How To Make a WordPress Website: The Ultimate Beginners’ Guide

Do you want to create a WordPress website? Starting a website might be a daunting concept, especially if you are not technically savvy. Don’t be concerned; you’re not alone.

After creating over 400+ WordPress websites, we decided to produce the most thorough step-by-step instruction on how to establish a WordPress website without knowing how to code.

WordPress Websites

This guide is beneficial to users of all ages and ability levels. However, if you want assistance, you may contact our experienced staff for free website setup assistance.

If you wish to do it yourself, please continue to follow our beginner-friendly tutorial on how to build a website

Here’s a rundown of all the stages we’ll take you through in this course, from beginning to end.

  • How to Find and Register a Free Domain Name
  • How to Select the Best Web Hosting
  • How to Setup WordPress
  • Installing a template and modifying the style of your website
  • WordPress Page Creation
  • WordPress customization using plugins and extensions.
  • WordPress learning resources and assistance.
  • Taking it a step further, creating more feature-rich websites (eCommerce stores, membership sites, selling online courses, and more).

Before we begin building a website, let’s go through some of the most often asked questions.

To begin with, you DO NOT HAVE TO BE A WEB DEVELOPER TO CREATE A CUSTOM WEBSITE. Our course is designed for non-technical people, and we will show you a no-code website creation option.

With that stated, let’s take a look at everything you’ll need to develop a website.

What do I require to create a website?

To get your WordPress site up and running, you’ll need the three items listed below.

  • A domain name is the name of your website, for example, google.com.
  • WordPress hosting is where your website files are kept.
  • 45 minutes of your whole attention.

What is the cost of a WordPress website?

The answer to this question is very dependent on the type of website you are attempting to create.

A standard personal website can be built for as little as $100 (N60,000). A company website might cost as little as $100 (N60,000) per year and as much as $30,000 (N18,000,000) per year.

We advise all of our readers to start modest and gradually add additional functionality to their websites as their businesses expand. You will save money and limit possible damages while avoiding overpaying this way.

We’ll teach you how to construct a website for less than $100 in this guide.

We’ll also teach you how to expand on it in the future by adding new features.

Which website building platform is the best?

There are several website builders available to assist you in creating a website. We propose that you choose self-hosted WordPress as the platform for your website

WordPress is the world’s most popular website platform. It is responsible for almost 43% of all websites on the internet.

WordPress is a free and open-source platform that includes hundreds of pre-built website templates and extensions. It is incredibly adaptable and compatible with virtually every third-party tool and service accessible to website owners.

All of our websites, including The 7 Digits Club, are built with WordPress.

How you can get the most out of this website design tutorial

This is a step-by-step guide to creating a website. We’ve broken everything down into steps and will guide you through everything from start to end. Simply follow the instructions and you’ll have a professional-looking website in no time.

Based on your requirements, we will also lead you in the appropriate route for taking your website to the next level.

Have fun designing your WordPress site

Remember that if you want assistance, you may contact us and we can set up your website for you.

Let’s dive right in.

Step 1: Create a Website

Choosing the wrong website platform is one of the most common blunders that beginners make. Fortunately, you are here, so you will not make that mistake.

For the majority of users, a self-hosted WordPress.org site is the ideal choice. It has thousands of templates and add-ons that allow you to construct any type of website you can imagine.

WordPress is completely free for anybody to download and use to create any type of website.

Where does the expense come from if WordPress is free?

WordPress is free since you must set up your own unique domain name and web hosting provider, both of which cost money.

A domain name is the internet address for your website. This is what your visitors will enter into their browsers to go to your site (For example, dexglobal.xyz or the7digitsclub.xyz).

Following that, you’ll require website hosting. A web host is required for all websites on the internet to store their website files. This will be your website’s internet address.

A domain name normally costs $14.99 per year, with hosting starting at $7.99 per month.

For most people who are just starting out, this is a lot.

Fortunately, Hostgator has agreed to provide our readers with a free domain name and up to 60% off web hosting.

Hostgator is one of the world’s largest hosting firms. They are also authorized WordPress hosting partners.

The 7 Digits Club is a firm believer in openness. If you purchase hosting via our referral link, we will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. In fact, you will receive a hosting discount, free SSL, and a free domain name. We would receive this compensation if we recommended any WordPress hosting business, but we only suggest companies that we use and believe would benefit our readers.

Let’s get started by purchasing a domain name and hosting.

To begin, open a new browser window and navigate to the Hostgator website, then Scroll down to the pricing table where you can select a hosting plan for your website. The most popular plans among our readers are the starter and standard plans.

You must click on “Buy now” to select the plan you want and go to the next stage.

On the following screen, you will be prompted to enter a new domain name.

