If you’re not familiar with WordPress and then the following steps should help you understand how to get started.

WordPress is a free content management system that is used on some of the biggest and most trusted business websites in the world. It doesn’t require knowledge of coding, and the system is ‘open source’ which means it is freely available and continuously updated and modified by developers and users.

Please note that WordPress.com, which hosts free blogs, is different from WordPress.org, that provides the content management system (CMS) for a website that you own.

I’ve installed and setup dozens of WordPress Websites for small businesses, and we’re here to help at Webbishly. But if you want to do it yourself, the following steps should help you understand the process and what you’ll need to do.

Starting a WordPress Website

  1. Pick out a domain name (i.e. YourWebsiteName.com) and purchase it from a domain seller. This will become your ‘url’ or website address.
  2. Purchase a hosting plan from a hosting provider. Often, this will be the same as your domain seller because the name is often provided with your website hosting package.
  3. Install the latest version of WordPress.
  4. Point nameservers to hosting provider, if you’ve purchased your domain from another provider.
  5. Create a new password for your WordPress login, and keep it safe. Your login location for your website is commonly going to be YourWebsiteName.com/wp-admin.
  6. Choose a theme. This provides the ‘architecture’ for your website. Many are free, like the once pictured in the example above.
  7. From your WordPress dashboard, install any ‘plugins’ to give your website special functions that you’ll require. Plugins can be turned on and off in your dashboard and are similar to apps you add to your smart phone – they allow you to customize the functions on your website.
  8. Pick out a color and fonts for your website by customizing your theme.
  9. Begin adding content by creating Pages and Posts, and adding images or other items to your media files.
  10. Set up your search engine optimization (SEO) using a plugin.
  11. Set up menus and add subject categories.

This is a broad overview of the process we use at Webbishly. If you find that you’re not comfortable doing it on your own, or you think it will take too much of your time, simply contact us to get it done for you using one of our affordable website setup options.





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