To start a website can be a terrifying thought especially when you are not a tech geek. There is a lot of brainstorming involved to actually go for a website development. Things like website theme, type of content, format, sections etc. are some factors pre-determined variable when it comes to websites. It seems like a lot but actually, website development is a DIY thing, which requires just 45 minutes of your uninterrupted time.
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Websites like WordPress promotes self-made websites with over 130,000 functional websites alive on the web through their service. Here we have managed to compile a list of steps on how you can develop your own homemade website.
But before that let’s look at some widely anticipated queries by WordPress beginners
What thing does one need to build a website?
The 2 things you will require on your road to website development is first a domain name (Your website name like facebook.com) and second is the website hosting (you file storage).
Cost for a WordPress website?
The cost for a website depends on the type of website you are willing to develop. A typical business website’s cost can vary from as low as a $100 to $30,000 per year. However, it is recommended to start small and upload content as the time progress, this way you could save the risk of potential loss by going all in at the initial time.
Which is the best website platform?
To be honest, there are is a variety of website developers available today. The topic of interest, i.e. self-hosted WordPress is a dominant version of website development. The fact that WordPress is free, user-friendly and comes with an array of themes makes its current 28% of the total websites a more attractive section on the world wide web.
Now let’s commence with our promised steps
Step 1. Setup
As mentioned earlier, a self-hosted website is the best bet for beginners. It is a more flexible version for website development which comes with a thousand of designs and add-ons.
The next thing to do is to buy your own exclusive domain name and hosting. A domain name will serve as your website name, the thing which the users will type to find you on the internet, on the other hand, a website hosting acts as your homepage. WordPress is free but you need to buy both of these things. Generally, a domain would cost about $15 a year and host cost $8 a month. You can buy both of these from a WordPress verified hosting company.
Step 2. WordPress Installation
You will find a million things on your hosting account dashboard. However, half of them are of no use. Click on install WordPress icon, to begin the process.On the initial display, you will find the option of quick installation, hit that, then on the next screen choose your particular domain name for the website.
In the next display, you will be presented with 3 different type boxes to fill, namely Site name, username, and admin password. Check all the 3 checkboxes and click on quick install. The next window will mark for successful installation.
Step 3. Slection of Theme Describing your Business Well
Visual aesthetics are everything for a website. You have the amenity to browse through WordPress’s 5,000 free and more paid themes. Your demo website comes with a default theme which might seem like a plain version.
To switch, go to the menu bar then hit Appearance and then Themes, choose from the presented themes segregated according to industries and different businesses. To not look add choose a homogenous theme that goes with your business and not your contract product or service.
You can even customize your theme once you are done with the installation by clicking on the customize icon under the Appearance link. To view your made changes while editing, you can click on the view mode and see how things are coming up.
Step 4. SEO Friendly Content
WordPress comes with 2 options for uploading content, Posts, and Pages. Pages are normal pages on a website and a post is a part of the blog which appears in the order that newer post appears first. Your demo website would show the post first; however, you can break this pattern at your will. It’s your choice if you want to add a news section, put pages section first or don’t have any sections at all.
To add content to a page, go to the pages and add new. Fill in the title of your page and body by using the editing software to rectify any errors from your content. Add supporting media like images, videos, and audios to make your audience engaged. After you are done uploading, click on the publish icon to make your content public. The same process could be repeated for Posts, just go to posts then add new.
Step 5. Customizing
When you have enough content elements, you can start to transition and customize. There are many ways you could alter the demo site.
Let’s start with setting a static front page
Go to setting and then reading setting. Under the First Page display tap on Static page and select the page as per your will. Don’t forget to save changes and you are good to go.
Same way you can pick a title and set a tagline for your website. Just go to the settings page then hit general setting. Type in your title and tagline, save changes and your work is done.
To set up a district comments section, go to Settings and then discussion. Check the box next to manual approvals for comments, save changes and you are good to go.
There is a plethora of easy customization you can go through as the need arises with time.
Step 6. Plug-ins
Plugins make your website more colossal and engaging. There are a total of 49,000 plugins available today. WordPress plugins are used to add different features to your website like photo gallery, query and contact forms etc. As time goes by you will know which plugin to install to enhance the user experience for your website.
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