In this article I’m going to guide you through every single step you need to take to make a WordPress website.
These are grouped into 7 main steps that will show you how to make a WordPress website from scratch.
The best part is, I’ve included every resource you need within these steps.
And just to be clear:
These are the resources, tools, and steps I PERSONALLY use with my own businesses.
Let’s get started. Watch or read on:
List of Resources Used in This Tutorial
- NameCheap (Buy a domain name): https://www.namecheap.com
- SiteGround (Web hosting I use): https://www.siteground.com
- BlueHost (Web hosting alternative): https://www.bluehost.com
- How to Choose a Domain Name: View this tutorial here
- Convert Line Breaks: https://www.textfixer.com/tools
- WordPress Theme Search: https://www.whatwpthemeisthat.com
- Evato Market (Buy WordPress themes): https://www.themeforest.net
- StudioPress (Recommend themes): https://www.studiopress.com
Before We Start: An Easy WordPress Explanation
Let’s first go over the 10,000 foot view of this process, and quickly define WordPress.
WordPress is simply a content management system.
Think of it as the backend of your website. It’s the system which stores all your pictures, written content, and website customization. Review all the WordPress features here.
It’s an open source website creation tool written in PHP.
Now to be honest, I don’t even know what that really means.
So we’re NOT going to geek out here and get all technical, because I can’t really do that.
Just know that WordPress is a content management system which allows you to build a website.
Just like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages helps you build documents and PDFs, WordPress is a tool for building a website.
And I’m super glad you’re here learning WordPress because it’s the most versatile in terms of customization, in my opinion.
You’ve probably seen ads for website builders like Wix, however I personally would recommend you avoid these and stick with WordPress if you can. At the end of the day you will have much more control over your website.
7 Steps to Making a Website With WordPress
Before you get your hands on WordPress, there are two things you need to do.
You need to buy a domain name, and buy a web hosting plan.
Some tutorials will show you how you can do both of these things at once, however I’m going to show you how to do them separately.
The reason is that I think it’s important that you know how to connect a domain name to a web hosting plan. In the the future, you might need to set up WordPress for someone who already owns a domain name. In this case you can’t just do some easy 1 click install.
So there are a few extra steps, but they’re very easy to understand, and they’re totally worth learning in my opinion.
Here are all the steps to building a WordPress website:
- Register a domain name
- Sign up for web hosting
- Install WordPress
- WordPress settings
- Install Plugins
- Install a Theme
- Publish Posts and Pages
Full written guide coming soon.