Creating a WordPress website is easier than ever in 2021 even if you are not a professional web designer or you don’t think you are “techie”.
In this very long post, I will share with you how to build a beautiful WordPress website in a business day.
A business day is typically 8 hours with various stretch breaks and a an hour lunch. Or least it is for me.
Why I Use WordPress
My first website was built using a blogging software called Blogger in 2007 (which was owned by Google at the time). It was great! Then a fellow blogger introduced me to WordPress back in 2008. And I was forever changed.
WordPress is a website content management software that is flexible, has beautiful themes, and works well for SEO. I like flexibility, pretty themes and am always looking to improve SEO.
Despite the many changes (and improvements) with WordPress since 2008, it is still one of the more popular website building tools.
But enough of why I like WordPress. Let’s get jump right into the details of how to build a WordPress website in Siteground.
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Here is a short video showing the set up process.
Keep in mind. There is a difference between creating a blog on WordPress.com and using another host company and choosing a WordPress installation.
The Tools Mentioned in the Video
- Siteground – where the website is hosted and the domain is purchased
- WP Astra – Starter Templates –
- Elementor Website Builder Plugin – the page builder the website is built on
Build Your WordPress Website in Siteground
Step 1: Go to Siteground.com to choose a WordPress Manage Hosting Plan
Siteground offers 3 WordPress Managed hosting plans that have everything to keep your website running fast and secure. You can see a complete comparison of features on the Siteground website.)
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves website speed. You can also transfer an existing WordPress here for free.
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration
(You can always upgrade as your business and website visitors grow. Keep in mind that these are special prices for new accounts. The renewal price will be at the regular-listed price on their website.)
Step 2: Choose a Domain Name
Clients can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain.
What is a domain? A domain is the name of website’s URL or address. Choosing a name can take time because you want something that is unique to your blog (and that no one else has). Once you decide on the name, then you can click the “Proceed” button. If the domain name isn’t available (because someone else owns it), you will be instructed to choose another name.
Step 3: Review and Complete the Order
This is the step where you pay for your website hosting and set up your Siteground account.
This is the information you will used to access website hosting, set up email associated with your domain and so much more.
Step 4: Follow the WordPress Installation Process
Following the WordPress Installation Process is an important step in building your website. You will be prompted to add a theme and plugins from one of their many options based on your industry and needs (which they suggest the ones you need).
Here’s the thing though, you can change the theme at ANY time.
Which leads me to step 5.
Step 5: Install the following plugins from the WordPress plugin directory within your website
These plugins are all free but have premium options. For new websites, you can start with the free versions.
Click the “Plugins” tab on the left WordPress Dashboard to access the plugins.
Then click on “Add New”.
Then in the search bar type in the name of the plugins below to access them.
Click Install. Then click Activate
- Pagebuilders and theme extensions
- SEO Plugins
- Yoast SEO – simplifies Search Engine Optimization – SEO
- Security Plugins
Step 6: Select a template from the Starter Template options
With just one click of one of a Starter Template, your website is installed with all the demo content
Step 7: Customize your template and create content
This step is the secret sauce of your brand’s website. After you add your logo, your own photos, headlines and words, the site is basically done (for now).
As with any website project, we always test to ensure that everything is working before officially launching.
I encourage you to do the same.
You have everything you need to get your WordPress website set up. If you would like me and my team to set up your website for you, schedule a call to see if we are a good fit.