How to Create A WordPress Website (Step by Step Guide) 2018

Hello readers, have you ever thought of creating a WordPress website/blog but feel its difficult and tasking? Today, we’ll learn how to create a WordPress blog. Well creating a WordPress blog is not tasking and difficult all you need is the right information, tools and images to explain each and every step you need to follow.

Today, I’ll show you how to create a WordPress blog from scratch in 30 minutes or less without any technical knowledge of programming.
The process is easy to follow but however if you need any help, you can contact me using the messenger icon at the bottom right of your screen to reach me.

Things Needed To Start Up A WordPress Blog/Site

You can’t just start up a WordPress site, so there are things needed for you to develop a WordPress site and they include:

• A Domain name (A perfect name which will suite the niche you want to join in the world of blogging)

• A Hosting account (i.e where your site & files will be hosted on)

So before we ride on, here are lists of things we’ll endeavor to cover in this tutorial:

• How to get your domain name and hosting account.
• How to install WordPress in your Cpanel provided by your hosting company.
• How to select a WordPress theme.
• How to create pages and categories on your WordPress blog.
• How to make your first post on WordPress.
• How to install WordPress plugins.

So lets get started.

Getting Started

Actually people do make alot of mistake when starting up a WordPress blog. Some move straight to WordPress.com to create a blog and this type do not offer you all you need. Things are limited.

It actually makes more sense creating a blog with wordpress.org also known as a self hosted blog. This is not limited because you are opened to so many features like theme installation, plugins installations customization of site to your taste. All that is needed is a domain and a hosting account and this takes us to the first thing on our list which is how to get a domain and hosting account.

Step One: How to Get A Domain And Hosting Account

A domain name is basically what people type in a browser to get to your website. It’s simply your website address on the internet. E.g: BloggingSeries.com is a domain(name).

Web Hosting
Just like your apartment which can be regarded to as your place, web hosting is simply where your website or blog lives in. The web hosting made it possible for your blog or website to be live on the internet.

Now, a (.com & .net) being the most used domain usually cost $10.98/yr and web hosting differs in price, depending on the web hosting company and the package you want to get. But in this post, I’ll strongly recommend Namcheap because of their quality services (talking from experience). You can get your domain and hosting account straight from Namecheap.

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Getting a Domain and Host from Namecheap

• Visit Namecheap Official website by clicking this link >> Namecheap <<< • Once you are on the page, click on Hosting >>>> Shared Hosting.

• A page will pop out showing you the list of shared hosting plans available, simply pick the first package and change the duration from 1 month to 1 yr which is roughly $25. Then add to cart.

• A new page will display, asking you to select a domain, then click on purchase a new domain.

• You’ll be taken to a page to enter your domain mame to check the availablity. Once available, pick the one of your choice or a .com domain which is roughly $10.98/yr. Then click on add new domain to cart.

• You will be redirected to the shopping cart page. You can decide to add any more item you need but I’ll advice you to just add an SSL cert or leave it if you don’t need it or have enough capital to get it.
You can add a promo code if you have any or leave blank if you don’t have and click on Confirm Order.

The next page that will show up will take you to the My Account page, here all you need to do is navigate to the Create An Account section and fill in the required information and click on “Create Account and Continue”.

Next, you’ll be taken to a new page to complete the sign-up process, fill all the required information, add your preferred payment option (Bitcoin or Visa and Master card is accepted) and pay for the service.

Once completed, you will receive an email with details on how to access your web hosting control panel (cPanel) with the URL and Login details to your Cpanel (Please keep it ssfe). Here, you can manage everything from support, emails, file manager, and so on. But most importantly, this is where you install WordPress.

Step Two: How to Install WordPress On Your Cpanel

Before we start installing WordPress in our Cpanel, we need to make sure of somethings.

• Log in to your namecheap dashboard, click on the manage option on your purchased domain.

• Navigate to Manage nameservers and point it to Namecheap Hosting Nameserver. Allow upto 2 minutes or less for the domain to be mapped on your hosting.

Then we’re done on your namecheap dashboard.

