Well, Gone are the days when creating a simple 2-3 pages website would cost more than 1000 bucks. WordPress has made creating a website almost free, very easy and helped many small businesses grow. Almost free because you will need to pay for the domain name and web hosting. If your business doesn’t have a website yet because you thought websites are expensive and hard to maintain. I am going to guide you through three simple steps to create a professional looking business WordPress website. So, let’s get started!
Basic Steps to Start Your First WordPress Website
- Get a domain name and hosting
- Install WordPress
- Make your website look phenomenal
1. Get a Domain Name and Hosting
Domain Name is the web address of your website (E.g: Google’s domain name is google.com) So what domain name do you want for your business website? If available, you should get the domain name the same as your company’s name. And, since you are a business, you should get a “.com”.
You can use Godaddy to check for the availability of your desired domain name. They offer the cheapest domains on the Internet.
Now that you have the domain name, we are going to get web hosting for your website. I recommend you to get the hosting from SiteGround (WordPress officially recommends SiteGround).
So, go get the StartUp plan. That plan will be sufficient for new websites. And, in just three clicks, you will have a web host.
After you have subscribed to the web host, check the email address for login credentials. Now, you will need to point the domain name to your web host (Login to your Godaddy account, and update the nameservers). After your domain name and web host are linked, your website is technically live!
You will need to install WordPress to make the website work, and we will do exactly that in the next step.
2. Install WordPress
Go to your hosting account and follow these steps to install WordPress on SiteGround. Pretty easy and fun process (Do not forget to note down the username and password for your WordPress admin area while installing WordPress)
Congratulations! You now have a default WordPress website.
3. Make your Website Look Amazing
You can change the design and layout of your website with free WordPress themes. You can get a lot of really good looking WordPress themes for free. To change the WordPress theme of your business website, you will need to login to your WordPress admin panel. Go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin to access the login page.
Then, on your admin dashboard, go to Appearance -> Themes -> Add New to add a new theme. You can upload the theme file there to install a theme.
After you install the theme, you must activate the theme to make a theme appear on your website.
There are many WordPress themes available on the Internet and not all of them will be suitable for a business website. That is why, we have handpicked the collection of The 10+ Best Free WordPress Themes 2019, The 10+ Best Free WordPress Themes for Bloggers and The 15+ Best Free Ecommerce WordPress Themes that suitable for different purposes like personal website, blog, portfolio, shops, online stores, startups, business, travel sites, magazines etc. All you need to do is try them out free of cost and check which one suits best their requirements.
After you install and activate the WordPress theme you like, you will need to make some adjustment to your WordPress website.
So, go to Settings -> Permalinks on your WordPress dashboard. Then, in the Custom Settings select “Post Name” and click Save Changes.
Congratulation on your new business website!
Now all you need to do is add contents to your website. Decide what you want to show on your website and put it on your website.
You can add your first pages on WordPress websites by going to Pages -> Add New on your WordPress dashboard.
I also recommend adding the following plugins to your WordPress website.
- WordFence Security to protect your website from hackers.
- Yoast SEO to make your website rank higher on search engines.
- W3 Total Cache to improve the performance of your website.
Well, that’s all for now. Congrats for your new WordPress website.