It can take time and effort to create a website on WordPress especially if you are new to this platform.
The first website that I created on WordPress was a free site. I didn’t pay for hosting or a domain. There are pros and cons to creating a free and paid hosting but for now, let’s stick to free. I have been on the side of both spectrums a free and paid based sites.
Now as you learn more about creating a WordPress site it isn’t a bad thing for you to invest some money into it either since the world as we see it now is through social channeling.
STEP 1: Choose your website domain name
So maybe you already have a domain name in mind? Or maybe you are undecided on one? Either way, it has to get done right?
When choosing a domain name you want to make sure that it’s going to be something related to your niche website.
Create something memorable and catchy for your audience. Where they can be reminded where to look for information and recommendations if needed.
STEP 2: Choose your hosting
Hosting is considered where your website document will live. In theory, you can choose free hosting however you will be limited on customization.
However for the sake of this article lets continue with FREE.
I have used several hosting providers ones I didn’t have very memorable experiences with and the ones I have.
So here are my recommendations.
What I like about BlueHost is I can use WordPress as their website builder. I also had good experience with their online support team.
I remember one day having an issue and the representative was able to compensate me and took care of what I needed.
Their plans would have to be paid on a yearly basis that might be their slight downfall but I don’t really see any major issue with that. Unless you are morecomfortable with paying monthly as oppsoe to yearly especially if you are just starting things out.
If you need more information on hosting read my post on (Hosting Reviews)
What I like about Wealthy Affiliate is that you are able to coordinate two websites with free hosting. The price is $349 for the year similar to BlueHost if you were to go with an enterprise package.
What I like about WA is that you are also able to connect with like-minded people that are willing to invest the time in answering any questions you may have about the platform and your respectable niche.
Check out some of the platform perks here:
Go Daddy was known as a platform where you can purchase your domains from. But since then Go -Daddy offers domain, hosting and WordPress as your website builder. You can purchase domains directly from Godaddy site or you can use one of the hosting platforms.
STEP 3: Choose a platform
There are many platforms out there that will allow you to create a website on WordPress for free. The question is which one would you choose?
Choose one that you are either familiar with or that you can maximize your learning experience.
Here are some FREE PLATFORMS TO TRY!
I use the Wealthy Affiliate for my hosting since It serves a huge purpose for me with having multiple sites and my freelancing gigs.
However, you can use their free siterubix extension while using WordPress. I also like the flexibility of directly connecting with members at any time.
So not only can you create a website with Wealthy Affiliate but you can learn different ways on how to market, gain organic traffic, social media channeling like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. In theory, it’s a social channel dedicated for online entrepreneurs looking to promote their brand, products, or services. And why not? The internet is the future :).
There are menus displayed on the left facing side of the dashboard as you see is where you can go through the different features that the platform has to offer.
When you think about creating a website using WordPress you figure why not use their actual website?
While I did use WordPress directly through their site there are no real benefits to using it other than their customer support. I have reached out directly with their support center and they are pretty helpful.
However, if you are looking to learn this platform and need live 24/7 support and a learning platform then maybe this might not be a good choice for you.
X10 hosting provides free hosting as well and the more you use it the lower the cost gets. What I like about this platform is that you can receive support with members that will answer your questions on PHP. Although there are so many plugins that you can use where there is no coding required it’s always good to know or become familiar with some type of coding.
Step 4: Customize your appearance
Brief menu overview
When you are first discovering the dashboard on your new WordPress site take some time to familiarize yourself with the menu. This will help you navigate your way through the platform a little easier.
I go over some functionalities on the menu on my post on “How to create a WordPress website Part 1 & 2 “
Posting/ Adding Content
Posting is going to be one of the most important documents you create since this will be where most of your engagement will come from. Remember everyone is going to be reading this on the internet. Well that’s the concept, right?
So ideally you want to make sure there are no grammar errors or any issues with headings or it not being SEO friendly since people can disown you relatively quickly for it, I know becasue I have happened to be on both sides of the spectrum.
Adding your plugins
When adding plugins be mindful on what kind you might need. The reason for this is if you install a lot of plugins you can run the risk of your website running slow. Which in turn won’t be useful for the user.
Here are some of my favorites and recommendations.
- YOAST SEO
- EWWW Image Optimizer
- Contact Form 7
- WP Socializer
- Mail Chimp
Still, Have Questions?
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