How to Create a Website with WordPress
– Beginners Step-by-Step Guide
In my opinion, WordPress is absolutely the best way for anyone to build a website, but especially for beginners. It makes it easy for WordPress beginners, since it does most all of the coding for you.
Anyone can make a WordPress website if they take some time, and follow the proper steps. Sure, there is more to learn after you get that first site up, but hey, cie la vie 🙂
Before you actually get around to creating your WordPress site, you’ll need a couple things: a domain name and a web hosting account.
The domain or web address is a unique, virtual address, not a “real” location. Your web site files are stored on a server located at your web host–it is a real, physical location.
Your domain name and your web hosting server have to be connected together, in order for people to be able to view your website files on the internet.
Watch my video below for a complete overview of how to get your site up and running.
You can either buy your domain name when you purchase your web hosting or you can buy it at GoDaddy or NameCheap (my favorite), to name a few domain registrars.
I like to buy my domains at somewhere other than my web host, and it’s really simple to connect a domain with a web host, but either way is fine.
I use and highly recommend HostGator for web hosting. I’ve been using them for over 7 years, and I have no plans to switch.
Their support is the best that I have dealt with, and I have had experience with several other web hosting companies in doing web design for various clients.
If you are planning on buying hosting at HostGator, I have several discount codes that will save you some $$. You can read more about that here–>HostGator discount codes
After you do get your domain name and hosting, you’ll start by installing WordPress, which is a fairly simple process. FYI: I do offer a Free WordPress Installation if you do purchase hosting using one of my HostGator codes and would like to have a hassle-free start to making your website.
Most people just use my free installation offer as a sort of Plan B–they want a backup just in case they get stuck. And I’ll also help out via email as time allows.
Once you’ve got WordPress installed, then it’s time to dig into WordPress! Watch the video above, and let me know if you have any questions.