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guide how to make website for free
In this tutorial, you will learn how most web developers build their sites and how you can avoid expensive website builders that are often not so good in details and they limited too.this tutorial will show from instalation to the end how to create decent website.we covered it all. make sure to check out newest wordpress tutorials at very bottom of this page.
So Why to choose Wordpress , Read This:
There are many of different website building platforms, so why WordPress then any other builder? the anwer is that: Wix, Joomla, Drupal… exc. all combain together they haven’t got so mach popularity by users like Wordpress. about 52% internet users use wordpress and is open sourced which mean nobody own Wordpress.You can also code your website from scratch, but we wouldn’t recommend it on mainly two reasons:
Let’s get started… What we need to do:
- Download wordpress
- Get web hosting and register a domain
- Instaling a theme to change your’s site design
- Create content (pages)
1.takes too much time
2.result will be average
Have a look at these recent statistics
from the graph above, in 2020, the most popular website builders (or content management systems) are:
- WordPress (free) 52%
- Wix (paid) 7%
- Joomla (free) 4%
- Progress Sitefinity (free) 4%
- SquareSpace (paid) 4%
- Weebly (paid) 2%
I will explain Why WordPress is so popular by internet users
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WordPress vs. HTML & CSS: Learning HTML from zero, can take 6+ months,is not worth it to loose our valuable time. If you want to create a website within a day or two, learning HTML isn’t a good choice.
WordPress vs. Joomla/Drupal: is much more user-friendly.
what we need to create to start our website
1.Domain Name (a web address like YourSiteName.com)
2.Web Hosting (a service that connects your site to the internet)
3.Create a post
You can use word press for free but you have to pay for hosting…so what hosting is you propably think.this is where our website gonna be store.I can explain that to compare the house which need the land to stand on. Is the place where your website will be stored..you paying for space on internet.In order to store your images, content and website files, you are going to need web hosting. Without web hosting, your website will not exist on the Internet. I would recommend blue host which have attractive price and I found discount for that in the description.
- If you’re creating website for your business, your domain name should be as your company name. For example YourCompanyName.com
- If you’re want to set up a website for yourself, then YourName.com should be the best way to do that
Domain names usually end with .com, .org or .net and less popular ones
Hint! Avoid the weird extensions and go with .com, .net or .org
unless they perfectly describe what you have to offer
- If you’ve already got a domain name, just enter it in and click “Next” on the “I have a domain name” form.
- If you aren’t ready to choose a domain, you can do it at a later point in your website setup.
When you posses your own domain name, that looks far more professional than having your site through the free version domain (like yourbusiness.my-free-website.com), and it’s not expensive.
2.How to register a Domain Name and Get Web Hosting?
Go to bluehost.com as a web hosting and domain registration(or any different web host )
Use this link to get a free domain (for the first year) with your hosting.
Their price starts from $2.75/mo and they’re currently giving a domain name for free for the first year– check that out.!
They are also one of the most popular hosting providers on the market, so they are definitely worth to check.
solid hosting brands to consider:
- SiteGround (shared host).
- WP Engine (managed WordPress host).
- Kinsta (managed WordPress host).
- Flywheel (managed WordPress host).
- Cloudways (custom cloud hosting).
Pick your Website Hosting Plan
when you click “get started now,” you’ll be taken to information about the hosting plan of your choice.
- Choice Plus
when you on budget,haven’t got funds, you can use their “basic” plan. It’s good for smaller sites with low or no traffic.
when you want to grow your traffic to your website, we recommend choosing “choice plus” plan. have amazing features
later you can upgrade or downgrade based on your needs.
4. Pick a Domain Name
On the next screen, you’ll be asked to select a new domain name.
Ideally you should stick to a .com domain name. Make sure that it is related to your business, easy to pronounce and spell, and easy to remember.
Now you’ll be asked to provide your account information You’ll need to add in your first name, last name, country, street address, city, zip code, phone number, and email address.
On next screen, you will also see optional extras that you can purchase. We generally don’t recommend purchasing these extras. You can always add them later on, if you decide that you need them.
It’s optional to also add in your business name within this form.
5. Check Your “Package Information” and Finish Registration
If you chose their “Choice Plus” plan you’ll already have the Domain privacy and Codeguard basic included. Otherwise, we recommend getting a domain privacy protection.
This keeps your registration information fully hidden from the public. No-one can find out that you are the owner of your domain.
6. Create Your Password and Log Into Bluehost
Once paid and registered, you’ll be able to create your password:
UPDATE: we made a simple guide for Bluehost (which package to choose & how to install WordPress).
