If you’re anything like me, the thought of making the perfect website that checks all the boxes feels a little overwhelming. There are so many things to keep in mind when deciding the best way to spread your message to your online audience. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s okay to not check off all the boxes right away, as long as you’re targeting the right boxes first. That’s what WP Super Host is here to help you do. We know that choosing the best website host can be tricky enough, but what about building a website at all? In this article, we’ll talk about the main points to keep in mind when building your WordPress website and what boxes will set you up for success.
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How to Make a WordPress Website
The great thing about WordPress is that you can make it do just about anything you want for your website. Whether you are a beginner looking for something simple, or a developer who wants more of a challenge, WordPress has the resources for you. I mean, there’s a reason 409 million people use it to create their websites.
If you want to make a WordPress website, you’ll just need to keep three simple steps in mind:
- Choose a domain name.
- Decide what type of website hosting you need.
- Get started building your site with WordPress!
How to Acquire a Domain Name for Your WordPress Website
Your website’s domain name is, quite simply, the name of your website. Choosing a domain name might be one of the most important first steps of building a successful website. That’s because your domain name is the first opportunity you have to make a positive impression on your audience.
Choose a domain name
If you want your audience to remember your website, to trust your website and to engage with your website more positively and frequently, choose a domain name that’s catchy, relevant and simple. Make sure your domain name fits the tone and voice of your brand, but don’t be afraid to get creative! If you need help, you can always use a domain name generator to expedite your brainstorming process.
Register your domain name
Once you’ve chosen the domain name that fits your brand personality, you’ll need to register the domain name with a site like NameCheap or Enom. Some website building tools (like Squarespace or Wix) allow you to register your domain name through their platform, but we talk about the pros and cons of these sites in our blog. During this process, you might find out that the domain name you wanted has already been claimed by another individual or organization. Don’t worry. You can find out what domain names are available by researching domain name databases, like whois.net. It’s important to note that your domain name is not the same thing as your website host. While your domain name identifies your website (like your home address), your website’s content, files and images still need a place to live, which is where the website host comes in.
How to Make a Website Using WordPress Hosting
There are several types of hosting, but the one we recommend is managed website hosting. You can read more about types of hosting and benefits of each type in our Web Hosting For Beginners article.
Change your DNS settings
When you use WP Super Host, you’ll need to give us access to your website’s domain name system, or DNS. Your DNS connects your domain name to your website’s server ID, or IP address. IP addresses are a combination of numbers and letters that identify your website’s server connection. Humans need to know your domain name so they can access your content, but devices need to know your DNS so they can make the actual connection. When you choose a website host like WP Super Host, you’ll need to point your DNS to our name servers, or point your A records to the website’s IP address so we can give your site a home on the internet. If you need help finding these settings, we’re here to make it easier.
Like a domain name, a DNS is an identifier that allows devices to access your website and connect with it properly. Your DNS settings tell devices how to access your website’s server. If you want people to be able to access your website, you’ll need to make sure it properly links to your hosting server. It’s possible to change your DNS settings yourself to make this possible, but WP Super Host can make the process even easier by taking care of it for you. Just let us know which method you prefer, and we’ll offer whatever assistance we can.
Migrate your website
This is only necessary if you are already hosting your website on another server, but it’s worth noting here. With WP Super Host, site migration is easy and affordable (it’s free!), because we want to make sure you get the most out of our services as soon as you can. People choose to migrate their sites for many reasons: lower costs, more resources, customer support and more.
How to Make a Website Theme
Like choosing your domain name, choosing your website theme is another important factor when it comes to spreading your message in an effective way. If you choose a theme that doesn’t match your brand, there’s a good chance that your audience might have a hard time understanding your messaging.
When it comes to building your own WordPress website, it all comes down to what you think is best. There are so many different themes, plugins and customization options available for you to choose. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by these options if you’re just starting out, but just remember that it’s all about your message at the end of the day. Starting with simple, easy-to-use options and features can help you focus on creating the best content for your audience.
Choose a free WordPress theme
WordPress makes it very easy to install and activate the theme that works for you. In the Appearance >> Themes section of your Admin menu, you can add new themes with a few simple clicks.
Via the WordPress.org theme directory, you can select one of the thousands of free themes available. These themes allow you to make customizations to your website’s appearances and basic style, like font size, background color, menu functions and more. Depending on the theme you choose, you’ll have to navigate the customization options and settings that are specific to that theme. You may also need to download more settings for the theme to work properly, but many useful WordPress plugins are free, too.
Upload your own theme
With WordPress, there is always more than one way to get something done. If you’re a beginner who wants to simply use one of the theme templates provided by WordPress, great! Just follow the simple instructions above, and you’re all set. But maybe you want more customization and personalization with your website. One way to get these features is by uploading your own theme from another website resource. Once you’ve downloaded a reliable theme from one of these websites, go to the Appearance >> Themes page and click “Add New.”
Instead of choosing one of the provided themes, all you have to do is click “upload theme.” Once you’ve uploaded the proper file, you can install and activate your theme.
Use a visual site-building tool
If you’re a visual person who likes to see changes as they happen, you might want to look into some useful visual site-building tools to help you create web pages and posts. Some of our favorite tools include Divi, which helps you customize specific themes, or Visual Composer Website Builder.
How to Make a Website Using WordPress Plugins
Depending on what you want to do with your website, you’re probably going to need to install relevant plugins. Just like WordPress themes, these plugins can improve your user experience and make sure is secure and efficient.
Implement relevant plugins
From your Admin dashboard, you can access the Plugins page and choose from one of WordPress’s available plugins, or you can upload your own.
If you already know what plugin you want to use, you can easily search for specific plugins in the search bar. Then you can activate the plugin and begin using it and monitoring its performance on your website.
Plugins can help improve many features for your website. Yoast SEO is one of our personal favorites, thanks to its ability to help users optimize content for search engines, helping to make sure your website gets noticed. You can also download anti-spam plugins to fortify your website against trolls in your comment sections (which, by the way, can be implemented with plugins.)
Monitor your plugins
WordPress plugins including your ability to communicate your message and engage with your audience, sell products, improve your website security and more, but you have to make sure you’re choosing the right resources for your website. It’s important to note that not all themes and plugins are created equal. Like we said before, it’s definitely okay to start small and see what features work best for your website. But you also want to make sure that you’re keeping tabs on these themes and plugins through daily site speed and plugin reports, which most managed hosting providers will do for you. If you want to know how your plugins are affecting your website, these reports are a great place to start.
How Much Does it Cost to Make and Host a Website?
There are several factors that affect how much you’ll have to spend building and hosting your website. Registering your domain name typically starts around $10 a year, but it really depends on the registration option you choose for your website. If you decide to host your website with a managed hosting provider like WP Super Host, you can take advantage of affordable monthly plans that include all the resources you need to build and maintain the best website ever.
Our plans start at $17.50 per month for one website. If you need to host many sites, you can easily upgrade to another plan, or build a custom plan that fits your specific needs. Whatever plan you choose, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of hosting with WP Super Host, including daily site speed reports and plugin monitoring to help you understand how to improve your site. You’ll also receive top-notch customer support from a 24/7 customer support team who has one thing in mind: your success.
Ready to Get Started?
Building a website can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and resources, you’ll be sharing your online message, engaging more effectively with your audience and generating meaningful conversions in no time.