How to Make a WordPress Website in 2022

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So we are not that surprised that you have chosen to create your new website using WordPress.

However, you might not be sure where to begin, and It could be overwhelming when you first get started.

Well, you can relax – you have come to the right place.

In this guide, we will show you how to make a WordPress website in less than an hour, and you can launch one for less than $20 a month.

To help you on your journey of creating a WordPress Website, we will cover the following steps:

Let’s get started…

The first step in your journey to creating a WordPress website is to purchase a domain name.

If not, follow along as we will answer some commonly asked questions when purchasing a domain.

Chances are you have already decided on your business name.

The domain name is your website name. It is the ‘www.’ name people will use to find your website on the internet.

It is what they will type into the address bar to reach your website.

Let’s say your business name is John’s Pizza – then you would ideally have a domain name johnspizza.com.

Since your intention is to make your own WordPress website – then we can assume that you perhaps already know this.

Most users are familiar with this (even if they don’t know the technical term for it).

Most of us recognize the most common domain extension – .com

All your favorite websites that you visit every day – “google.com”, “facebook.com”, and “netflix.com’ – all use the universal .com domain extension.

However, you don’t always have to choose the same to make your WordPress website.

The domain extension you choose will depend on your business situation, requirements, location, industry, and so on.

There are over 500+ domain extensions on the market and ultimately, the choice is yours.

We recommend you choose a .com domain because it is the most common and widely recognized.

You can purchase a domain name from your web host. The cost of purchasing domain names ranges anywhere from $10 to $20 a year.

These are just some of the most popular options:

And many more…

When you visit NameSilos’s homepage there is an option to search for available domain names at the top.

We are going to create a demo WordPress website for this guide, and we have decided on the name “My WP Website”.

Our goal is to purchase the name “mywpwebsite.com”.

However, as you can see the domain name “mywebsite.com” is already taken.

This is one of the situations where people end up choosing another domain extension such as .info, .co, .net, .biz, or something else.

Alternatively, you can choose another domain name closely related to your business.

We are going to choose something that is similar to “our-wp-website.com”.

Surprisingly, it is available and we will go ahead and purchase it.

PRO TIP:

Check for promo codes and coupons online, and you might be able to save a few dollars on your purchase.

Most domain registration companies will try to upsell you with a slew of features (SSL, domain privacy, website builder, email addresses, and so on).

You may or may not need them based on your business requirements.

We will leave that to your discretion to choose whether to buy them or not.

Once you have purchased a domain name, you can proceed to the next step in your journey of creating a WordPress website.

The next step in the process of creating your WordPress website is to choose a hosting provider.

A good web hosting service is what makes your website (its content, pages, images, and files) accessible to your users on the web.

All your website data is stored on the hosting provider’s servers. Every time a user sees or searches something on your website it is routed from service providers servers to the visitors’ browser tab.

In some cases, the domain registrars such as HostGator, sell their own hosting services.

There are many players to choose from depending on your needs. Here is just a small list:

The hosting provider you choose depends on your needs, your location, privacy requirements, scalability, speed, reviews and uptime.

SiteGround becomes the best choice as its servers are specifically optimized for WordPress.

All plans come with free CDN, pre-installed SSL, and daily backups of your website.

Choosing SiteGround:

The benefit of going this route (for a non-techie or a beginner) is that it takes away all the confusion. It makes it really easy to launch a WordPress website, which is what we’re looking for.

Next, choose which plan you want to start with.

After choosing a plan, you would need to enter your domain name.

If you have already purchased your domain as discussed in Step 1 – then choose the “I already have a domain name” option, and enter your domain name.

We We have typed in ”ourwpwebsite.com” to match the newly purchased domain name.

On the next page – SiteGround will ask you for your information to complete the purchase.

You have to fill out the required information:

At the bottom of the page, you will notice under “Hosting Services” there are a few options.

