Do you want to create a website either for personal or professional use and looking for the perfect path to kick-start your venture? If you are new to WordPress or a regular user, then this article will guide you how to create a WordPress and the ways to enhance your website.
You come across live journals, blogs, forums etc. Everyday with new contents and wish that you could have a website through which you can easily convey your message or if you are an entrepreneur and wants to establish your business, then having a website is a prerequisite. If you don’t have a website, then no one would come to know about your services and from the business’ point of view, it is not right.
What makes WordPress the ideal platform is because it is open-source, flexible, easy to use plus it is absolutely free. It can be used to create any type of website of any complexity. It powers beautiful websites for personal, professionals, businesses or bloggers.
Through this blog post, I would like to throw some light on how you can easily and quickly make websites. So, let’s get into work.
Steps for creating a WordPress website:
1. Choose a Domain Name:
Before creating a website, you must ensure that your domain name is associated with your hosting. Choosing a domain is the most difficult task, however, whatever it is, make sure it reflects your name and a name that is easy to find and easy to spell. Register a unique.com, .net, .org, etc. and start using it right away. If you have an existing domain name, then you can easily map into WordPress.
Keywords plan an important role in the domain name, ensure that the name you choose is well within the scope of your keywords. Keywords assist in ranking your website higher on search engines so, be a little bit creative and come out with a good domain name. Get the best domain extension i.e. if it is an informational site go for .info or if it is a organization then get .org but the most common domain extension is .com. Everyone types this domain extension without thinking twice.
Next step is to register your domain name. Here is the list of some of the useful tools for domain registration.
It is one of the simplest tools to register the domain name and a popular domain name generator. It asks for a primary word and secondary word, based on the input it generates domain names.
It suggests name based on the input feed. Basically, you have to enter a word and choose a respective ending and after finding a perfect domain name register it.
If are looking for a perfect name, then domai.nr is the option to look for. It searches include top-level domain names and as per your requirement you can choose the best for you and register it.
There are other tools to consider for like:
- Domains bot
2. Get a Reliable Web Hosting:
The web host displays the website’s pages on the web. You have three options when it comes to choosing a web hosting
- Shared hosting.
- Managed WordPress hosting.
- VPS hosting
If you are new to the WordPress and if you are a budget constraint, then I recommend going for shared hosting as managed WordPress hosting is expensive. Once you are familiar with the WordPress, then you can go for the latter one.
This will ensure that your domain name is associated with your hosting.
For hosting, you need PHP version 4.3 or greater and MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater running on the server. If you are a layman and is not familiar with the technicalities, then no worries just ask your hosting provider and that person will provide you with the details.
Following is the compiled list of hosting providers:
Bluehost is a popular WordPress hosting. What makes it unique is the fact that even in huge traffic it doesn’t let your website slow down. With round the clock support it is one of the most sought after hosting.
Just sign up and enjoy the plenty of speed, functionality and performance. You can choose from the different plans and upgrade as your business grows.
After installing Bluehost, click on the hosting tab look for the section “website” and click on the WordPress icon.
From there after you can easily proceed further. Once you are done with the installation you will see a message regarding the successful installation of WordPress. Now you can login into you WordPress account/wp-admin.
With DreamHost, you can get the custom dashboard, automatic updates notification, 1-click WordPress install, unlimited space and bandwidth. It makes your website faster and reliable. It powers over 600,000 websites. The best thing is that there are no setup fees also you get a free domain name.
Click on one-click install and click on WordPress installation icon.
After selecting the WordPress icon it will direct you to its installation process.
Select the check-box for one-click install. This will automatically install indispensable plugins such as Akismet, Jetpack etc. After the installment, you will receive a confirmation email on its successful installation.
Here is the screenshot of WordPress Dashboard (Admin area) after successful installation on DreamHost hosting account:
It is a global web hosting service provider. It provides services like VPS, web hosting etc.
Login to your HostGator account and look for “quick install”, click it and you will see the WordPress icon, then click WordPress install.
Click on the continue tab and the installation will start.
Now fill in all the relevant details and install WordPress after that you will receive a confirmation email regarding the successful completion.
There are other hosting providers that also make a good option like:
- Inmotion hosting
3.Adding Your Information:
Open the folder with the WordPress files after installing to add information. Open the folder with the WordPress files and look for wp-config.php. This is the place where you have to add the information. Create a new database and save the file. If you are not able to proceed, then you can contact your hosting provider for assistance. Save all the file in wp-config.php and proceed further.
It is advisable to download and install the latest version of WordPress. After downloading it, you have to add information. Upload all your files to your domain’s folder, create a database, point your browser to the domain name.
4.Uploading Your Files to Server:
Uploading files to the server is same as copying and pasting files from one folder to another but in this case, you upload files to a remote server hence, you required to have login user-name and password for the verification.
