How To Set up Your First WordPress Website

In the past, setting up a website was an exclusive task for programmers who were good at coding, but times have changed as just about anybody can now create a website.

Whether you are looking to make a website for your business or you are a freelance web developer looking for an easy way to build websites for your clients, this guide will walk you through the entire process step by step. 

To get a website up and running, you will need four things, namely: 

  • A domain name: it’s simply your website name, which serves as the address where users can access your website. 
  • A web host: You could choose any leading website hosting provider that powers hundreds of thousands of websites.
  • Content Management System (CMS): A software application that allows you to create and manage digital content. We will be using WordPress, which is the most popular open-source CMS. 
  • Page builder: You don’t have to learn programming or coding to take full control of your site as a page builder gives you the ability to manage your site using a drag-and-drop and mouse clicks.

Step 1: Select a WordPress hosting provider and a domain name 

The first step in the journey of making a website from scratch is to get a domain name and a web hosting plan. At present, there are so many companies that sell domain names and web hosting which you can choose from. Ensure that you purchase a domain name and a hosting plan that suits your preference. It’s important to make sure the domain name reflects the nature of your business and that the domain suffix that’s easy to remember.

Step 2: Install WordPress

The next step is to now install WordPress to your hosting script. The application software is completely free, easy to use, yet powerful. With it, you can access tons of plugins and themes that allow you to customize your website. After you have logged into your hosting account, click on the My Accounts tab and then log in to your cPanel. The hosting dashboard contains a variety of tools to help you manage your site.

Step 3: Install Elementor 

Now that your hosting and WordPress site is ready to go, the next thing to do is to log in to your WordPress Admin backend and then install a page builder. Go to the Plugins section of WordPress and click “Add New” and you will find a list of several page builders such as Gutenberg, Beaver Builder, and Brizy. Just type Elementor in the text box and press the enter key to search for the plugin. Then go ahead to click on the install tab on the “Elementor Page Builder” and ignore all other search results. It is important to note that there are two versions of Elementor: free and Pro. While the free version is enough to build a decent webpage, the Pro version comes with more professionally designed templates and widgets.

 Step 4: Build out your website  

Now that you are done with all the installations, you can now go-ahead to build your website. Just go the pages section and click “add new.” Since it is the first page you are creating, title it “Home” and click the “Save Draft” button. Be sure to save your work at regular intervals, so you don’t lose everything if something should happen.  When you spot a layout that catches your fancy, click the insert and make it full width. Then you can change the text, the background images, colors, and fonts, and once you’re done, click the “save” button on the bottom left.

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