Let me tell you first, Building a WordPress Website is so easy, but managing it is difficult.
Now, How managing is difficult?
Difficult to manage means you have to be regular to keep the website updated. Some people take a start with great potential but when they realize that they have to put a huge effort to build a great brand, they become lazy. That’s the point where most of the people fail to build an online business.
Well, if you are not one of these people, then you are welcome to my “Build A WordPress Website” guide. Here in this guide, I will teach you to build your dream website by using WordPress. I assure you that the output of this guide will be a stunning website which you will build by following my instructions. But you have to be regular to read and follow the steps.
There are thousands of bloggers out there, who are teaching “How to Build A WordPress Website”, and they are working great to help you out. But here, I will share my personal experiences with you like how I got here, how I build this website, how difficult it was for me, etc.
So, let’s take a start.
The first thing to think about is domain.
1) Choose A Domain Name
Choosing a perfect domain name is a very important thing to do while Building a WordPress Website. Now, the Question is why it is so important to choose a good domain name?
No matter which category of your website is, you have to choose a good domain name for it. It will provide you a brand identity, so people may remember the name and they could identify you.
There is a special Guide on it “How to choose a good domain name?”
Read it carefully, keeping in mind all the given instructions and choose a good domain by.
If you are going to Build A WordPress Website which is a blog and you want to earn from Google AdSense then, I would like to inform you that you should take your domain name very seriously. In the given Domain Name Guide I will teach you how selecting a good domain name is effective for blogging.
But if you are going to introduce a new brand then I will suggest you to choose an attractive name for your brand.
2) Choose Hosting Provider
If you are serious about building an online business then you should take care of your hosting. After choosing a domain name for your website, you have to purchase hosting. Now, if you are new, then you will probably be thinking about “What is Hosting and which one you should choose?”.
Let me tell you, choosing a good hosting provider can change the effect of your presence on the internet. It is so important to choose a good hosting provider. If your hosting provider is not reliable, fast, uptime and secure then you could not keep your website running for long.
There is a special Guide for you about “Why choosing a good Hosting Provider is Important for you?”. Read it carefully and be practical while choosing a hosting provider.
There is another special guide about some of the famous and good hosting providers. I have managed to test every famous hosting provider and publish articles about their services. There are many good hosting providers who are working 24/7/365 to take care of your website.
Building an online presence is not only for technical people. If you are new and don’t know about coding and server configurations, you can choose managed hosting platforms. Due to great attention and flexibility, WordPress has become one of the great platforms to build websites.
Due to such a great use of WordPress and its attention, every non-tech person try to use WordPress for its online business, now hosting providers are also working on their hosting plans which are fully arranged and designed for WordPress websites.
Read this list of best-hosting providers and choose any of them according to your needs and budget. If you have already experienced one of the listed hosting providers don’t forget to give a review about that hosting provider. It will help new users to choose a good provider for them.
3) Install WordPress
After purchasing the Hosting, you have to check your e-mail account, where you will get an E-mail from your hosting provider. They will send you the details of your cPanel (Login Details – Username/Password).
Login to your cPanel and you will get a beautifully arranged icon with setting names. Here in cPanel, you can manage your full website. cPanel provides a graphical interface and automation tools, which are specially designed for users to manage their server settings.
So, now if you have purchased hosting and domain from the same hosting provider then you are good. You can move to Cpanel for the installation of WordPress. But if you have chosen domain and hosting from 2 Different Hosting-Domain Providers, then first you have to change the DNS record according to your hosting.
Have a look at this Guide “How to change nameservers?”
So, let’s move forward.
When you will open Cpanel, there is a search panel, search for “Softaculous” or just scroll down. You will find a heading named “Softaculous Apps Installer”. Under the heading, there is a slider of some famous applications. WordPress will be on the first number. Click on it and you will be directed to Softaculous WordPress Installation page. Fill all the needed details and click on install.
Read my full guide “How to install WordPress through Cpanel?” In this guide, I will teach you how you can install WordPress through Cpanel, step by step with the help of screenshots.
Installation of WordPress through Cpanel is not the only option, you can Install WordPress Manually by downloading it from wordpress.org and uploading it in your File Manager.
Read the guide on “How to install WordPress Manually?”
4) Change Permalinks
After the installation of WordPress, the first thing you have to remember always is to change the permalinks.
Don’t move forward to Step 5, until you change your permalinks successfully.
Why it is so important to change permalinks?
How to change permalinks?
Effects of changing the permalink structure?