STEP 2 Instal WordPress and & set up your Website
You will find tons of icons to do different things on your hosting account dashboard (cPanel). You’ll never need to use 95% of them, so you can safely ignore them.
next go to website panel and Instal WordPress
Now it’s time to get your website up and running. The first thing you’ll need to do is install WordPress to your domain.
On the next screen, you will be asked to select the domain name where you want to install WordPress. Choose your domain from the dropdown field and then click Next.
when Instalation is finished,you will see confirmation on the top of the header
next you have to click confirmation Instalation Complite link and will transwer you to the section with WordPress login details
WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two ways of hosting a WordPress site. The thing that varies with these two methods is the actual host. By using WordPress.org, you may download the script free of charge and host it yourself on a local machine or with a hosting provider (such as Hostinger). On the other hand, WordPress.com takes care of all that by hosting the site for you. You don’t have to manage a web server, pay for hosting or download software, however, ads are shown on your site.
Both WordPress.org and WordPress.com have certain pros and cons.
If you are not interested in having your own hosting or managing a web server, then WordPress.com may be the way to go. It is free and can be quickly set up. You will also have various features and options for your site’s customization. However, it comes with a price. Your website will include WordPress.com in the URL and you will not be able to upload custom themes or plugins. The ability to edit or modify PHP code behind your site will also not be possible.
Using a self-hosted version from WordPress.org provides more flexibility and control over your site. You will be able to use your own domain name, upload themes, plugins and install them. You will also have the access to your WordPress files, database, and code, meaning that you will be able to modify it according to your liking. The most popular and powerful WordPress sites are self-hosted, as it provides greater flexibility and the ability to implement custom functionalities, codes, and designs. Last but not least, in case WordPress is not the CMS for you, having your own hosting account will allow you to test other content management systems such as Drupal or Joomla.
Pssst – if they don’t have 1-click-installation, maybe you’re dealing with a bad host!
STEP 3 Design Your Website
Once you have successfully installed WordPress to your domain, you’ll see a very basic yet clean site.
But you don’t want to look like everyone else, do you?
That’s why you need a theme – a design template that tells WordPress how your website should look. See an example of a free WordPress theme that you can install:
Here’s where it gets fun:
There are 1500+ of awesome, professionally designed themes you can choose from and customize for your own site.
Most of the WordPress themes are free to use and highly customizable.
Here’s How To Find a Theme You Like
1. Log Into Your WordPress Dashboard
If you’re not sure how to type in: https://yoursite.com/wp-admin (replace “yoursite” with your domain).
This is what the WordPress dashboard looks like:
Everything is easily labeled. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t sweat it – we’re going to show you where to go next.
2. Access FREE Themes
Once you’re on the dashboard, you’ve got access to over 1500 free themes! Just search the sidebar for “Appearance”, then click “Themes”.
We’ve even compiled a list of 25+ most popular WordPress themes.
If you want something more professional or elegant than what you find here, you can head over to ThemeForest.net where there’s a big library of themes to pick from at varying costs.
But before you do that, we really suggest you at least try spending some time browsing the free themes. Many of them are actually really professional and well made; so don’t write them off.
As you can see above, installing a new theme for your website is very easy.
You can search for specific keywords and/or use filters to find themes that suit your style. Finding the perfect theme can take a while, but it’s worth it.
You should also look for themes that are “responsive”, as this means they will look good on any mobile device.
Just punch it in as one of your keywords, and you’ll be all set!
3. Install Your New Theme
IMPORTANT: Changing themes won’t delete your previous posts, pages, and content. You can change themes as often as you want without having to worry about losing what you’ve created.
STEP 4 Add Content To Your Website
With your theme installed, you’re ready to start creating content. Let’s quickly run through some of the basics:
Adding and Editing Pages
Once you have found a theme you like, installing it is as simple as clicking “Install” followed by “Activate”.
Want a “Services” page, or an “About Me” page (like we have on our menu at the top of the site)?
1. Look along the sidebar in the WordPress Dashboard for “Pages” -> “Add New”.
2. You’ll find a screen that looks a lot like what you’ve maybe seen in Microsoft Word. Add text, images and more to build the page you want, then save it when you’re done.
Adding Pages to the Menu
If you want your new page to be linked to your navigation bar,
1. Save any changes you’ve made to the page by clicking “Update”
2. Click “Appearance” -> “Menus” in the sidebar of the WordPress Dashboard
3. Find the page you created and add it to the list by clicking the checkbox next to it and then “Add to Menu”.
Adding and Editing Posts
If you have a blog on your website, “Posts” will be where you turn to next. You can use different categories to group similar posts.
