How to create a website in 2018 (practical Guide)

How to create a website become a barrier to many business owners to the extent they hire a web- designer to create their business website for them.

Of which with the advance of technology, everybody can create a perfect website with out coding knowledge.

How to create a website

That is why computer admin is here today, to teach you practical steps on how to create a website or to follow this steps one after the other to create a world class website for your business.

Or if you are an individual who intend to become a professional web-designer, here is a good starting point for you to start making your money as a web-designer.

This lesson (how to create a website)  that I will teach you today, is the best secret most top web-designers would not tell you, because it’s their source of income.

So they want you to be ignorant of it, so that you would pay them to design your website for you.

Even me I have been making good money every month as a web-designer but today I decided to help you to save money.

Don’t pay anybody to design a website for you. You can create a website completely by yourself with this simple how to create a website guild.

Note: This is a Long content but you would enjoy every steps, it had to write how to create a website in few words. so keep calm.

How to create a website with wordpress, step by step guild part one:

Step 1. Decide your website name

It is very important to name your website because this is the very first step to a successful website.

If you have a business already, you can use your business name as your website name because you are creating the website for the business.

In case you don’t have yet, decide a new name for it. We have billions of people with different name to easily call a particular person at a time, that is how it also apply to a website.

The are millions of website out there, so the name and the web-address direct people to your site un-behave of you.

You already have website name, what to do next is to choose a website building platform which lead us to our next step.

Step 2. Choose a website building platform

If you really want to build a quality, users friendly, mobile friendly website quickly, then you need to choose a website building platform also known as” content manager

How to create a website with wordpress

What is content manager?

Content manager simply means a platform you will you to manage contents and setting up your website without coding knowledge.

In year 2000 – 2007 to build a website is base on HTML (code), CSS and many other coding skills are involved to set up a perfect website.

But thanks to advancement of technology, now you can create a website without any coding knowledge. It really made how to create a website easy.

There are many website building platform out there but we would only consider wordpress.

Here is the reason why I recommend you wordpress to build your site.

The most reason why I recommend you wordpress is that, it is beginner friendly, easy to use, manage, and many more other benefits.

  • Reason 1. It is a platform nearly everybody can use to build a website without stress. Non like HTML that you will first of all learn how to code before getting started.
  • Reason 2. With wordpress, you can design your website in less than one hour.
  • Reason 3. WordPress vs site builder: with wordpress you can easily create a website with multiple pages while site builder is ideally for one page site or a site with few pages
  • Reason 4. WordPress is not like other platforms like Jomla, dropal, typo3, e.t.c. That require little knowledge of coding to get started.

WordPress is the most popular website builder platform, you can create your site without help.

For beginners, I strongly recommend you wordpress . It is free and easy to use.

Also suit every categories of website. Been a small business, freelancer, and even a huge business, wordpress got you cover.

How to create a website with wordpress

Here I will going to show you step by step that you will take to create a world-class website. Which lead us to step 3 in our table of contents.

Step 3. Get a domain and web hosting

For You to build a successful website, you need two things:

1. Your domain name e.g. yourdomainName.com, as we have other of our two web-address as homeoftech.com.ng and learniseasynow.com

2. You need a hosting which means a service that would connect your website to the internet.

This is the only part when money involve in creating a website. WordPress is a free platform to use but you need to get a domain name and a web hosting which will cost you money.

Some hosting companies like Hostgator or liquid website hosting offer you free domain and you only pay for hosting but some HOST COMPANY, you must purchase domain name and pay for hosting as well.

Both hosting and domain name on hostgator will cost you around 2.95 – $5 per month.

Which you would not break your bank because you want to build a website.

Reason Why you need your own domain name & hosting

The benefits of owning your own domain name and hosting is very massive.

1. Your website look professional

2. Easy to remember by your visitors

3. Load incredible fast and also reliable

It is a good idea to have your professional domain name and hosting ( yoursite.com ) than having your site on someone ex-domain ( yoursite.wordpress.com).

Where can you get a free domain name and hosting ?

I always recommends this three hosting company to my reader because of their generous. I have three website myself and of which i hosted them on the following sites below.

