How To Make A WordPress Website For Beginners – EASY (2019)

How To Make A WordPress Website For Beginners – EASY (2019)


– [Instructor] In this
video, I’ll be teaching you how to create a stunning custom website in an hour or less.
(clock ticking) No coding experience required. (words snicking) Whether you’ve always wanted
to start a personal blog or you’re getting ready to
open an online business, trust me, creating a website
to represent your ideas is absolutely essential. Luckily for you, it’s
2019, and the process of building a gorgeous website is easier and more
streamlined than ever before. Unfortunately there are
tons of misconceptions out there about making websites, so if you want to avoid costly mistakes and wasted time, keep watching. Now, before we get started, let’s list out the top reasons why you
should build a website today. Websites are an extremely
powerful tool for communication, and there are virtually no boundaries to what you can do with them. You could start a travel or food blog, or even a blog to show
your passion for music. You could create a personal branding page that you could upload your resume to. It could be a crucial element in helping you land your dream job. Or you can start up an online business or e-commerce web store. The cool thing about it is
you can sell physical products or virtual ones, and this can help you generate passive income
every single month. Right now you might be wondering, how are we gonna pull this off? Well, the answer is WordPress. WordPress is the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content
management system out there. With its abundance of themes and plugins to experiment with, WordPress
makes website building fun. Now here’s a list of what
you’ll need to get started. First you’re gonna need a domain name, and this is literally just
the name of your website. For example, the name of my
website is KeySiteTools.com. Domain names are typically
purchased annually, and they’re pretty cheap at
only around 10 to $12 a year. The second thing you’re
gonna need is web hosting. This allows you to rent space
on someone else’s servers so your website has somewhere to live. Web hosting is advertised at
a rate of four to $8 a month, but is usually paid
for in one installment. So instead of being charged $4 each month, you pay once a year for 12
full months of web hosting. The final thing you need
is a copy of WordPress. This is free from WordPress.org. This is not to be confused
with WordPress.com. We want WordPress.org because it gives us the ability to customize
our websites to our liking. WordPress.com is like a light
version of WordPress.org. It doesn’t offer as many features. Alright, so now that you have all the background
information that you need, it’s time to get into the
real step-by-step guide. We’re going to cover everything from purchasing web hosting
to setting up WordPress and finally, customizing your website. If you get stuck anywhere along the way, please do not hesitate to leave a question in the comment section below, and I’ll try my absolute
best to help you out. Step one, click on the KeySiteTools link in the description below. This will take you to the resource page that we’ll be using in
conjunction with this video guide. Step two, type in your
desired website name into the domain name checker
to see if it’s available. If it’s not available,
try changing the extension to one of the others, like .net or .org. My recommendation is to try
to go for .com if possible. This is just because it’s the most familiar extension to people. Once you have chosen an available domain, click next to sign up for
web hosting with Bluehost. This is the web host we’ll
be using for this guide. At this point, you
should be taken to a page asking you to create
your Bluehost account. But before we fill that
out, let me explain why I use Bluehost for my own websites and why I think you should, too. Reason number one, if you
go to WordPress’s website, they actually have their own list of recommended web hosts, and Bluehost is at the very top of their list. Reason number two, Bluehost has a feature called one-click WordPress install, meaning that you can gain
access to WordPress’s platform at the click of a button. This is a big deal, because
other web hosting services aren’t as WordPress friendly, meaning you would have to
install WordPress on your own, and this can be pretty tricky for people who don’t have much
experience in this field. Reason number three, their
pricing is extremely competitive. Starting at just 3.95 a
month for a three-year plan, or just 5.95 a month for a one-year plan. And if you sign up with Bluehost today, you get your desired domain
name completely free. This is a pretty great deal, because if you were to
purchase your domain through WordPress’s platform, they would’ve charged
you $18 for the year. And unlike other web hosting services, Bluehost doesn’t sneak in any hidden fees. So you could have a
gorgeous custom website for about $4 a month. It just doesn’t get any better than that. If you have decided to choose Bluehost, go back to the create an account page that you were taken to earlier. Once you’ve filled out
your name and address, scroll down to package information. This is where you select
how many years of hosting you want to purchase. The more years you sign up for now, the cheaper your monthly rate. If you’d like to just try
the service out for one year, choose the basic 12 month
package for 5.95 a month. As far as the extras at the bottom, you don’t need any of them, so feel free to uncheck
all of them if you’d like. (gentle music) Next, fill out your billing information. Also, you can click More payment
options to pay via PayPal. After that, make sure
to check the last box to agree to the terms and
conditions, then press submit. Now you should be good to go. Once your order is
completed, you’ll be taken to a thank you page that will prompt you to set up a password to be used for logging in to your Bluehost account. After you set up a password and opened up the welcome email from Bluehost, you should be able to
login to your account. After you log in, click hosting on the top left of the navigation bar. This will take you to
the Bluehost home screen. Now we’re going to install WordPress. Luckily for us, we can use the
one-click WordPress install since we’re using Bluehost. Scroll down to the website category and click the install WordPress button. You will then be taken to a
page that looks like this. Simply click the green install button. You will then be asked which domain you’d like to install WordPress with. Since we only have our one domain that we just signed up with, all you have to do is click Check Domain. On the next page, you
don’t need to mess with advanced options, but you do have to check the terms and conditions box. Then click Install Now. You should see a green progress bar at the top of your screen. Now you just sit back and relax until WordPress is done installing. After it says your install is complete, hit the View Credentials button so we can obtain the login
info for our WordPress account. When you click View,
