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How to Create a WordPress Website – Step-by-Step (Free) Guide for Beginners

Ultimate Guide: How to Create a WordPress Website – Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners (Free)
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Ultimate Guide: How to Create a WordPress Website – Step-by-Step (Free) Guide for Beginners

Do you want to create a WordPress website for you or your business? We better understand that creating a WordPress website can be a terrific task, especially when not techy.

If you decide to create a WordPress Website the right way? Worry not – we are here. You are not alone. After helping over 200,000 users, they have built websites.

We have created a comprehensive step-by-step guide to start and create a WordPress website without any technical knowledge or code.

Ultimate Guide: How to Create a WordPress Website – Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners (Free)

 

In this article, we will provide a handy guide for all ages and skill levels users. However, if you want us to help you, contact our expert team members to help you set up your WordPress website free of cost.

If you do not want to do it by web developer and wish to do it yourself, you will need to continue following our step-by-step guide on how to create a WordPress website with WordPress?

Here is an overview of all the steps from beginning to end that we will take you through this guide.

  • How to find out & register a domain name free of cost?
  • How to choose the best web hosting?
  • How to install WordPress?
  • How to Install a theme to change the design of your website?
  • How to create pages in WordPress?
  • How to Customize WordPress with extensions and addons?
  • How to get Resources to learn WordPress and get support?
  • Building websites, taking it further with more features (Membership sites, sell online courses, E-commerce stores, and much more).

Before we start to create a WordPress website, let’s cover the most commonly asked questions that we usually get.

What will I need to build/create a WordPress website?

You will need three things to create a WordPress website with WordPress including:

  • First, a domain name – it will be the name of your site such as WPPickle.com
  • Second, WordPress hosting –is the place where your site files are located.
  • Third, your undivided attention of 45 minutes.

How Much Would it Cost to Create a WordPress website?

The answer depends on what kind of WordPress site you are trying to build. We wrote about a 4000-word guide that explains how much it costs to create a WordPress website.

A typical website costs as low as $100 for one year and can go as high as $30,000 for one year.

We strongly recommend starting from small and adding more features to your WordPress website as your business grows slowly and gradually.

This way, you can save your money and also minimize potential losses while avoiding overspending. Today in this article, we are going to show you how to create a WordPress website with WordPress for less than $100.

We will also be able to guide you on how to take it further by adding more features to it in the future.

Which one is the best website platform?

A lot of WordPress website builders are available to help you set up and create a WordPress website for your business. We recommend all of our users use self-hosted WordPress as your website platform.

WordPress is one of the best and the most popular website platform worldwide. It powers websites on the internet by nearly 41%.

WordPress, the website builder, is free, open-source, and comes with more than thousands of pre-built website extensions and designs.

It is flexible and works with almost all third-party tools and services available to website owners.

We are always using WordPress to build all of our websites including, WPPickle.com.

How to make the most of building website tutorials?

It is a step-by-step guide on how you can create a WordPress website with WordPress. It is divided into various steps, and we will take you through everything from beginning to finish.

You will just need to follow the given instructions, and in the end, you will have a professional-looking WordPress website.

You can improve your website to a great level based on your requirements. And we can give you the right direction.

Remember, if you need any kind of help, you can contact us, and we will set up your WordPress website for free. Let’s get started.

How to Create a WordPress Website Video Tutorials?

 

If you prefer our written instructions, then please you can keep continuing reading.

Step 1. Setup

When beginners want to build or create a WordPress website, one of the beginners’ most significant mistakes is choosing the wrong platform. Fortunately, you are here; that’s why you are not going to make that mistake.

For many users, a self-hosted WordPress.org website is the right solution. It comes with thousands of addons and designs that allow you to build any type of WordPress website you can think of.

WordPress is a free platform for everyone to download and create and build any website without restrictions.

Where is the cost coming from if WordPress is free?

WordPress is free, but you will need to arrange a domain name of your own and a hosting web service, which costs your money.

A domain name is what people are typing in the browser to get into your website. Your domain is address of your website on the internet. For example, WPPickle.com or TechPickle.net.

Next, you need web hosting. Web hosting is the place where your website lives on the internet, which means the house of your website. Web hosting is a need of every website.

A domain name would typically cost $9.99/ per year, and web hosting costs start from about $7.99/ monthly.

It is A LOT for many people who are just getting started.

