WordPress Website Design

How to create a WordPress Site or Blog – Complete beginner’s guide

WordPress is a very simple, most popular way to create your own website or blog. It powers over 38.8% of all the websites created on the Internet. In this article, we will give practical instruction to help the beginner understand the basics of WordPress from how to register and host your own unique domain name? How to install WordPress using an auto script installer? It will also cover information on how to start blogging for those who want to learn to blog and make money.

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What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free Open-Source Content Management system used for creating websites or blogs. It is written in PHP programming language and uses MySQL Database. WordPress makes it easy for users to create and manage a website and It is the most popular CMS in the world that is used by millions of business owners, bloggers, and publishers to maintain their online presence.

Interestingly, you don’t need to know how to code in other to use WordPress, you only need to understand how the platform works. You can use WordPress to create virtually any type of website from eCommerce; achieved using a woo-commerce plugin to starting your own blog for publishing contents, to creating a website for companies and other kinds of businesses e.t.c.

Getting started with WordPress

In other to create a website with WordPress, you will need to get your own domain name and a web hosting plan. Usually, because you will be working online all the time you are developing your web site. We will not be talking about using free wordpress.org here but discussing how to create a professional website by getting your own domain name and hosting it as well this will give you many tools and flexibility.

Step 1: How to register a Domain name and Host your website

The first step to creating your WordPress site is registering a domain name and getting a host. A domain name is a unique address of your website that people type into the browser to access your website’s contents. This can be any name of your choice but should be something that relates to the type of website or business you intend to develop with WordPress.

Another important rule when choosing a domain name is to make it easy to remember. Domain name registration is usually something different from a web hosting service. While a domain name is the name of your web site, web hosting is your data storage and management platform on a web server for your web site where you can create customized business email address, database, File transfer, SSH e.t.c

Step 2 Select a hosting provider and a hosting plan

Once you have the name of your website, the second step is to select a hosting plan from a trusted and reliable web hosting company, This is very critical for a WordPress as a content management system that id dynamic and database-driven, WordPress does a lot of dynamic communication wit the server and will not do well on a poorly configured server.

In our example today, we will be using Jovehost. (Jovehost Managed Cloud Hosting in Nigeria is one of the best web hosting service that comes with many advantages over other Nigerian web hosting companies. when it comes to hosting your WordPress website or blog. One of this advantage is that you will be hosted on a High-performance Cloud Server; the latest and most efficient technology in the web hosting indurty),

We will be selecting a WordPress hosting package that is perfectly optimized for WordPress related website or blogging platform. Other hosting plans can work as well but, web hosting built specifically for WordPress is the best option to go.

Below is the step by step process on how to register a domain name and host your WordPress web site with Jovehost Manage Cloud Hosting Service.

Go now to the WordPress hosting page and select a plan by click on the “Buy Now” button under any plan of your choice to purchase your domain name and hosting service.

Click on the “Buy Now” button as illustrated above. to load the next page

Enter your domain name into the text box highlighted “Register a new domain” and click on the “Check” button. This option will check the availability of your domain name to be sure it has not been registered before.

If you already have a domain name register somewhere and want to transfer it here, you can simply select the appropriate option for that.

As you will observe below, mrmikeblog.com is available for registration. If the domain name you enter is not available, you may need to tweak your domain name just a little to get a name that is available.

Check Domain name availability.

Scroll down and click on the “Continue” button.

On the next page, you will be required to configure your Webhosting order.

WordPress Hosting Order Configuration

From the “Choose Billing Circle” drop-down menu, You can select several payment circles as your budget demands (Monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually). when you are done with your choice, you can tick any of the addons that may suit what you want to add to your service.

The “Web site migration” option should be selected when you are moving your current WordPress site to Jovehost and the “WordPress Setup” should be selected when you want Jovehost to do all the work of installing, optimizing, and security your WordPress; we will talk about that later when discussing installation.

Next, click on the “Continue” button from the right side of the page which will now load the Domain Configuration page, The next page does not have much to be done,

Click on the “Continue” button to load the Check Out page. as shown below

Web Hosting Checkout

This page summarises your order, you can see pricing for both the domain name and the hosting plan you have selected. Unless you have any corrections to make you only need to click on the green “Checkout” button to proceed.

