It is possible to create a WordPress website easily for under $300.
In this post I will show you how. Let’s get right into it.
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Here is a short video explaining the process. The detailed steps are listed below the video.
What you need to build a WordPress website for under $300
- WordPress Managed hosting – which is a place that houses your WordPress website
- A domain name – Your domain name is the name or address of your website. the www.name of your website.com
- A WordPress theme – there are thousands of free ones to choose from, but I’ll show you my favorites
- About 1 hour of undivided time
How to Find a FREE WordPress theme
All WordPress installations will come with a stock theme titled Twenty Twenty One (or whatever the current year is), that you can change. Your installation also connects you to the WordPress theme directory that has many theme option to choose from.
For beginners, I recommend using the Astra theme, which can be found in the theme directory.
Astra is a multi-purpose WordPress theme developed by Brainstorm Force for great performance and with SEO in mind. Being a multi-purpose theme means that it is suitable for building any type of website.
There are two ways to get the Astra theme.
Option 1 – Download it from within your WordPress dashboard. On the left navigational bar, click on the word “Appearance”. This will open up the Themes window first or show you options under Appearance. Click on “Add New” and search the word “Astra” in the theme search bar.
Option 2 – The theme is available from the WPAstra website. You can download it from there then upload it to your WordPress dashboard by going to “Appearance”, then “Add New”, then “Upload theme”. Then upload the zip file.
The Astra theme comes with so many possibilities, but we will focus on the one that will help you create a website in minutes.
Here is the secret sauce of the Astra theme:
When you add the plugin “Starter Templates — Elementor, Gutenberg & Beaver Builder Templates”, you will have access to 300+ ready-to-use templates that work with all WordPress themes including Astra, Hello, OceanWP, GeneratePress and more.
How to Add the “Starter Templates” Plugin
- Clicking on the word “Plugins” (on the left navigational bar in the WordPress Dashboard).
- Select “Add New”.
- Type “Starter Templates” in the search bar.
- Click on Install on the “Starter Templates — Elementor, Gutenberg & Beaver Builder Templates” options
- Click the Activate button
- Repeat the steps for the “Starter Templates — Elementor, Gutenberg & Beaver Builder Templates”
We like using the “Elementor Website Builder” plugin to work with the Astra theme, however, you might find that you like another page builder such as Gutenberg or Beaver Builder.
These page builders can all be found within the plugin directory.
After you install the Starter Templates plugin, you will be able to add with few clicks any ready-made template you want. Select the one that best suits your industry.
After you install your template then the fun of the website makeover begins.
Depending on the size of your website, you can customize your website you should be able to customize your website within a work day.
In a future post and YouTube video, I’ll show you how to customize your Astra theme using Elementor and Canva.
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You have basically created a website for under $300 by using affordable hosting and domain fees, and the use of beautiful FREE WordPress themes.
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