You need to or want to up a website, and you’re looking into WordPress to set one up, but don’t know where to start and need some help. Well, this guide is for you.
This guide will give you a good overview of what WordPress is, the steps to develop a WordPress website and some resources to help you do this.
Learning how to set up a WordPress website can be a quick and relatively inexpensive process. Learning to set up a WordPress website can take as little as a few hours, and often takes only a few days.
What Is WordPress?
WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) that allows you to make, modify and update websites. It lets you easily build almost any kind of website or blog that you have seen and can imagine and it also lets you easily manage and update the website.
About 40% of websites are built using WordPress, no matter what statistics you look at. Anyone can use and modify the WordPress software for free since it is an open-sourced content management software that is licensed under GPLv2.
WordPress is also constantly being improved upon and is likely to be around for a very long time.
Do I Need To Know How To Code?
The short answer is no.
You do not have to know how to code or know anything about programming to be able to use WordPress. It is basically a drag-and-drop software that makes it easy to design your web pages and to create simple brochure-style websites, blogs, and photography websites to more complex websites, including online stores.
In order to have a website, you will need first to have a domain name. A domain name is an address on the internet, for example, google.com, yep.com and brave.com.
A domain name will cost you about fifteen dollars per year.
You will want to register your domain name with one of more than two thousand ICANN-accredited registrars, or their resellers.
You will also need to have your website hosted on a server so that it is available to be seen and visited on the internet. Web hosting providers allow you to keep your website’s files (images, text files, download files, sound files, etc.) on their servers.
Web hosting providers offer this service starting at a relatively low price, starting at a few dollars per month. A good website to go to get a lower price for your web hosting is Web Hosting Coupon Codes.
When you get your web hosting, you will want to make sure that the web host makes it easy to set up WordPress. All established web hosts do make it easy, so this should not be an issue. Web hosts will usually say something like, they offer a 1-click WordPress install.
What Do You Need To Set Up A WordPress Website?
After you get a domain name and web hosting, it’s time to set up your WordPress website.
All of the best and most well-established web hosting providers allow you to install WordPress with just a few clicks, and at most takes just a few minutes, using 1-click install scripts, such as Fantastico, Softaculous, and QuickInstall.
The steps are pretty self-explanatory and you will be required to enter some basic information. You will need to enter the following information: your website’s title, an admin username, first name, last name and an admin email address. You need to make sure that you are able to access the email that you give because that is where WordPress will send you any emails that they need to send you.
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
There isn’t really a comparison between WordPress.org vs WordPress.com. Why? Well, because both are completely different from each other.
WordPress.com is a web hosting service that lets you build a website using WordPress software.
WordPress.org is the software that lets you build WordPress websites. WordPress.org is not a web host.
WordPress.org is where the source of the WordPress software is at, can be downloaded from and serves as a resource and community hub for anyone wanting to get involved and contribute to the WordPress software.
But, do you need to download WordPress from WordPress.org to be able to build a WordPress website? No, because your web host should have it available to download and use within its’ web hosting control panel.
A WordPress theme is a group of files that includes images, styles, code, layout and colors of whatever web pages you decide to use a particular WordPress on. A WordPress theme gives your website whatever look and style that a specific theme has.
You can choose a WordPress “as is”, or make changes to the theme to customize however you want.
When you create a WordPress website on a domain for the first time, it will come with a default theme already installed. Almost everybody changes this theme to one that they want and like.
A WordPress plugin is a relatively small piece of software that allows you to add new functionality or extend the functionality to an existing WordPress website.
WordPress plugins allow you to create just about any kind of website that you have seen or can think of using WordPress.
WordPress Page Builders
WordPress page builders are plugins that allow you to easily drag and drop page elements so that you can easily create and design WordPress pages. They allow you to easily add headers, menus, sidebars, footers, blocks of text, headings, images, buttons, icons, content blocks, forms and more.
WordPress page builders, along with WordPress plugins, are one of the things that allow WordPress to make creating websites relatively fast and easy. Someone that knows what they are doing, can take as little as less than a day to a WordPress website, even in as little as a few minutes for a simple website, for example, a brochure-style or blog website.
Where Can You Learn WordPress?
There are a lot of free and paid resources where you can learn WordPress. You can do a quick search on YouTube, Google, or any other video platform and search engine and get flooded with quality resources from which to learn WordPress.
The basics of WordPress can be learned in as little as part of a day. Of course, you can dedicate more time and energy to learning WordPress and learn how to create different types of WordPress websites, from blogs to e-commerce stores, how to add image galleries, how to make different contact form pages, etc.
Learning WordPress can save you time and energy, compared to learning how to code yourself, or hiring someone else to do it. Using WordPress allows you to concentrate on other aspects of your business.
Whether you are looking to learn WordPress to design your own website, or for other people, WordPress is great to learn to easily and quickly build every type of website that you can think of.