How To Make A Website: Getting online is easier than ever. There are now over 200 million active websites, and a lot of them were made by regular folk like you and me.
Today anyone can make a website, regardless of technical skill level. We know it can seem like a daunting task, but there are tools available today that make the process easy. This article will walk you through making a website-step-by-step.
Is WordPress Right For You?
Almost a third of all websites are built on WordPress. It’s a subtle, essential part of the internet. But it also requires more setup work and maintenance than most website builders do. The first step of building a website using WordPress is taking stock and knowing what you’re signing up for.
WordPress is not an all-in-one package. It’s a Content Management System (CMS). A CMS allows you to create and organize digital content. Other elements like hosting and domain registration are best done separately. It’s up to you to bring these together in service of a WordPress site.
This isn’t nearly as complicated as you might think, but it’s not the easiest way to make a website. We wouldn’t recommend it to people uncomfortable with technology.
The first major logistic of setting up a WordPress site is web hosting.
The files that make up your website need a virtual location to live in.
We’re going to go through this step-by-step guide using web hosting company Hostinger as an example because they’re one of the services explicitly recommended by many. Do keep in mind though that lots of other web hosting providers are available.
Choosing Right Hosting Plan
Before you can get down to the business of building your WordPress website you need a place for it to live. This requires a hosting plan. Signing up for a hosting plan is easy. Signing up for the right hosting plan is where things get a bit trickier.
There are various types and tiers of hosting designed for everything from tiny blogs to online stores with millions of visitors per month. For an idea of the range of plans available. just look at Hostinger.
Some are the main hosting plans are as follows.
- Single Web Hosting
- Premium Web Hosting
- Business Web Hosting
Choosing a Domain
A domain name is the virtual address of your website. Ours is infoleria.com That’s where you find us. Your site needs one too, and when setting up a WordPress site it’s something you may have to take care of yourself.
If you’d rather get one separately, simply go to a domain registry site like GoDaddy or Bluehost, find a name you like and is available, and buy it. It’s that simple. Once you’ve acquired the domain the registrar will give you an account. It’s through this that you can attach a domain to a site.
How Much Does a Domain Cost?
Regular, non-famous domains cost in the region of ₹435 To ₹500 a year. Far more manageable.
Choosing a Good Domain
There’s no secret formula for choosing a great domain name, but there are some rules of thumb worth sticking to when starting a website.
- Relevance is key: Make sure your domain matches your site. If your business is called ‘Newspress’, don’t register gamingcloud.com.
- Short and sweet: You want people to remember your URL, so the shorter the better!
- Don’t use numbers: It’s a little awkward to have numbers in a domain name, as people don’t know whether to type ‘3’ or ‘three’, for example.
- Be unique! Make sure the domain isn’t already taken. Sounds obvious, but saves time in the long run.
Once you register a domain, it’s all yours. You only lose it if you choose not to renew, at which point it will be put back on the market.
Setting up WordPress on Hostinger WP hosting (a great option) for WordPress) with Auto Installer is a quick process. It won’t take more than a few minutes to have a running WordPress site:
Hostingercontrol panel and click on Auto Installer icon.
- Enter WordPress in the search field. You will be presented with the latest version of WordPress. Click on it.
- Fill in the required details:
- URL – Address of your WordPress website. Leave it blank if you want to set up WordPress on domain name root.
- Language – Choose WordPress language.
- Administrator Username – You’ll have to use this username to log in to WordPress dashboard.
- Administrator Password – The password you’ll have to enter to log in to the WordPress admin area.
- Administrator Email – Your email address. It’s recommended to enter a working email address here, as it’ll be used for notifications and password reset.
- Website Title – Your WordPress website title.
- Website Tagline – Your website slogan, used to explain what website is about.
- Press the Install button.
Choosing a Theme
While website builders have templates, WordPress has themes. Your theme affects how your site looks. There are free themes and paid themes, and you can change your website’s theme as often as you want.
The upside with free themes is the cost, obviously, though bear in mind a nice free theme is likely being used on a lot of sites already. Paid themes are more ‘exclusive’ in that sense. Some only require a one-off payment, while others offer a subscription in exchange for support, updates, and maintenance.
Once you select your WordPress site you will find yourself in the WordPress dashboard. Get used to it, it will be your online control room from now on. It’s here that you can manage themes. A handful of default themes are waiting for you when you arrive, and adding new ones only takes a few minutes.
