WordPress is the powerful CMS on the web . You can easily create a website or blog in minutes with WordPress. No design experience required.
WordPress is primarily called a blogging platform, but you can create a static website using its feature called ‘Pages’.
You need a domain name and web hosting to start your website. These are the very basic elements of every website.
After getting the domain name and hosting we can start building our site. Here is the complete guide to create a website using WordPress.
The very first step is to install WordPress on your domain.
Need a domain ? You can get one here.
Login to your web hosting control panel ; most of the web host provides one-click WordPress install. Click here to learn How to install WordPress on your domain
After installing WordPress , login with your user id and password . Now you have access to your WordPress dashboard. Here you can create your content, view your site’s status and manage your site.
Understand The Basic Elements
If you are new to WordPress, you must know about these basic elements.
In WordPress dashboard, you can see different menus in the left sidebar like dashboard, posts, media, pages, comments, appearances, plugins, users, tools and settings.
The dashboard gives the snapshot of your site.
Post are the primary elements of your site . Here you can create and publish your content. By default your posts are sorted by date.
For a well optimized site, you need to categorize the posts.
Your media files are listed here. You can upload brand new media files to your site by Media -> Add New .
When you are creating a static site, pages are the most important element. Pages are for timeless content . For example, about me page, contact us page .
This area allows you to view, edit, delete or reply to your visitors’ comments.
This area helps you to change the overall appearances of your site.
Plugins add extended functionality to your site.
Designing Your Website
The best thing about WordPress is you don’t needs any design experience to start your site. You don’t needs to learn HTML or CSS to create your site, and you don’t had to spend thousands of dollars for a web developer.
There are thousands of themes available, free as well as paid. Just pick up one theme and start publishing your site.
Selecting The Theme
A good theme gives better user experience. While choosing a theme you need to consider its font, color, layout, loading time, and mobile optimization.
I am using StudioPress Daily-dish theme for this site. The theme looks clean and well optimized for mobile, tablet and all other devices. This theme has full support and easily customizable.
Free themes are also nice , but have no support and sometimes buggy.
Here I created a video tutorial to show you how to setup and design a website using Genesis Theme.
Plugins add more functionalities to your site but be careful, too much plugins slow down your site.
Make Your Home Page Static
A website needs a static home page rather than a blog page . For that you need to create two pages . Go to Pages – > Create a new page.
Give your sitename (eg. SiteSprint) in the page name column . Write content for your home page and click on publish button.
Now you need to create a page and name it as Blog. Don’t write any content on this page and click on publish.
Now Goto >> Settings >>Reading . Change front page displays – > A static page . Select the front page and post page as ‘Blog’.
Refresh your site and see the change.
Create More Pages and Posts
Create pages for your main content and posts for your sub content. Organize your posts under your pages .
Other Useful Resources
These are some useful WordPress resources, which help you to build and run your WordPress site smoothly.
Understand the difference between these two platforms before you create your website with WordPress.
The detailed cost structure of a self hosted WordPress site . You can start a professional site in less than $100 !
Choose the best web hosting provider for your WordPress site.
Learn how to migrate your Blog from blogger to WordPress without losing page rank and traffic.
Install WordPress on your web host and start blogging right away!
Plugins help you to spice up your site .Learn how to install WordPress plugins.
List of basic WordPress plugins for all sites.
Plugins help you to add more features to your WordPress site. If you are a professional blogger and want to make money from your blog , you need more advanced plugins to run your business smoothly.
The important settings you need to do after installing WordPress .
A guide every WordPress user should read. Find out how to protect your WordPress site from hackers.
List of best WordPress comments plugins, which encourage your visitors to put meaningful comments and thus increase conversation.
Effective methods to make your WordPress comments spam free.
A video tutorial that shows you how to install WordPress locally on your PC (windows machine). Test your theme ,design and functionalists before launch.
Major search engines include website speed as a ranking factor. So it is very important to improve your website speed to give a better user experience and to increase search engine rank.
Want to earn more from your WordPress site ? . Here is the best 4 ways to earn extra money from your WordPress site.