We created a guide to help you make your own website in 3 easy steps.
CHOOSE THE WEBSITE PLATFORM YOU WANT YOUR SITE ON.
You start off by choosing what website platform you want to build your site on. It is important to choose the right platform and there are several CMS (content management systems) to choose from. The type of site you are building determines the CMS platform you use.
WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are the most popular website building platforms. WordPress is best for beginners. Other platforms require you to know a little bit of HTML / CSS or other coding languages.
Below are some more reasons WordPress is used:
1. USER FRIENDLY
WordPress is quite easy to use. It can easily be customized with plugins that can enable you to do anything with your site.
You can build a simple small business website or a complex e-commerce site with WordPress.
WordPress is a trusted and powerful platform. It can handle pretty much anything.
3. RESPONSIVE & MOBILE FRIENDLY
Most WordPress themes are mobile friendly. In this age and time, it is important to have responsive and mobile friendly websites.
4. GREAT SUPPORT.
WordPress has developers that are willing to help if you get stuck with anything to do with your WordPress site.
5. IT IS FREE
WordPress is totally free. All you need to do is buy your domain and hosting and then you’re up and running in no time.
Your website needs a name and a home.Get a domain & web hosting to kick start your journey!
WordPress is free. And comes with a free WordPress domain name.
But the hosting could be slow (which will impact your rankings on Google)
The free domain name is a sub-domain
For example YourWebsiteName.Wordpress.com
So let’s look at the better way for your site to get up and running! By spending that little bit more money, your website can have its own hosting which is much faster than any free hosting you can get, and your own domain name!
This means that you will have your very own Web Property and not a site that’s owned and rented to you from WordPress.
Web Hosting and Domain Name Costs
If you’re serious about building your own website then you need your own hosting and domain name.
You can get Garanntor’s high quality hosting for N300 per month + a FREE DOMAIN NAME worth N1150 (.com.ng .net.ng .mobi.ng .sch.ng .i.ng and more)
Below is what you get for just N300
A FREE domain name
Fast, high quality & reliable web hosting
Disk Space: 1 GB
Traffic: 10 GB
Free SSL Certificate*
Domains Allowed: 2
One-click WordPress Install and 24/7 support.
Get on board now!
What happens if I already have a domain name?
If you already have a domain and hosting, then skip this step and move onto Step 3, so you can learn how to set up a website.
Thinking of the domain name to choose?
Thinking of the perfect name for your website can be quite difficult.
Your domain should be…
Easy to remember
SETTING UP YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE : Installing WordPress
The first thing to do is to install WordPress.
You can either install with 1-click installation or manual installation.
One-click install is easy, so I would advise you use this method.
1. ONE CLICK INSTALLATIONS TO CREATE A WEBSITE WITH WORDPRESS, JOOMLA, AND DRUPAL
One click installation means installing your WordPress with a click. Most web hosts have the 1-click-installation integrated as standard within their dashboard. This service enables you to set up your website with ease.
In your Garanntor account, you’ll find the “1-click-installation” in your control panel.
If you haven’t signed up to Garanntor and you’re using another web host, then the “1-click-installation” should be in the same sort of location on the site.
These are the steps you need to follow with the “1-click-installation” process.
- Log in to your own hosting account/control panel.
- Go to your control panel within your hosting account.
- Click on “1 Click Installs”
- Find the “WordPress” icon and click.
- Choose the domain where you want to install your website.
- Click the “Install Now” button and that’s basically it! You’ll get details of how to access your new WordPress website.
2. MANUAL INSTALLATION
Some web designers/developers like to install WordPress manually to get a custom install of the components they want and don’t want. Others will need to manually install because their web host does not have the “1-click-installation” capability.
If your web host doesn’t have “1-click-installation” then you should really change your web host to Garanntor!
Follow these quick and easy steps to install WordPress manually onto your server.
Download WordPress https://wordpress.org/download and save it to your local drive on your computer.
Create a new folder on your on your computer and unzip WordPress in that folder.
Find the file named wp-config-sample.php and change the name of it to wp-config.php. You can do this by right-clicking the file and selecting the option “rename”.
Open the wp-config.php (with Notepad) and fill in the following lines:
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’); – Database name define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’); – Your hosting username
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’); – Your hosting password
Then save the file.