you’ll see your admin URL, your username, and your password. Click the Admin URL to be taken
to the WordPress login page. Copy and paste the login information from the credentials page
we just viewed, and sign in. Welcome to WordPress. What you’re looking at now is called the WordPress Dashboard. This main dashboard page
gives you a quick summary of your website along with all the latest WordPress news and updates. At the top of the page,
we have an admin bar, which we’ll mostly be
using to view our website by hovering over the name
and clicking Visit Site. Now this here on the left
is our main navigation menu for customizing our website’s appearance, adding pages and posts, and
altering our account settings. Let’s begin by customizing
the look of our website by hovering over the Appearance
tab and clicking Themes. Themes determine the
overall look of your site. WordPress comes with a few free themes, and if you click the Live Preview button, you can see how your website
would look with each one. The cool thing about WordPress is that there are thousands
of themes to choose from. Click Add New Theme to be taken to a page where you can search for various different types of themes. You can really make your site unique. Keep in mind that some
of the themes are free and some are paid. There’s also another tier of
themes called freemium themes. This means that you
can use a light version of the theme for free. Now choose a theme you like,
and click the Install button. After you’ve installed it, click Activate to make it your theme. To see how your website looks currently, hover over your website’s
name in the admin bar up top and click Visit Site. You can then customize your theme by going back into the Dashboard and clicking on Customize
from the Appearance tab. As you can see, you can really add your own flair to your website by adding a logo, a header image, or changing the site title or tagline. The sample post you see in front of you is called a blog front page. In this format, every
time you add a blog post, this sample homepage will update with the latest post at the top. So if you’re here because
you wanted to start a blog, you’ll probably want to stay in this traditional blog style format. If you wanted to create
more a business website, I’ll show you how to
make a regular homepage later in the tutorial. Right now, let’s go over posts and pages. These are two of the
most important functions in our Dashboard. Posts generally refer to blog posts, and they usually are in
a newspaper-type format with a title and date at the top. Pages refers to the individual
pages on your website. These are usually part
of the main functions of your website, like a home
page or an about us page. To add a new post or
page, simply hover over it and click Add New. This will bring you to
the WordPress text editor, where you can start creating your content. In this editor, you can
add photos to your post by clicking the Add Media button and drag and dropping images, or you can select them from your computer. You can save your progress
without making it public by hitting the Save Draft button, or you can preview your work
by hitting the Preview button. When you’re ready to make
your post or page public, hit the blue Publish
button and it’ll be live. Now if you would like to
create a traditional home page and not a blog-style one,
you can simply add a new page and make it your home page. Insert whatever content or media you want into the text editor, then click Publish. After you’ve published your home page, go over to Settings and click on Reading. In the front page display section, uncheck the Your latest posts bubble, and select static page. This will remove the blog-style
format from your website. Select the page you just
made as your front page, then click Save Changes at the bottom. Now that we have our home page, we can create an About Us page, and any other page that we want. Since we have multiple pages, let’s go ahead and create a navigation bar so that our website
visitors can quickly access our pages from anywhere on our site. Go to Appearance and click Menus. First, name your menu. Let’s go ahead and name it Navigation Bar. You can easily choose which pages you want to include on your menu by checking the boxes on the side. You can rearrange the
order the pages appear in, or even rename the section. Under Theme Locations,
check the Primary Menu box and click Save Menu. Let’s visit our site and check
out our new navigation menu. The very last thing I’d
like to introduce to you is the wonder of plugins. We already know that themes can really make our website stand out, and they’re super simple to use, but plugins can add special
features to our site that really help to take
it to that next level. For example, you can
download an e-commerce plugin that will completely transform your site into a web store that
takes customer orders, payments and information. The best part is, most
plugins are 100% free. Independent developers
create these plugins and package them in a way
where the average consumer can use them without having a code. Let’s install a plugin
and add it to our site. We’re going to create a Contact Us page with a simple contact form on it. Begin by going to the Plugins
tab and clicking Add New. Click on the Popular tab and scroll down until you find a plugin
called Contact Form 7. This is by far the most
popular contact form plugin, with over one million installs to date. Click Install Now. After it’s done installing,
click Activate plugin. This will take you to your
installed plugins page. Click Settings under Contact Form 7 so we can customize it. As you can see, this plugin
comes with a contact form. In order to get it to show up on our site, all we have to do is copy this shortcode into one of our pages
to implement the plugin. So let’s copy this shortcode and then create a Contact Us page. Just like we’ve done before,
go to Pages and click Add New. After you title the page,
simply paste the shortcode into the text editor and click Publish. Click View Page to see the
plugin implemented on your site. We now have a simple
contact form on our page. How easy was that? Afterward, just make sure
you add your new page to the navigation bar. Well, that’s it for this walkthrough. I hope I was able to convey
the limitless possibilities when you’re using WordPress
themes and plugins. Now that I’ve given you the tools to build your dream
site, it’s time for you to go out there and experiment. If you enjoyed this video or
it helped you out in any way, please make sure to
give it a huge thumbs up and drop a comment down below. I respond to every single
comment, so please don’t be shy. Be sure to share this video with a friend who might be interested
in starting up a website and make sure you
subscribe to this channel, because there’s more content like this coming your way in the very near future. Thanks so much for watching.

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    renee obbie

    really appreciate this video! I was so stressed about starting my own blog, but u fixed all that. My website is up! 🙂

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