Hello, in this post, my friends in Template Monster share their method to create your own website.
In short, this entry will help you learn to …
Choose a platform for your website
Choose a domain name and a hosting plan
Set up, design and adjust your website
STEP # 1: Choose a platform for your website
Before you start worrying about the domain name and design of your future website, you need to choose a platform to the base from which you are going to build your website.
Most people still think that creating web page from scratch is difficult or requires a lot of skills and knowledge … Quite the opposite! Content management systems (CMS), such as WordPress, make the creation and maintenance of the website considerably easier.
Simply put, a content management system (or a website building platform) is an easy-to-use platform for creating websites and managing content online, rather than using a bunch of HTML pages.
Why choose WordPress?
Because at the moment there are no better / easier ways to build a website.
Its most important advantages:
#1. It is completely FREE and offers many designs / themes to choose from.
Downloading and installing WordPress does not cost a penny, and there is a large collection of excellent themes and templates available on the Web, which facilitates and accelerates the entire development of the website.
#2. It is very easy to use.
If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you already know how to add your own content. You can extend the functionality of WP with free add-ons. With the help of plugins you can add contact forms, subscription forms, image galleries and so on.
#3. Small webpage or large website? It’s great for both.
Starting with the basic blogs and ending up with the websites of companies and online stores, WordPress is an ideal solution for any website. Such giants, such as eBay, Mozilla, Reuters, CNN, Google Ventures and even NASA use this CMS.
#4. It allows you to create a ‘responsive’ website.
Which means it will work properly even on mobiles and tablets.
The website you build the WordPress base will be adaptive, that is, it will work flawlessly on all mobile devices, smartphones and tablets.
#5. A HUGE community of developers who are ready to help.
As there are thousands of people using this platform (webmasters, bloggers, theme developers and plugin creators), it is very easy to ask for help whenever you need it. In addition, WordPress offers a lot of free tutorials available on Youtube and a support forum.
Of course there are other platforms for building websites. But if you are a beginner, we recommend you choose WordPress. It is the easiest existing platform and is flexible enough to satisfy everyone, from small business owners and freelancers to creative artists and bloggers.
STEP # 2: Choosing a Domain Name and Hosting Plan
In order for your new website to be accessible on the Web, you need two things:
A domain name (a web address such as tusitioweb.com)
A hosting plan (a service that connects your site to the Internet)
The WordPress platform is free, but a domain name and hosting plan will cost you around 3 – 5 $ a month. So, you will not have to steal a bank to afford these services. There are a lot of hosting companies and domain registrars on the web. Well, it’s you who chooses.
Owning your own domain name is much more professional than placing your site in someone else’s domain (for example, misitiodenegocio.my-free-website.com).
Also, if you have your own hosting, you can be sure that your website loads quickly (it’s very important as people do not like waiting).
You can either acquire a domain and a separate hosting or opt for a ‘two in one’ solution, as many web hosting companies offer domain names included in their hosting packages.
What type of domain do I need to choose?
There are a couple things that can help you choose a suitable domain name:
# 1 Is it possible to turn it into a brand? That is, your domain must be explicit.
# 2 Is it memorable? Short, flashy and clear domain names are much easier to remember. If your domain name is too blurry, too long or written in a strange way, visitors will quickly forget it.
# 3 Is it catchy? In two words, you need a domain name that is easy to remember and describes what you do.
STEP # 3: Set up, design and adjust your website
Once you have purchased a domain name and configured your hosting, you can start working on the website https://www.templatemonster.com/en/como-create-un-blog.php.
The first thing you will have to do is install WordPress on your domain.
There are two possible ways to install WordPress, the first one is MUCH easier than the second.
1. To build a website to the base of WordPress (or even the base of Joomla or Drupal), you need to use a one-click installation option on your hosting panel
Almost all reliable hosting companies offer a one-click WP installation tool.
2. … or install it manually.
If for some strange reason (there are hosting companies that do not offer this option) you can not use the option of automatic installation of WordPress, you can still do everything manually. There are hundreds of WordPress installation tutorials on the web.
Choosing a theme / template for your website
Once you have correctly installed WordPress in your domain, you will get a very basic but clean site.
But you’d like to stand out among the others, right? That’s why you need a theme or WordPress template.
How to find a topic you like?
Log in to the WordPress panel.
If you are not sure how to do it, simply type: http://tusitioweb.com/wp-admin (replace “tusitio” with your domain) and insert your access data in the appropriate fields. In general, the WP control panel is very intuitive and does not require advanced technical knowledge.
2. Finding suitable topics.
The control panel gives you access to over 1500 free themes. Just find the “Appearance” option in the sidebar and click “Themes”.
If you are looking for something more professional or elegant, we recommend opting for TemplateMonster products. On their website there is a huge library of themes at different prices.
3. Install a theme.
Once you have found a theme to your liking, install it by clicking the “Install” button and then clicking “Activate”.
IMPORTANT: Changing themes will not delete your existing publications, pages and content. You can change topics whenever you want, without worrying about the loss of data.
How to add content and create new pages?
After installing your theme, you are ready to start adding content.
Adding and editing pages
Would you like to create a “Services” or “About Me” page?
In the sidebar of the WordPress panel, click on “Pages” -> “Add New”.
You will see a screen that looks a lot like what you saw in Microsoft Word. Add texts, images and other content and save everything.
Adding pages to the menu
If you want your new page to be linked to the navigation bar of the site,
Save the applied changes to the page by clicking “Update”.
Click “Appearance” -> “Menus” in the sidebar of the WordPress panel.
Find the created page and add it to the list by selecting the checkbox next to it and then clicking “Add to the menu”.
Adding and editing entries
If you have a blog on your website, then you need to reach the “Entries” page. You are allowed to use different categories to group similar posts.
If you would like to add a blog to your website, you can use different categories and entries. For example, we’ll create a category called “Blog”. To do so, simply add her to your menu and start posting entries.
Here’s what you need to do:
Create a new category (“Entries -> Categories”)
Create a blog entry by clicking “Entries -> Add New”. Once you’ve finished writing your entry, you need to add a correct category for this article.
After creating a category, simply add it to the menu.
How to change the title and the slogan?
The page titles explain to searchers what your website is about, they also have an impact on the ranking of your website in search engines, so be sure to contain the necessary keywords.
The tagline is added to the end of the titles on all pages.
To change the title and slogan of your website, open “Settings -> General” and fill in the corresponding fields.
Most WordPress themes have a sidebar to the right (in some cases it is placed to the left).
If you want to remove the sidebar or edit its elements, you need:
Click on “Appearance -> Widgets” in the WordPress panel.
It will open an editor where you can drag and drop different “frames” to your sidebar, or remove the elements you do not need.
What is a plugin?
Plugins are extensions that expand WordPress capabilities and add features and functions that are not embedded in your panel by default. You can use add-ons to do everything: starting with the addition of photo galleries and submission forms, and ending with the optimization of your website and creation of an online store.
How to install a plugin?
To start installing plugins, open “Plugins -> Add New” and simply start the search.
There are over 25,000 FREE add-ons, so you have plenty of options to choose from.
Its installation is very easy: once you find an add-on that you like, click on the “Install” button.
You are now ready to launch your website!
If you followed the steps in this guide, you now have a fully functional WordPress website. It’s easier than it sounds, is not it?