A Detailed Guide on How to Start with WordPress Website!
Most of you people already know about the WordPress website and many of you people are already working like a pro. But for beginners, who are planning to start work on a website, just need guidance on which platform their dream can hail towards success. As per our recommendation, the best option is WordPress for your websites.
We have created this detailed guide for the WordPress website from the initial steps. Right content management system, right web hosting, right themes, right plugins, right customization, by the end of this all, you will be all ready to embed your feet in the WordPress world. Let’s have a detailed look at it.
Step # 01 Right Platform
Content Management System:
A Content Management System is a scheme designed with such mechanics that allows individuals to create and publish their content on a website. In short, it is a place where all your content is being showcased.
This is the software installed on your host’s server through a one-click, which means your CMS quickly gets installed. After that, you need to log in, add photos, texts, contents, whatever you like as the admin of the site. You can then use it for blogs, products, or for a work portfolio.
A CMS is a broader term, nothing ends here, means you can set templates and customize according to your niche, you change the appearance, you can add plugins to make your website up to the standards of functionality. Like a social sharing plugin helps you to get attention on social networks.
The top CMS people use and that is also reliable is WordPress. The other two which are in no comparison with WordPress but still are used somehow are Joomla and Drupal.
This is the ideal and widely used CMS and is right for beginners too. The reason for this is its scalability and good functionality with both low or medium traffic websites. From small to large businesses, WordPress equally serves everyone well. Large websites like CNN, TIME Magazine, etc., all use WordPress as a source of generating millions of page views every day.
WordPress is just a click away; your hosting site needs just a click to install WordPress. What makes it more favorable is its free source with tons of free themes and plugins to create a perfect appearance of your website. But when you go for a premium version, you will see a number of cheap options. Also, WordPress has this strong community that even a big query can be easily found on the Google search.
WordPress is the best CMS for nontech savvy entrepreneurs. Its themes and plugins are handy to use and give a fair response. From installing WordPress to start using it gives a whole new and complete experience, it is not just a platform, it is something more with all its tools configuration.
Two drawbacks (rather be called as unfavorable things) WordPress users may encounter are:
- Hosting cost: When you start having millions of daily traffic, it will cause your host to charge you more. This is something you should be least bother as this number of traffic needs a great time.
- Themes and plugins: Free themes and plugins are often not up to the standards, some are secure, but still when you go for third-party plugins there are security issues, but they can be solved just after detection.
WordPress is used around the globe by 65% of all those CMS based websites. With this, it marks the most popular and widely used CMS.
All CMSs have drawbacks, and nothing is completely perfect. That’s why we will be looking at Joomla and Drupal which come really far behind WordPress. But in case you want to switch CMS in the future, you need to know about them as well. Let’s how Joomla and Drupal are best but not for the beginners.
Drupal is not a good option for beginners and for those inexpert of tech. This CMS is also an open-source like WordPress, but it is chiefly used by big corporations having tons of websites generating tons of traffic. It has different customization options with different themes and plugins. Drupal is less challenging in terms of host resources. and work really quickly.
Why it is not suitable for beginners is because it is a lot more complicated than you expect to cover all your requirements. It is purely regarded to all such complex websites producing immense traffic that your little and new website cannot do at the beginning. So, it’s better you leave Drupal for later use.
It is also free and open-source just like the above two. It is fit for the community websites like you are having a social network linking all the users on one platform or community. So, when your website seeks a lot of interaction and engagement, Joomla is the right one. It is one of the easiest CMS and offers great performance and functionality as compared to WordPress. So, to avoid unnecessary complications, you shouldn’t choose Joomla.
WordPress – A Right Option:
If you are just set to start a business without any traffic, WordPress is here to welcome you. it is easy to use, free and has many great themes and plugins. It doesn’t charge a huge amount; the hosting cost is low and just a click away from your hot providers. As many online entrepreneurs don’t know much about HTML, CSS and PHP programming, WordPress comes with customization that even newbies can enjoy.
It is clear now that you will be prioritizing WordPress over any other CMS, let’s get to the second step.
Step # 02 Right Domain and Hosting
For choosing a domain name, you need to make sure of your niche. So, first of all, you need to focus on selecting a niche for your website. In order to have an enormous revenue from your website, you need to search and work on the keywords and the niche linked to that. You should be passionate about your work and by putting all your efforts and expertise you can make your website shine.
You can go for any type of domain name, must be new and not registered, but we may recommend you as follows. Like for a business website, its better to put your company or brand name in the domain name, for a personal website, using com would be better, and if you are going to start a hobby website, need not worry, you can go for anything you like.
