You’re an artist. Not a techie.
Comfortable with computer software and setting up a website for the first time. Looking for something more professional than a free Wix or Weebly website.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start? Not the most computer savvy person?
WordPress powers more than 26% of the internet.
It’s the easiest and most versatile way to build a good online presence. Easy to navigate and works with a variety of devices, like the iPhone.
It gives you the power to easily change and update web content.
Create an attractive and functional website in less than 24 hours.
This simple tutorial will take you by the virtual hand and lead you through the steps required to make your dream a reality.
Without having to know or do a bunch of technical computer stuff.
How To Build a Website on WordPress In 3 Simple Steps
Step 1. Choose a Web Host
Choosing a web host is probably the hardest part of the whole process. There are tons of options out there, but Bluehost is my favorite for a few reasons.
- Fantastic customer service available via phone or chat any time or day of the week.
- User-friendly control panel.
- No contracts. You can cancel at any time.
- 30-day money back guarantee.
Plus, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll get a special introductory offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year.
This is an offer that you DO NOT want to pass up.
Once you’ve decided on a domain name, the steps below will lead you through the process of setting up your hosting account and installing WordPress.
Step 2. Set Up Your Website Hosting Account
If you DO already have a domain name, use the “I HAVE A DOMAIN NAME” option.
If you DON’T already have a domain name, no worries. Use the “NEW DOMAIN” option to get your free domain name.
After you’ve secured your domain name, you’ll be prompted to fill in your personal information.
Next, you’ll choose a hosting package. Normally packages are priced at 12, 24 and 36-month terms. Generally, the longer term packages have lower monthly rates. So to get the most bang for your buck you’ll want to choose a package with longer terms.
To get the special offer, you have to sign up through this tutorial.
The options for SiteLock Domain Security, Site Backup Pro, Search Engine Jumpstart and Domain Whois Privacy are completely optional. I opted for Domain Whois Privacy when I signed up because it came highly recommended, but you definitely don’t have to.
Click the “NEXT” button to complete your purchase. You’ll be prompted to create a password for your account. I highly suggest using the Password Generator to create one that is strong and secure.
That’s it! You’re all signed up with Bluehost and just one step away from creating your own website.
Step 3. Install WordPress
Log in to your Bluehost account. Your dashboard (see below) may look a little different than mine.
Scroll down to the website section and click the “INSTALL WORDPRESS” icon.
Choose the domain name to install WordPress to.
Read through the agreements, then check the boxes.
Select the “INSTALL NOW” button.
How to log into your WordPress site
Each time you want to login to your WordPress dashboard you will navigate to YOURDOMAINNAME.com/wp-admin/. This is called your admin login URL. I highly suggest bookmarking your admin URL so that you can navigate to it easily.
Enter your username and password, then click “LOG IN”.
This is your WordPress dashboard. You can control everything related to your website from here, such as creating pages, writing blog posts and changing the appearance.
Again, yours WILL look different than mine. Over time you’ll add plugins that will allow you to format and design your website for your specific needs.
Now that your website is up and running you’ll probably want to dress it up a bit with a theme. You can use one of the generic themes on WordPress, but I would highly suggest spending a little extra money on a nice theme.
Themes give your website a cohesive aesthetic. It’s the first impression that people will get when they come to your site, so you want to make sure it’s a good one.
Where to get themes:
Quick explanation of parent/child themes
Understanding the difference between parent and child themes is confusing. Even for some tech enthusiasts like myself.
Edwin Toonen with Yoast just published an excellent blog post and briefly talked about parent and child themes. I couldn’t summarize it better myself, so I went ahead and grabbed a screenshot.
Ultimately, the content you publish is the heart of your site.
To write your first post, click “POSTS” and then “ADD NEW”.
Go ahead and introduce yourself. We want to hear your story.
Talk to you soon,
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***Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Bluehost & will receive a small commission if you purchase through my link.