1. You can go to www.hostgator.com and get your free domain name, free SSL, unlimited free professional email eg. info@yoursite.com and only pay for a hosting plan.

2. You can go to www.Liquidwebhosting.net to get your free domain name and only pay for hosting.

3. You can go to Namecheap.com to get free domain name or little cents and only pay for the a hosting as well.

Follow this step to get your domain name and hosting to start setting up your site right away.

Step 1. Go to hostgator.com.

On their home page you will see an overview of what you will expect from them.

I recommend hostgator for all beginner because, hostgator is user friendly, and their cheap plan and 247 support.

And if you need a website that will serve multi millions users then I suggest you liquidwebhostin.net But for the purpose of this lesson we will focus on hostgator.

Mind you, the process that we would follow here also applicable to liquidwebhosting. When you have read all the overview of hostgator,

the next step now is to click get get start button, then they would take you to their plan page where you will select the one that best suit your business

2. Choose website hosting plan.

Immediately you click on “The learn more” or “getting started” button, you will be taking to their plan page where you will choose the plan that match your business or your needs.

If you are on tiny budget, I recommend you to choose the “Hatchling plan(basic)”.

It’s great for all beginners, you can use this plan until you website Begin to gain millions visitors per month, at this point you can upgrade to higher plan.

But if you aren’t on tiny budget nothing wrong to start with “Baby plan” or “Business plan”.

In fact the business plan has so many benefits than the Hatchling plan, that’s why the price also higher.

Currently the company is running a discount which reduces Hatchling plan to $2.64/month.

So this is a great time to take advantage of this special discount to Host your dream website before it gets back to normal price.

3. Choose a domain name:

To choose a domain name is very easy, all you have to do is to input your domain name.

If you are building the website for your business then use your business name or if you are design it for yourself,

you can use your name eg. Yourbusinessname.com or yourname.com. you can choose any name of your choice.

Domain name is very important, that is what would differentiate your website from others website.

I have three website, they can only be differentiate through their names. Homeoftech.com.ng, learningiseasynow.com and this one you on it reading this article currently. As you can see they has different name.

Step 4. Choose a Hosting plan:

As I told you earlier at this point, you can go for Hatchling or choose your favorite plan.

~ select your billing duration(1,2,3,6 months, annual or bi annual which is the most advantageous.

~ After that input your domain name

~ lastly, set your security pin ( which will help you verify your account in future.)

The next step now is to input your billing information.

Which would require your Email address, first name, last name, company name, phone number, address, country, zip code (poster code), your city and state.

Below you’ll still see some options like site protection, professional email and site back up. some of them are paid services but if you are on tiny budget, you can skip them to use wordpress free plugin.

Step 6. Enter your coupon code

The coupon code is “SHARED3660” then validate it.

Step 7. Review your order Details:

After reviewed your order then accept their terms of service and checkout. You’re done with hosting and domain name, is time to design your website.

Step 4. Set up your website:

Wow you made it to this level. Once you have purchase your domain name and hosting plan, the next thing to do, is to install website building software to your domain, which we earlier decided to go on for wordpress.

This would allow you to build your site professionally.

How to create a website with wordpress step by step guild part 2

Step 4:1. Installing wordpress.

There are two possible way to install WordPress to your site.

  •  One click installer or
  •  Manual installer

But when you sign up with hostgator, then you are dealing with 1 click installer, which is the much more easy for beginners like you.

How To Install WordPress.

Here are the steps to install WordPress to your domain successfully.

1. Log in to your hosting account

2. Go to your control panel(cpanel)

3. Search for wordpress icon in the(cpanel)

4. Identify the domain you want to install WordPress to

5. Finally click the ” install now” button , you will automatically take to your new wordpress site.

You may take a look at how to install WordPress on hostgator support center. The next step now is to customize your site which lead use to another step.

Step 5. Customize Your Website.

Once you have successfully installed wordpress to your domain, you will see a nice clean site with a theme called twenty seven.

Step 5: 1. Choose a theme for your site

Note: Theme also know as template so don’t be confuse. Theme simply means the layout of your website. It gives you site your desire look.

You don’t want your site to be look like another person’s own because your business may be different from their own and you want to give the best to your prospects costumer/audience. So you need a theme.