Log into your hosting File Transfer Protocol (You would want to download FileZilla for that to enable you to upload files). The FTP address is usually ftp.yourdomain.com, username and password are same as what you used to register to your host.
Delete any file named “index”. Then upload all the files from your WordPress folder to your FTP server. You can utilize the “drag n drop” function in FileZilla.
Go to the URL yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php immediately you complete the other steps.
The look and feel of the website!
Choosing a Theme
It’s time to make your site come alive and look professional/awesome. It’s quite easy!
WordPress automatically installs a very basic theme to get you started.
It is called Twenty Fifteen and is really simple to use, but it is important to find what suits your website and create your own identity.
WordPress gives you access to thousands of free and paid themes designed by WordPress developers to help you make your site look amazing.
Finding a theme
1) Login to your WordPress Dashboard with your username and password by typing your web address along with /wp-login
2) Getting Started With Free Themes
A “Theme” is downloadable from WordPress. It is made up of colour scheme, font types and sizes and much more, which work together to determine the look and style of your website.
WordPress has thousands of FREE themes accessible by clicking on “Appearance” on the left of the dashboard then “Themes’’.
Then click on the “Add New” button which will lead you to where all the free WordPress themes are.
Click on “Feature Filter” and you would have even more options to help you find the best theme for your site.
If you need themes that are easily customizable, fully responsive, robust, feature rich, trendy and built to cater to a specific market then premium themes are what you need.
Premium themes have an edge over Free Themes due to the code base and superior support if something goes wrong with your site. Also, they look and perform better than the free themes.
Some premium themes are like web design software. You can actually design and build your own theme designs and page layouts/templates. This gives you more flexibility in the type of site you want to build.
For support, quality of code, constant updates and improvements of premium themes, MyThemeShop is ideal for the beginner WordPress web builder.
Theme Forest is great as it has quite a number and variety of themes. You would definitely find any business site you are looking for.
How to Install Your New WordPress Theme
Installing your new WordPress theme is quite simple. Click on the option “Install” then click “Activate”
You can change themes as many times as you want to because it doesn’t affect the content you already have on the site (blog posts, pages, and images).
How to Create A New Page In WordPress
Let’s start off by creating an “About Us” page on your site.
Kindly follow these simple steps:
- Search for the section called “Pages” in the WordPress Dashboard sidebar then go down to the option “Add New”.
- You can add text, images, video, shortcodes and loads more.
- Once you have done that, click the “Save Draft” button on the right menu bar and then click “Preview” to see what you created then publish it so it would go “Live”
How to Add Pages to Your Menu
In order for your new page to appear in the top navigation bar of your WordPress website, you need to do the following.
- Save your work so you won’t lose any of the content created on your page. Click “Update”
- In the Dashboard sidebar Click “Appearance” and then “Menus”
- The just created page will be displayed in the “Pages” box to the left. Tick the box to the pages you want to be added to your menu, then click “Add to Menu”. In the “Menu Structure” section, you can move the order of the pages around by just clicking and dragging into position.
How to Create Blog Post Pages
“Posts” are web pages where you publish content through your blog. “Posts” is where you would publish this type of content if you intend to have a blog section for your website.
You can easily categorize the content within WordPress with posts. It enables visitors to your website find your blog posts easily, especially the older pieces of content.
You can use different categories and posts when you want to include a blog to your website. If you want to create a category named “blog” for example, simply add it to your menu and start making posts.
Here’s a quick and easy guide:
- To create a new category for your blog, simply go to “Posts -> Categories”
- You can also create a blog post by “Posts -> Add New”. Then with your completed blog post, you just assign it the right category and you’re ready to publish.
Then just add it to the menu for accessibility.
How to Install a WordPress Plugin
A Plugin is a software containing different types of functions that can be added or installed into a WordPress website to increase the capabilities. They add extra features and functionality to the site that usually don’t come with your WordPress Theme.
Plugins catapult a basic website to an online shop before the twinkle of an eye. Gives you real time info on your SEO for your site and just about everything else!
Installing a Plugin
Go to the “Plugin” section in the Dashboard menu and then select “Add New”. Use the search function to find the plugin you want for your site.
There are thousands of plugins available, so search for what you want and then read the reviews. Also, check to be sure the Plugin is being updated on a regular basis.
With just one click you are done installing the plugin.
Creating a website with no coding experience can be extremely stressful and a bit frustrating at times. If you have successfully followed through with the steps, then big congratulations to you!
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