The “Period” is the term of your purchase. There are multiple options you can choose:

This depends on your comfort level and how long you plan to keep the business going.

Usually, the longer-term gives you a bigger discount.

The “Data Center” shows you the options about where your data will be stored.

This depends on where your primary traffic is coming from, and also where you are located.

You have the option to choose between the USA, United Kingdom, Europe, and Singapore.

Once the purchase is complete you will receive a confirmation.

PRO TIP:

If you buy your domain name and hosting separately, you’ll need to update your DNS records with your domain registrar (in our case NameSilo).

Once updated, this process usually takes a few hours. This will ensure that your website is active and accessible on the web.

One of the many benefits of using SiteGround is that they make it very easy to set up and install WordPress in the client dashboard.

You can install WordPress without having to leave SiteGround, which we will cover in the next section.

We recommend SiteGround to create your WordPress website because of its simple client dashboard and the ease of use.

You can set up your WordPress in just a couple of clicks.

Once you select WordPress you will be asked to create a username and password, and in less than a minute your WordPress account is set up.

PRO TIP:

If you already have a WordPress instance set up and is hosted elsewhere – SiteGround makes it very easy to migrate your WordPress in a matter of a few clicks (and it’s very fast).

Once installed, you can always go back to your SiteGround client dashboard to look at your installations (this is handy if you have multiple websites)

Click on the Websites icon on the top menu, and it should show you the list of your websites.

Once you click on Site Tools it will open up this tab below.

By clicking WordPress Admin you should be able to access your WordPress dashboard.

You can also choose your browser to access your WordPress dashboard.

It’s usually “yourdomain.com/wp-admin”.

It will take you to a login screen that looks like this.

Use the username and password you used during the SiteGround installation process.

You have now built the infrastructure supporting your website (domain name, hosting and WordPress).

Next, we will talk about customizing your website in the next few steps..

Here is the official definition from WordPress.org.

A WordPress theme allows you to customize and personalize how your site looks and feels based on your requirements and branding guidelines.

With the help of a theme, you are able to customize the layout, structure, colors, and appearance of your website.

For example, if you are a solopreneur and you are using your website just to showcase your brand, a free theme would accomplish most of your needs.

However, there are limitations in terms of what you can change or update.

This is why there are paid themes.

They offer more personalization, customization, and additional functionality over free themes.

There are over 10,000+ themes available in the WordPress ecosystem to choose from.

The average price of a paid theme varies anywhere from $40 to $60 depending on the vendors and options.

You can start with WordPress.org and search for many options.

Login into your WordPress dashboard.

Click on Appearance, and then Themes.

You will notice some options there, and also the ability to search for other themes as well.

You also have the option to upload a theme

But, we made you a promise at the beginning of this guide, right?

Remember – a promise to show you how to make a WordPress website in less than an hour and for less than $20 a month.

It’s cost-effective, it installs fast, and is highly customizable (which we will cover as we go further along in this guide).

And of course, we are a bit biased because it’s our own theme. That’s not why we are suggesting Astra though.

But, we are recommending Astra because of the raving reviews we have received from our customers.

With over 1,653,898+ WordPress websites that have installed Astra – we can confidently say that it will work for you as well.

Check out our listing on WordPress.org which showcases 1,000,000+ installations and over 5,600 5-star reviews.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Click on Appearance > Themes > Add New

Then, search for Astra and click the Install button.

Next, click on the Activate button to activate the theme. In less than a minute, Astra will be installed.

To use starter templates, go to Astra Options in the Appearance tab.

You will see a page like the one below.

Click on Build Your Website Now.

Next, pick the type of website you want to build and select the website you want to import.

For the purpose of this article, let’s build an eCommerce website.

Don’t worry if you don’t have anything ready yet. You can customize it all later,

For this tutorial, click Skip and Continue.

In the final stage, you just have to fill in a few details and install the template that you picked.

Next, You’ll come across a box that asks you to fill in your details (that you can choose to leave if you like).

