How to develop a WordPress website in 2022

How to develop a WordPress website in 2022

Why WordPress?

There are several options to choose from when building a website, and it is pretty standard if you are confused among available choices to create your website. There are so many factors to decide – Performance, Scalability, Cost, Security.

WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) for creating various websites ranging from simple blogging portals to complex multifunctional e-commerce stores. WordPress powers some of the most famous websites globally. It has excellent security features and handles vast amounts of traffic effortlessly.

Well, your search ends here. We will explain how easy it is to build a WordPress website. You will be able to set up your WordPress site in minutes after thoroughly reading this article. Additionally, these distinguishing facts about WordPress will significantly help you make the right decision.

  • WordPress powers more than 38% of the sites on the internet.
  • 30% of the top worldwide websites are created with WordPress.
  • 500+ Websites are built with WordPress every day.
  • There are more than 54 thousand plugins available on WordPress.
  • WordPress supports 196 different languages.
  • WordPress gets almost 4.5% more traffic than Twitter which is a considerable amount considering they get monthly visitors in millions.
  • WordPress CMS system assists Google’s crawlers, and thus WordPress sites rank better.

Awesome websites created with WordPress:

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org?

Are you fascinated by these impressive statistics and facts about WordPress? Hopefully, you have made up your mind to go for WordPress. Why not, right? It is such an excellent tool, and above all, it is free of cost. On top of that, the most renowned and essential plugins for WordPress can be used without any charge/fee.

We need to understand the difference between two different options available with WordPress before starting the process of creating a WordPress site.

  1. WordPress.com
  2. WordPress.org

WordPress.com

It is a complete premium package offered by Automattic. It is a subscription-based online tool where you do not need to download anything. WordPress.com hosts your WordPress on their servers, so you do not need to handle the technical parts. It is easy to use but limited in customization options and website control.

WordPress.org

On the other hand, WordPress.org is a software-based tool. It is a CMS that enables you to fully customize and set up your website any way you desire.

However, the downsides of this option are that it requires technical knowledge to set up the site, and you need your domain & hosting to live the website.

We will use WordPress.org for this tutorial blog because it is free of cost, fully customizable, and does not require signing up an account. Let us go through the following steps to set up a WordPress in no time.

Phase 1: Domain and Hosting

A domain & hosting is necessary to build a WordPress website.

The domain is the address that visitors will use to reach your site. You are already familiar with environments – Google.com, Behance.net, Wikipedia.org.

There are many options available in selecting a domain name. Choosing a good domain name is essential for a website because it represents your site and creates an impression for the visitors.

Critical tips to opt-out a good domain:

  • It should be unique. That is, it should not confuse your visitors with another brand.
  • It should represent your brand/business.
  • It should be kept short and simple – Internet users will be able to remember your website URL if it is plain and simple. Confusing domain names will result in reduced traffic to your website. For example, nobody will remember a domain name like:

llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk

  • It should have relevant extensions – There are various extensions for defining the purpose of a website. It is not compulsory but a standard practice. For example, .com for commercial websites, .org for organizations, .edu for educational institutions, .gov for government infrastructures, and such.

Hosting is the storage space on a server where your website is saved (hosted), and users access it from there. It also stores the downloadable files and media on your site: images, icons, videos.

Some companies register domains on the internet. There are many unique options, namely:

Phase 2: Install WordPress

The first step after acquiring a domain and hosting is installing WordPress. Firstly, you need to login into your cPanel. The login credentials for cPanel are provided by your hosting company via an email on purchasing their package. Check your email if you do not have your login username and password yet.

After accessing the cPanel, head over to Softaculous App Installer and click WordPress; it will prompt you to enter details like website name, admin username & password. Enter those details and press okay. Within a few moments, you have WordPress installed on your website.

Phase 3: Login WordPress Dashboard

The most complex and dull stages have passed. The fun part begins here. Go to the WordPress login by entering the domain. ext/wp-admin/ in your browser.

Enter your login username and password and proceed. This will lead you to the first run of WordPress, where you will select a theme for your website.

Phase 4: Theme Customization

WordPress theme is the design and layout of your website. There are numerous free and paid themes available on the WordPress theme store. Different themes are for various niches. They have diverse components and allow several customizations based on their structure.

You can change the theme of your website anytime you like. There are many WordPress themes available in Themes under Appearance in WP Dashboard. Your website adapts to the new look with only a few adjustments. This whole procedure does not require a bit of technical expertise.

There are two major categories of themes for WordPress. One is pre-built and allows changes on web pages enabled by the theme developer. Click on the customize theme in the themes section to see various possibilities and plan your website accordingly.

The other category is entirely customizable; you place each component yourself. The second type is called Theme Builders. Popular theme builders are:

  • Elementor
  • Beaver Builder
  • Divi
  • Oxygen
  • Brizy

Phase 5: Additional Functionalities via Plugins

When you are done tailoring a stunning design and layout for your website, it is time to add functionalities to your WP website. There are thousands of free plugins available in the plugins section. Plugins are small pieces of software that add to the features of your site.

For example, you will need WooCommerce, a brilliant plugin for managing your e-commerce WP store, stock, cart, customer data, customer orders, online receipts, payment gateways, etc.

Similarly, Yoast SEO is the best plugin if you want to check and improve the SEO of your website, its content, and media.

Monster Insights monitors the google analytics of your website and displays elegant graphics and infographics to show all the statistics of your website, including traffic, traffic increase/decrease percentage, monthly views, and more.

Some plugins add to the functionality of your website, while others improve the performance, scalability, and security of your website. For instance, Akismet protects your website from spam comments and form submissions.

Phase 6: Pages and Posts

Now we need to create pages for our website. Various runners are standard on a website. Specific pages are About Us, Contact Us, Home, Services or Projects, Careers. It would help if you had extra pages in the case of an e-commerce website. These include Shop, Cart, Checkout, Order Status, Order History, My Account. Creating these pages manually is a hectic task, but thankfully WP themes & plugins take care of this upon installation.

You can create countless pages & posts on your WP website. Both posts and pages contain content & media. However, the main difference is that runners have a separate URL while posts don’t. Likewise, there can be many posts on the page, but vice versa is not valid.

Phase 7: Further Essential Phases?

Your WordPress website is fully functional if you have reached it here. This section describes some essentials which further improve your website.

Forms: 

Forms are a necessary part of every website as they enable your visitors to communicate with you for queries. The Contact Us page of your website must have an elegant form.

Newsletters:

Newsletter and subscriptions enable your readers and visitors to keep in touch with your site. It is a magnificent marketing tool that helps you and your subscribers connect with you in the long run.

Social Media:

Connecting your website with the social media accounts of your brand is compulsory to prosper your business. It establishes the prominence of your brand over the internet by increasing traffic when users go from your website to your social media pages and vice versa. You can learn more about social media marketing through our blog.

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