Introduction to Building a WordPress Website
WordPress is a potent and adaptable website creation tool. This course will teach you how to build a WordPress website from start, including how to pick a domain name, choose a hosting company, set up WordPress, and modify your website.
Beginning in Chapter 1
Domain Name Selection
Picking a domain name is the first stage in setting up a WordPress website. People will reach your website using a domain name, such as www.yoursite.com, as the address. Here are some suggestions for selecting a quality domain name:
Keep it brief and simple to recall.
Use keywords that accurately characterise your website or industry.
Be distinctive and unforgettable.
If feasible, steer clear of hyphens and numbers.
Choosing a Host Provider
You must then decide on a server company for your WordPress website. A hosting service is a business that keeps your website’s files online and makes them reachable to users. When selecting a server company, take into account the following factors:
Choose a service with a high uptime and dependability rating.
Pick a service provider with excellent client service.
Aspects like server fees and any added features should be taken into account.
To guarantee that your site visitors experience quick load times, check the provider’s server location.
Installing WordPress on your website is possible after deciding on a domain name and hosting company. It’s simple to get started thanks to the many hosting companies that give one-click WordPress installation. The methods below can be used to manually install WordPress if your hosting company does not provide this option:
Visit wordpress.org to download the newest WordPress version.
The WordPress files are uploaded via FTP to your server account.
Making a MySQL database will help your WordPress website.
Run the WordPress installation script and adhere to the implementation instructions.
Chapter 2: Personalized Site Design
Picking a Theme
You should now customise your site since WordPress has been loaded. Selecting a subject comes first. The look and organisation of your website are controlled by a theme, which is a group of files. When selecting a motif, take into account the following:
Pick a responsive and mobile-friendly layout for your website.
Find a theme that has received favourable evaluations and ratings.
Think about the theme’s features and modification possibilities.
Theme selection should match the look and feel of your website or company.
You can add plugins to your site in addition to selecting a theme to increase utility. Plugins are add-ons that can expand WordPress’s functionality in a number of different ways. The following are some common plugin categories:
SEO tools to make your website more search engine friendly
Plugins for contact forms to add a contact form to your website
social media plug-ins that let you show social media streams and icons on your website
Backup plugins for your website’s assets and database
Designing Pages and Posts
You can start adding material to your site now that you’ve altered its appearance. The two primary content categories used by WordPress are pages and posts. Pages contain static information that doesn’t alter frequently, like an About page or a Contact page. Posts, like blog entries or news stories, are dynamic material that are shown in reverse chronological order.
Select Pages or Posts from the WordPress dashboard to start a new page or entry. Click Add New after that, and use the WordPress editor to add your text.
Advanced Customization in Chapter Three
Header and Footer Personalization