Now, check your email account where your cpanel details were sent to you. Save the login details given to you.

Open the cpanel url sent to you via your email or simply access your cpanel by visiting it this way “yourdomainname.com/cpanel” (Replace yourdomainname with your own). Then use the login details sent to you to login.

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Once logged to the cPanel, you will see a lot of icons for different services, look for Namecheap SSL and click on it.

Then select install SSL via plugin to install ssl for your domain.

Once done, close that section and head over to your first page of cpanel(Home page).
Scroll down to Softaculous Apps Installer and click on the WordPress icon.

You will be redirected to Softaculous Script Installer with WordPress selected. Click on the Install Now button.

Again, you will be taken to the WordPress setup page. You will be asked to select your domain name, select your domain name and protocol type i.e. HTTP or https. After that scroll down to Site Settings, enter your site name and site description here. If you find anything on the Directory section, clear it.

Again, scroll down to Admin Account and enter your preferred admin username, password, email and then scroll down and select any theme of your choice. Scroll down once more and enter an email address that your account information will be sent. Now click on the Install button.

WordPress will start installing, once the installation process is completed it will show you a success page telling you congratulations, the software was installed successfully.

Now click on Return to Overview.
Congratulations, you have successfully created your first WordPress site. 

You can now access your site with “the-domain-name.com” while your site login url will be in this form “your-domain-name.com/wp-admin” (Use the username and password you entered while installing WordPress).

Step Three: How to Select A WordPress Theme

The visual look of all WordPress site are controlled by themes. Your newly installed wordpress will be live with the theme which you picked while installing it.

To change the theme, login to your WordPress dashboard using “your-domain-name.com/wp-admin” (Remember to log in with thr details you used while installing it.)

Click on the Appearance button and select the sub menu option labelled Themes.

Then click on add new and select any theme you wish to use and click on activate.

Done! your site will adopt the new look immediately.

Step Four: How to create pages and categories on your WordPress blog.

Pages are series of static web pages which contains an important informatoon you want to display alone.

Categories are groups or sections which contains lists of posts and sections of your website.

To create your first blog page, click on the Pages >>> Add New menu in your WordPress dashboard.

You will see an editor area where you can write about your page. Now, enter a title for your page and whatever you want to add in the page in the editor section and click on the Publish button to publish your first page.

You can use the pages section to add important pages like contact form, about page, and so on.

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Also, to create your categories click on Posts on your WordPress dashboard and select the sub menu options labelled Categories.

Select add New Categories and enter your own categories and save after creating them.

Step Five: How to make your first post on WordPress.

To write your first blog post, all you need to do is click on the Posts >>> Add New menu in your WordPress dashboard.

Next, you will see an editor area where you can write your first blog post.

Once you’re done writing your post, you can go ahead and click on the Publish button on the right to publish your first blog post. But before you publish your post, you might have noticed several other options such as Categories, Tags, and Featured Image. You can use all these to organize your blog posts to make it look will organize.

Step Six: How to install WordPress plugins

To further customize your WordPress blog and add more features like contact forms, sliders, galleries, etc, you need to use WordPress plugins to do all of that.

WordPress plugins are apps that allow you to add new cool features to your WordPress site.

There are a handful of WordPress plugins available to choose from.

To install WordPress plugins, on your WordPress dashboard click on Plugins >>> Add New and pick any. Just install and activate, no much work needed.

Here are lists of WordPress Plugins you can install (Keep visiting always as we update the list):
• Yoast SEO
• Google XML Sitemap Generator
• Contact Form 7
• Jetpack
• Mailoptin
• Ads Inserter
• Akitsmet

Now, you have successfully installed and created your first WordPress sit/blog.
The process is very easy to follow whether you’re young or old it doesn’t really matter, you can still follow the process and create your first WordPress blog.

However, if you need help, I can help you set up your blog. Just use the messenger icon at the bottom right of your screen to reach me and I’ll get to you.

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About the author

Alvin Uchenna

A Passionate Blogger With A Keen Eye In Helping People To Develop, Design And Monetize Their Blogs.


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