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How To Create A WordPress Blog In 8 Steps

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    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!
     

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