Thankfully, Bluehost has agreed to provide our visitors with a free domain name and more than 60% off on web hosting.

Bluehost is the largest and best web hosting company worldwide, and an official WordPress recommended hosting partner.

Bluehost has promised us to create a WordPress website for out viewers for free.

For free website setup help, feel free to contact us. You do not need to; they will compensate us.

Note: At WPPickle.com, we believe in transparency. After buying web hosting using our referral link, we get a small commission at no additional cost to you.

In fact, you would receive a discount on hosting + a free domain name + free SSL. We will receive this commission for recommending any hosting company. Still, we only recommend those products we have used personally and believe they will add value to the readers.

Let’s go to choose and purchase domain names and hosting.

First, you should go to the Bluehost website and simply click on the green button “Get Started Now.”

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It would display a pricing page where you have to select a hosting plan for your WordPress website. The most popular chosen among our users are Basic and plus plans.

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You need to click on select to choose the plan you want and then continue to the next step.

On the second screen, it will ask you to select a new domain name.

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In the meantime, you have to rely on the .com domain name. Ensure it is relevant to your business, easy to spell, pronounce, and remember.

Once you choose a domain name, you will have to click on the next button to continue.

Now, it will ask you to provide your account information such as name, email, address, etc.

Here, you will also see optional 1extras that you can buy. We usually do not recommend you to purchase these extras. If you decide that you need them, you will always be able to add them later on.

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Next, to finish the purchase, you will need to add your payment information.

After you complete the purchase, you will receive an email with details on logging in to your web hosting (cPanel).

Your hosting account dashboard manages everything like setting up emails, getting support, etc. Most essentially, it is where you will install WordPress.

Step 2. Install WordPress

Bluehost will install WordPress automatically for you if you sign up with our link. The one-click WordPress installer is launched to create a website easily for non-techy users.

It means that you will need to log in to your Bluehost account and click login to the WordPress button to get started.

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You will also be able to log in to the WordPress dashboard by going to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/ from your browser directly.

You can use Bluehost accounts for creating multiple websites. Simply you will need to go to the My Sites section and use their one-click WordPress installer to create different websites.

Whether you use another WordPress web hosting service like HostGator, WP Engine, Site Ground, etc., you will need to see our comprehensive guide on installing WordPress for those providers.

After you set up WordPress, by selecting a new template and create new pages. You’ll be ready to customize the design of your WordPress website.

Wasn’t it easy?

Now let’s move and choose a website design for you.

Step 3. Selecting Theme

Your WordPress website visual appearance is controlled by WordPress theme.

These are professionally designed templates used to change the appearance of your website after you install them on your site.

By default, the website comes with a basic WordPress theme. When you visit your WordPress site, it will look something like this, as shown in the screenshot:

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Sometimes, it is not very attractive to users.

But do not worry; there are of thousand paid and free themes that you can choose and install on your WordPress website.

Your theme can be changed from the WordPress admin dashboard. You will simply need to go to the Appearance » Themes page to click the ‘Add New’ button.

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On this screen, you will need to find 8.474 free WordPress themes, which will be available in the Themes directory of official WordPress.org.

You also can sort themes by latest, popular, featured, and other feature filters (i.e., layout, industry, etc.)

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If you need help choosing the theme, you need to check out the list of our fantastic free WordPress business themes. You can pick up the best premium themes for the WordPress website.

For this guide, we will use Bento. It is a popular multi-purpose free WordPress theme with flexible design options for all types of websites.

If you want to install the theme and know the name, enter it in the search field to find the theme.

Once you enter the name so, in search results, WordPress will show you the theme; you should take your mouse over to that theme and simply click on the Install button.

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Offer you install the WordPress theme; you will also be able to customize it by clicking on the Customize link.

It will launch the theme customizer where you can change your theme settings with your website’s live preview.

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You should not finalize all theme settings right away. You will also be able to customize the theme much better once you have some content on the site.

Let’s learn how you can add content to the WordPress website.

Step 4. Adding Content to Your Website

WordPress always comes with two default kinds of content called posts and pages. The first posts are part of the blogging functionality, and it appears in reverse chronological order (new items appear first).

Additionally, Pages mean static “one-off” type content such as your page, privacy policy, custom landing page, contact page, etc.

