There are 2 ways for beginners starting a Website by WordPress:
1. Develop your Website ONLINE
You will choose a domain name (a domain name is the address of your site, it typically ends in “.com”), then sign up with a web hosting (The web hosting houses all your website files and is necessary for any website. This is where you go to create email addresses, install software for your site (online store, shopping cart, etc.). Once you’ve gotten your domain and signed-up for hosting, install WordPress to your domain (Log in to your hosting account >> Go to your control panel >> Look for the “WordPress” icon >> Choose the domain where you want to install your website >> Click the “Install Now” button and you should get access to your NEW WordPress website) It’s a free content management system and there is no web-design experience needed. The next step after this one is using and configuring your Website.
WordPress Installation Url would be: http://yoursite.com/wp-admin (replace “yoursite” with the domain name you selected)
2. Develop your Website OFFLINE:
You have to download some PHP Hosting software (creating a host on your PC which acts like a host on the Internet .There are several well-known options but I’ve gone for XAMPP because I found I had the least hassle with it) . Then you install WordPress locally on Windows computer, and you can practice how to use, design and configure your Website. Whenever you decide to buy a domain name and web hosting, you can back-up database from localhost to your web hosting (handword or using pluggin for more supports).
WordPress Installation URL : http://localhost/yoursitename/wp-admin
Following previous step, you know how to install WordPress and XAMPP on localhost, so today, I am just going to show you the basics to get you up and running with your new WordPress Website OFFLINE. The next step after this one , I will show you some more advanced changes you can make to personalize the design and configure your Website.
When yourWordPress installation is completed, You will need some information to login to WordPress.
- WordPress Username: This is the username you set up when initially installing WordPress.
- WordPress Password: This is the password you set up when installing WordPress. If you emailed the installation details during the installation process it will be in that email as well.
After you login to the dashboard successfully you will see the WordPress dashboard.
How to login to your WordPress administrative control panel
When you completed the installation of WordPress, you can login to your Dashboard. The WordPress Dashboard is the admin section, your WordPress site will be configured.
WordPress administrative control panel
- Admin bar: Set the display status of the Toolbar for the front side of your website (you cannot turn off the toolbar on the WordPress dashboard)
- Main menu: contains links to the areas that need governance, the right it will display the contents corresponding to the administration page.
By default, Dashboard’s Home page will have links to each widget which be divided into 5 blocks as follows:
- At a Glance: provides a summary of the number of Posts, Pages, and Comments on your site. Each of these content types are displayed in the form of a link and, when clicked upon, direct you to the specific area to manage that content.
- Quick Draft: Use this module in WordPress to save new posts without publishing
- Activity: Track and view all your Dashboard activities and changes in an organized way, giving you full management control for your WordPress site.
- WordPress News: Collection of the best WordPress News themes for news sites, blogs, portals and other news oriented websites.
- Screen Options: displayed as a hanging tab under the toolbar, allow the user to decide what fields or modules are presented in the work area for a given Administration Screen. Each Screen may have a different set of Screen Options. Click on the Screen Options tab to expand the options available for a particular Screen, check (or uncheck) the desired options, then click the Screen Options hanging tab to collapse the Screen Options.
- Help: displayed as a hanging tab under the toolbar, displays one or more Help items that are related to the Screen that is displayed in the work areas. Click on the Help tab to expand the Help available for a particular Screen, then click the Help hanging tab to collapse the Help display.
WordPress default theme
A new theme will be automatically assigned, WordPress comes with a default theme to display the front-end of the website. This is the first theme that you see when you first install WordPress. The user can then replace it with any other WordPress theme.
WordPress site at the 1st sign
The default WordPress theme is used to showcase the features of WordPress, so it is usually feature rich and can be used to create most basic websites. The default theme also serves the purpose of a fallback theme. In case a user’s installed WordPress theme gets deleted or something goes wrong, then WordPress automatically falls back to the default theme.
WordPress comes with thousands of free themes, so you don’t have to spend any money on your website template design if you don’t want to.
All you do is go to Appearance >> Themes from the WordPress Admin area and search for a theme.
Free themes store on WordPress
After choosing a theme for yourself, You can customize to make it look attractive and inviting with the visitors. However, many free themes are very limiting when it comes to design customizations (unless you’re a programmer).
About every few months, WordPress updates its software. That means your current theme may not be completely compatible anymore. So if you’re using a free theme, often times the developer won’t support it anymore and you’re stuck with a broken site.
If it’s in the budget, I recommend going with a premium theme because you will be offered more design options.
If you use a premium theme like I use on my Website (HearthStone), then you know that you will have the support when there are any updates or problems. Just something to think about as you create your site.
Also, premium themes have a lot more features and easier ways to customize the design without having to tinker with much code.
Hopefully this tutorial gives you a basic Overview for starting a WordPress website. See you again in other instructions