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How to Build a Self Hosted WordPress Website

How to Build a Self Hosted WordPress Website

Author: Komal Haider

Date: November 15, 2021 

Category: Guestposts, Tips and tricks

How to Build a Self Hosted WordPress Website

 

WordPress is an empowering platform to launch your own website for free.

WordPress powers all sorts of websites from small ones to these really huge ones like BBC America and The Walt Disney. 

It is open-source, easy to learn, flexible to expand as you grow, and SEO friendly. With themes and plugins, you can make your own site look stylish and professional without knowing a single word of code. 

Building a website is a lot more than just figuring out a domain name & buying hosting. 

Building a website is a three-step process:

  1. Why do you want to build a website? 
  2. How to design a website? 
  3. How to build a website with WordPress?

 

Step 1: Why Do You Want to Build a Website

Figuring out how to build a website is the easy part, however, understanding “WHY” you need one is more challenging and one that affects the success rate of your website.

When you have a crystal clear “WHY” you’ll have a point of reference for everything you’ll do in the process of building a website. Your choices of what to include on your website become more clear, simple, unambiguous and uncomplicated.

 

Step 2: How to Design a Website 

Once you have your “WHY” figured out, you’ll be able to clearly plan how to build a website that will present your organization’s “WHY” to the world.  

 

“People don’t buy WHAT you do; they buy WHY you do it” - Simon Sinek 

 

Ever wondered why Google’s home page has a white blank page with a logo and prominent call to action to search only?  

This is because they have clarity about their “WHY”

Step 2 is strongly impacted by your precision of Step 1. 

 

Step 3 – How to Build a Website With WordPress 

 

Once you have achieved the above two steps, you need to start implementing them which is the step 3 where you actually build your website. 

Generally it involves the following steps:

 

Register a Domain Name

A domain name is your address on the web. You want to choose it carefully because it will represent your brand to the world and it can get complex to change it afterwards. 

Following are the best practices for deciding on a domain name:

  • .com extension is my all-time favorite 
  • Keep it short
  • Easy to spell
  • Easy to remember 
  • Have the keyword 
  • Avoid numbers and hyphens 

 

Buy Website Hosting

You need a website host like SiteGround to store your website data online to keep your website live. 

Once you have a domain, head over to SiteGround or your preferred hosting provider to buy a hosting plan based on your website needs. 

 

Install WordPress

There are many different options to create your website but my all-time favorite is self-hosted WordPress.

You can install WordPress by following these steps if you are using SiteGround: 

  1. Login to your account and follow the steps below: 
  2. Click on the accounts tab > C-panel red button. 
  3. Click on WordPress installer
  4. Choose your setup options and the correct domain name from the drop down. 
  5.  Name your website and add a description. 
  6.  Create a username to log in to WordPress. 
  7.  It is time to click install WordPress finally. 

 

Once you have successfully installed WordPress on your domain. You are ready to customize your WordPress theme as per your website design you have created in step 2 above.  

If you need help with these steps, you can easily seek WP support.

 

Login to your WordPress

You can log in to your WordPress dashboard using yourdomain.com/wp-admin

Enter your login credentials here. 

 

Design Your Website

Now you are ready to customize the look of your WordPress website as per your design. 

You generally have two options when it comes to design. 

You can either choose a theme that reflects your design, which you have created in step 2 above or you can hire a WordPress developer to develop a custom WordPress theme.

 

Choose a Theme

A theme is a collection of templates that represent the appearance of your WordPress website. 

There are more than 1500 aesthetic themes available to choose from the WordPress theme repository.

You can access these free themes from your dashboard simply by going to Appearance > Themes.

 

Custom WordPress Theme

If you can’t find a theme that suits your design, you can find a WordPress developer to develop a custom WordPress theme for your website.

There are a lot of great WordPress developers out there. 

 

Add Content 

“Content is King” in January 1996, Bill Gates wrote this essay, which was published on the Microsoft website.

Make sure you give it your best shot when creating content for your website. 

Most businesses require at least the following content pages to launch their website:

  • Home Page 
  • About Page 
  • Product/Services Page 
  • Testimonials Page
  • Portfolio/Case Studies Page
  • Contact Page
  • Legals Page 
  • Blog 

Content on your website has great importance and it is essential to get it right for better user experience and building authority in the niche. It is recommended to hire a blogging consultant for this purpose.

Install & Configure Plugins 

WordPress plugins are like apps on your phone, which helps you to extend the functionality of your WordPress website. 

There are way too many plugins out there so you need to make sure not to overwhelm your website with plugins. 

Some of the commonly used and recommended plugins are: 

  • Gravity Forms – Contact form
  • Yoast SEO Plugin – For your website SEO
  • Sucuri – For your website security
  • WP Rocket – Helps you improve your website page load speed
  • Backup Plugin – You must keep a regular backup of your Website

 

Step:4 - Most Importantly, Keep promoting

No matter how good your website looks nobody will know unless you promote it and it starts getting organic traffic. 

The greater the flow of organic traffic, greater will be the leads which will ultimately lead to an increased number of sales.  

There are hundreds of ways to promote your business and websites. Figure out what works the best for you and do that instead of trying to do all of them.