By default, WordPress displays your blog posts on the first page of your WordPress website. You will be able to change that and show WordPress any static page as the home page of your WordPress website (in this guide, we’ll show you how you can do it later).

You can create an apart page for your WordPress blog or news section to showcase the recent blog posts. On the other hand, you can make and create a WordPress website without a blog section.

After saying that, let’s add some content to your WordPress website.

If you want to start, you will need to add a few pages to your website. If you do not have enough content for these all pages right now, do not worry. You will always be able to edit and update the content.

Go to Pages » Add New page in the WordPress admin area. It will bring you to the page editor screen that would look something like this, depends on the WordPress theme:

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First, you will need to provide a title to the page; let’s give the title to this page ‘Home.’

And then add your content to the text editor below. You can add text, images and links, embed audio, videos and much more.

After you add content to the page, click on the Publish button to make it live on your website.

You will be able to repeat this process by adding more pages for your website’s various sections. For example, contact us about a page and a blog page to display blog pages.

Now let’s get started to add some blog posts as well to the WordPress website.

Go to Posts » Add New in the admin area, where it will display a screen like the one you saw earlier when you were adding pages to the site.

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Now here, you will need to add a title of the post and then content to the visual post editor. You would notice a few extra options in the sidebar, such as post categories, formats and tags.

You will need to click the ‘Save‘ Button to store your blog post as a draft or click the ‘Publish’ button for making your posts visible on your website.

Step 5. Customizing & Tweaking the Website

Good gob, some content for your WordPress website has been created, and then you will be able to customize it and put them all in a pretty presentable format for the users.

Let’s get started to set up a static front page (also known as the homepage).

Setting up a Static Front Page (Homepage)

You will need to visit the Settings » Reading page in the WordPress admin dashboard. Simply click on the static front page under the ‘Front-page displays’ option, and select ‘Pages’ that you have created earlier for your blog pages and home.

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To store your changes, do not ever forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page.

Now WordPress will use the page titled ‘Home’ as the front page of your website and the ‘Blog’ page to display your WordPress blog posts.

Changing Website Title and Tagline

At the time of the installation, you will need to select the title of your website. WordPress will automatically add a tag line to the website title, which says ‘Just another WordPress website.’

You will be able to change both the title of your website and tagline whenever you visit the Settings » General page.

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The site title will be your website’s name, like WPPickle.com. The tag line is a single line which is describing the site.

You will also be able to leave the tag line field blank. If you wish, WordPress’ Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugins like Rank Math, Yoast SEO, AIO SEO, and others will override it for better SEO (more on it later).

To store your settings, do not forget to click the “Save Changes” button.

Setting up Comments Setting

WordPress always comes with a built-in comment system that is allowing the users to comment on your WordPress blog posts. It is excellent for the WordPress user’s engagement, but scammers have also targeted it.

You will have to enable comment moderation on your WordPress site to deal with this.

You should visit the Settings » Discussions page, and then you will need to scroll down to the ‘Before a comment appears’ section. And then, check the box next to the ‘Comment must be manually approved’ option button.

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Do not forget to store the setting you made to store them; simply click on the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Creating Navigation Menus

Navigation menus will let the users browse various sections or pages on your WordPress website. The WordPress navigation menu comes with the system, and while displaying the menus, the WordPress theme uses this system.

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Adding a navigation menu to the WordPress site, let’s get started.

First, go to the Appearance » Menus page, and there you will need to enter a name for the navigation menu, and then you should click on the create menu button.

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Now, WordPress will create your navigation menu. But at the moment it will be empty.

Next, you will need to choose the pages you want to see in your menu and, after that, click on add to menu button.

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You will notice that the pages you select are filling in the blanks in your navigation menu. You will be able to move these menu items up and down in the menu to rearrange their position.

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Here you will need to choose a display location. Your WordPress theme will definer these locations. Sometimes, many WordPress themes have a primary menu that displays in the WordPress website header at the top corner.

Finally, to store your navigation menu, do not forget to click the ‘Save Menu’ button.

Now, you can visit your WordPress site to see the menu in action.

Step 6. Installing Plugins

For the WordPress website, the Plugins are like apps. Plugins let the user customize their WordPress website and add features. Think photo galleries, contact forms, etc.

By clicking on the Plugins page, you will be able to install plugins from your WordPress dashboard.

