The complete guide to making your own WordPress Website & packing it out with incredible content & images.
Ok, so your business needs a website. Some businesses think it’s ok to just have a Facebook page or maybe a twitter page is enough. That by just having a social media page their customers can find them.
And guess what? There’s a bit of truth to this. Some of your customers will find you BUT what about your potential customers? For example, let’s say we just had a Facebook page, we wouldn’t be able to rank for the keywords we needed to rank for, then build pages and content around what customers are searching for as simple as with a website.
When we say simple, we don’t mean easy. We mean simple to understand and simple to implement changes to help your website become more visible to your target audience who are continuously searching google for a business like yours.
Doing things DIY is cheaper but at what cost? You don’t want to be having a bad website, one which looks poor, has broken links, and generally is just hanging their in google with no one finding it because guess what, it’s not worthy of it.
One of the most common questions we get asked is how much is a website? And this question really is so varied and impossible to answer because every website is different. What they really want to know is what’s the maximum they have to be paying to get a decent website.
It’s no secret. Businesses want to charge a certain price, clients want to pay a certain price, everyone just want’s a fair price.
Here, i’ll show you how to get your website up and online and it should. It will be a 10 page website, you’ll learn how to make a logo, how to make a website, how to make graphics for your social media accounts, get some cool images for your website and basically, get your online experience started.
So, are you ready to save a few thousand pounds?
- Get a domain.
You’re domain has to summarise your business. You don’t want it too long, you don’t want too many words and you want it to be memorable. We recommend namecheap, we don’t get commission we just think they are cheaper than the rest and they give you free privacy for one year too (not many others do that).
2. Get a decent hosting plan. You’ll probably be paying around £10 a month, we use Smart Hosting, which offers plans even cheaper so select the one you feel will fit you best. You’ll also want to make sure you have access to the C-Panel.
3. Finding a WordPress Theme
Themeforest is one of the best places to find WordPress themes. There’s literally thousands and thousands available and you can also get them for free, once you’ve installed WordPress but we wouldn’t recommend using a free one if it’s for your business and you actually want to be using your website to impress and entice your clients.
The five themes which are cool. Brooklyn, Bridge, X Theme, Composer & Divi.
A WordPress Theme is basically a website that’s already built for you. It’s great for beginners who want to just add there own images and content but it’s also incredible for web designers and developers to help save time and you money when it comes to building a website.
It’s no surprise that getting a website is expensive. It’s pricey, but there’s two options when your paying high prices. One, you don’t get value for money. And two you do get value for money.
It’s always better that you get a web designer. It’s common sense. We work will websites every day and know a few secrets to help make your website awesome but let’s be honest. If you’re starting out on your own with a low budget, you don’t want to be spending thousands and thousands on a website with no content that won’t be getting found for a minimum of 6 months on google.
By that time your business could be dead in the water, but here we are to help. And even if you don’t have the budget to use us, we want you to get the best website possible for your business.
Now it’s the brave bit. You want to hook up your hosting to your domain. Put your name server details in to your domain name and it should be there in about 24 hours. (They say 24 hours, but we’ve had in done in an hour and less before, so there shouldn’t be too much of a delay.
Now you should see a page like the page below. This means your hosting is active on your domain. Now it’s time to install WordPress on your server. When you’re doing this, you’ll want to do something before. When we suggest Smart Hosting, it’s because it’ll make it easier as you can copy this exactly to set things up without running in troubles.
If you go to SSL, click on generate certificate and it should generate with no issues. Once you’ve done this, go back to the Installertron and get installing WordPress. You’ll want to install it on the https:// domain and NOT the HTTP.
Happy days. You now have a WordPress website at your domain. Now it’s time to get that theme uploaded. Fingers crossed your theme will install easily with no problems. What you need to do is this, log in to WordPress and and go to themes, now install the WordPress only file. Depending on how you’re template is, there’s a few options for installing demo content. For this example we’ll be using the X- Theme