Ideally, you should choose a.com domain name. Make sure it is relevant to your company, easy to speak and spell, and simple to remember.

To proceed, scroll down after selecting your domain name.

You will now be prompted to enter your account information, such as your name, address, and email address.

Optional items are also available for purchase on this screen. In general, we do not advocate acquiring these add-ons. You can always add them later if you feel you need them.

To complete the transaction, you will then enter your payment information.

After you complete your order, you will get an email with instructions on how to access your web hosting control panel (cPanel).

This is the dashboard for your hosting account, where you can control anything from receiving help to setting up emails. Most importantly, here is where WordPress will be installed.

Step 2: Set up WordPress

When you use our link to sign up for Hostgator, they will immediately install WordPress for you. They created this one-click WordPress installer to make website creation easier for non-technical people.

To get started, simply login to your Hostgator account and select the Login to WordPress option. This setup procedure has been quite beneficial. This setup process has significantly shortened the learning curve required to create a website.

Log in to your Hostgator dashboard to access your WordPress dashboard.

You may also access the WordPress dashboard by typing examplesite.com/wp-admin/ into your browser.

You may establish many websites with your Hostgator account. Simply go to My Sites and utilize their one-click WordPress installer to create new websites.

Once WordPress is installed, you can begin customizing your website’s look by picking a new template and adding new pages.

Wasn’t that just easy?

Let’s proceed to the next stage and select a design for your website.

Step 3: Choose a Theme

A WordPress theme governs the visual design of your WordPress site.

WordPress themes are professionally created templates that you may use to customize the look of your website.

Each WordPress site comes with a basic theme by default. If you go to your website, you’ll see something like this:

Most users will find this unappealing.

But don’t panic, you can install thousands of free and premium WordPress themes on your site.

The WordPress admin dashboard allows you to modify your theme. Navigate to the Appearance » Themes tab and select the ‘Add New’ option.

On the next screen, you may search among the 9,600 free WordPress themes available in the WordPress.org themes directory. You may arrange them by popular, latest, featured, and other criteria (i.e industry, layout, etc).

We’ll be utilizing Bento for the sake of this guide. It is a well-known multi-purpose free WordPress theme with numerous design possibilities for various types of websites.

We also propose Astra and Divi as good WordPress themes.

If you want to develop a totally unique WordPress theme, we propose utilizing the SeedProd builder for WordPress.

How to Install a WordPress Theme

If you know the name of the free theme you wish to install, you may find it by typing it into the search box.

In search results, WordPress will display the theme. You must move your mouse over the theme and then click the Install button.

After installing your theme, you may change it by selecting the Customize option from the Appearance menu.

This will launch the theme customizer, where you may alter your theme settings while viewing a live preview of your website.

If you’re using one of the newest full-site editing themes, the site customizer will look different.

The default WordPress customizer and full site editing do not support actual drag-and-drop modification.

This is why many website experts and small business owners prefer to utilize a WordPress page builder plugin like SeedProd to customize any theme to update fonts, change styles, colors, and other elements to meet the demands of their website.

You may even make a fully customized WordPress theme without writing any code.

Remember that you don’t have to finish all of the theme settings right away. Once you have some material on your website, you will be able to personalize it much more.

Let’s look at how to add content to your WordPress website.

Step 4: Create Content for Your Website

WordPress has two basic content types: posts and pages. Posts are a feature of blogging and appear in reverse chronological order (newer items displayed first).

Pages, on the other hand, are intended to be static “one-time” information, such as your about page, contact page, privacy policy, custom landing page, and so on.

WordPress displays your blog entries on the home page of your website by default. You may modify that and have WordPress display any static page as your website’s homepage (we’ll teach you how later in this article).

To display your most current postings, you may build a separate page for your blog or news section. You might also start a website without any blog section at all.

That being said, let’s start adding some content to your website.

To begin, add a few pages to your WordPress site. Don’t be concerned if you don’t have enough material for these pages right now. You may always change and amend them.

In the WordPress admin area, navigate to Pages » Add New page. This will take you to the page editor screen, which should look somewhat like this depending on your theme:

First, give your page a title; let’s call this page ‘Home.’

Then, in the text editor below, you may add material. You can include text, links, photos, videos, audio, and other media.

After you’ve finished adding content to your page, click the publish button, to make it live on your website.

You may repeat the procedure by creating more pages for other aspects of your website. For instance, an about page, a contact us page, and a blog page that displays blog postings.

Let’s also include a couple of blog articles.

Navigate to Posts » Add New in your WordPress admin area to see a screen similar to the one you saw before when creating pages.

In the visual post editor, you may add a post title and then content. In the sidebar, you’ll also notice some other choices such as post types, categories, and tags.

