There are many WordPress Tutorial out there on the search engines.
So I thought I’d write one for my followers as well.
In this guide, I’ll explain the exact process I take through my clients’ projects.
By the way, everything I show here are parts of my in-depth training. So if you’re looking to get more specific guidelines, make sure you go check it out.
What is WordPress?
Instead you just install WordPress on your hosting server and log into an administrative “back-end” tool (or “Dashboard” as WordPress calls it).
There you have several options and can upload pictures, add text, install free plugins, create pages, change the look and feel of the website, and more!
WordPress handles all the complicated coding work for you so all you have to do is click publish.
Overview of My WordPress Tutorial
I’m going to cover the basic steps of creating a WordPress website as follow:
- Choose a Domain Name
- Purchase a Hosting Plan
- Install WordPress
- Browse Through Your WordPress Dashboard
- Pick a Theme
- Create Pages
- Add New Posts
- Customize Website Design
Like I said, learn the basics first.
STEP 1. Choosing Your Domain Name
A domain name is basically how people find you on a browser by typing in a URL to get to your website (ie. simonwyhuang.com).
There are many companies that sell domain names and hosting services together.
Right here, I recommend using WP Health Watch as the site to buy your domain name and host your website.
The reason I have suggested using this particular host is that it’s got one of the fastest speed and newest hard drive as their servers.
I gotta say I did start with them and they were great for beginners.
However, as traffic to my website started to grow, I need a faster and more secure server.
So, here comes WP Health Watch:
STEP 2. Set Up a Hosting Account
When you get directed to the next page, you will see 3 different packages:
Starter, Plus, and Premium.
If you are just starting, choose the Starter pack, it will be sufficient enough to run ONE clinic site.
Of course, the bigger the plan is, the more websites you can hold.
For now, click on “Order Now” to go to the next step and follow the instructions given to complete everything.
You now have an active WordPress hosting plan and a domain.
STEP 3. Install WordPress
Once you’ve acquired your hosting account login info from your email, you’ll then be required to go into cPanel.
This is the backbone of your actual website.
Sort of like your hard drive for your computer.
So, you need to install WordPress here.
It’s quite simple, just click the WordPress icon and install it following the instruction.
Your website is now active!
STEP 4. Log in to the WordPress Dashboard
It’s quite easy to go into the backend of WordPress (aka. the dashboard).
All you have to do is to type “/wp-admin” right after your websiteurl.
You’ll see a page asking for your credentials.
If you don’t have the login, then you need to ask your webmaster or the developer who designed your website for the email and password.
Once you entered the right combo, you’re now in the dashboard.
STEP 5. Pick a Theme
WordPress makes it easy for you to change the look of your website easily by using a custom function called the “theme”.
It comes with a default theme that usually doesn’t look too good.
So you can just pick another one that you like.
There are many to choose from in the WordPress theme library – both Free and Paid ones.
I normally like to use the ones called the “Hello” Theme made by Elementor team.
The reason to use this is because I can fully customize the entire website using the Elementor Pro Builder.
If you want to learn how to create your very own website, then make sure to check out my full training here.
STEP 6. Create Website Pages
In WordPress language, Pages are different than Posts.
I’ll dumb it down for you…
These are the static pages that don’t usually get changed too often, such as the “Home, About, Services & Contact” pages.
Without these pages, you don’t really have a website, to put bluntly.
So, go ahead and make the above pages by clicking on the Page tab in your WordPress Dashboard and tap on the “Add New” button to start creating them.
STEP 7. Create / Add New Post
Let’s move on to posts…
As opposed to pages, posts are generally unique to WordPress CMS.
They’re used for you to release news and useful ideas to your website viewers.
More importantly, they can help bring you more traffic from search engines for free, if you optimize these posts via SEO.
Anyways, here’s how you do it:
- Move your cursor towards the most left of the page to the menu that says “Post”;
- Click on the menu and you’ll see the “Add New” button on the next page.
You’ll now landed on the page where you can create a new WordPress blog post.
Functions of Different Buttons
You’re at the WordPress post editing window, now what?!
I assume this is probably the first time you’ve arrived to this window, so why I don’t show you around?
First of all, what you will see is a big word editor, which is called the Gutenberg editor.
It’s not the same as the classic WYSIWYG editor, and thus it can be quite confusing at first.
But that’s why you’re reading this post 😀
Let’s start by moving your mouse cursor and click on the big empty space at the top.
This space is called the “header” or the “title” of this post.
What is a Header / Title?
Its essentially the title of your blog post – much like your newspaper articles titles.
What most people don’t realize is that if you don’t have a good title, you won’t have any readers.
In today’s world, it’s even more so.
Whenever you publish a blog post, search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo will display the exact title phrase that you wrote.
If you don’t have an intriguing title, no matter how high up your article is ranking, you’re not gonna get much clikcs.
So, ya, think about how you can write a better blog post title.
I’ll put up a blog post on how to rank higher on google later, be sure to check it out!
Next up, the content space.
Content Space 101
Within the content space, there are 3 sections you need to look for:
- The most left – Widget space
- The middle – Writing space
- The most right – Setting space
With these three spaces, you’re able to write an awesome blog post with the kind of design you want easily.
The widget space allows you to choose different functions like bullet list, headers, images…and more.
Whenever you click on them, the widget will appear in the content space.
The setting space is for you to set up your post category, adding featured image and publishing date.
Once you have done all your writings, just hot the publish blue button at the top right corner.
STEP 8. Customized WordPress Design
Finally, it’s coming down designing a customized WordPress website!
You have two choices here…
One, you can go through my entire training and learn to do it yourself, or…
Two, you can hire my team, the highly rated digital marketing agency in Downtown Toronto.
Which ever choice you made, you have to understand that an unique website is crucial for your business’ branding.
Throughout COVID time, it’s even more obvious that online presence is THE most important thing for every small businesses.
If you haven’t build a website yet, then re-read this WordPress tutorial again to get started!