How to Set Up a Website on WordPress
If you’ve never had a website on WordPress or haven’t figured out how to set up a site on WordPress, you’re missing out on a lot of fun! First of all, having a blog for your own personal use or for your business can really be a lot of fun. And it’s more than just writing blog posts, WordPress is sort of a hybrid type of website that has social medial mixed into it. Your WordPress blog can be a place to interact with friends, show off photos, write about your personal experiences and a lot more. If you’ve been missing out on the fun and want to get started with your own blog, here’s some help to show you how to set up a website on WordPress.
The first thing you’ll want to do obviously is go to the WordPress website. You’ll see a screen like what is shown below:
The second thing you need to know regarding how to set up a website on WordPress is just as easy. Click on the “get started” button and decide on what username and password you want to use. While this is an easy step, don’t rush too fast. Remember: your username on WordPress will be part of the URL or website address on WordPress, and once you’ve chosen a username you can’t change it unless you want to start again from scratch. This could be a problem if six months after setting up your WordPress website you decide you don’t like your username-especially if during those six months you’ve added a lot of posts. So part of the process regarding how to set up a website on WordPress does require some advance planning or at least some brainstorming. Make sure your username meets some basic criteria:
- Your username should fit what you’re doing. If it’s for a business, try to use a username that matches your business name.
- If it’s a personal blog, try to use a username that matches the theme of what the blog is about-or you can just use your real name if you like.
You’ll have to follow some other basic steps, such as providing an email address and picking a password. WordPress will send a confirmation email to you that will provide you with some easy instructions to confirm that you indeed are who you say you are and that you agree to their terms of service.
Understanding how to set up a website on WordPress will also involve some thought on your part in terms of how you want your website or blog to look. Once you’ve confirmed your account through WordPress and have your password set up, choosing a theme is a decision you’ll have to make. It’s not difficult, but understanding how to set up a website on WordPress does involve some advance planning. The theme you choose will say a lot about you or your business so pick a theme that provides a visual statement about you or your business. Take your time, and look around at the options. There’s a lot of themes to choose from so don’t feel like you need to rush.
Once you’ve chosen the theme or design you want, you should set up your front page, also referred to as the welcome page. It’s the first page people will see when they visit your new WordPress blog.
One thing that confuses new WordPress users sometimes are the WordPress widgets. Widgets are not all that complicated once you get a feel for how they work and they really are instrumental in attracting traffic to your blog so if you’re a newbie or just have a very basic understanding of how it all works, get to know the widgets. They’re a big part of understanding how to set up a website on WordPress. Widgets are simply parts of your WordPress blog that allow you to embed code to internal or external things on the internet. For example: If you already have another website somewhere or if you want to link to a friend’s website, you can do that with widgets. You can also use widgets to link to your Facebook account; news or weather websites-the options are almost endless.
In the administrative area of your WordPress site (also referred to as the dashboard), you’ll have the option to access the settings properties and determine how you want your posts to look; whether or not you want to allow people to post comments; whether or not you want them to be able to provide links on your site back to theirs, and many more options. You’ll also have the ability to set up individual pages. This is one thing that confuses new WordPress users when figuring out how to set up a website on WordPress. You don’t need to (and shouldn’t) set up a separate page for each post. Separate pages on WordPress are for the purpose of posting information that will not change, such as: Information about you or your business, how to contact you, etc. That’s the main difference between regular HTML websites and WordPress. When you’re learning how to set up a website on WordPress, through experience you’ll see that you only need one or two actual pages on your blog, and they will stay the way they are during your blogging experience.
One advantage that WordPress has over building a standard, static HTML website is that WordPress has a fantastic section with all kinds of tips and help topics on how to set up a website on WordPress. If you ever get stuck, it’s very easy to get the answer you need.
While WordPress looks a bit out of the ordinary to new users, it’s very easy to use once you get in and get your feet wet. Once you get in and discover all the tricks and toys WordPress offers, you’ll be posting articles or whatever it is you want on your WordPress site every chance you get. Yes, it looks different and is set up differently than a typical HTML website, but you’ll find it’s actually very addicting-in a good way!
WordPress: A Step Above
Now, if you’re really wanting to go a step above and have control over your blog posts (content), then you are ready for WordPress to be installed on your personalized blog, such as this website. I will be going through how to setup your own domain and hosting as a follow up to this post.
However, most bloggers don’t make that much money to support this habit. There are plenty of ways to defy those odds and actually make a 5 and 6 figure income per year, and some make 5 figures a month look easy.
One of the steps that you could start out with is learning how to market your blog. I have found that social media is the best and cheapest way to tell everyone about your new blog. Try it out and see the response you get from your blogging.
That’s it for now…
To your success,