How to Build an Website by using WordPress

Introduction

You don’t need any prior technical expertise to build a fully functioning website from the ground up with WordPress. The platform has advanced by leaps and bounds in terms of usability over the years. Now, WordPress makes it possible for anyone, even with zero coding skills, to set up and design their very own site.

In this guide, I’ll provide a step-by-step walkthrough on how absolute beginners can create a custom WordPress website from start to finish tailored to their unique needs. Follow along to launch your basic site rapidly.

Table of Content

 

  1. Understanding Hosting and Domain Registrars
  2. Installing WordPress Onto Your Hosting
  3. Early Software Configuration
  4. Installing Your Theme
  5. Creating Your Pages and Content
  6. Enhancing Functionality with Plugins

Step 1: Understanding Hosting and Domain Registrars

Before you can start building, you need to understand that websites require two core components to exist on people’s browsers:

Web Hosting Space – The hard drive location that stores all your website files and data.
Domain Name – The www.yourwebsite.com text URL that points visitors to your web hosting server.
You’ll need to sign up for both of these through a single company like Bluehost or HostGator before proceeding, which offers affordable WordPress-optimized hosting plans.

Step 2: Installing WordPress Onto Your Hosting

Once you complete the hosting sign-up process, you can immediately install WordPress through a simple one-click function that most major providers offer nowadays.

The process automatically creates a database for your content and configures WordPress to work properly on top of your hosting space. At this point, you’ll be able to access the WordPress administrative dashboard.

Step 3: Early Software Configuration

Inside your WordPress admin, there are a few initial settings you’ll want to customize right off the bat as part of the website creation process, including:

Site Title and Tagline
Administrator Password
Timezone Settings
Permalink Structure
Configuring these basic options early on will ensure smooth sailing moving forward.

Step 4: Installing Your Theme

Next, you’ll want to install a theme from the WordPress theme directory, which fully controls the frontend visual design and layout that visitors to your site will see.

Browse the themes to find one aligning with your brand image before previewing it. The best part is that all themes have customization options built-in to tweak colors, fonts, spacing, and more.

Step 5: Creating Your Pages and Content

Here’s where the fun begins! You can start publishing pages that make up the structure of your website using WordPress’ page builder functionality.

Craft tailored about us, contact, services, blog, and other pages filled with visually appealing content like text, images, and videos to engage visitors. Link different pages together using the built-in menu management system.

Step 6: Enhancing Functionality with Plugins

Lastly, expand what your WordPress site can do by installing plugins. Want a contact form, Live Chat, forums, or a booking system? There’s a plugin for everything nowadays with 57,000+ options.

Browse the plugin directory to find the ones that suit your website goals. They allow you to add advanced tools without coding knowledge.

Conclusion

And there you go – with those six steps, you can set up a complete custom WordPress website from scratch tailored to your needs without any coding expertise required.

The platform makes it possible for anyone to build an effective online presence. 

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