Are you looking to build a website of your own?
My friends often wonder how I created a website without the help of any technical person. But that’s true. WordPress makes things easier for anyone to build a website or blog and manage everything even if you don’t even know a single word of coding.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) out there, and the easiest way to build a website or blog.
Of all the websites on the internet, WordPress is powering more than 34% of the sites. This means that one in four websites that you visit are built using WordPress.
What kind of websites/blogs you can build with WordPress?
Initially, WordPress was seen as a way to start personal blogs only. But the platform has evolved over the years to dominate the internet. You can now build any kind of website or blog using it.
Which big brands are using WordPress?
Many people think that WordPress is a platform only beginners, bloggers, and startup websites. But that’s not true. Following is the list of top websites that use WordPress:
- Facebook Newsroom
- The New York Times Company
- Microsoft News Center
- MTV News
- Sony Music
- Inside BlackBerry
- The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
- Katy Perry
- Vogue India
- Star Wars Blog
Making a WordPress website
Coming to the main topic— how to make a WordPress website on your own.
You can do it easily regardless of your skill levels and age. All you need is a domain name, web hosting, and a couple of hours to set up the website.
Let’s get started with the step-by-step process.
1. Register a domain name
A domain name is the address of your website, which includes .com, .in, .net, .org in the end. For example, the domain of my website is burningdesire.in.
To make a website, this is the first thing you need to do. The .com is the most used domain extension and costs around INR 700 for one year. You can also go for a country-specific domain like .in (for India), which costs around INR 400 per year.
You can check if your domain name is available or not, and then buy it from a registrar of your choice. Some of the top registrars include GoDaddy, ZNetLive, Big Rock, Hostgator, NameCheap, DreamHost, and BlueHost.
2. Buy web hosting
Let me first clarify what web hosting actually is.
For example, to start a new shop, you need two things first—the name of the shop, and the place to start the shop. If the domain name is the name of your shop, web hosting is the place where you will start your website.
When you buy web hosting, the company will give you some space on their server to host your website (just like you pay rent for the shop to the owner).
In the beginning, you can go for starter plans of shared hosting which doesn’t cost more. Most of the companies provide starter plans at around INR 1,000 to 1,500 per year.
So, a website (with a domain name and web hosting) will cost you around INR 2,000 per year. If you choose to buy it for multiple years, the hosting company will offer you a discount on it.
3. Install WordPress
Once you have bought the domain name and shared hosting, just install the WordPress application on it. It doesn’t take much time to do so. If you are willing to start your website or blog but face issues in doing so, feel free to get in touch with me. I’ll help you in the process.
4. Install a free theme of your choice
Once WordPress is installed, 90% of your job is done. You will now have a username and password to log in to your website, just like you login to Instagram. Very simple.
After logging in, you can manage your website without any coding and preview everything. First thing is to download a theme of your choice or according to the industry of your website.
WordPress provides plenty of free themes which you can customize easily. You can preview every theme before applying on your site, so that you know how that theme looks to the visitors.
Once you are done selecting the right theme, install it and move to the next step of setting up the website.
5. Customize your website
You can use WordPress to build either a static homepage website (where the homepage will have options to navigate visitors to other pages), or a blog that shows newer posts to visitors. For static website, you can include a blog section where your articles will appear.
Here, you can enter the title of the page and content you want to show on the page. To create more pages, repeat the same process.
Now, jumping on how to publish an article on your blog. For this, visit the Posts > Add New. You will get an editor to write your article and set title. You can also add images and other files to it easily.
In the General Settings, you can set the name of your website (like Burning desire) and tagline (like The voice of emerging writers), and more things.
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Building a website on your own is an easy thing nowadays. All it takes is a little investment of time and money. Domain names and web hosting options aren’t that expensive today. Anyone can buy and establish an online presence.
I hope this article will encourage you to start a new website and help you build it. If you have any queries or want my help in setting up your WordPress site, feel free to get in touch via the comments section below.
Virendra is a passionate reader and writer. He is currently working for two leading IT media portals. This blog is where he shares everything, whether it is a book review, technical article, author interviews, things he has learnt (and still learning). He also writes about his take on this world through unique, helpful and odd stories.