This article is a straightforward Beginners Guide on How to create a WordPress website. If you want a more in-depth guide, please visit one of my favorites guides for this topic on websitesetup.org
First, you will need a domain name
If you are wondering which TLD you should buy, I will tell you right out of the bat that a .com is a must for businesses. But, if you are planning to target a different audience than the common one then chose a new TLD like .online or .me. If you are a nonprofit organization, go with a .org for sure. If you need help choosing the right domain, you can contact us anytime.
Second, you will need a hosting
I recommend a Managed WordPress hosting like SiteGround and our Reseller account. More than just a simple install, WordPress is seamlessly integrated to your hosting so the moment you log in, you’re able to build, edit and manage your site. A managed WordPress hosting has modified their server specifically for WordPress, giving you a level of speed and security you can’t get from a standard web hosting plan. I recommend two alternatives; SiteGround and our reseller account with Godaddy.
Another thing you should consider is the customer support that these hosting companies can offer to you. Once you are creating a website, there are a lot of complications that comes along with it, and some of them are server side issues. Having an excellent customer support hosting company will alleviate these problems. These two companies offer 24/7 customer support.
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How to install WordPress
If you choose SiteGround as your hosting provider, then you are in good hands. It is very easy to install WordPress, and this guide will show you how to do it with their Softaculous script.
This tutorial is designed to show you how to use Softaculous to install a WordPress application to your site. It will take only a few minutes and literally no advanced skills to have a fully functional WordPress instance in your hosting account.
First, log in to your cPanel account and find the Softaculous icon under the “Software Services” section. It should be located in the lower part of your cPanel page, right under the “Domains” section.
Once you click on the Softaculous button, you will be redirected to the page where you have to chose the application you want to install. On the left side of your screen locate the “Blogs” category, click on it and then click on the “WordPress” link that will appear.
On the next page, press the Install button at the top of your screen to specify that you want to perform a brand new WordPress installation.
Finally, enter the required fields for your site – title, description, administrative username and password, administrative e-mail, etc. and click on the “Install” button. Please note that by default Softaculous will install the application in a “wp” sub-folder. That being said, if you would like to be able to access the website only via your domain name, you should delete the wp string from the “Directory” field. If you want to install the application in another sub-folder, you should just type it in the field.
How to install a WordPress theme
The first thing you need to do when you want to install a new WordPress theme is to log into your site admin page. Once there, go to Appearance -> Themes.
Here, you will see all the themes you have currently installed in your application. To add another one, just click on the Install Themes tab.
On this page, there are two ways to add a new theme. You can either use the search field which will return results from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive. In this tutorial, we will show you how to add themes in both ways.
Choose and Install a theme from the official WordPress theme directory
The easiest way to install themes to your WordPress site is if they are listed in the official themes directory. This allows you to search for the theme you need directly from your site admin page. Each theme in the official directory has to have Tags that describe its functionality allowing you to easily search for the right theme.
If you know the theme’s name, you can just search for it.
However, usually, that’s not the case. This is why you can use the Feature Filter. For example, you can search for a Black and White, Two columns theme that has Flexible Width. Simply check those tags and press the Apply Filters button.
You will now see all themes that meet your search. Hover over any of them, and you will see two options – to see a demo of the theme or to install it. Once you choose which theme you want to use for your site, press the blue Install button.
Your WordPress application will download and install the theme for you. Simply click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
That’s all – you can go to the front page of your site to see its new looks.
Upload a theme you have already downloaded
If you have a theme that’s not listed in the WordPress.org directory, you can simply upload it from the Themes -> Install Themes section in WordPress. To do this click on the Upload link at the top of the page.
Now, click the Choose File button, select the archive of your theme from your local computer and press the Install Now button.
In few seconds, WordPress will upload and extract the theme archive for you. All you need to do next is to press the Activate link under the message for successful theme installation.
That’s it! You can now go to the front end of your site and see the newly activated theme.