To upload files using FTP, download and install an FTP client program like FileZilla or SmartFTP or make an account and download the FTP client from http://www.coreftp.com/. After installation, add your account and connect it to the server. Once you are connected to the server via FTP, look for public_html folder or the name of your domain. This is where you have to upload your files.
Still, if you are not able to upload the files, contact your hosting provider.
5. Configure Your WordPress Website:
As it happens that the domain name is registered in one place and the hosting account in another. Ask your web host for the server name or DNS for your site. Plug the DNS info into your domain name.
Go to your websitename.com/ wp-admin. Login to your admin account i.e. type in the user-name and password that you had previously entered during the installation process.
You must edit your user profile information. To set the site name and other information click on administration>settings>general. Add your details and pages information by going to administration>pages>new page. Go to your websitename.com/wp admin and type the user name and password for configuring your newly created website.
6. Choosing a Theme/Template/Widgets/Menu:
You must consider style quotient and themes can add that elegance to your website as it the design foundation of your website. The WordPress theme gives your site a style. Themes add visuals to the website without affecting the content of it. You can easily change the appearance of the site with few clicks. But before using any theme you must take into account the following points:
- It is compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
- Compatible with the plugins you will use.
- Extensive support and documentation.
- Click appearance>themes and choose the desired theme.
Once you are done with finding the perfect them, installing it is easy just click on “install” followed by “activate”.
Now you have a WordPress website with the perfect theme but as time passes, you want to incorporate a new theme and customizing a new theme is quite easy without having affecting other functionality of the website.
If you like to change the theme every now and then, then let me tell you this there are hundreds of thousands of themes that you can use.
Here are some sources where you can get enchanting themes:
You can easily customize the widgets just go to appearance and click widgets.
Widgets help in smooth navigation throughout the site. You can add HTML to a text widget that will function as coded to do so.
The menu provides a means to navigate a website and its content. The poorly incorporated menu can lead to higher bounce rate i.e. the number of visitors who leave after just viewing one page.
7. Adding plugins:
Plugins are a script of codes written to perform a specific function. This is another feature of WordPress that makes it easy to use. As it has 46,971 plugins giving you the privilege to choose from them. Plugins are codes written to perform specific functions. Through plugins, you can customize your website.
To increase traffic, speed up your site, caching engine that produces static HTML files and much more. WordPress Plugins let your website connect to various social networking platforms. Similarly, there are specific plugins for search engine optimization that take care of SEO perspective. For example, all in one SEO pack that takes care of the SEO scope of your website.
Syncing your website with social media will bring in new results and will assist your business in scaling new heights. Social media plugins let you share your content across different social media platform and contribute a part in the promotion of your work.
Here are some functions that plugins cater to:
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Backup and Restoration
- Performance optimization
- Spam handling
- Social sharing
8. Configure the Basics:
After picking out a theme, you should make some changes as to enhance your website’s performance.
# Configure permalinks: By default, a WordPress URL looks like sample.com?p=232. Go to settings > permalinks and enable custom permalink structure and paste it in the URL. As it will make your website more search engine friendly. For example, for a page titled “WordPress menu”, the URL would be sample.com/WordPress – menu. You can customize the URL even after customizing the permalink structure.
# Turn off comments you need to focus on spam comments. You don’t have to install it as it is in-built in WordPress. In initial stage, it is the likelihood that you don’t want spam comments, therefore, all you need to do is turn off the comments. Later when you are familiar with it, you can disable it.
Here’s how to shut comments off on WordPress pages:
1. Click “Screen Options” in the top right corner.
2. Click the “Discussion” box. The “Allow Comments” box will appear at the bottom.
3. Untick “Allow Comments”.
# Add Gravatar: finding difficult to link your email whenever you comment? Just install Gravatar. It is an images linked to your email address. You have to set it up only once and then your image will load whenever your email address appears in a Gravatar enabled-location.
With time you will keep progressing hence, there will be a time where you have to add new pages and it is ineluctable. So, if you want to disable comments on every new page by default, here is how you can do that:
– go to “settings > discussions” and untick “allow people to post comments on new articles. This way you don’t have to repeat the above-mentioned step every time you create a new page.
9. Secure Your Website:
Security is your main concern as websites are not 100% secure but still it is your duty to be fully prepared for any malicious activity. Your aim is to increase your websites’ security as hard as possible for someone to breach it. It doesn’t matter how much you invest in your security, there are chances for it to get exploited. But there are certain points which you can keep in mind for adding an extra layer of security:
- Make a backup of your website:
- Keep WordPress up to date.
- Strengthen your password.
- Use SSL encryption.
- Remove admin user-name.
The WP Security Scan plugin does some of the above-mentioned things assists you in encapsulating the other factors.
I hope after going through this blog post you can now easily create a WordPress website. Creating a perfect website is not a piece of cake, however, that doesn’t hold you back as now, you can quickly create one.