It can take some 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. Sucks then I have invested in hosting and domains to scale my businesses to the next level.
But for the sake of this article, I will educate you on how I got started.
If you are looking to build on your website long term then looking into investing some money won’t be a bad thing either.
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 refrence to if need be.
STEP 2: Choose your hosting
Hosting is considered where your website document will live. In th,eory 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 a very memorable experience 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.
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.
How,ever you can use their free siterubix extension while using WordPress. I also like the flexibility of direct connecting with people at anytime.
So not only can you create a website with WA 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 sections displayed on the right side of the dashboard where you can go through the different features that the platform has to offer. On some other event I will create a more informative post on Wealthy Affiliate but for now, I will stick to the subject :).
In theory, when you think about creating a website using WordPress you figure why not use their actual website?
While I did use WordPress directly there are no real benefits to using their platform 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 then maybe this might not be a good choice.
If you are reading this post then chances are you are not much of a developer so it won’t be as bothersome to you to need that information.
X10 hosting provides free hosting as well and the more you use it the lower the cost becomes. What I like about this platform is that you can receive support with PHP. Although there are so many plugins that you can use where there is no coding required it’s always good to know a little something :).
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 yet. 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 since numerous will depend on what kind of site you will be creating. However here are the ones I recommend you get started on.
- YOAST SEO
- EWWW Image Optimizer
- Contact Form 7
- WP Socializer
- Mail Chimp
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