You can save your post as a draft by clicking the save button, or you can publish it by clicking the publish button.

Step 5: Customize and Fine-Tune Your Website

You will be able to personalize and offer your material to your users now that you have developed some content for your own website.

Let’s begin by creating a static front page (also known as homepage).

Making a Static Front Page

In your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Settings » Reading page. Click on the static front page and then choose the ‘Pages’ you generated previously for your home and blog pages under the ‘Front page displays’ option.

Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page.

WordPress will now utilize the ‘Home’ page as your default home page and ‘Blog’ page to display your blog posts.

Change the title and tagline of your website.

You can pick the title of your site during the installation process. WordPress automatically inserts the tagline ‘Just another WordPress site’ to your site title.

You can alter the title and tagline of your website at any moment by going to Settings » General.

Your site title will be your website’s name, such as The 7 Digits Club. Typically, the tagline is a single sentence that describes your website.

If you want, you may leave the tagline box empty since WordPress SEO plugins such as AIOSEO, Yoast SEO, and others will override it for improved search engine optimization (more on this later).

Don’t forget to save your options by clicking the Save Changes button.

Set up Comments Settings

WordPress has a built-in comment system that allows your visitors to make comments on your posts. This is wonderful for WordPress user involvement, but it is also a target for spammers.

To address this, you must enable comment moderation on your website.

Scroll down to the ‘Before a remark appears’ section on the Settings » Discussions page. Select the “Comment must be manually approved’ checkbox.

Don’t forget to save your options by clicking the Save Changes button.

Design Navigation Menus

Users can navigate different pages or areas of your website using navigation menus. WordPress has a robust navigation menu system, which your WordPress theme makes use of to show menus.

Let’s start by adding a navigation menu to your website.

To begin, navigate to the Appearance » Menus page. Give your navigation menu a name and then click the Create Menu button.

WordPress will now generate a navigation menu for you. However, it will remain vacant for the time being.

Then, choose the pages you want to include in your menu and click the add to menu option.

Your selected pages will fill the empty space in your navigation menu. You may reposition these menu items in the menu by dragging them up and down.

You must now choose a display location. Your WordPress theme defines these places.

Most WordPress themes have a major menu that shows at the top of your website’s header.

Finally, save your navigation menu by clicking the save menu option.

You may now see the menu in action by visiting your website.

See our beginner’s guide on adding a navigation menu in WordPress for more information.

Step 6: Installing WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins function similarly to applications for your WordPress site. They let you to add features and customize your WordPress website. Consider contact forms, photo galleries, and so on.

Plugins may be installed from your WordPress dashboard by going to the Plugins page.

There are presently over 59,000 free WordPress plugins available. There are also premium plugins available from third-party websites and developers.

How do you decide which plugins to install when there are so many? See our article on how to select the best WordPress plugin for more information.

Here is a list of critical plugins that you should install straight immediately on your site. They are all free.

Features

  • WPForms Lite – Adds a contact form to your WordPress site. On the same page as their contact form, all professional websites provide their contact information.
  • MonsterInsights – Integrate your website with Google Analytics to see how visitors find and utilize your site so you can keep them coming back.
  • SeedProd is a drag-and-drop page builder that allows you to create fully unique designs and layouts without any technical knowledge.

Website Optimization

  • All In One SEO (AIOSEO) – Boost your WordPress SEO and receive more Google traffic.
  • WP Super Cache – A free WordPress caching plugin that speeds up your website.
  • PushEngage – Increases website traffic by allowing you to communicate with visitors after they leave your site. WPBeginner’s top 5 traffic sources are push notifications.

Security

  • Updraft Plus – Schedule automatic backups of your website.
  • Sucuri – Website security auditing and malware detection

Extras

  • WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that allows you to develop an eCommerce website. It is simple to create an online store and sell tangible things.
  • MemberPress enables the creation and sale of online courses and digital subscriptions.
  • Smash Balloon enables the addition of social networking widgets for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
  • OptinMonster – Use dynamic popups, modals, and other clever personalization capabilities to increase email subscribers and enhance website conversion rates.
  • HubSpot – Integrate free live chat, email marketing for newsletters, and CRM into your WordPress website. It integrates easily with OptinMonster.
  • Uncanny Automator – assists you in creating automated workflows to streamline and save time in your small company activities.
  • WP Mail SMTP – resolves WordPress email deliverability difficulties on managed WordPress hosting providers with PHP Mail settings.
  • Envira Gallery Lite – Create stunning picture galleries for your WordPress blog.

Do you need assistance installing plugins? See our step-by-step instructions for installing a WordPress plugin.

Final Thoughts

We hope this post has shown you how to create a website without hiring a web designer or spending too much money.

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