Set Up Your Wordpress Website FAST (10 mins or less)
In this video, i’ll use Wordpress as a platform to build a basic website. WordPress doesn’t cost a dime to download or install, and there’s a huge community who have designed beautiful themes and templates, making it easy to get going fast. You’ll never run out of uniqueness.
WordPress can be expanded with free plugins to handle just about any site you can imagine — from gorgeous business pages to social networking sites. With “plugins” you’ll be able to add contact forms, subscription forms, image galleries and so on for your website. The process is very simple!
The last thing I’d like to note is that this process can be applied to websites both small and large, and it will make a website responsive to all devices. The website will look great on every mobile device, smartphone and tablet. No need to hire a web developer for that.
Step 1: Choose your domain name and hosting
To get a new website online, you’re going to need two things:
- A domain name (a web address like yoursitename.com)
- Hosting (a service that connects your site to the internet)
The WordPress platform itself is FREE, but a domain name and hosting will cost you around $3 — $5 a month. However it costs less than a coffee, so it won’t break the bank. Owning your own domain name looks far more professional than having your site on someone else’s domain (like yourbusiness.my-free-website.com), and it’s super affordable, too.
Plus, having your own hosting will also make sure your website loads quickly and won’t go down for hours at a time (pretty important for everyone who visits your pages.)
Where to get Your Domain Name and Hosting?
I personally use GoDaddy for all my domain name purchases and hosting services. They have good customer service, and they’re one of the biggest companies in the world to do this. Bluehost is also a great company and they always have promotions for first time buyers. Do your research and decide which company you want to partner with.
Domain Buying Tip:
- If you’re making a website for your business, your domain name should match your company name. For example: YourCompanyName.com
- If you’re planning to set up a website for yourself, then YourName.com can be a great option.
Got your domain name and hosting? Great! Let’s continue…
Step 2: Install Wordpress
Almost every reliable and well-established hosting company has integrated 1-click-installation for WordPress, which makes getting going a snap. It’s best to call your hosting company and ask them where to locate the 1-click-installation for Wordpress. Once you’ve found it, follow their steps in order to install Wordpress. The steps are typically the same:
- Log in to your hosting account.
- Go to your control panel.
- Look for the “WordPress” or “Website” icon.
- Choose the domain where you want to install your website.
- Click the “Install Now” button and you will get access to your new WordPress website.
Once you have successfully installed WordPress to your domain, you’ll see a very basic yet clean site. The theme is basic. The next step will help you choose a website theme.
Step 3: Find a theme you like
This is what the WordPress dashboard looks like:
Everything is easily labelled. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t sweat it. I’m going to show you where to go next.
Once you’re in the dashboard, you’ve got access to over 1500 free themes! Just look along the side bar for “Appearance”, then click “Themes”. If you want something more professional or elegant than what you find here, you can head over to ThemeForest.net where there’s a HUGE library of themes to pick from at varying costs. They also offer a free theme every month with a simple email signup!
Another great option is buying a one time subscription to Elegant Themes. Elegant Themes has a variety of themes and right now it’s offering a one-time payment for a lifetime subscription for only $249.
Once you have found a theme you like, installing it is as simple as clicking “Install” followed by “Activate”.
Step 4: Adding Demo content
The best part about buying a professional theme instead of activating a free option is demo content. Demo content is typically offered for most recently designed themes and it includes pages built, design options, and even page images! Demo content is meant to be edited, but it gives you a basic guide on how to design your website based on the industry. Theme Forest’s Be Theme or Elegant Theme’s Divi are both great choices for themes and demo content. Whichever theme you choose, make sure it has an option to install demo content.
Demo content is easy to install and every theme includes documentation that should include simple instructions on installation.
Creating a New Page:
- Look along the sidebar in the WordPress Dashboard for “Pages” -> “Add New”. Once you’ve clicked, you’ll find a screen that looks a lot like what you’ve maybe seen in Microsoft Word. Add text, images and more to build the page you want, then click Publish when done.
Adding Pages to the Menu
- Click “Appearance” -> “Menus” in the sidebar of the WordPress Dashboard. Find the page you created and add it to the list by clicking the checkbox next to it and then “Add to Menu”.
Time for a quick break? I think so. Drink a cup of coffee, some water perhaps? Your choice…
Step 5: Customization & Endless Tweaks
- Changing Your Website Title and Tag: Go to “Settings -> General” and fill in the form.
- Disabling Comments for Posts & Pages: Go to “Settings -> Discussion” and un-click “Allow people to post comments on new articles”.
- Setting Up a Static Front Page: Some people contact me saying they’re frustrated that their home page looks like a blog post. You can fix that by making your home page “static”. To do this, Go to “Settings -> Reading” and choose a static page that you have created. “Front Page” denotes your home page, “Posts page” is the front page of your blog (if your entire site isn’t a blog).
- Editing sidebar & widgets: Go to “Appearance -> Widgets” in the WordPress Dashboard. You will be able to drag different boxes into the sidebar section of the website pages. Also, the footer, or bottom section of the site, is typically edited in this same section.
Congratulations! You’re ready to launch your website!
That’s it! If you’ve followed the steps in this guide, you should now have a fully-functional WordPress website! That wasn’t so bad, was it? Please contact me with any specific questions or if you get stuck in one of these steps. Most of this information is pulled from a helpful guide called Website Setup. They have a LOT more details in case you need more customization. Alright we’re done!