The most common and oldest extensions used in the domain name are .com, .org, .net, but now there are many new extensions have introduced. Even you can have some crazy extensions like YourCompanyName.pizza and such that. But for beginners, we strongly recommend using the oldest ones. The reason is clear, your visitors get confused, and even some social networks, apps, and services, don’t bother displaying these crazy names, so it’s better to ignore it.
Domain Name; How to Go For it:
Domain name or URL, both are the same thing. It is put in the browser’s address bar to jump on your website. How to create a domain name is a crucial step. You need to remember the following points.
- Your domain should be short for easy remembrance and easy typing.
- Your domain name signifies your brand so it must correlate with your niche in the right way.
- Make your domain name memorable as people tend to forget quickly.
- You need to create a domain name that grabs attention and is catchy.
- You may also add the right keywords in the domain name as per your niche for better SEO optimization.
- You can also use different abbreviations to make it specific to your niche.
Even if you like to create some funny or crazy domain name, you need to make sure that it doesn’t create any sense of mistake or vulnerability to your website. Like Choosespain.com appears to be Chooses Pain when it actually is Choose Spain.
Your hosting provider would offer any of the two types of hosting; Shared Hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting.
For beginners, going with shared hosting would sound fine. Other hosting services like Virtual Private Hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting expecting a marvelous technical knowledge and huge cost respectively from you. So, both of these need to be aside for future purposes when your business grows tremendously.
So, it is chosen here that you newbies are going to opt for shared hosting. We will see how we can upgrade it with two examples of shared hosting, each of which works perfectly superb with WordPress and offers domain registration and website hosting.
Choosing a BlueHost as a host would be the best decision. Let’s see how you can start with it.
- Choosing the right hosting page comes with a starter package. Its features include speed, performance, functionality, all that you need for your new website. As soon as you start going up, you can upgrade as per your needs.
- You will be shifted to choosing a domain name, make sure you write it correctly.
- Then, write your personal information with credit card details for payment.
- You will find WordPress in the cPanel of BlueHost ready for installations.
- The green color button needs to be pushed for installation.
- Now choose if you want to keep your website name with or without www. This can also be changed later in the future.
- You will require to give your email ID, username, a password for a WordPress installation. After that, tick for all the points you accept in the license agreement.
- Then install.
- Your installation ends with the statements; “Your Install is Complete!” click on “View Credentials”
- You will then be shifted on a page that shows all your WordPress login credentials.
- You are ready to login to your website by clicking on YourWebsitName.com/wp-admin.
This shared hosting is also simple, easy to use with quick WordPress installation and domain registration process. SiteGround first asks you to for your domain name but as you’re a newbie, you will need a one to register.
You just need to follow the domain registration steps and rock and roll. It’s better if you have “Get WordPress Preinstalled in this account” because after that there will only be a requirement of admin, email ID, username, and password to be set in.
SiteGround vs BlueHost
What to pick now comes with a difficult decision to make, you need to dig deeply into both to find out what suits you best in terms of ease and other things. But to be honest, it doesn’t really matter and need to stress out on this point more.
You can always go for other shared hosting services, not just these two.
Let’s move to the next step.
Step # 03 Configuration
Ø WordPress Admin Screens:
As you search yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin, you need to type your username and password linked with your WordPress.
You will see the WordPress admin menu on the left side of the screen. There, when you move your cursor, you will find sub-menus consisting of:
There are different functions and services linked to these sub-menus. Let’s dig a little more into WordPress options.
Customization and Activation of Themes:
Click on Appearance, then Themes. Start looking at each heading and subsection to make sure you have the correct access to all the options available on WordPress through the admin screen.
As you click on Add New button on the top, you will see many themes, choose any from these or search directly for whatever you want.
You can always install any app that you like.
The next thing is customization if you want. This comes from Appearance then Customize. You can do anything as per wishes. But this isn’t the key point, as you set a theme, you are ready to rock.
these are modules or codes already present to enhance certain functions and capabilities of your website to some extent. Sidebars, footers, and header, all get loaded with widgets.
The above-mentioned screenshot has 6 widgets in the sidebar; search bar, a recent posts widget, recent comments, archives, categories, and meta. You can also see areas where you can add other widgets too. But these things depend on the type of theme you have. Widgets are a useful tool, but to make good use of them, you need to have the know-how to them.
From Appearance, you will also find Menus. They are important in a manner that they navigate your site and contents so that your visitors get a quick reach. If menus aren’t good, the bounce rate may increase which is the number of visitors who leave your site just by looking one page without moving further.
Menus can be present at the top, side, or bottom of the website.