Currently, more than 58,000 free plugins are available for WordPress, and third-party developers and websites sell paid plugins.

With all of these plugins, how can you find which plugins to install? We have got you covered there too, check out our guide on choosing the best WordPress plugins for your website.

Here is our necessary plugin list that you should install on your WordPress website right away. All of the plugins are free.

Features
  • WPForms Lite – Let you add a contact form to your WordPress website.
  • Envira Gallery Lite – Allow you to add beautiful image galleries to your WordPress website
  • MonsterInsights – It connects your WordPress site with Google Analytics and displays how visitors use and find your site, so you will be able to keep them coming back.
  • SeedProd is a drag-and-drop page builder to create a fully custom design and layout without any technical knowledge.
Website Optimization
  • AIO SEO – It will improve your WordPress website “Search Engine Optimization” SEO and gain more traffic from Google for your website.
  • WP Super Cache – It is a Free WordPress caching plugin that would help to improve your WordPress website speed.
  • PushEngage – It helps increase your WordPress website traffic so that visitors can connect with you after they leave your website. Push notifications are the 5 best sources of traffic for WPPickle.com
Security
  • Updraft Plus – It would create automatic scheduled backups of your WordPress website.
  • Sucuri – WordPress website security audit and malware scanner
Extras
  • WooCommerce – Makes it easy to set up an online store and physically sell products.
  • MemberPress – Makes it easy to create and sell digital membership and online courses.
  • SmashBalloon – Makes it easy to add social media widgets for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • OptinMonster – helps you improve website conversion rates and gain more email users.
  • HubSpot – Add email marketing, CRM, and free live chat to your WordPress site. Works seamlessly with OptinMonster.
  • Uncanny Automator – Helps you streamline your small business and streamline automated workflows to save time.
  • WP Mail SMTP –Fixing problems with WordPress email delivery with PHP Mail configuration in managed WordPress hosting providers.

If you need help on how to install plugins, then you can see our step-by-step guide.

For business, websites check out our list of 24 must-have WordPress plugins for more plugin recommendations.

Step 7. Mastering WordPress

WordPress is a very powerful content management system, and it is also easy to use. From time to time, you might find yourself looking for some quick WordPress help.

One of the good news is that there is a lot of support available on WordPress for free if you would like to see the complete guide on how to ask for WordPress support and get it.

WPPickle is one of the best and largest WordPress resource websites on the internet. You can find the following free resources on WPPickle.

  • WPPickle Blog – It is the place where we publish WordPress tutorials for you, how-to, and step-by-step guides.
  • WPPickle Videos – These step-by-step videos will help you learn WordPress FAST.
  • WPPickle Blueprint – You should check out the tools, plugins, and services we use on WPPickle.
  • WPPickle Deals – Special discounts is there on WordPress services and products for WPPickle users.
  • WPPickle Engage Group – Contact our WordPress experts and like-minded website owners/bloggers (more than 50,000 members).

Here are some guides you should bookmark right now. It will save you much time and money in the future.

  • Fixing image problems in WordPress
  • The WordPress security guide step-by-step
  • Guide for beginner to troubleshooting WordPress problems
  • 25 Most common WordPress problems and how you can fix them
  • WordPress Search Engine Optimization “SEO” step by step guide for beginners

Most WPPickle users use Google search to find out the answers on WPPickle.com. Just type the keyword you are looking for and simply add WPPickle.com at the end of your keyword.

Or whether you are not able to find your question’s answer? You need to send your question directly using our contact form, and we will try our best to answer.

Step 8. Taking it Further

So far, we have discussed how you can create a WordPress website, add new web pages, install essential plugins, and add a new theme.

Using the WordPress platform, you can create a powerful niche website that is capable of many things.

  • Create a web directory
  • Start your own podcast
  • Build a reviews website
  • Add an eCommerce store
  • Create a coupons website
  • Create a Job Board website
  • Create multilingual websites
  • Create a membership Website
  • Create a wiki knowledgebase website
  • Create a question and answers website

For more examples, you can check out the list of 19 types of WordPress websites you can create.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

After helping thousands of people started to create a WordPress website, we have answered so many questions.

Below is the list of the answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to create a WordPress website?

Is the WordPress platform the only way to make a website?

No, there are many other website builders out there like GoDaddy, Wix, Web.com, etc. But we believe that it is one of the best and easiest platforms to create a WordPress website.