All these questions will be getting a number in your mind, but don’t worry.
Read this guide “How to change WordPress permalink structure?”
Remember that, This WordPress guide is written under the shadow of SEO. If you will follow all the instructions you build a website fully according to SEO strategies.
5) Install Theme
I hope that you have changed your permalinks structure successfully.
Now let’s talk about the look of your website.
Choose Universal Color Scheme
Why it is so important to build a good looking website?
The answer is that if your website is not looking well for a visitor then you may lose him/her.
How you can lose him/her?
Well! The answer is because your website is not so attractive to him.
Not getting my point? 🤔
Let me explain it to you. The human mind is so attractive to new, attractive, different and easy things. The color scheme and look of your website is the first priority. You have to choose a fully responsive and attractive theme for your website.
Different colors have different effects on different minds. Try to choose universal colors that attract the reader/visitor in a first look (Love at first sight 😍).
Choosing the universal attractive colors is not the only thing to notice. There is one thing more to notice, and its “responsiveness of your website”.
Let me explain this for you.
The design of your website should be responsive. Now questions is “What does it mean to choose a responsive theme?”
The answer is simple. Your website should be work fine on all devices. It’s the responsibility of a developer to design a creative, user friendly and responsive theme.
There is a lot of traffic which will come from mobile/tab devices. You theme should work great on all devices and selected layouts should be attractive on every device.
If you theme is okay for Laptop/Desktop devices but it is not looking good or working good on smart devices (Mobile Phones, Tablets), then you can lose your visitor/reader.
There are thousands of free and paid themes available in the WordPress market. In the “Customization Panel” or “Theme Settings” you can change all the settings of theme to make it good for every device.
Note: Free themes are less flexible and you could not perform a lot of changes in the theme, if you want to take a good start, then you should purchase a well-developed theme for your website.
“Theme Settings” option is not available in every theme. Only fully nulled themes or free package of themes provide this option.
You could not get everything in a theme.
I know coding stuff is a lengthy thing to do, but there is another way to design your website from scratch. Yes it is!
You can use page builders to design you website.
Read this guide “How to design a website through Page Builder?”
So, if you do not know about themes and facing difficulty to choose one for your website.
Ready this Guide “Top WordPress themes for your website”. In this guide I have listed some great themes which are fully responsive, well designed and attractive for new websites. You can also use the free versions of these themes.
Now it’s time to move on to next step.
6) Install Plugins
Now, what is this Plugin thing?
WordPress market contains almost 55 thousand plugins.
By using plugins you can increase the functionality of your theme. You can different features in your website. Plugins are also available in free and paid packages.
I don’t think that, I have seen any WordPress based website without plugins. So let explain an example of how plugins will work for you.
Example 1: You want to add social share feature in your website. Most of the bloggers/Article Writer use this feature in their articles. If your theme is not providing the functionality of social share icons (Options), then you can add them with the help of plugin.
Example 2: If you are using a Woo-Commerce website and want to add product cart or category icons or price listing or category listing or any other functionality which you think an online store should have, you can add it though plugins.
You can read a guide “How to use social share plugin in WordPress?”
In this guide you can learn how to use a plugin (Social Share).
You can add different feature like Social Share, Different Comment sections, Ratings panel, Sliders, Gallery, Page Builders, Pop-ups, Emailing services, emoji’s etc. The list is too long and I could not mention every single feature that you can add by using plugins.
I will suggest you to ready this guide “Best WordPress Plugins”, to install some famous plugins which are used by most of the website and full time developers are working on them.
I hope that, your website is ready now.
But that was the first step, now have entered in the online business. Now it’s time to win the competition with other websites (Your Competitors).
But first you have to publish your article/product online.
There is also a guide for you “How to publish post on WordPress?”
Read this guide and publish your article.
Let me remember you my first line of this article. Scroll up and read first line.
Yes, it’s difficult to manage a website.
Don’t feel boring.
Do your best to rank your published material.
Now, let me help you more about building a WordPress website. If you still feel confuse about your Website category, like How I can build an Education, E-Commerce, Portfolio, Blog or News website, then scroll little more and choose your desired category.
I have published different articles according to different categories of websites. In every article you will learn building website of your desired category, step by step with pictures.
Choose Your Category
Ecommerce (Online Store)
I hope that this article was help full to you. I want you to do me a favor. Kindly share it with your friends and colleagues. It was very hard for me to build an online presence due to some personal issues. I want to share my thoughts and learnings with others. Help me to help those who are new and don’t know much about building online presence.