How to build a WordPress website
This article is about WordPress hosting. If you are here for starting a site or a blog with WordPress then you will need one domain name and hosting plan. For that please refer this link.
After successfully purchasing domain name and a hosting plan, you can create website with WordPress right here. Below are the step by step guide to setup your site.
- Login to your hosting account.
- Go to your control panel.
- Click the WordPress icon.
- Choose the domain name where you want to install your WordPress.
- Click the “Install Now” button.
In some cases it may ask to fill form for WordPress installation. Just choose to “automatically update WordPress when an update is available” and enter username and password for your WordPress site. At last, click on install now.
There you go. Within couple of seconds WordPress will get installed.
How to Log in to your WordPress Dashboard
After successful install you will see one link at same page with your domain registered URL ending with “wp-admin”. Click on that link. If not shown then you can go to WordPress admin panel by directly typing “www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin” in browser address bar.
Choosing a theme for your website
Next thing is to choose the front end of your site i.e, theme. Choose a perfect theme for your site which would be easy for users to navigate. WordPress provides some basic free theme which you can check from your WordPress Dashboard.
- Login to your WordPress dashboard.
- You can login by visiting “www.example.com/wp-admin” (replace example with your domain).
- Your WordPress dashboard will look something like this.For beginners it may look complicated but don’t worry, I am here for you.
- Click Appearance -> Themes.
And you will see some free themes provided by WordPress. One of them will be active by default. If you want free themes then you can download otherwise if you opt for paid one, you can refer Themeforest,net which offers a huge collection of elegant themes.
You can change themes any time you want as it will not delete your previous posts or pages.
You can activate any other theme by clicking Activate over it.
How to add new pages in site
Look at the left pane of your dashboard.
Click “Pages“. Click “Add new“.
A screen opens where you can type heading and can write page content. After writing the content click “Update” at the right side of your content area. The page will be updated for your site.
Here you are ready with your site. Keep updating your site to reach more users. Later I will post some guidelines about how to get traffic to your site.