What Is WordPress?
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool
written in PHP. It is probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and
website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. Many couple of
years ago, WordPress was essentially used as a tool for creating blogs, it wasn’t
really focused on websites development, as years passed by things began to
change and now WordPress is well known for developing and creating amazing
websites for different organizations, thanks to changes to the core code, as
well as WordPress’ massive ecosystem of plugins and themes, you can create any type of website with
For example, not only does WordPress power a huge number of
business sites and blogs, it’s also the most popular way to create an
eCommerce store. Also, you can create for the following:
- Business websites
- eCommerce stores
- Social networks
- Membership sites
and pretty much anything else you can dream up.
anyone who wants to create website using WordPress, carefully follow the
following step by step guide on how to make a website.
overview from start to finish of all the essential steps to follow.
- How to find and register a domain name for free
- Choosing the best web hosting
- How to install WordPress
- Installing a template to change your site’s design
- Creating pages in WordPress
- Customizing WordPress with addons and extensions
- Taking it further, building websites with more features
Resources to learn WordPress and get
For now, we will focus on the first 3 step and continue with the remaining on our next blog.
How To Find And Register A Domain Name For Free
One of the most common mistakes that beginners make is choosing
the wrong website platform. Thankfully, you are here so you will not be making
For most users, a self-hosted WordPress.org site is the
perfect solution. It comes with thousands of designs and addons which allow you
to create any kind of website you can think of.
WordPress is free for anyone to download and use to build any kind
of website without any restrictions.
If WordPress is free, then where is the cost coming from?
WordPress is free because you’ll have to arrange your own domain
name and hosting, which costs money. A domain name is your website’s address on
the internet. This is what your users will type in their browsers to reach your
site (For example, wpbeginner.com or google.com).
Next, you’ll need website hosting. All websites on the internet
need hosting. This will be your website’s home on the internet. A domain name
typically costs $14.99/year and hosting costs start from $7.99/month. This is A
LOT for most people who are just starting out.
Bluehost hosting company
There are hosting companies like Bluehost, that has agreed to offer users a free domain name and over 60% off on web hosting. Bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world. They are also an official WordPress recommended hosting partner.
Purchasing a domain name and hosting Via Bluehost Website requires you to go to the Bluehost website in a new browser window and click on the green ‘Get Started Now’ button.
This will bring you to a pricing page where you will need to choose a pricing plan for your website. Basic and plus plans are the most popular choices among our users.
You’ll need to click on select to choose the plan that you like and continue to the next step. On the next screen, you’ll be asked to select a new domain name.
You should basically stick to a .com domain name. Make sure that it is related to your business, easy to pronounce and spell, and easy to remember.
Choosing The Best Domain Name
Choosing an appropriate domain name for your business will require
you to use essential tools and follow the some basic tips. This link will help
in choosing the appropriate domain name for your business: https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/tips-and-tools-to-pick-the-best-domain-for-your-blog/
After choosing your domain name, click on the next button to continue. Now you’ll be asked to provide your account information such as name, address, email, etc. On this screen, you will also see optional extras that you can purchase. We generally don’t recommend purchasing these extras. You can always add them later on, if you decide that you need them.
Next, you will add your payment information to finish the purchase. After completing your purchase, you’ll receive an email with details on how to login to your web hosting control panel (cPanel). This is your hosting dashboard where you manage everything like getting support, setting up emails, etc. Most importantly, this is where you’ll install WordPress.
You will find tons of icons to do different things on your hosting account dashboard (cPanel). You’ll never need to use 95% of them, so you can safely ignore them. Scroll down to the website section in cPanel and then click on the WordPress icon.
You will now see Bluehost Marketplace Quick Install screen for WordPress. Click on the ‘Get Started’ button to continue. On the next screen, you will be asked to select the domain name where you want to install WordPress. Choose your domain from the dropdown field and then click Next.
Now you’ll need to enter your website name, admin
username, and a password for your website. Don’t worry, you can change them
later in WordPress settings if you need to.
You’ll also need to check all the checkboxes on the screen and then click on the ‘Install’ button to continue.
Quick Install will now start installing WordPress on your website. Meanwhile, it will show you some website templates that you can install on your site. You don’t need to do that right now because we’ll show you how to find and install free WordPress template on your website later in this guide. Once the installation is over, you’ll see a success message in the top header.
Now you need to click on the ‘Installation Complete’ link, and it will take you to the screen with your WordPress login URL and password.
Congratulations! You have created your first
You can now head over to the WordPress login page.
Your login URL will look like this:
You can login to your WordPress site using the admin username and password you entered earlier.
That was easy, Wasn’t it?
Now we will move on to the next step and choose a
design for your website on our next blog.