These days every single business and organization needs a website for their effective functioning. Even individuals have their very own websites. Therefore, you should know how to build a WordPress website or any website for that matter.
You may ask -’Why WordPress’? There’s a simple reason behind this choice ease of use! WordPress has grown in popularity the world over because it is really easy to create and manage websites. A lot of people use it as the basis for their blog but you can easily adapt it to create a nice and functional website. You can easily add new posts and pages in addition to pictures, videos and much more on your WordPress website.
There are actually two versions of WordPress. WordPress.com is the free version, which a lot of people use for personal blogs and personal websites. Please be warned if you use the FREE version you don’t have the rights to the material on the site – it belongs to WordPress. If they so wished, they could remove your site from the web, and there’s nothing you could do about it. Not so good for business. The same goes for Blogger.com which is another free website builder.
The version of WordPress that you want for business is WordPress.org. This is still free but you will need to pay for your own domain name and hosting space on which to install it. If you want to create a website using WordPress, make sure you use a hosting company that provides ’1 click WordPress installation’ with your hosting package. Most of them provide this as standard but do check before you buy. If you do have this, follow the instructions from your hosting company to install WordPress on your hosting package. This should only take a few minutes and then you’ll have a basic WordPress website ready to be used.
Building a WordPress site from scratch isn’t difficult, but you need patience and time. It’s not going to happen with the click of a button. Here are some of the things that you need to do in order to build a WordPress website or blog.
Get a domain name The first step towards building any website is to buy a domain name. A domain name is the virtual address of your website. For example xyz.com….. this is the domain name. This is a must have before you build a WordPress website.
Hosting your website Once you buy a domain name, you would also need to find a good host. A hosting company sees to the storage of all your files and makes sure that the people visiting your website are capable of assessing the pages you’ve made public.
Download WordPress Once you’ve got a domain name and a host, the next step would be to download WordPress so that you could work on the building of your website or blog. Google WordPress download and you’d find the right link
Install WordPress on your hosting site when you look out for a host, make sure that they support WordPress. Once you’ve downloaded it and got the right host, log in to your account and install WordPress on your host site.
Customize your website Once you’ve got it onto your computer, you could use themes that are available for free or buy some cool ones to enhance the functionality of your website.
Now for a quick rundown of the main WordPress features:
These are static pages – in that once they’re up on the site, they don’t move. If you’re using WordPress as a website rather than a blog, you will probably want to use pages, rather than posts. Some useful pages to have should include a Contact page, where you can add a contact form, your phone number, physical address and email addresses if necessary (although if you add an email address rather than use a contact form, you’ll probably be deluged in spam emails).
You might also want an ‘About Me‘ page; a page that displays any products you sell (i.e. eBooks); a page for any press mentions and perhaps a Useful Links page.
These are used when you have a blog. They will gradually move down the page as you add a new one and eventually disappear off the screen. You can add pictures, audio, video and other media to your posts to add interest.
These are ‘extras’ which you can download to your site to add extra functionality. Some are free and some are paid for. There are too many to mention by name here but you’ll be able to get plugins to add a sign up form to your site (to capture email addresses), to improve search engine optimization, to stop spam and hundreds of different things.
These are ‘extras’ that can be put into your sidebar (the strip down the side of the page). You can add all sorts of things like text boxes which contain HTML code for Google Analytics, RSS feeds, an email address capture box and more.
Now that the basic design of your website is completed; get ready to post information onto your website.
That’s it, you’ve now got yourself a fully functional website using WordPress.