Just click on Submit & Build My Website and it will start importing the website.

Now, you’re ready to make things your own and customize!

We will cover that in length in the next section of this guide.

In this section – we will show you how to customize your WordPress website that’s consistent with your branding and style guidelines (all without having to type a single line of HTML/CSS code).

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Appearance choose Astra Options.

You will see this page that shows all the shortcuts, and you can pick and choose what to customize.

In the next few minutes, we will discuss how to update the following using Astra Options:

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Appearance under Astra Options, choose the Upload Logo button.

This will take you to the Header Builder page.

From the Header Builder module, click on Site Title & Logo

Here you can set the logo for your site. You can have different types of logos depending on the kind of header you build.

You can also adjust the logo width, and add site title and tagline in this section.

You can also see a live preview as you are making these changes.

Once you are satisfied, hit the blue Publish button and the changes will be updated live on your site.

You might already have brand guidelines for your business, and you want to make sure that your website is consistent with those brand colors.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Appearance and under Astra Options, choose Set Colors.

This will take you to the customizer settings. Here you can set the color palette for your website.

Take a look at this video which shows all the color changes you are able to make on your website.

In this video, you can see how quickly and easily you can make color changes.

You can also see the changes impact your website with the help of the live preview.

With the help of the customizer, you can control the fonts and font sizes for each and every element of your website.

Even if you don’t have style guidelines, you can start with some of the defaults that are already included.

Go back to the Global tab and select Typography.

You can edit the preset font, change sizes based on heading and body and add the fonts that you like.

Take a look at this video – we show you some of the typography changes you can make using our customizer.

Once you have made all the changes to the fonts for the typography of different sections, make sure to hit the blue Publish button to make the changes live.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Appearance and Astra Options, choose Layout Options.

You can see all the available options to update the look and feel of your WordPress website.

You have control over how the various elements of your site can eventually look

Once you have made all the changes to the layouts of different sections – make sure to hit the blue Publish button to make the changes live.

The free Astra WordPress theme is a great starting point for your website, but if you want to get more done, then we recommend Astra Pro.

Astra Pro gives you access and control over your website without any limitations on how you can customize it. All of this while maintaining peak performance.

Here are some of our favorites:

Astra Pro comes with a variety of site layouts you can use to create your website. You don’t need any design skills or coding knowledge to use them – just select the layout that’s best for your content, and Astra will take care of the rest.

Astra Pro gives you more control over your website’s design with options for customizing the color, typography, and spacing. You can also add a background image or video to your site.

You can customize any area of the site with any color or type.

Astra Pro allows you to customize the header and footer of your website with options for adding a logo, social media icons, and a search bar. You can also change the layout of the header and footer.

Astra Pro includes advanced functionality for the course and content creators, including support for the LearnDash and Lifter LMS plugin. This allows you to create online courses and manage your students and classes from one single dashboard.

Once you have made all the front-end changes as discussed in the previous section, let’s look at some more settings that you need to make.

You have a few settings here to update:

Let’s quickly go through them, and also learn how to make the necessary changes.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Settings choose General Settings.

This is where you set some roles and rules on your website.

For example, the default time zone, date format, and language.

In addition, you can also set up how you want visitors to register on your website.

Since we have already changed the Site Title and Tagline using the Astra Customizer, you can see that it has already been updated here.

Next, in the Writing section – you will notice some of the default settings for your default Post Category and Post Format.

You don’t necessarily need to update this during your initial WordPress website setup but you may need to at some point.

You can update this format type as you start creating blog posts.

In the Reading Settings section, you can set up how all your posts or pages will be displayed.

This is what your readers will see when they visit your website.

You can choose what you want to display on the homepage when they first visit.

Do you want to show a particular page, blog posts or the home page? You can set that up here.

For today, you can leave these settings unchanged.

PRO TIP:

Make sure that you leave Search Engine Visibility unchecked otherwise you won’t appear in search engines.

