No matter if you have a business, an organization, or a personal project, websites are becoming a must in almost all kinds of activities. Since most people don’t know where to start and how to proceed, we made a full tutorial on how to make a website with WordPress from scratch using one of the top-rated cheapest web hosting providers.
Before we create the new website, there are a few things you must decide. You must have a clear idea of what your website will be about. Some of the most popular website types include blogs, eCommerce, news, Educational, Portfolios, online communities, and more.
If you want to create a website for your personal use, we would recommend starting from choosing a niche. It could be anything from fitness, health, traveling, pets, to photography. I would recommend it choosing something you like otherwise you will feel burdensome after some time.
Also, would be good to have an idea about what do you want to do with it. You want to monetize it in the long run or you want it just for leisure. Once a clear goal has been set, you can start with the first step.
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CHOOSE AND REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME
If you have a brand or business, choosing an adequate domain name is crucial. Otherwise, it’s not very important. Start with trying a word that is connected or represents your website idea. And after that, you may use free online generators to find if it’s available or other alternative option to that domain name.
There are a few things to take into consideration when choosing a domain.
- Keep it as short as possible (2-3 words would be perfect)
- Something that is unique
- Easy to spell and remember
If you like you, link to this article and get some more help with finding a suitable domain name for your website.
After you have decided about the name of your website, the next thing to do is to choose a registrar to purchase your domain name. In most cases, you can buy the domain name and the hosting services in one place. And would be better to do so, if it is possible.
CHOOSE A WEB HOSTING SERVICE PROVIDER
All you need for running a WordPress website (being visible on the web), is a:
- Web hosting provider (where all your site’s files will be hosted)
Depending on the purpose of your website, some of the most important factors to take into consideration before choosing your provider are:
- Pricing plans
- Customer support
Also, there are a lot more, but we can not cover it here, because isn’t the purpose of this article. If you want to know more about it, check the other articles on the ‘WEB HOSTING’ section.
In the article, we would recommend Hostinger as your hosting provider, which fast, secure and perfect especially for beginners. It’s also one of the top-rate hosting services both uptime and speed, with very affordable shared web hosting plans (starting at $0.99/mo).
In any of their shared hosting plans you will get a 1-click installer tool to get easily started, a clean and powerful control panel to manage everything, access manager that helps when working on your site with multiple people, weekly backups (daily on business or higher), and a free domain name registration for the first year.
After choosing the hosting provider you prefer and the package that you need for your website, ‘now the fun can begin’.
INSTALLING WORDPRESS ON YOUR SITE
Originally, WordPress was most used for blogging sites, but nowadays, it’s different. It’s the biggest name in the industry and the most used content management system for almost all kinds of websites.
WordPress offers the largest library of themes and plugins for free, it requires little to no coding skills, and has the largest community of developers worldwide.
Installing on your site, it’s really easy. For this, log-in into your Hostinger account, and on the Dashboard scroll down until you see the website section. Click Auto-Installer button to get started.
Then click on the WordPress button.
On the next page, they will ask you to put your username, password, email, etc. So make sure you save this somewhere.
To go to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. Type in your username and password that you specified during the installation.
Thanks to WordPress now you can create or upload three types of content.
- Posts (write articles, blog posts, publications, etc.)
- Media (upload your images, videos, audios, PDFs, etc.)
CHOOSE A WORDPRESS THEME
The theme is a core part of your site. The success of your website will depend on the first contact (how beautiful and unique it is) how does it interact (easy to navigate and find things) with users. And the theme covers all that.
The official WordPress theme library has over 7000 different options. So, finding a good theme might not be a simple task.
A good responsive WordPress theme to get started is Astra. It has a free version, which has all the featured you need to get the hand of it. And, Premium version if letter on you want to have access to more advanced featured.
It’s very popular with over 800,000 users and over 3,500 five stars reviews.
With tons of pre-built website templates, you can build almost any kind of website with it. And thanks to their Starter Sites plugin the theme can be set up in just in few clicks. In case to read more about it, kindly press the button below.
To find your themes on your dashboard, go to Appearance / Themes section. Here are listed all the themes installed by default. To add a new theme, click Add New on the left of the panel. You can search for your theme here or you can upload it from your computer.
BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR YOUR SITE
Since most of your work on the website will be on your pages or post, it will become a necessity to install some WordPress plugins to help you with some other tasks. Plugins will give you some extra functionality for your website. They will help you with your cache, comprising files, creating forms, pages, tables, and more.