As you can see above, you will be required to create a personal account with Jovehost by filling out the form fields appropriately, This will be used for managing your service with Jovehost as well as communicating with the support department in case you need any further assistance. You can also directly manage your hosting account from this portal.

If you already have an account with Jovehost, you may need to ignore the form and click on the button “Already Registered” to log in to your Client Area.

When you have finished filling the form, the next part will require you to select a payment method and agree to TOS.

Complete hosting purchase

Select an appropriate payment method and click on the blue “Complete Order” button to load the payment page. If your payment is successful your domain name and hosting account will be activated instantly. Login details and other important information will be sent to the email address you used to register earlier.

Step 3: Installing WordPress

This section gives two installation option for new WordPress user on Jovehost

Option 1: Choose a host that comes with WordPress pre-installed

When you purchased a WordPress hosting plan from Jovehost, you may not need to go through the troubles of installing, and securing your WordPress website yourself as we can do this for you especially when you have checked the option “WordPress Setup”. However learning how to this can help you in more ways than one,

Let’s proceed with the second option which is a step-by-step guide on how to install WordPress yourself as a beginner.

Option 2: How to install WordPress via cPanel and autoinstallers

Login to your cPanel using the username and password that was sent to your email after ordering a WordPress hosting package from Jovehost. The direct link should be www.yourdomainname.com/cpanel this will now load a screen like the one below for entering your login details:

cPanel Login

Login to your cpanel, Scroll down and look for the tab labeled “Software” and click on “Softacolous App Installer

Or you can scroll to the end of your cPanel dashboard and click on WordPress under Softacolous App Installer tab

On the next page that loads, Click on the “Install” button or “Install now” button

Configure your installation

For simplicity’s sake, we touched on a few installation settings that are very important at the moment. Feel free to explore other settings as well.

Note: Any value In the directory field, close to your domain name which is usually “wp” should be deleted so your installation will be on your main web site, else you may be accessing your WordPress installation like this www.domainname.com/wp which is not what we want to do.

However, If you are installing on a current site, you may change the value to “blog” and can be accessed like this www.domainname.com/blog when entered in the browser.

When are done with filling the relevant fields, as shown above, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Install” button to begin your installation process this will take only a few seconds to complete.

When your installation is successful you will get a screen like this below. Since this is your first installation, simply click on the WordPress administrative URL to entre directly to your WordPress dashboard

Be sure to save your URL in case you need to log in again after this session.

WordPress Dashboard when you log in

WordPress Dashboard

Congratulations you have successfully install WordPress when you get to this page and now the journey has just begun.

Step 4: Selecting your free WordPress theme

The Look and feel of your WordPress site will be determined by the Theme that you use. The layout for a blog that wants to publish articles will be quite different from a website that is designed for a company.

There are thousands of free WordPress themes that you can easily install from your dashboard while others may be premium themes that you can pay for. Theme forest for example is one of the most popular theme publishers to get professional premium themes from.

To change your theme go to Appearance > Theme > Add New button

You can take your mouse over to a theme, and you will see a Preview button. Clicking on it will open the theme preview where you can see how the design would look on your website when installed.

Search and select a theme and click on the Install button, when installed successfully, the next step is to activate it

For this example we are using the theme named “Personal Blog” you can search for this on or another to install on your WordPress site.

The next step is to configure your theme. Firstly, Installing the plugins that came with the theme, and secondly, import the demo so you can start building from the demo that came with the theme.

Installing the theme plugins

Virtually all the themes will prompt you to install plugins if not installed

And the different themes are shipped with different plugins depending on the features that came with them.

Go ahead and Click Begin installing plugin and that will be required before you can import demo contents.

For our theme, we only have one plugin that needs to be installed. Like we stated earlier all theme comes with different plugins so another may come with more than what we are seeing with this example.

Now go ahead and click on install. Then hit Return to Required Plugins Installer link to activate your plugin.

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