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How To Make a Website in WordPress

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How To Make a Website in WordPress

This is meant to be a resource for creating your WordPress site, but if at any point you get confused or aren’t sure what to do, search the web. There are a variety of helpful resources that are frequently updated that can walk you through the process.

Get Web Hosting and Register a Domain 

Think of web hosting as where your website lives. You pay a service fee that allows your website to show up when someone types your URL into their web browser. You can pay by the month or the year and there are a variety of options and providers. Read more to find out the best option for you here. A few popular examples of web hosts are iPageGoDaddyBluehost, and HostGator.

Once you have a place for your website to live, you need a domain for your website. This is the unique link that takes customers to your site (www.mybusinessname.com) and shows up in the bar at the top of your web browser. Costs vary depending on how desirable your URL is and where you buy it from. Many web hosts also allow you to buy your domain through them and I’d suggest this because it makes the process one step shorter. The domain has to be renewed annually or it will expire. Many web hosts will include a free year of a domain, so look for that when selecting a provider. Read more about picking a domain name here.

Install WordPress

Most web hosts will have an option to install WordPress in one click. After creating an account and logging into your web host, see if they have an option to automatically install WordPress. If not follow these instructions to manually install it.

Design Your Site and Add content

With WordPress, you use a general theme to create an aesthetically pleasing website. There are a variety of free themes that work for different tastes and styles of website. There are hundreds of other themes you can purchase if the free ones don’t catch your eye.

Once you have a theme go to your WordPress dashboard. This can be done at any time by going to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin. From there you can use the menu on the left to edit pages, create posts, add plugins, etc.

Basic pages include a Home page with general info about your business (this is often the first thing people will see so make sure it is attractive and relevant), product or service pages (these showcase the good or services you sell and may give customers a chance to purchase them right there), and contact page (make sure this is easy to find especially if you do your business in person or rely on calls)

Pick a simple design. The basics of good design are that someone can tell what your website’s purpose is and why they should choose you. Read more about the principles of web design here.

Pro Tip:  Download and use a customizer such as Elementor or Customify.