The best place to find themes is through WordPress’s own Theme Directory. Search for the types of themes you’d be interested in. If you’re setting up a newspaper search ‘newspaper’, if you need a site for your café search ‘cafe’. There’ll be dozens, if not hundreds, of contenders. Clicking on a theme takes you to its own page where you can see user reviews and preview the theme in action.
Once you find a theme you like, download it. Go to the ‘Themes’ section of your WordPress site, select ‘Add New’, and upload the theme you’ve just saved. Voila. You now have a new theme. Rinse and repeat until you find one that feels just right.
Create Content and Pages
Adding content to WordPress is much more structured than you might think. Content on WordPress sites essentially breaks down into two types: pages and posts. What they look like will depend on the theme you use.
Pages are static one-off pages that make up the backbone of your site. Your homepage and contact page would be pages, for example. Posts are more timely. If your site has a blog, each entry in that blog would be a post.
Creating pages and posts is easy. Both require a couple of clicks in the WordPress dashboard. For pages you go to ‘Pages’ and ‘Add New’. For posts you go to ‘Posts’ and ‘Add New’. Both ‘Add New’ options will take you to the editor, where you can add content, preview, and publish.
To add pages to your main menu you simply go to ‘Appearance’ and ‘Menus’. From there you can select which pages appear in which menus. For most sites and most themes you’ll only need one navigation menu, so putting one together is easy.
Plugins are bits of software that can be added to WordPress to improve the functionality of your site. Default features offer enough to make a perfectly good website, but plugins are often necessary to take it to the next level.
WordPress has tens of thousands of plugins for everything from search engine optimisation (SEO) to image compression. Browse the WordPress plugin directory and you’ll soon get a sense of how vibrant and creative a community it is. Each plugin has its own page with descriptions, screenshots, user reviews and more.
To install plugins it’s easier to browse within your WordPress dashboard. To do this go to ‘Plugins’ and ‘Add New’. There you can sort through featured, popular, and recommended plugins, as well as search for them yourself. To install simply press ‘Install Now’.
Here are some of the top plugins if you’re unsure where to start:
- Jetpack. Made by Automattic, the team behind WordPress, this is essentially dozens of plugins within one plugin. In-depth site stats, automated social media posting, and lazy loading (a way for pages to load faster) are just a handful of the features available
- Google Analytics Dashboard. This one’s a no-brainer. Google Analytics is a superb, free tool for tracking traffic to your website. This plugin allows you to see everything in your WordPress dashboard
- Social Media Share Buttons. You want your content to be shared right? This plugin allows you to add fully customizable social share buttons to your posts so they can get as much exposure as possible
You manage your plugins in the ‘Installed Plugins’ section of the ‘Plugins’ tab. There you can edit plugin settings and toggle installed plugins on or off.
As ever, don’t be afraid to test things out. You have a whole lot more to gain from plugins than lose. Worst case scenario you simply deactivate a plugin you no longer want to use.
Publish Your Brand New Site!
All right, we’re almost there. Before publishing your WordPress site let’s recap the steps you should have gone through to reach this point.
- Is WordPress Right For You?
- Choosing the Right Hosting Plan
- Choosing a Domain
- Installing WordPress
- Choosing a Theme
- Create Content and Pages
- Installing Plugins
All done? You’re ready to go. Don’t think the work is over though. A good website is never finished. You’ll see. The internet is constantly evolving, and your site will too. The life of a WordPress site is a steady circle of stages six and seven, with a bit of theme customization thrown in for good measure.
Making and maintaining a WordPress site is a deeply rewarding experience. You will learn about design, content, search engines, coding and more, and the structured framework WordPress gives you will always keep things manageable.
FAQ’s Regarding WordPress
Is WordPress free?
Yes, WordPress is free, it’s just that everything around it isn’t. You’ll need to pay for hosting and a domain, and you might want to opt for paid themes or plugins too.
You’d be surprised. Once it’s up and running WordPress is pretty straightforward to manage. The real trick is juggling the elements that go into a WordPress site, rather than WordPress itself.
Most hosting providers provide one-click setup, so you can technically set up a WordPress in five minutes. Setting up a good WordPress site rich in content shouldn’t take you more than a day if you’re clear on what you want to achieve and have the technical know-how.