To install a plugin, navigate from your dashboard to Plugins > Add New. Here you can search for all available plugins or upload one from your computer. After you have found the plugin you need, just click ‘Install Now’ and then ‘Activate’.
Here are some of the most used WordPress plugins.
Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan
This is one of the best free plugins to secure your WordPress site. This plugin will perform malware/virus scans, block certain countries or IP addresses (protection from hackers), configure brute-force protection, and will enable a firewall.
All-in-One WP Migration
A really cool plugin that makes the website transferring easy. With this plugin, you can generate backups, specified backups and import backup generate by other plugins.
Jetpack – WP Security, Backup, Speed, & Growth
We use this for more advanced tasks and statistics. With this plugin, you can receive notifications if your site is down, highlight related posts in your articles, improve images (lazy loading) and enable sharing on social media.
Contact Form 7
This will help you with creating pages and forms in a few clicks. With this plugin, you can generate short codes for easy insertion, create a contact form page, and enable Akismet or reCAPTCCHfilter.
If you need help with search engine optimization, this will help you with this. With this plugin, you can see how your article covers certain keywords, take advice on how to improve your SEO, add descriptions, and meta titles to your posts.
A very popular plugin that will turn your site into a store. With this plugin, you can add a shopping cart, set up shopping fees, create products, configure different payment methods.
Compress JPEG & PNG images
This is used to compress images for sites to load faster. With this plugin, you can resize images, compress newly uploaded images, optimize the existing images.
Unfortunately, your work doesn’t end here. In fact, your journey has just started. Now comes the most difficult and long process, which is growing your website.
Supposing that you know your niche well, a good idea is to evaluate the marker of that niche. See what are people searching for, what are their problems. The principle is easy. Find a problem and offer a solution, but isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Another thing that you might do is checking what your competitors are doing. Just don’t copy their content. But what they are doing may inspire your new ideas or new ways to implement theirs.
Use Google Analytics to keep track of your data and growth. Sometimes even the smallest success will help you to keep the work and not give up.
Bring traffic to your website from wherever you can. Share your content on your social media, contact some of your friends personally to help you spread your content. Improve your SEO. Try free traffic methods like bringing people from Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Or you can create a YouTube channel, making short videos, and sending them to your site for more detailed information.
We hope that this content was useful, and we wish you good luck on your journey. Cheers!
MAKING A WEBSITE FAQ
How to make a website for free on google easily?
Since they launched Google in 2008, it is possible to make a website on google for free. Before you decide to invest time and effort in free websites, we would recommend making an investigation of their downsides. Free websites are subdomains that are very limited in speed, uptime, bandwidth, etc. To make a free google website follow these simple steps.
- On your browser, go to Google Sites.
- At “Start a new site”, choose a template.
- Enter the name of your site and press enter.
- Add some content.
- Publish it to be visible on the web.
How much does it cost to make a website on WordPress?
On average, it costs $100 – $200 to start a website, with an ongoing cost of around $25 – $50 per month to maintain it.
How to make a website HTTPS in WordPress for free?
You change the HTTP to HTTPS by installing an SSL certificate for your website. They give the SSL certificate for free in all Hostinger’s packages.
Another way to get it is through Cloudflare.
- Sing up on CloudFlare
- Configure your website/domain
- Configure your website DNS Records
- Select a CloudFlare plan
- Update your name servers
- Set up SSL for your website
How to make a website secure on google chrome?
To increase your level of security and functionality for general web browsing, a good idea is to add specific websites to your browser Trusted Sites list. We can do this in a few easy steps.
- Click the menu on the top right of your Google Chrome toolbar.
- Click Settings.
- Scroll down at the bottom click Advanced.
- At the system tab, click Open your computer’s proxy settings.
- On the pop-up page click Security / Trusted sites / Sites.
- Add the URL of your trusted site and then click Add.
How to make a website responsive in WordPress?
One of the most important things to take into consideration is the theme you are using. Because the theme design and the additional features will determine the first impact that the visitors will have.
Other things to take into consideration are the customization options like your fonts, logo, colors, and more. You can add responsive meta tags in your HTML documents, apply media queries to your layout, structure your topography to be mobile-friendly, and much more.
How long does it take to make a website on WordPress?
The time needed for building a website on WordPress varies depending on the type of site you are making and if you are hiring someone to help, you are doing it all alone.
But from the statistics, a typical website will take 9-14 weeks to launch. Including 2-3 weeks search and planning, 4-6 weeks design work, 2-3 weeks key development, and 1-2 weeks modifications and final review.