How To Build A Website Using WordPress

How To Build A Website Using WordPress

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There are two ways you can build a website using WordPress and I will show you the easiest and free way to do this lastly.

So let me show you how to build a website using WordPress:


Build A Website Using WordPress – The Traditional Way

WordPress Themes

I still remember the days when you still had to pay a web designer to create a website for you. Those days are long gone with the arrival of platforms like WordPress.

Now you can build a website by simply creating a WordPress account and choose from hundreds of themes and plugins to suite your website design needs.

Once you have a WordPress account, you would then ideally purchase a domain name, have this domain hosted at a hosting company of your choosing and then connect your WordPress site to that domain.

I have created this post on WordPress and my hosting is absolutely free!

I also setup my website the easy way where it only takes 30 seconds to set it up. I will show you shortly how this is done, but first let us go through the steps building a WordPress site the traditional way (The less easy route):


Standard WordPress Setup

1.) Create a WordPress account

You will need to go to wordpress.com and click on “Getting Started” or the “Create your site” button.

Complete steps 1 to 4 and you are done. (Step 1 – Below)

Build a website - step 1

2.) Purchase a domain name

Now that you have a WordPress account, it is recommended to choose and purchase a domain name. This cost is separate to hosting your website.

I also had to purchase my domain name: worktolivefree.com which costs me $13.99 a year.

Here are a couple of places you can purchase a domain name from: NameCheap.com or GoDaddy. You can then also decide to have them host your WorPress site as well.

I would normally shop around for best domain name prices as well as better hosting packages and deals.

3.) Web Hosting

This will be the place that you nominate to host your website or WordPress blog on. This will be at a monthly cost depending on the package you chose.

I have free hosting for my website: worktolivefree.com. (Keep on reading if you would like to see how it is done.)

Tip: Choose a hosting package that offers a free SSL certificate otherwise this will be an extra charge as well.

It is important to have an SSL certificate so that your website is reported as safe and secure. Google prefers that it is and clients may get a warning that your website is unsafe to go to if you do not make use of an SSL certificate.

You will normally be presented with a cPanel / dashboard from your hosting company where you can then install WordPress from.

Good hosting companies (from what I have heard) are: BlueHost.com and a2hosting.com. I do not have personal experience with them; since my website hosting is for free.

So there you have it. The basic steps to get a WordPress website up and running on a domain name of your choosing.

But let me now show you how to build a website using WordPress the easy way with free hosting:

How To Build A Website For Dummies

Now the next method of setting up a website is really so easy and straight forward that  it is completely dummy proof.

It is also worth mentioning that WordPress is one of the most widely used platforms out there and definitely worth using.

For my free web hosting, I am using my Wealthy Affiliate membership and it is free to join!

But let me take you through the simple steps in creating your 2 FREE websites within Wealthy Affiliate:

1.) Setup Website

To create a free website, click on the ‘On a free domain’ option.

Build A Website Choice

There is nothing more I can tell you about the first step. Simply click the button!

2.) Choose your domain name

Now type in the name you want for your website. It will show you if the name you chose is available or not.

Build A Website Choose Domain Name

3.) Choose a title for your website

This will be your title for your website like mine above is: Work To Live Free

Build a website - site title

4.) Choose a WordPress theme

This is self explanatory, but it makes life easy when you choose a clean, easy and responsive theme without all the fluff.

Build a website - wordpress theme

That’s it. You are done!

You can now log onto your WordPress site and enable the already installed essential plugins if you wish. All In One SEO is for optimizing your content for the search engines and the other plugin is an image optimizer.

With WA you also get a free SSL certificate! Pretty amazing.
Having and hosting a domain like this can easily cost you $50 a month.

So if you would like to learn more on obtaining free hosting, 2 free websites and a free SSL certificate then simply click on this FREE LINK <<==

Alternatively watch the setup video here:

Watch The above Video: How To Create A Website In Less Than 30 Seconds

If you have any questions at all, please leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail to:

info@worktolivefree.com

Have an awesome day!

John

8 thoughts on “How To Build A Website Using WordPress”

  1. It really is as simple as you make it sound. I highly recommend using Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting services, as I’ve had issues communicating effectively with other domain hosts, such as NameCheap or GoDaddy. Wealthy Affiliate not only allows you to host two free websites, but their support team will answer any questions you might have about setting up and managing your sites!

    • Hi Tucker,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting services.

      I am dead serious and honest when I say that I was blown away by their support. I had a quick question that I wasn’t sure of and I got a response from the support team within minutes.

      There simply is no hassle when it comes to hosting your WordPress blog.

      I am happy to see you enjoy it too.

      All the best.

      John

  2. I think simplicity is the key to good design and I think that some people who are new to creating websites can feel super overwhelmed.  Your post takes the complexity and overwhelm out of initially setting up a wordpress site.  I know a gal who was recently telling me she wanted to take her hand crafted jewellery out of the markets and online but was hesitant and unsure how to start.  I will link her to your post as it is all kinds of useful!

    Thanks!

    • Hi Bex,

      I appreciate the comment. 

      I truly enjoy the website creation at Wealthy Affiliate. It is so easy to get up and running in seconds. It is really worth giving it a try.

      If the creation of a website is the one thing stopping you to do business online, then this is a must try. In the end, getting a website online might just be the last thing to worry about.

      All the best to you, Bex and thank you for the share.

      John

  3. John,

    That’s good that you can create a website for free on Wealthy Affiliate.  I have a WordPress site that is hosted on GoDaddy and I am quite happy with their support.  I did have to pay extra for the SSL certificate.  It does cost more than the $13.99 that you paid, but still GoDaddy has a good solid product.

    It appears that Wealthy Affiliate adds your free website as a subdomain of siterubix.  That would certainly simplify hosting and make it simple to drop a WordPress theme over.

    Wealthy Affiliate sounds like a good place to get reasonably priced site hosting.

    Thanks,

    Ellen

    • Hi Ellen,

      Thank you for the comment. I agree: I had a number of domains at GoDaddy before and their support is solid. GoDaddy is a good choice for purchasing and hosting your domain.

      I switched over to Wealthy Affiliate only because it is so easy and simple. I do not have to upload my website or have the need to obtain an SSL certificate.

      The free website is indeed a sub-domain of siterubix.com. These sub domains still rank in Google but not as easily as a proper domain.

      It is worthwhile checking out. The support is tops and the domsin name pricing is good.

      One thing I will mention here, because I want transparency as much as anyone else, is that if you want to host a proper domain name through Wealthy Affiliate, it only makes sense when you become a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate. 

      But creating, hosting and having 2 websites free including SSL certificates is all yours for the taking if you want to simply do that. 

      All the best to you, Ellen.

      John

  4. When I graduated from college, I wanted to learn web design but got discouraged with the complexities of html coding, so I quit. It was only about 3 years ago I learned that I can actually build a fully functional website without learning a single line of coding. The magic pill was WordPress. I have built a couple WordPress sites myself, and I recently built one in under 60 sec using the Wealthy Affiliate website builder platform. I highly recommend anyone who doesn’t want to learn the ropes of website design to take full advantage of the website building platform at Wealthy Affiliates

    • Hi Phranell,

      I absolutely agree with you. I never used WordPress before because the hosting of a domain on WordPress simply sounded like a hassle to me. 

      In Wealthy Affiliate, it is a press of a few buttons and the hosting and everything is done! It is like magic and anyone can do that.

      Thank you for your input,

      John

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