Once you decide to build your website or blog, WordPress is a highly recommended platform. Approximately thirty percent of websites or blogs present on the internet use WordPress platform which is a huge share in the online world. WordPress offers massive designs and templates also has a tremendous support system and many features which even a non-technical person can use.
Please see below seven simple steps to build your website or blog:
1. Decide your domain name
Select a simple, relevant and easy to remember domain name which should also be identical with your branding theme. Choosing the appropriate domain name is the right foundation for creating your online presence.
2. Select web host
You will require the server to keep your website or space where your website will live. Speed, regular updates, adaptability, and strong support are the key points need to be considered while you buy hosting for your website. Do not consider to have free host service, since it comes with many disadvantages and eventually it will cost your business growth.
3. Install WordPress
Most website hosting services offer the easy install option for WordPress platform. All you need to do is log into your host account that menace to cPanel and find the WordPress script and install it right away. Please make sure to mention where you want to install it. You will also have your customized email with your domain name (email@example.com) here. Once the installation is done you will have your website or blog on WordPress with a password.
4. Learn about WordPress dashboard
Log in to your WordPress site by using your admin name and password and you will get to the dashboard. First, browse all the options to understand its usage.
Now let’s look at the menu bar to understand its usage,
- Posts: Publish your blog articles here.
- Media: Place where all pictures, videos, etc are stored. When you add any infographics to your page it gets stored here. You may also store your images or videos here and use when it’s required.
- Comments: You can manage comments on your site.
- Appearance: You can manage to look and feel and customize the theme of your website.
- Plugins: You can install additional features required for your website through this plug-ins. Analytics, SEO plug-ins, Contact forms are few examples.
- Users: You can allow multiple users to update or make changes on your website.
- Tools: Used for import and export WordPress data. Some plugin settings are accessed through the Tools menu.
- Settings: It helps you customize many things on your own.
5. Choose a WordPress theme
Choosing a theme for your website is crucial since it decides the whole look and feel of your website or blog. WordPress offers massive options for you to choose the suitable design required for your website. WordPress offers some default themes but if you wish to change it you can easily do so. Just go to appearance button and choose from other theme options available and you may also go ahead and further change color, header in the theme, etc as per your need.
If you will browse the appearance button on the dashboard it will take you to widget option wherein you can see the archive and recent posts. You can change default widgets in your sidebar as per your requirement. Here you can add an email sign up for your further actions.
6. Add plugins
There are enormous plugins available which could help you enhance the functioning of your website in many ways. Contact form, SEO, analytics are the few examples of plugins used by many websites.
7. Content creation
Initially start with adding information on static pages like about us, contact, service or product information. Then step by step start adding blog post under pages. Add images, videos, and infographic to make your post easy to understand and attractive.
“Once you are done with setting up your website, you can start adding up required information on your website step by step. With WordPress community support you can easily learn new things and features available and can implement it in your website gradually.”