How to Build a WordPress Website
Building a great WordPress website involves several factors, but here are the general steps to follow:
Choose A Quality Hosting Provider
First, you need to choose a hosting provider that supports WordPress. Some popular hosting providers for WordPress are Website Restore, Bluehost, SiteGround, and WP Engine. It is very important for site performance, security and scalability to choose the right web host for your new website.
Once you have selected your hosting provider, you need to install WordPress. Many hosting providers offer a simple one-click installation process for WordPress. Alternatively, the WordPress software can be downloaded for free at: https://wordpress.org/download/ and then manually uploaded and configured on your web server.
It is important to note that there is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com is a managed WordPress platform that is good for personal websites and very small businesses. WordPress.com does not allow you to do much customization with your website and you will be limited in what plugins and features can be developed there. WordPress.org is the direct source for the WordPress software and you can download the entire platform for free. We suggest using the software from WordPress.org and installing it on your own web hosting plan.
Choose A Theme
Next, you need to select a WordPress theme that suits your website’s design and functionality requirements. There are both free and premium themes available on WordPress.org or third-party websites. Advanced users can build their own custom theme and designs which make WordPress a great platform for nearly any website and audience.
Install Necessary Plugins
WordPress plugins are essential tools that help to extend the functionality of your website. You can search and install necessary plugins directly from the WordPress dashboard as well as visiting the plugin directory.
There are currently 60,672 available plugins and more being added daily. You are sure to find a great solution for most website functions, but if your looking for something a bit more custom, Website Restore can help super-charge your site.
With the website setup complete, it’s time to create and publish some engaging content. You can create pages, blog posts, and other content types using the WordPress Gutenberg page editor. More advanced users can take advantage of high-level features such as custom fields, meta tags, custom post types, SEO optimization, visual editors and more. The entire WordPress platform is developed to be as simple or complex as you need it to be.
Customize Your Website
WordPress allows you to customize your website with various settings, such as general site settings, theme settings, plugin settings, user profiles and more. When your ready to take your website to the next level, you can add an eCommerce store, user memberships, event calendars, training courses and more. Let your creativity drive your new WordPress website!
Launch Your Website
Once you have completed all the necessary steps and are satisfied with your website’s design and functionality, it’s time to launch it to the world.
These are the general steps to follow when building a WordPress website. However, if you’re new to WordPress, it’s recommended to take a beginner’s course or tutorial to understand how WordPress works and how to use it effectively. Alternatively, if you would prefer to have a professional install WordPress for you as well as provide training, Website Restore is here to help. Let us know about your new website in the comments below.