Developing a website has never been easier. Thanks to the WordPress hosting service, anyone can construct a site within minutes. All it takes is some basic knowledge on how to use the content management system.
WordPress is an open source CMS used by millions of websites from the likes of TechCrunch, Google Ventures and many other tech giants. The web design platform is so versatile that it can be used for simple blogs to advanced online stores. Here are three steps to take when building your site using WordPress Hosting services.
3 Steps to Building a Website Using WordPress Hosting
Step 1: Choosing the Right WordPress Web Hosting
Select a host provider that give you quality server uptime (a well optimized server for quick load time) with amazing features and support. Keep it all at an affordable price. If your site is likely to receive less traffic – a simple company presentation, website, or blog – it’s wise to go for a shared hosting plan from BlueHost or other established hosting companies that offer WP optimized hosting plans. But if you are likely to receive more traffic and use a lot of server resources– the likes of online shopping sites and forums – go for a VPS hosting plan.
Step 2: Installing WordPress
To install WordPress to your selected web hosting account you can choose to either go with manual or automatic installation. The manual installation procedure is quite technical with plenty of steps. You may need to have prior experience when choosing it.
In the case of digital installation, a database is automatically created with your files uploaded and an established connection. This one-click installation still requires user involvement but only for setting up your site’s name, email address, and admin login credentials.
Most WordPress hosting companies provide the one-click installation. However, there are still others that miss this feature from their control panel. If you are still learning the hoops around web hosting, it is best to choose a WordPress hosting which features the automatic installation.
Step 3: Setting Up Your Site and Customizing It
Once done with the installation, you are ready to go with the default settings, unless you plan on having a customized website. Customized WordPress websites usually have better ranks in search engines and tend to have a more professional touch. Changing the default installation settings is easy. All you need to do is change the theme, layout design, and add content to your new site. In the next segment, we will be talking about the different ways you can upgrade your WordPress site.
Step 3.1: Selecting a Theme
Before you can select a theme for your site, you first need to log in your dashboard. Once in, look over the side bar for the ‘appearance’ button and then click on ‘Themes’. Here you have access to over 1500 free themes. In case you are not satisfied with the quality of the available free themes, you can always visit any website with customized WordPress themes. Once you have found your desired theme, installation is as easy as clicking ‘install’ followed by ‘activate’.
Please note: You can change themes as much as you want without worrying about losing your previous edits.
Step 3.2: Adding Content and Creating More Pages
Once done with the theme, you are ready to start adding content to your new site. On the side bar of your dashboard page look for pages then click add new. Once clicked, you will find a window similar to that of Microsoft Word. Here, you can build the page you want by adding texts and images then saving it by clicking update when done. To link your new page to the navigation bar, go to appearance on the dashboard and click on menus. Look for the page created and include it to the list by ticking the checkbox next to it and finally “Add to Menu”.
Step 3.3: Changing Titles and Taglines
Your page’s title explains to viewers what your site is all about. It also determines how you rank in search engines. Before settling on a title, look to see if it has the right keywords that draw the kind of traffic you want. Try making it similar to your domain name for easy identification. In the case of taglines, these are quotes you add at the end of your title for a punch or call to action feel. In order to change your site’s title and tagline, visit Settings then General and fill in the displayed form.
Step 3.4: Making Your Front Page Static
If you detest the blog-like front page, you can always make it static. Static pages don’t change, unlike in blog pages that show the recent posts every time opened. You can do so by going to Settings then Reading and finally selecting the front page you desire to make static. Otherwise WordPress will keep on treating your site like a blog page.
Step 3.5: Installing plugins
Plugins enhance the capabilities of your WordPress site. These extensions add features and functionalities to your site that are not built-in WordPress hosting platform. You can use a plugin to submit forms, to add photos galleries, or create an online store. To add plugins go to Plugins then select Add new. WordPress has over 25000 free plugins all with different capabilities.
Step 3.6: Disabling Comments on Posts
If you are a creating a business website, you probably don’t want your visitors to comment on your posts. You can disable the comment option by clicking the Screen options tag on your new page. A discussion box then appears. Unpick the Allow Comment.
Note: There are other several editing and formatting features you can use to enhance the appearance of your new site. However, the technical ones may require a bit of coding knowledge for you to use. We have only highlighted some.
Website development no longer involves learning lines of HTML, PHP or XML codes. These days with a proper web development platform the likes of WordPress hosting services, any internet novice can create a website. We hope that by following these simple three steps, you will have an easy time creating and hosting your website only.