The easiest way to build a WordPress website
The easiest way to set up WordPress is to start with a hosting account designed specifically for WordPress sites. For example, if you choose a plan such as GoDaddy managed WordPress managed account, then WordPress has been installed for you.
Many hosts will provide one-click options or simple instructions to install WordPress directly from their control panel. If WordPress is already installed, you can skip the next part.
The domain name is the name of the website, and it can be regarded as the most important part of your online presence. The domain name is like your physical address or phone number. So it is impossible to have two identical domain names. GoDaddy is a great choice for choosing a domain name because you can use their search tool to find the right domain right away.
If you are adventurous and want to install WordPress yourself, we can still meet your needs. Before you install WordPress, we need to do some setup work. Let’s install WordPress manually.
1. Create a database
We will start by creating a database. WordPress sites are slightly different from what we thought of as “standard” sites in the past. Back when the Internet was just beginning (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a website was just a collection of files stored on a computer.
WordPress works differently; your site is generated from a combination of files stored on the server and information saved and accessed from a database. This means that we need to set up a database for WordPress to use.
You should have received credentials to log in to the hosting control panel or cPanel. After logging in, you should see several options on the management dashboard. We will start by locating the Databases part; we will use the MySQL database wizard to create a database.
Follow the prompts in the wizard to create the database. You will specify the database name and create a database user with a password. When prompted, make sure that the user has “all rights” to the database.
Please pay attention to the database name and username and password you set-you will need these in a minute.
2. Upload the WordPress files
Next, we will set up the files required by WordPress. Download the latest version of WordPress from WordPress.org.
Go back to your cPanel dashboard and click on your file manager.
There, click on the public_html folder; this is where you want to set up the files. Click Upload and upload the zip file you just saved from WordPress.org.
After the file upload is complete, return to the main file manager window. Right-click the file and select “Extract”. This will extract all the files needed by WordPress into your working directory (please be patient, this part may take some time to complete).
When finished, you will see a “wordpress” directory under the “public_html” folder. Click on the folder and select everything in it.
At the top of the screen, click Move and move all files to your pubic_html directory. You can delete the (now empty) “wordpress” folder and the original wordpress zip file. If you have done everything correctly, you should now have the following file structure:
3. Install WordPress
For the last step, go to a web browser and visit your website with any domain name of your choice. The installation process should start automatically, asking you to choose a language.
4. Enter your database credentials
Remember those credentials we saved earlier? This is where you need them. Enter the database name, user name, and user password in the corresponding boxes. Most hosts will use localhost as the host name.
If you are not sure, your web host can provide this information.
It is also a good idea to change the default table prefix from wp_ to something different. It doesn’t matter what you choose, just make it different from the default value. Click Submit to continue the installation.
5. Set username and password
Now you will set up a username and password to log in to the new WordPress website.
This is the default username, so it will increase the chance of your website being hacked in the future.
Choose a secure password or let WordPress generate one for you. If you want, you can name your website and continue the installation.
Step 3: Getting to know the WordPress dashboard
When you learn how to build a WordPress website, the dashboard is where you control all aspects of your project. Access the dashboard by going to “your domain name/wp-admin” in your browser. Log in with the username and password you created in the last step of the installation process.
This dashboard is the center of all WordPress. Where to start?
Let’s start with a quick overview of the different areas that can be used to add content to the site and configure WordPress.
Most of your website will be built using posts and pages. Posts are usually used for frequently updated content, such as blog posts. For content that does not change frequently, such as “About Us” or “Contact Information” links, it is best to use the page.
By default, most themes will show your most recent posts on the homepage (think blogs). However, if you wish, you can change this setting to always show static pages. This option and other options (such as setting the time zone or changing the administrator email address) are located under the “Settings” tab in the left menu.
The appearance menu is where you control the theme and everything related to the visual display of the website. Here you can select and upload topics, create menus, and use widgets to determine what to display in the sidebar.
The plugin menu allows you to view currently installed plugins and add new plugins.
Any plugins currently installed on your WordPress site will be displayed on this page. However, only activated plugins can be used on your website.
Sometimes, when you install a plug-in, a new menu item is added to the left menu (themes can also add these menus). However, the new option is usually added to one of the existing menu items.
You can view, edit, or delete images added to your WordPress website in the media library. All images, no matter where they are added, will appear in the media library. For example, you can add images to a post or page directly from the post or page edit screen.
These images will still be displayed in the gallery. If you add the image directly to the media library, you can access it from the “Content” section of the page.
Now that you are familiar with the different areas, let us do some basic settings. First set up your URL structure.
Step 4: Setting your URLs by configuring permalinks
By default, WordPress uses a form of URL writing that is not friendly to SEO (Search Engine Optimization). We want to change this setting so that search engines will rank website pages higher in their results.
Don’t wait to complete this task-do it quickly before you start publishing your page or blog post.
There are many other WordPress SEO tips and tricks you can use later, but let’s start by setting up a permalink.
In the dashboard, find the settings category link on the left navigation bar. Choose Settings, and then choose Permalink. By default, the common URL will be selected to write the rules. We need to change it, so select Post Name and click Save Changes.
Step 5: Choosing a theme for your WordPress website
Although the most critical part of building a WordPress website is content, you should also pay careful attention to your theme. The theme affects the way your website is displayed and the overall impression it gives visitors.
There are many things to consider when choosing a good theme, but when you are not a web designer, anyone can learn how to design a website. In general, you need a stable, clean, and easy-to-use theme.
You also want to choose a responsive theme (which means it will handle different screen sizes, such as tablets and mobile devices, and desktops).
Many themes are also highly customizable, allowing you to easily change colors and backgrounds. This can help you get a more unique look, which is more suitable for your website design philosophy.
Step 6: Adding content to your WordPress website
As I mentioned before, almost all content is added through a post or page in WordPress. Adding content to a page is handled in the same way as a post. With the release of WordPress 5.0, the method of entering content on the page has changed dramatically.
WordPress now uses the so-called Gutenberg editor, and you can read this wonderful article detailing how it works. If you want to stick to the classic WordPress editor, this is what you need to do.
When dealing with your content, there are some tips to pay attention to. On the right, you will see some other options. For example, setting a featured image will automatically set a thumbnail to be used with posts in many topics. If you haven’t finished yet, you can also save the project in draft format. This will save your changes, but will not make them effective on your website.
Step 7: Use plugins and tools to enhance your website
Use plugins and tools to make your website look more beautiful and run better. Here is a short list of WordPress plugins that can make your life easier:
- HubSpot’s free WordPress plugin can help you focus on marketing your WordPress website. With HubSpot, you can add free forms, live chat, email marketing, analytics, and more to your site.
- Sucuri Security-Auditing, malware scanners and security enhancement plug-ins can supplement your existing security situation by providing additional auditing, monitoring and scanning functions, as well as suggestions and notifications.
- Yoast SEO plugin can help millions of websites around the world improve their search results. It provides SEO analysis, readability analysis and batch editor.
- The Smush Image Compression and Optimization plug-in optimizes performance in terms of speed and quality by compressing the images uploaded and stored on the media.
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