WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) out there – more than 30% of websites today use it. That’s no fluke. The degree of flexibility is unrivalled but is still simple enough for the average user to set up and use. But how do you actually create a WordPress website? Below we’ve set the process out step-by-step, so you can get set up on WordPress in minutes.
With WordPress being the most popular CMS, it’s now the go-to option for many different types of businesses and blogs. Providing high quality content via WordPress is guaranteed to help your business perform better.
Register a domain
The first thing you need to do to create a WordPress website is a domain name. Read our post on where to buy domain names for the full low-down on the process. While you can register a domain directly through WordPress itself, its free version allows only limited customisation of your domain. You can pay on WordPress for your own domain, but we recommend going to a site or app completely focused on domains, such as Google Domains.
Host your site
When you start any website, you need to find somewhere to ‘host’ it. What that means in terms of how to start a blog is that your site will be maintained on a server. There are various ways you can host a website, including shared hosting, dedicated hosting and cloud hosting. At Cloud With Me we specialise in cloud hosting solutions, which combine the affordability of shared hosting with the increased specifications of dedicated hosting.
The hosting solution you choose will have a profound effect on how secure your blog is, how fast it loads and its overall performance. So choose wisely!
Sign up to WordPress
Now that the messy stuff is sorted out – you can now start to create a WordPress website! The first thing to do is to head over to WordPress.com. It’s super simple to set up an account, using your email and a few personal details. This is where the fun begins, starting to design and customise your WordPress site. WordPress presents the opportunity for starters with a new domain and no traffic. A huge number of free premium quality themes and plugins are available which are easy and free to use.
The great strength of WordPress lies in its customisation tools. There are hundreds of free and premium themes to choose from as a starting point to your site. There are even more plugins which can add functionality and make your WordPress site secure and slick. Check out our post on some of the best plugins to boost your site!
Connect your WordPress site to your hosting and domain
Common perception is that connecting your domain, your server and your CMS is confusing and difficult. Perhaps it is confusing but it certainly isn’t difficult. You can follow our guides on how to connect your domain and how to migrate your WordPress site to Cloud With Me here.
Once all your components are connected you’re good to go! Creating a WordPress website is
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