If you want a guide as to how to get started with WordPress, then this article is for you!
WordPress powers more than 34.7% of the internet’s websites. Therefore, you already began on a great note by choosing WordPress.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to host and build website. It is popular because of its flexibility and community.
But if its your first time with WordPress, it might be a little bit of a daunting task to understand from where to start.
So, let’s get started!
How to get started with WordPress:
- Select a WordPress plan
- Choose a domain name
- Purchase Web Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Choose your WordPress Theme
- Install Plugins
- Add Content
1) Select a WordPress plan
When starting with WordPress, you will have to first select a plan of your choice. WordPress offers five plans.
The five plans differ from each other in terms of its monthly fees, site customization and access to marketing tools.
2) Choose a domain name
The domain name serves as a permanent address for your website. Or to make things a little simpler, consider your domain name to be your home address.
It is through this that the visitors will be able to locate your website in the internet.
You should keep in mind to think of a good domain name. This is because other than serving as your website’s address, it also plays a significant part in branding.
There are tons of domain extensions. “.com” is the most popular domain extension, although other types are also becoming increasingly okay to use.
3) Purchase a Web Hosting
In order to power your WordPress and make your website accessible to visitors, you need to purchase a web hosting.
With web hosting, you are practically renting out a space on the computer that allows your website to be on the internet.
If your domain name is your home address, then the hosting provider is your house. Without a hosting provider, you do not have any space on a server to “live”.
4) Install WordPress
If you are using a hosting provider outside of WordPress, then you will have to install the CMS again in order to connect your website with your new domain.
If you are using web hosting services of WP Engine and Kinsta, then you will not need to install the CMS again. These services are specifically built for WordPress and will have WordPress installed for you already.
5) Choose your WordPress theme
The theme you choose controls the appearance of your website. WordPress offers a variety of themes and templates which provide a multitude of layouts, formatting styles, colors, fonts and various other visual options.
It is very important for you to choose a theme which suits your website, for it will attract more visitors if it looks attractive and professional. You will also find tons of ‘niche’ WordPress themes.
6) Install Plugins
Plugins are pieces of software that adds functionality to your website. Plugins can add small features such as a contract form or big features such as turning your website into an eCommerce store.
With over 55,000 plugins available, there are options available for every type of user and website. Some of the most popular plugins are
a) Yoast SEO
7) Add Content
By this stage, you are done with the foundation required for your site. When you add content to your website, it appears either as posts or pages.
Posts are typically used for blogs and portfolios because they automatically place your newest website content at the top. Pages are static which is why they often appeal to business owners — the added content always remains in the same place.
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