WordPress is an ideal CMS for creating your own website. The system offers many possibilities and you do not need knowledge of programming languages. However, it can still be difficult if you have absolutely no experience with CMS systems. Do you want to create a Wordpress website? In this article we explain how you can do this in eight simple steps. 1. Order a domain name and hosting package When you create a website, you always need a domain name and a hosting package. Creating a WordPress website is no different. The domain name is the address of your website. The hosting package ensures that your website is connected to the internet via a server and therefore visible to others. There are different parties where you can order both a domain name and a hosting package. Some well-known parties are Namecheap, Bluehost and Domainking.ng It is very easy to register a domain name with such a provider that is still free and then immediately choose a hosting package. 2. Install WordPress on your domain name Once you have ordered a domain name and hosting package, you can often use this provider to install WordPress on your domain name via the control panel with one click. However, some parties do not offer this option and then you must install WordPress yourself by setting up the database and FTP yourself. On the WordPress website you will find the file you need to download and an explanation about the installation. 3. Adjust the general settings After you have completed the WordPress installation, you can log in with the admin data you provided during the installation. You then go to 'Settings' -> 'General' where you can set a number of general settings. Choose a good website title and subtitle, enter your e-mail address and choose the correct date and time format. In addition, you can also choose the website language and then save the settings. 4. Choose a template or theme Creating a WordPress website has the advantage that you can choose a specific template or theme and therefore do not have to design the entire website itself. To set a template, click on 'View' in the menu on the left and choose 'Themes'. You click on 'Add new' and here you can now choose a free template for your website. The easy thing about a template is the fact that you immediately have a design for all pages. You can often make a few adjustments if you wish. Do you largely want to create the design for your WordPress website yourself? Then you better choose to install a paid theme. At ThemeForest you can find a large number of themes for a WordPress website. A paid theme has many more functions than a free template and you therefore have more options. After you have purchased the theme, you can upload it to your website via 'Themes'. 5. Create new pages You can create a number of pages via 'Pages' in the menu on the left. The 'Home' and 'Contact' pages are recommended for all websites. Do you want to create a WordPress website for your company? Then you can also, for example, also install an 'About us' page, a page on which you show your products or services and a page with the rates that you charge. Optionally, you can also choose to install a blog page. Then it is time to set up the 'Home' page so that it also becomes visible as a homepage. To do this, go to 'Settings' -> 'Read'. At 'Homepage shows', check the box with 'A static page' and choose 'Homepage' for the homepage. If you have a blog page installed, you can set it at 'Post Page'. Then click on 'Save changes'. Do you want to create a WordPress website with only news items? Then you can skip this step, because the newest messages will then be displayed directly on the homepage. 6. Design the header It is not always possible to fully adjust the header of your website, but you can at least upload your own logo. To do this, go to 'View' -> 'Theme options' and then upload your logo. You can optionally adjust other settings of the design of your website under 'Theme options', if you wish. Then it's time to make the main menu. You do this via 'View' -> 'Menus'. Click on 'Add a new menu' and give the menu a name. Check the pages that you want in the menu and click on 'Add to menu'. Then you can change the order by dragging the pages or you can put certain pages under other pages (as a dropdown). Make sure there is a check at the bottom of 'Main Header menu' and save the menu. 7. Install the required plugins There are a large number of free and paid plugins available for a WordPress website. If you have chosen a template and want to be able to organize the content of the pages yourself, it is useful to install the Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin. This allows you to divide the pages into rows and columns, so that you can determine the location of the texts and images. Other useful plugins are for example: ZenCache - improves loading time Enter WordPress SEO - meta title & meta description Google Analytics - for measuring visitor numbers AddThis - adds social media buttons Contact Form 7 - adds a contact form 8. Place the texts and images Your WordPress website is now almost completely ready! All you have to do is place the texts and images on the site. You can enter this on the pages you have created. You can also choose to post some blog texts via 'Messages'. Try to incorporate some search terms in the texts to make your website rank higher in the search engines. It is also useful to enter an alt text with the search term at the images you place. Don't forget to save the pages and messages after entering the texts and images! Creating a WordPress website is actually not that difficult at all. With a simple template you will have your website ready within one day. However, if you choose a theme and you want to make many adjustments, you will probably have to spend a little longer on this. Fortunately, you can make it as difficult as you want. Good luck with designing your WordPress website!