Setting up your website

How to use WordPress

WordPress is one of the best and easiest tools for creating a new website. Over 50% of all new websites are built with wordpress and over 14% of existing sites already use it! We think this is because of its ease to build and use.

What is WordPress?

WordPress began as a blogging tool, but it has evolved over time: now it’s a full-blown content management system (CMS), which means it lets you to build a website without having to learn HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc… Instead you just install WordPress on your hosting account and log into an administrative “back-end” tool (or “Dashboard” as WordPress calls it). There you have several options and can upload pictures, add text, install free plugins, create pages, change the look and feel of the website, and more! WordPress handles all the complicated coding work for you so all you have to do is click publish.

How to Create a Website Using WordPress

As with any tool, it does take a few minutes to learn how to use it. When you create a website, WordPress has several customization options to help improve the functionality of your site. You can choose between different plugins like Yoast SEO and widgets to add features.

What you need to do:

  1. Choose a Domain Name & hosting package
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Choose a WordPress Theme
  4. Learn Your WordPress Dashboard
  5. Create Pages
  6. Customize your website using plugins & other features

Step 1: Choosing a Domain Name & Hosting package

Your domain name is what people type into their browser to get to your website. Though it’s tempting to choose something funny or flashy, pick a domain that both represents your brand and makes it easy for people to find you.
A good idea is to purchase a domain name and hosting package together in a place like IONOS.

A domain name is the www. name where people will find you, the hosting package is space on a (cloud) server that stores your website files and your domain name points to.

Step 3: Install WordPress & Choose a WordPress Theme

On a lotof hosting providers now, WordPress has a “1 click install” feature. All you have to do choose a theme of how you would like your site to look. You can always change the theme too if you change your mind. If you don’t like the generic themes wordpress provide (and there are lots to choose from), you can upgrade to one of the premium themes.

Step 4: Learn Your WordPress Dashboard

Now that you are ready to start working, you should find yourself on the Dashboard, or the back-end, for your new website. This is the service area that allows you to control what your website visitors will see when they land on your pages. Spend some time learning this dashboard by reviewing features that you will use most often.

  • Browse the themes; there are paid and free options available.
  • Customize your theme with colors, headers, and social media buttons.
  • Upload photos to inspire your site visitors and add clues about your values and services.
  • Create your first blog post and main page content.
  • Add a contact form

Don’t forget to set up Google Analytics in order to collect data on visitors coming to your site and link Google Search Console to make sure there are no errors.

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