web designing process, but WordPress is the most common and easiest platform to start with.
Q2. Can I make money by creating a website?
A: For digital marketing, the main thing you need is a website, so the first way to make money is by creating an affiliate marketing website of which amazon affiliate is the easiest one for the beginners. You can also become a freelancer in content writing and web designing for clients. That’s also a good source of income from the comfort of your home in your free times.
Q3. Is it required to know HTML/CSS forbuilding a websiteon WordPress?
A: There is no requirement to know HTML/CSS for building a WordPress website. However, if you know HTML/CSS earlier, it is an additional advantage for you and nothing else.
The Final Thoughts
Hope this article has helped you in building a website that is your first basic Website or blog on WordPress. We tried to provide you with a detailed step by step guide and focussed on all the important aspects. Thanks for reading it till the end; we have gone through the SEO overview to make you understand its importance in a nutshell.
Revisit our site to get more guidance in your blogging career, till then stay safe, and best of luck!
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