How to Create a Website with WordPress

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WordPress, the most popular content management system, is an open source software that allows you to create your own website. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create your own WordPress website in three simple steps: downloading WordPress, installing it and choosing the right WordPress hosting provider. Whether you want to promote your business or just share some photos with friends and family, creating your own website with WordPress will only take you around 15 minutes! Let’s get started!

Choosing the Right Hosting

There are three types of website hosting: shared, virtual private server (VPS), and dedicated. Shared hosting is usually free, but also not very reliable; VPS servers can get pricey, but they’re worth it if you need your site up all of the time; and dedicated servers are usually what large companies use when they don’t want anyone touching their servers. The right choice for you depends on how much traffic your site will receive, how important uptime is to you, how big you want your storage space and bandwidth to be, etc. As always, research is important here. If you choose poorly, it could end up costing you more in the long run. You’ll have to decide how much control over your site’s performance and security you’re willing to give up in exchange for low cost. If money isn’t an issue, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go with a dedicated server—it’s going to be more stable than any other option out there. If cost is an issue, however, then look into either VPS or shared hosting options. They’ll still offer plenty of power and reliability without breaking your budget.

Installing WordPress

In order to install WordPress, you must have access to an FTP program like FileZilla. To learn how to use FileZilla, click here. First, you’ll want to login into your hosting account and navigate through your cPanel (located under Advanced in cPanel). Once inside your cPanel navigate down until you find File Manager and click on it. Next click on New Site which will take you back up one page where it should ask for a folder name. For now we are going to call our site myblog but feel free to change it if you would like. Now that we have named our site, we need to go back down into our File Manager and upload all of our files using your FTP program. You can drag all of your files from your computer onto your host or simply download them onto your computer then upload them using FileZilla. After uploading all of these files, we need to go back up one page by clicking on File Manager again then click on Permissions at the top of that screen. The permissions screen is located directly below Files in cPanel so you won’t be able to miss it once you get there.

Choosing a Theme

The first step is choosing your WordPress theme. This will be what distinguishes your site and gives it its look and feel, which is why it’s so important to find one that matches your brand. For example, if you own an apparel store, you may want to use a shop-style theme that looks like an online storefront. If you’re starting a travel website, consider using a map-based theme or one with an interactive world map. There are thousands of themes available for free or purchase on ThemeForest, so take some time to browse through them all and choose one that fits your needs. Then install it onto your site by following these instructions: How To Install A Theme On Your Site With WordPress

Customizing Your Design

If you don’t like how your new theme looks, there are tons of ways to tweak it until it fits your tastes. You can change colors, fonts, and other elements—but that may not be enough. In many cases, you’ll also need to edit your theme’s coding (this can be scary at first, but don’t worry: It’s usually pretty easy). First of all open up Appearance from your admin dashboard then go into Themes. Next click on Your Theme Name and then scroll down until you see Editor. Click that button and it will bring up a window in which you can start making changes. After you’re done editing just hit save and voila!

Adding Plugins

Plugins, which are third-party add-ons that you can install on your site, expand its functionality. Want an app-like photo viewer? There’s a plugin for that. How about social sharing buttons? Yep, there’s an add-on for that too. And all it takes is installing and activating them from your dashboard or adding code to your site using FTP (more on how to do both in Step 2). The possibilities are endless! Because plugins are so easy to install, you can change up different aspects of your site by installing new ones as you go.

Setting Up Navigation Bar

Before you start customizing your site’s look and feel, you need to add pages for all of your website’s major content areas. One of those areas is a top navigation bar that provides users easy access to important pages on your site. To set up your navigation bar, open up WordPress and go to Settings > Reading. On that page, click on Navigation: Custom Menu Pages. If you haven’t already created your homepage or any other menu pages, then do so now—these are where you will be adding links to your main categories or primary topics.

Creating Pages and Posts

Pages are pages on your website, while posts are where you will be placing your content. We use pages to display static information that doesn’t change often, such as our contact page or mission statement. Posts are used for any articles or pages that we want people on our site to see as soon as they visit. In addition, each post has its own customizable RSS feed—another way of pushing content out into your online community in multiple ways. To get started using both of these content management tools, let’s create some basic pages and write our first post!

Designing Pages

Page layout is really important when designing a website. Not only does it need to be functional and user-friendly, but it also needs to look good. This can be tricky if you’re not sure how to create webpages. Luckily, there are several methods for creating beautiful, easily accessible pages online. One of these is using popular platform WordPress as your site builder; here’s how!

Securing Your Site

While you don’t have to do anything fancy, it is important that you secure your site by activating your WordPress account. What does that mean? Simply put, if someone were to try and login using your username and password, they would receive an error message saying that those credentials are invalid. You can secure your site by going into Settings > General in your Dashboard: just make sure that you also click on Log Out Other Users at the bottom of that page. Don’t worry—there won’t be any errors!

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