If we go back 6 to 7 years back, creating a website was considered very costly as most of the developers develop the website using core languages like PHP or ASP.NET where many expertise were required. A person who doesn’t know the programming he needs to contact with a web developer who charges $200 to $300 for a static website of up to 5 to 6 pages. Whereas for the dynamic website they charge from $500 to $5000 or even more depending on the requirements of the client. But now with the introduction of Content Management System, web development becomes very easy and even a layman who doesn’t know the ABC of programming language can develop a good dynamic website without spending much amount on that.
You Just need:
- Domain Name
- Hosting Account
- CMS Setup
And That is all, you can create your first WordPress website in just a few minutes. Here you can check out my detailed article about creating first WordPress website in less than 30 minutes.
How to Register Domain and Buy Hosting
You can buy a good domain name that suits your online presence from Godaddy.com where you can register cheap domain names even in $2 for the first year. Or if you don’t want to $2 on your domain name, you can even get Free domain name registration when you buy the hosting plan for you.
Hosting is actually a server where you host your website’s data. You can buy cheap shared hosting in as low as $20 for the first year from NameCheap or you can get a better hosting in $45 to $50 for the first year from Fatcow.com, Hostgator.com, BlueHost.com, SiteGround.com or any other good host which you want for your website. While you buy the hosting plan for one year, you will get the free domain name registration with it. So you should search for your domain name through Godaddy but don’t buy from there, get that same domain for free at the time of purchasing a hosting plan.
Installation of WordPress
All the hosting providers (almost) provides the free 1 click installer for many CMS. Whichever hosting you get you will get a C-Panel or vDeck Panel with that and both of these will support 1 Click WordPress installation. You will just need to provide the admin email, site title, admin username, and the password. Within few seconds 1 click installer will install the WordPress on your host with your domain name, and your first WordPress website is ready.
You can watch the video tutorial below about how you can install WordPress on your domain in just 1 click:
How to Install WordPress Plugins
WordPress plugins are used for adding extra functionality to your website. Different users have different requirements so WordPress doesn’t add all the functionality. Instead, it provides the option to add the plugin as per your requirement. Some of the important plugins are mentioned below:
- All in One SEO Pack (Used for the On-Page SEO of your Website)
- Yoast (Used for On Page SEO. You can use Yoast or All in One SEO Pack)
- Contact Form 7 ( Used to create quote forms and contact us forms)
- AdSense Manager (Used to place Adsense codes on your pages and posts)
- Google XML Sitemaps (To create the XML sitemap of your WordPress Website)
There are many other plugins that you can install on your WordPress website. Watch the video below to learn how to install WordPress plugins.
Create Posts and Pages on your WordPress Website
Now you have to create your first post and the first page on your new WordPress website. The process is very simple and described in the video provided below. Just watch that and start creating content on your WordPress Website.
Create Menu for WordPress Website
Creating menus is very important for your website. From Appearance > Menus you can create your menu to navigate to different pages or categories on your website. You can add different categories, pages, posts or custom links in your menus. The video will be provided soon for creating a menu for WordPress website.
Setting Widgets for your Website
Widgets are small modules used to show different options or content on the right or left side widget area. Widgets can also be used in Footer or Header area of the website. It depends on the nature of your WordPress theme and the Widget you want to use. From Appearance > Widgets you can easily drag and drop available widgets on your desired location easily. I will provide the video for this soon.
Setup Your WordPress Theme
Selecting a good looking WordPress theme can attract your visitors. So always select the best theme for your website that should be good looking and attractive. It should be mobile friendly and responsive as well because more than 50% traffic comes from mobile devices these days. You can find free domains from WordPress.org or you can buy premium themes from different WordPress Theme providers.
The last thing you need to do is to create the sitemap, index your website in Google, submit your website and sitemap in Google Webmaster’s tool, add analytics code. Your first WordPress website is ready, you can use it for selling your products, or you can monetize your content.