These menus may include About, Blog, Contact, Our Services, but you may also add another thing, but keep in mind, the number of menus and their display depend on the WordPress theme you are using.
A good menu is something that is concise, minimal, represents your site’s offerings, operational and easy to use around your site.
There is also an option of Backgrounds in Appearance. Many websites go for single plain color and that’s great looking. The example given below is of Colorlib.
Those websites that are loaded with heavy media files like photography and portfolio usually go for powerful backgrounds. If your work is such like that, then a dark and strong color background would look definitive with your work. For blogs, the plain color would allow good readability.
There is another thing i.e. slider image in addition to the background image that keeps on changing and moving just like an animation.
New Plugins Addition
Plugins are collective codes or scripts designed to work specifically or many functions altogether on your website. You can click on Plugins then Add New.
Plugins can be used for various purposes, like SEO optimization, security, managing portfolio images, creating contact forms, caching the list, etc. As for example, social sharing plugins aid in sharing your content on different social platforms needed to grab the audience.
Addition of Pages:
Having pages means your content is split into different pieces each representing different sections of your content on your website. With pages, you can create different templates. These pages impart specific functions on your site, for example, these pages help in creating a Contact Us page or landing page. Go for Pages then Add New.
As you go in the New Page, you are allowed to fill it as per your requirement giving different attributes to different pages.
Pages also help in creating templates or recreating specific areas of the site for certain functions.
For enhancing the potential of your website, comments play an important role. Comments allow readers to share their views about a particular content through a debate on your post. But to make it effective and run without any problems, you need to put really a great effort and your time because hardly one percent of your website’s traffic ever bother to comment. You can enhance this activity by posting a post or something having already commented triggering people to comment more.
The other side of the story is you can attach your website link with comments you post on another one’s blog. This way you can easily drive more visitors to your website. So, if you have the ability to play rightly, you can do something constructive to your website. This applies to people visiting your website.
Like if I find something attractive on your content, I’ll go to comment on it without any thought because I know this way, I’ll get a few visitors too. Comments are surely a way of enhancing the readership and having loyal followers.
Content is a king and there is nothing untrue about it. Content is the core of your website. You pick a niche but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other websites working on the same niche. So, you have got to be smart. If we talk about WordPress, it is used by 50% of the websites and is something of profitable roots. From beginners to intermediate, all find WordPress an easy way to kickstart. But surely your website gets revenue should you add value to your readers by providing valuable content.
After choosing your niche and putting all your expertise next approach is offering a valuable piece of materials for your readers. If you only focus on making your website a source to boost financial outcomes, you wouldn’t make it a lot more successful as when you focus genuinely on your audience. So, creating good content is needed all here, you will see your traffic start striking.
This is how you can publish content on your website, go to Posts, then Add New.
You will definitely be flooding your website with posts as you know how important they are, and when WordPress has easy posting criteria, you will not feel any difficulty.
Your written posts can be from two ways; visual editor and HTML editor (text editor). Visuals can be used initially but the power of HTML editor is far greater than that, it allows proper formatting of your posts. But visual editor really is a good option among the two. This is how!
the reason for choosing a visual editor is that it is quite like other text editors allowing bold/italic effects to your text, fonts size, bullets, numbers, alignment, hyperlinks, etc. You get to work uninterruptedly with a full-screen version.
Categories mark separation among your different contents. As you are going to write and posts on different topics, you probably would need Categories. Go to Posts then Categories, also you can add via Post editor.
When you go to Categories, you create one and put a slug; a URL related to that particular category. This specific category allows a preview of only those articles that come under it. So, eventually, visitors will find it easy to search for whatever they are looking for.
Tags and Categories are quite alike. Each post has its own tags related to that specific content. In general, both Categories and Tags help in finding the content easily from the visitors’ point of view. You can access through Posts, then Tags.
Go to Media then Add New. Media, everyone knows, comprises of photos and videos, equally important for any website. There are some heavy media websites but that doesn’t mean you can’t add any to your website. Adding it with WordPress isn’t difficult. You can add one through Posts or through Media Library.
You can add title, caption, description. But adding the alt text would really help you quickly to find on a search engine. This surely enhances your SEO. You can make your image like a pop-up, use a lightbox with WordPress plugins, etc.
You need a WordPress profile to run a WordPress website. On your WordPress admin screen, you will an option of Edit your Profile on the top right-hand corner. Let them know about yourself and also your social media links.
For the profile picture, you will need a Gravatar account which is actually through WordPress.com required to login to your website’s admin panel.
As you are done setting everything, you are ready to blow, make sure you put your time and efforts to make it a blast!