WordPress is a great solution to create a blog or website. This is because the software is open-source (free), easy to install, customize, maintain and is search friendly. One of the biggest problems site owners have is how to set up their WordPress website. This can be achieved within a few minutes b following the steps below:
How to create a WordPress website in 7 steps:
1. Register your own domain name
Although you can create a WordPress blog at WordPress dot com, I recommend registering your own domain name so you will have more control over it and you can brand your business. Select a domain name that is short, easy to remember and includes your business name or a keyword related to your business.
2. Select a web hosting provider
A web hosting service allows your website to be displayed on the web. Choose a web hosting plan that has sufficient disk space and bandwidth to host your website files. Get at least 50 MB of space and 3 GB of bandwidth and make sure you have the option to upgrade your hosting plan should you need more space and bandwidth. Make sure your Web hosting plans include the installation of WordPress. Check tech support service by calling or e-mailing the company to see how fast they respond and how friendly they are.
3. Install WordPress
Log into your web hosting administration panel (domain.com/cpanel) and look for the Fantastico icon. Click on this icon, and look for the WordPress link. Clicking on this link will install the WordPress software in a folder on the server. It will ask you for the name of our site, where to install it (domain or subdirectory) and provide a password to log in to the admin panel of the website.
4. Select a theme
There are hundreds of free and paid WordPress themes on the net. Google “free WordPress themes” to receive a list of themes to choose from. Choose on that suits your business and download the zipped files to your computer desktop. Unzip the files, then upload the new theme to the themes folder on the server (wp-content-themes) using FTP software (e.g. Filezilla, Smart FTP). Login to the admin panel, click on “appearance” to select your new theme then click “add new.” Refresh your browser to display the new theme.
5. Optimize your website for the search engines
Click on setting – permalinks and check “custom structure.” Insert /%postname%.html and save your changes. This enables your web pages to have search engine friendly addresses. Every time you create a new post or page, insert your keywords in the title and content so the search engines spiders will index your content. An alternative way to optimize your content is to install the all-in-one SEO pack plug-in.
6. Promote your website
Here are 10 methods for promoting your site:
- Write good quality content
- Write and submit articles to article directories
- Offer a newsletter or e-zine
- Encourage interactivity by responding to comments
- Submit RSS feed to RSS directories
- Submit blog to Blog directories
- Add social media icons to make it easy for visitors to share your content with others
- Create videos of your content and submit them to video sharing websites
- Write a press release and submit it to press release websites
- Submit your website to online directories and search engines
7. Track your visitors
Your web hosting plan usually includes site statistics which tell you how many visits your website receives, where they are coming from and the keywords used to find your site. View these statistics regularly to track traffic coming to your website.