Step 5: 2. How to choose Theme/Template.

Head over to your wordpress admin dashboard,

click menu at the top left hand side of your admin dashboard, go to appearance, select theme, click on add new(which means add new theme).

Finally select your favorite one, click install and activate.

Note: You can preview a theme to view the features weather it match your business or requirements before you install it.

WordPress has over 6 thousands free theme so it may be complex to identify the right theme but be focus, you will definitely identify one.

If you may need more professional theme. I recommend you mythemeshop and swifttheme.

Both of them are theme shop with excellent professional themes. I use mythemeshop theme on one of my site and this blog that you on it reading this article now,

I’m using swiftTheme them called pageSpeed. In case you may like this theme, you can get it right here.

After you have install your new theme successfully, you need to customize it, to activate some features you may need.

Step 5. How to do so. (how to create a website )

1. Go to your admin dashboard

How to create a website
2. Go to appearance – click customize

3. Then set up all the features base on your needs.

How to create a website with wordpress part 3

Step 6. Add Plugin To Your Site.

Plugin is a software you install on your site to add more value and features to your site.

It give you opportune to create a website that would compete in this modern internet.

Thanks to wordpress with their exclusive free and paid plugin that you can add to your site at any time. To create a website you need some plugin to make your website a perfect site to visit.

Here are few plugin that every website needs:

How to add plugins to your website

  • Go to your wordpress admin Dashboard,
  • Go to plugin by Left hand side of the dashboard,
  • place the pointer on the PLUGIN’
  • Click add new, then the page look like this

~ Yoast Seo: It is a Seo plugin that will help your website to be found on search engine and also show you on how to make your website Seo friendly and user friendly.

Yoast plugin has free and paid version. The free version is good enough for beginners.

~ Contact form 7: This will help you to add contact form to yous about or contact us/me page, where readers can contact/email you directly without open their email app or software on their devices.

Google analytics: with help of Google analytics, you can tracks your visitors to know where they come from, and their activities on your site, that would help you to identify their needs so that you can server them better.

Word fence: This plugin would help your site by prevent it from hacker or other illegal acts from any body against your site.

Mail cheap: It is an email Marketing software that have free and paid plan.

The free plan would allow you to build email list up to 2000 for free. It’s ideal to start build your lists from day 1

As you can see this blog you are on it now, i use other alternative plugin called sumo.

Note: you can add plugin at any time, you may like to and it totally depends on how you want your site to

How to add contents to your site.

Once you have install your theme, you are ready to add contents to your website. But you need to do some basic settings before getting started. Let us do that together.

~You have to create pages, categories before posting contents.

How do I add page to my website

1. Go to your wordpress admin dashboard, click menu at the top left side of your admin dashboard,

go to page and add new, then editor will be show up like that Microsoft word that you may already familiar with.

Give your page a name e.g about me. Then write your contents and hit publish, immediately your page will be live.

How do I add my page to menu.

To add page to your menu, go to appearance at your wordpress admin dashboard and click menu, then it would look like this. Screen short below

Click create menu and give your menu a name. After when you have created your menu, look for the page you have created and add it to your menu. simply right ?

How my home page should look like ?

On how your home page would look like, is up to you. Or I may say, it depends on your business. If you are a blogger, your home page should be your latest blog posts.

And if you are a brand, you should create a static page, where you will display brief info about your business.

How do I create static page ?

To create a static page , go to your wordpress admin dashboard, go to -> Setting -> reading. you will see a page like this

Create your static and adding your relevant information to it.

Note that if you want to publish blog posts on your website, you have to create a categories call blog,

so that by the time you want to create your post, you just select it and your post will add to it immediately after you hit published.

How do I create a category?.

Go to your wordpress admin dashboard, go to menu bar -> post -> categories. Then give your categories a name, descriptions and click create, you are done.

Now you can start writing your contents right away.

If it is a blog you want to create, then read this how to create a blog guild here.

Congratulation !

You have a brand new website fully set up and ready to roll on the net and you know how to create a website.

Note: You can improve your website as time goes on because you can’t add all the features you may want at the beginning, but you can do that later without any mayhem.

Now you know how to create a website successfully, isn’t is?

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