The experts of other industries agree with us, why 41% of people use WordPress to create a website.

How to make money from my WordPress website?

After helping many of our users create a WordPress website, it is frequently asked questions. There are a lot of ways that you can make money from your WordPress website.

Here is a list of 30 ways to make money online using a WordPress website. These are not rich fast schemes. If you are looking for a way to get rich quickly by making money online, sorry to break the bad news, there is no such way.

How do I create a WordPress website where I can sell products?

You will be easily able to add an online store to your website. We have made a list of the best eCommerce plugins for WordPress websites.

You will also be able to follow our step-by-step guide on starting an online store on the WordPress website.

While there are a lot of other eCommerce platforms like BigCommerce, Shopify, etc., we highly recommend our users to use the WooCommerce plugin for their WordPress website.

It will give you much and more user-friendly features at an even more reasonable price. That’s why WooCommerce is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms on the internet.

Do I need to understand CSS/HTML to customize and create a WordPress website?

No, it is not important to know how to use CSS/HTML to create a WordPress website. To easily customize your website design, you can use one drag & drop WordPress page builder plugin.

How do I create a WordPress website for free?

Most website builders may provide free options, but we recommend against using those website building solutions.

Often they put your ads on your website, which does not seem professional and provides a terrible user experience.

It is always better to buy your domain name and hosting to have full ownership and control of your websites. See detail on what is the difference between a domain name and web hosting.

Can I start a website such as eBay?

Yes, of course, you can easily create a website such as eBay using an auction plugin for WordPress. We have a complete guide step-by-step on how you can start an online auction in WordPress.

Can I get a free domain for my WordPress website?

Yes, of course, some web hosting companies provide a free domain if you choose to create a WordPress website with them.

Bluehost is an officially recommended WordPress web hosting provider, and they are offering WPPickle.com  users free domain + 60% off hosting if you select to create your website using their service.

Being said, you will always be able to register a domain name individually from a popular domain registrar and then buy web hosting from another hosting company like WP Engine or SiteGround.

Can I make a website such as Facebook?

Yes, of course, you can exactly use WordPress to turn your site into a social network. We have a complete guide step-by-step on how you can create a WordPress website such as Facebook by using WordPress.

Can I create a WordPress website with a discussion forum/board?

Again the answer to this question is “Yes.” You will be able to use one of these forum plugins in WordPress to create a WordPress website with discussion board features.

What is the difference between WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com?

Whenever we mention WordPress in our article, we talk about one of the popular self-hosted WordPress.org platforms. It is one of the powerful open-source software that you may have heard about.

WordPress.com is one of the limited blog hosting services. They have recently expanded the platform to provide eCommerce and website plans with custom domains. Still, they are far more costly than other WordPress hosting services such as SiteGround or Bluehost.

For more details, please check the detailed comparison chart of WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com.

I suddenly started my website with WordPress.com or another website builder. Am I able to switch?

Yes, you are; you are always able to switch your site to WordPress. Sometimes beginners make the biggest mistake by using the wrong website builder, and after that, they realize that those platforms do not have all the features they require.

We have already written a detailed article on how you can adequately migrate from other website builders to WordPress.

The essential part is to ensure that your permalinks (URL structure) move over seamlessly so you do not lose “Search Engine Optimization” SEO rankings.

Here are our detailed articles on how you can move your website to WordPress:

  • How do I properly move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?
  • How do I move from Blogger to WordPress without losing rankings?
  • How do I move from Wix to WordPress, step-by-step guide?
  • How do I move from Weebly to WordPress (step-by-step guide for beginners)?
  • How do I quickly and easily move from Medium to WordPress?
  • How do I Correctly Move from Squarespace to WordPress?
How can I grow my online presence?

That’s it, you have created your new WordPress website. It is time to improve your online presence and get more traffic.

We have put together an ultimate guide to driving traffic to your new WordPress website with more than 27 actionable tips.

The essential advice we always give to small business owners is to start quickly building a list of emails.

Email marketing lets you to connected with your website customers and visitors after they go from your website. It is proven to have a 4300% ROI on investment.

We hope this complete step-by-step article helped you learn how to create a WordPress website without hiring a website designer/developer or overspending money.

If this article was helpful, then please comment and share this article with your family and friends. Or you have any questions, ask in the comment box below.

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