If you want to add a blog to your website, you can use different categories and posts. Let’s say you want to create a category named “Blog”. Simply add it to your menu and start making posts.
Here’s what you need to do:
a. Create a new category by going to “Posts -> Categories”
b. Create a blog post by going to “Posts -> Add New”. Once you’ve finished writing your blog post, you need to add the right category for it.
Once you’ve created your category, simply add it to the menu, and you’re in business!
Customization & Endless Tweaks…
In this section, we’ll cover some of the basic things we’ve asked about all the time that will help you tweak your website.
Changing Your Title and Tagline
Page titles explain to searchers what your website is about. They’re also a big part of how search engines determine your rankings. You want to be sure they’ve got the keywords you want to have targetted (but in a natural way, written for real people).
You should use a unique title on every page of your site. For example, our site’s title is “How to Make a Website”.
(Can’t find it? Just hold your mouse over the tab at the top of your web browser).
Taglines are added at the end of titles across every page. Our site’s tagline is “Step by Step Guide”
In order to change the title and tagline on your website, go to “Settings -> General” and fill in the form below:
Disabling Comments for Posts & Pages
Some websites (business/organization sites mostly) don’t want their visitors to be able to comment on their pages.
Here’s how to shut comments off on WordPress pages:
1. While you are writing a new page, click “Screen Options” in the top right corner.
2. Click the “Discussion” box. The “Allow Comments” box will appear at the bottom.
3. Untick “Allow Comments”.
Want to disable comments on every new page by default?
1. Go to “Settings -> Discussion” and untick “Allow people to post comments on new articles”
Setting Up a Static Front Page
Some people contact me saying they’re frustrated that their home page looks like a blog post. You can fix that by making your home page “static”.
A static page is a page that doesn’t change. Unlike a blog, where the first new article will show up at the top every time, a “static” page will show the same content every time someone comes to the site – like a home page you’ve designed.
To set up a static front page:
1. Go to “Settings -> Reading”
2. Choose a static page that you have created. “Front Page” denotes your home page. “Posts page” is the front page of your blog (if your entire site isn’t a blog).
If you don’t choose a static page on your own, WordPress will take your latest posts and start showing them on your homepage.
Most WordPress themes have a sidebar on the right side (in some cases it’s on the left).
If you want to get rid of the sidebar or edit out items you do not need like “Categories”, “Meta” and “Archives”, which are usually pointless, here’s how:
1. Go to “Appearance -> Widgets” in the WordPress Dashboard.
2. From here, you can use drag and drop to add different “boxes” to your sidebar or remove the items you don’t want.
There’s also an “HTML box” – a text box where you can use HTML code. For beginners, don’t worry about this – just drag and drop the elements you’d like in your sidebar.
Installing Plugins to Get More out of WordPress
What Is a Plugin?
“Plugins” are extensions that are built to expand WordPress’ capabilities, adding features and functions to your site that don’t come as built-in.
They’re shortcuts to getting your site to do what you want to, without having to build the features from scratch.
You can use plugins to do everything from adding photo galleries and submission forms to optimizing your website and creating an online store.
How do I Install a New Plugin?
To start installing plugins, go to “Plugins -> Add New” and simply start searching.
Keep in mind that there are over 25,000 different plugins, so you’ve got a LOT to choose from!
Installation is easy – once you find a plugin you like, just click “Install”.
BUT – before you go and install every single one, we suggest you read this article: Things you need to know about using WP plugins.
To save you some time, we’ve put together a list of the most popular plugins that webmasters find useful:
- #1 Contact form 7: It’s an awesome feature that lets people fill in the form and send an email without logging into their own email provider. If you want to do something similar, definitely get this plugin. P.S. Here’s a step-by-step guide for setting it up.
- #2 Yoast SEO for WordPress: If you want to make your WordPress site even more SEO-friendly, this plugin is a must-have. It’s free, and it’s awesome. You’ll be able to edit your title tags, meta descriptions and more, all from within the page itself – no more fussing with WordPress settings.
- #3 Google Analytics: Interested in tracking your visitors/traffic and their behavior? Just install the plugin, connect it with your Google account and you’re ready to go.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg! Here’s a list of recommended plugins.
Congratulations – You’re Ready to Launch!
To quickly summarise the steps you’ve learned:
Table of Contents
- Get web hosting and register a domain
Choosing a Website Hosting
Choosing a Domain Name
- Set up your website through the web host
- Design your website
Finding a Theme
Installing a Theme
- Finish by adding content (pages)
Adding and Editing Pages
Customization and Tweaks
Last but not least – keep improving your website!
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