In this fast moving and modern world, everyone wants to have a nice looking and professional website to build a solid web presence and meet the ultimate goals of his/her business. However, the concept of creating a website is disastrous if you are a non-technical person and have no knowledge of different programming skills.
Nevertheless, with the help of open-source content-management systems, you can easily create your dream website with a little investment. WordPress is one such platform. In this write-up, we will discuss the essential steps to creating appealing websites with WordPress. Just get started.
A domain name is your website address (URL) on the Internet. It is used by visitors to access your site. A good domain name helps you to create a solid online presence easily and quickly. Therefore, you should try to choose a good domain name for your website.
Most of the people try to book their site’s domain name with .com extension. But, they face problems with it because the domain name they look for is either available at expensive costs or are already registered by someone else. Don’t get dejected if you face this problem. Try to register your favorite domain name with other extensions.
Always keep in mind that your site’s domain name must be short, unique, easily memorable and identifiable. It must reflect your business fully. Therefore, be careful while selecting the domain name for your site and choose the best name.
To run your website, you need to choose a reliable web hosting company. There are multiple options available in the market. All of them make tall claims about the services they offer. Just be clever and check different hosting companies by different parameters, such as cost, bandwidth allowances, storage, script support, scalability, server configuration, Tech support, uptime, security, etc.
Based on your specific needs, choose the right hosting company for your site.
Now, you need to install WordPrss on your local computer. To do that, follow the below-mentioned process-
Download the WordPress from WordPress.org
Unzip the downloaded file and keep that in a folder on your computer,
Upload your files to the web server using FTP, File Manager, or SSH
Create MySQL Database in MySQL Users section and provide a username and password to Create a user.
When you install WordPress, it comes with a default theme which is unattractive. Based on your specific needs, you should choose a good theme for your site. It will help you to change the visual appearance of your site and make it more attractive.
There are lots of free and premium WordPress themes available on different web locations. You should have a look at different WordPress themes, evaluate them from various angles and choose the best theme for your site. Don’t get confused between free and premium themes. Think about your business needs at first and take decision accordingly.
WordPress plugins are one of the main reasons why the popularity of this robust CMS is increasing with each passing day. Actually, they are useful tools which allow you to add additional features to your site and increase its performance up to a great extent. So, depending on your specific needs, you should install some essential plugins on your site.
Always keep in mind that installing too many plugins on your site can make it slower. So, use only those plugins which are essential to meet your business needs.
Now, you need to add content to your site. Based on your needs, you can create certain pages. But, initially, a site should have the following pages-
Terms and conditions,
By Now, your WordPress site is almost ready. You need to customize the site to make it look more appealing and eye-catching. WordPress provides a lot of customization options using which you can groom your site easily. You can try the following options:
Use the static font on your site. It will help readers to view your website content easily.
Make sure that your site is easy to use and has no navigation problems. Arrange your categories and subcategories in the simplest form.
Use just 2-3 color patterns. Keep the color pattern uniform all across the site.
Design clear CTA buttons, such as subscribe newsletters, read the related content, download e-products, etc.
Add useful widgets and image sliders.
By now, your site is ready for launch. Just review all essential elements once again to ensure that each and everything is okay. Once you finish the evaluation, make your site live and start publishing content for the targeted audience.
WordPress allows people to create websites easily without seeking any help from professional web developers. These are some important steps using which you can easily create a WordPress site and start your WordPress life without any fuss.
Tracey Jones is a prolific writer, WordPress developer and bit of a geek who shares her knowledge in the form of tutorials, tips and tricks guide. In this blog post, she’s exploring for beginner’s that how to design a WordPress site. Follow Tracey on Twitter.