Here is another default setting that you can customize – your site’s permalinks.

A permalink is the “permanent link” of your posts and pages. This is the format that shows up when someone visits a particular page or post on your website.

If you are not a news site, and you are not relying on timely content – then the best recommended format would be the Post Name option as highlighted in the image below.

Once selected, this will customize each new page or post as you are creating them.

About 20% of the content on WordPress sites comes from the comments section.

Comments are how your readers interact with your articles, pages and posts.

There are many reasons to keep comments turned on on your website. The primary reason is that it is an effective way to communicate with your readers.

Under the Discussions Settings, you can set how you want to display and moderate comments.

Let’s leave these settings as the defaults for now (as you can see in the image below).

You can come back and change them in the future if you need to.

As a website owner, privacy is not something you should ignore. Why not start your website journey with minimal headaches?

Thankfully, WordPress provides a template that you can build on.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Settings choose Privacy.

Next, click the Preview button to see the current privacy policy.

This is the default privacy policy that comes pre-built in your template.

You have the flexibility to make changes to your policy based on your business, industry or region.

Additional Questions – What is the difference between a page a post?

So far, we have shown you how to update page layouts, blog post layouts and other settings.

To clarify any doubts you have – page(s) and post(s) are different in terms of their purpose and also how they are displayed on your website.

A Post is timely and usually has a date associated with it, and has a public author.

A Page on the other end is for static and timeless content.

It doesn’t display a public author or an associated date.

Choosing whether to have a blog and posts is totally up to. It depends on your business.

However, you cannot have a website without having at least a few pages.

Here are the basic pages you must start with for any website:

You want to make it easier for your visitors to find information on your website, right? Here’s where menus are effective.

In most cases, they show up in the header (top navigation) of your website.

By default, the Astra themes come with default menus.

You can customize the names of the menu as well as how they are displayed.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Appearance, choose Customize.

Click on the Menu tab from the list of customizable options.

It will then display all the available menus.

For the website that we are building in this example, there are four menus depending on their placement and products.

Click Main Menu to display the default items in the current menu.

You have the option to make changes to the menu right from this screen.

You can also make changes to the position of the menus by using the Reorder option.

You are also able to add additional menu items in the same screen.

The goal of optimizing the menu is to make it simpler for visitors to find information on your website.

Have you visited a particular website and notice that they have some elements on the sidebar?

It’s either:

These can be set up using widgets, and it allows you to customize what the sidebar looks like.

The default WordPress widgets are sufficient for many sites.

However, you will notice additional options based on the theme you have installed.

Head over to your WordPress dashboard.

Under Appearance, choose Widgets.

You will notice the list of current widgets on your website.

Each tab here represents the place where you have placed the widgets.

It is simple to add or customize any of the existing widgets. Just click on any of the tabs to open up the widgets in the specific location.

From here you can select the “+” icon to add a new widget.

Or, edit existing widgets by clicking on them.

Finally, once you’re done, click on the Update button to update the widgets.

To fill the gaps with functionalities – WordPress offers a library of plugins.

A plugin is software (some free, some paid) that you can install on your WordPress website to enhance the functionality of your site.

It is estimated there are over 55,000 plugins to choose from the WordPress library.

We recommend that you start with a few plugins when launching your WordPress website.

This should at least get you started!

To install a plugin, head over to the WordPress dashboard.

Click on Plugins, and this will display the list of your existing plugins.

To search for and add new plugins, choose either of the two Add New buttons.

One is just below Installed Plugins on the left sidebar. The other is at the top of the page.

Of all the plugins we have recommended – backups are crucial.

We have created a video that explains how this plugin works:

As promised we have shown you how to create your own WordPress website in less than 60 minutes!

You can now use your website however you want, expand it, add new pages, publish some posts or tweak it until it’s perfect.

If at any time during your setup you need guidance, you can refer back to this guide for any help.

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