WordPress Website Design
Websites are now becoming a necessity more than ever. Are you looking to set up a WordPress website for yourself or business? This article will offer you all the help you need. Contrary to popular view, WordPress is a user-friendly and flexible website platform to use. It is also very popular – most websites – up to 28% of the total – on the internet right now runs on WordPress.
What makes WordPress so special? Apart from flexibility and user-friendliness, WordPress offers thousands of themes and plugins for users to choose from. It is also known for its great SEO capabilities. Lastly, users can always access support from other users via various massive user communities online.
That said, let’s get to the business of the day – designing a WordPress website.
How to start designing a WordPress website
Find and register a domain name
It all starts with choosing the right website platform. There are two options to choose from – WordPress.com and the self-hosted WordPress.org platforms. The latter is the perfect solution, considering the unlimited addons and designs that it offers.
A domain name simply means the address of your website on the internet. For instance, the domain name of our website is www.theito.co.uk. After deciding on the domain name, you need to host it. Consider hosting as the personalised home of your website on the internet.
You will spend an average of £15/year to buy and keep a domain name, and £8 to host your website for a month. That said, some hosting providers offer free domain names when they buy hosting services from them. Bluehost is one of them.
Install the WordPress software on the hosting server
Head to your hosting account dashboard, also known as the cPanel. On the website section, click the WordPress icon. You will be required to select your domain name to install WordPress. After this, choose your website name, admin username, and password for your website. Note that the steps here may differ from one hosting provider to another. However, this is all you have to do at this stage. If your hosting provider does not offer a one-click WordPress installer, follow this guide to install manually via FTP.
After installation, you will be taken to the WordPress login URL. If not, type in the URL following this format – http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. On the page, input the admin username and password you chose while installing WordPress.
Setting up your website
This step has two different parts – Theme Selection and Addition of Content.
Your WordPress theme determines the visual appearance of your website. You will find pre-designed templates that can replace the basic theme that comes with your WP website. To change your theme, head to the Appearance tab, click on Themes, and click Add New. You can search and choose from over 4K WordPress themes for free. When you find a suitable theme, install and proceed to customise. To customise, click the CUSTOMIZE link – it can be found under the Appearance menu. You can tweak the installed theme to your taste using the Theme Customizer.
To add a page, head to the WP Admin Area. Under the PAGES tab, click on Add New Page. This brings up the Page Editor screen, which you can use to create and set up your page. You may add text, links, audio, images, and even embed videos. When you are satisfied, proceed to publish to make the page go live on your website.
To add a post, head to the WP Admin Area. Under the POSTS tab, click on Add New. The Post Editor screen comes up. Input the title and content, and set the post formats, tags, and categories. Click on Publish to make the post go live on your website.
Other tweaks and customisations
You can now customise and tweak the posts and pages you have added to your website. For instance, you can set up a Static Frontpage by heading to SETTINGS > READING in the WordPress admin area. Add a new page with the title ‘Home’ and save changes to make it your new front page.
You can also change the site title and tag line by heading to SETTINGS > GENERAL page. The tag line should describe your website and the title; your website name. Save the changes when you are done.
You can set up Comments Settings by heading to SETTINGS > DISCUSSIONS. This feature improves user engagement by allowing visitors to comment on your posts. On the discussions page, check the option that allows the manual approval of comments to moderate comments on your blogs.
You can also create a Navigation Menu; which users can easily follow to reach other pages or sections of your website. This can be done under the APPEARANCE > MENUS page. Input a navigation menu name and create. Then, choose the pages to be displayed and add them to the menu. Choose the display location – bottom or top – and finally save the changes.
Consider plugins as apps that make your WordPress website even more feature-rich. From contact forms to photo galleries, SEO, security and analytics, there are about 50,000 free plugins to choose from on WordPress.
Consider installing essential plugins like Yoast SEO (for SEO), Sucuri (for security), WPForms Lite (for contact form), Monster Insights (for Google Analytics), and WP Super Cache (for improved speed). You can learn more about plugins and their functions HERE.
With these five steps, you can have your WordPress website up and running from scratch.
Although the information in this post will help you to design your WordPress website from scratch, you can do more with your WordPress website. You can learn more by joining WordPress user communities and seeking useful resources on the internet. YouTube is another great platform to learn about WordPress.
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