You are at the right place if you are searching for how to create your first website using wordpress.
Now you have already registered your domain name and selected your web hosting package also. I am assuming you have selected Linux based web hosting and preparing for your first WordPress based website.
WordPress is Linux based CMS (Content Management System) where you can design website using loads of readymade themes and plugins.
With the help of this you can concentrate more on your business rather than technicalities of website creation.
We will create the website using WordPress in 10 easy steps.
Create Email Address for your website in cPanel (Control Panel)
In cPanel control panel which typically comes with your web hosting package, create Email addresses for your day to day work. I would suggest you create at least following email addresses as bare minimum.
- email@example.com – Your personal Business email for your website
- firstname.lastname@example.org – All subscriptions/ un-subscription request
- email@example.com – All User comments and feedback from the website contact us form
- firstname.lastname@example.org – All comments and replies from the website post’s comments section.
- Install WordPress in your website using One-Click Installer service.
You can Install WordPress using the One-Click Installer service provided in the cPanel of your website. There are other options as well, like just like WordPress there are other CMS which available free of cost to you e.g: Drupal, Magneto, Joomla etc. you can create your website in these CMS as well.
Select and apply the theme which is most liked by you. Go to Dashboard Appearance >> Themes or Change your theme button where you will find loads of themes. You can select any theme which you like. The theme can be selected based on your website theme or type of data to be presented. Twenty Seventeen is the by default and latest theme. As of WordPress 4.7x version.
A Child Theme
Create copy of the theme selected. This is called as a Child Theme. Once wordpress is installed, Go to the File Manager of your website and locate the folder where just selected and activated theme is located. Copy the content into another folder under the same parent of selected theme folder. Rename this folder to any name of your choice. Open the Style.css in this new folder and rename the theme name as shown in the image. This will ensure the child theme creation.
Must have Wordpress Plugins
Install Plugins like Akismet, Contact Form, Newsletter, social sharing and Google Analytics to engage the users
These plugins are required for smooth functioning, value additions and user engagements during the website run. We shall discuss each plugin
Akismet – This plugin is required for filtering out SPAM comments.
Contact Form – This plugin enables us to create Contact form on Contact us page or about us page. This has a feature of different type of contact forms. We just need to put the short code generated by the plugin, where we need to put the contact form.
Squirrly – Squirrly is beautiful plugin which helps you while typing your article how to optimise your article for a keyword for search engine. Now in this article “how to create your first website using wordpress” is also written using squirrly.
MailChimp for WP – This plugin shows the newsletter subscription form on all pages. We need to have subscribe newsletter form on all pages, we need to add this widgets in side bar from the dashboard.
Change Website URL Structure – Permalink. This comes handy when we want the URL to be humanly readable, which is again SEO friendly. If we put %category%/%postname% then the url would look like e.g: carryondigitalmarketing.com/wordpress/for-starters
Organize your content in different WordPress Categories. You need to organize your content in such a way that each article would represent some or other category of writing. Search Engine Optimization considers phrasing of URL therefore it is also important from Google Search perspective while searching for the correct content.
Assign different keywords to each posts and pages. Each article should contain a list of keywords associated with it, WordPress gives us the provision of adding Tags per blog post. This helps in betterment of Google page rank as well. e.g: “How to create your first website using wordpress”
Posts and Pages
Create content using Posts and Pages. Write articles on different topics based on your interest selected and category applicable. Select the appropriate category name for each post. Which will enhance the SEO. Give title to the blog post. The title should give clear idea to the user about the problem being solved. E.g: “How to create your first Website using WordPress” and emphasize content around that title only.
Click on publish button to publish the post, Now it is available to public for reading.