So this is a complete step-by-step tutorial if you’re a beginner and you’ve never built a website then this post is for you.
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Step 1 :
So the first thing you’ll need to do is to sign up on Bluehost .you can do this by clicking this link that’ll take you right to this website and you’ll click get started now.
Step 2 :
Now you have to choose your plan for just $3.95 a month you can host one website or for $5.95 a month you can host unlimited websites so once you select your plan you’ll choose your domain. There are some Examples Below here :
About Domain :
The simplest terms a domain name is simply the address to your website. So think of the Internet as a vast map full of like avenues and streets and turns everywhere and think that your website as your house in order for anyone to find their way to your house. Even you’ll need an address. So this address is your domain name and every website has an IP and an IP is just a random string of numbers. So when you register and purchase a domain name it’s almost like saving your home address as the home into your phone. It gives that IP addresses a simple easy to remember name that anyone can type in and get to your website this is because it would be really difficult to remember any random string of numbers every time.
Step 3 :
Your domain is the URL of your website so for instance, Google’s domain is google.com. Now the great thing about Bluehost is you get this domain 100 % free. So just by signing up and using Bluehost as your hosting company, you’ll get a domain 100% free so type in the domain you’re looking for. Click Next then you’ll put in all your information in here and click Submit.
So once you’ve created a Bluehost account you should be inside the Bluehost dashboard now. It’s easy to get lost in all these buttons here but if we’re creating a WordPress website we actually don’t have to mess with any of this stuff. We just have to go down here to the website and find Download WordPress and click on that.
Now we’re going to choose the domain that we’re going to install WordPress to now. If you’ve just created your account you should only have one domain but after you select your domain click Next. So now we’re going to add the admin information for your WordPress site the first one you’ll do is the site name or title then you’ll choose the email address that you want to be associated with your account, your admin username, and password. Now the username and password will be used to log into your WordPress site. Once you’re done with all of that go ahead and click install WordPress.
Now there is notice at the top it says WordPress is installing once it says installation complete. Now click view your credentials here so at this point you should see your username and password displayed as well as the domain you just installed WordPress.
Now go ahead and click on the domain that should take you to your WordPress login go ahead and enter the username and password you just created and click login.
So now you officially have a wordpress website and if you’re logged in you should see this screen. So now I’m going to show you how you can customize WordPress sites.Okay now I’m going to show you how to create pages and how to create blog posts, and just a few of the basics to get this started.
So the first thing you’ll want to know is how to see your website and you do that by clicking in the top left corner here clicking on the site title.
So this is the website I have so far now. I haven’t actually done anything because the reason is content here and this content is part of the theme. Now the question is that What is the Theme?
So the theme is what basically controls the design aspects of your website and if you want more about themes then click here.
So if we click on the site title again it should take us back to the dashboard and we’re going to talk about themes for a second you change your theme by clicking the appearance and then themes.
So as you can see below here, I currently have the 2017 theme installed. If you want to change it to anyone of the themes then here just simply click activate now. If you want to find other free themes go to wordpress.org themes right here and you can search through hundreds or maybe even thousands of free themes I’m not sure how many there are but there are a ton so once you find one that you like click install and then click activate.
If we go back to our website we’ll notice that it is a completely different design and that’s because we change the theme. So before I talk about adding blog posts and pages and menus and things like that let’s get familiar with the customize panel. You just click on customize or if you are back in your dashboard you can find customize by going to appearance and customize that way.
So the first tab here tells us which theme we have installed and allows us to change it right here in the customize panel the next tab is the site identity if you click on that it will give you the site title
So the tagline underneath it says just another WordPress website so if we wanted to change that too. Here is a tagline we would just fill it in there and click Save and publish.
Okay so now we’ll hit the back button and go back to the customize menu and the next tab colors. If we click on colors we’ll notice we can change the header text color which is like this or the background color.
So let’s try changing the header text color which is currently white. I’ll set it to red. So it changed quickly all you have to do is click Save and publish and it’s final and you can always go and hit clear and it will put it back to the default settings. So if we look again at the colors there was background color if we change. It changes the white background there to red or blue or green or whatever we want and if we want to put it back to white we can simply click on default and click Save and publish.
So again let’s go back and take a look at the next tab which is header image now. You can take this site title out and put an image there such as a logo or something like that just by simply adding a header image in here and clicking Save.The next tab is background-image if we click on that and we were to upload an image it would replace this white background with an image background.
So this is the customized panel for the most part before we get any further in it. I want to show you how to create custom pages and blog posts.
So let’s exit out of the customize panel and go back into our dashboard. We’ll start by creating a blog post to do this. You’ll go to post and you’ll click add new to create a new one or you can find posts you’ve already created. So let’s click add new like below here.
This is where you’ll enter the title of your post.
I’m going to call my first blog post and you’ll enter your text right here and if you want to add an image you’ll do that by going to add media once you’ve created the blog post that you want you just click publish.
Now notice that the link for this post is http://localhost/wpw3schools.com/2020/07/21/my-first-blog-post/and maybe you want to change it. So that it’s simply the name of the post right after your website that way you have very clean URLs for your post. The way that you change this is you go to settings and go to permalinks notice that it’s set on day and name that’s why the date is showing up as well you just click on post name and Save Changes and now if we go back to our post and click on my first blog post here notice the date is taken out of the URL.
So now let’s talk about pages we could go back to our dashboard but since we’ve already got the panel here we’ll just click on pages. Pages are created the same exact way click add new. Simply add the title of your page, add the text, media you’d like to add, and click publish. So if we go back to pages we’ll notice there is the sample page and the page we just created. So now that we have at least two pages.
let’s talk about menus and it comes when you go Appearance>Menus. If we go back and look at our website this page has already been added to the menu but we can customize this. We can take pages out, add pages in and organize them exactly how we’d like. You can do that by going to menus here or if you’re back in the dashboard you go to appearance and find menus there. So the first thing you’ll do is you’ll name your menu and you’ll click create a menu so we have page one and sample page showing up on our website. If we wanted to remove the sample page from showing up we can simply go to remove here and click Save.
Step 19 :
Now if you wanted to add a home page because your home page isn’t an actual page what you’ll do is you’ll go to the custom link you’ll add your URL. Choose the text that you want the menu to display. I’ll add home click Add to the menu and we can drag that above page and if we go to pages.
You can always add pages back in by checking them and clicking Add to menus under the menu settings. We will check navigation menu under display location and click Save menu now we should have home page 1 and sample page so that’show you create a menu in your WordPress site.
Okay so now we’ve started with Bluehost and we’ve created a WordPress website and I’ve shown you how to use the customize panel, how to create blog post pages, menus, and basically the best way to get better at building websites to start building them. So if you need more help with your website to be sure to check out our other posts. Where we often do tutorials on building WordPress websites.
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