Mastering WordPress: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners 2024

Are you ready to dive into the exciting world of WordPress? Whether you’re a budding blogger, a small business owner, or someone curious about creating a website, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to this step-by-step guide where we’ll embark on an enriching journey to master WordPress together.

Here is a general and detailed overview from start to finish of all the steps we’ll walk you through in this guide:

  • How to find and register a domain name for free
  • Which hosting is best for WordPress?
  • How to install WordPress
  • Installing a template and customizing your site’s design
  • Creating pages in WordPress
  • Customizing WordPress with addons and extensions

Firstly, you do NOT require prior web development experience to craft a personalized website. Our guide is tailored for individuals who aren’t tech-savvy, offering a no-code solution to website creation.

Having clarified that, let’s delve into the essentials necessary for building your website

Do I need coding for WordPress website?

You do not necessarily need coding knowledge to use WordPress. It provides user-friendly interfaces and tools that allow users to create and manage websites without coding.

What do I need to build a website?

You’ll need the following three things to start your WordPress site.

  • A domain name – this is the name of your website such as google.com
  • WordPress hosting – this is where your website files are stored.
  • 45 minutes of your undivided attention.

Can I earn money from WordPress?

Absolutely, you can earn money from WordPress in various ways. WordPress offers opportunities to make money through avenues such as creating and selling themes or plugins, providing web design and development services for clients, blogging for monetization through advertising or affiliate marketing, offering WordPress support and maintenance services, and more.

How many hours are needed to learn WordPress?

The time required to learn WordPress varies depending on individual learning abilities and goals. Learning the basics of WordPress can take a few hours to a couple of days.

So, get ready to unleash your creativity, as we navigate through the functionalities and possibilities of WordPress. By the end, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to build and manage your stunning website.

Let’s embark on this WordPress journey together!

Section 1: Getting Started with WordPress

1. Understanding WordPress

A common oversight for beginners is selecting an unsuitable website platform. Fortunately, with guidance, you can avoid this mistake.

For most users, a self-hosted WordPress.org site stands as an ideal solution. It offers a vast array of designs and add-ons, enabling the creation of diverse website types.

WordPress itself is free for download and unrestricted use in building various website types.

However, while WordPress is free, there are associated costs. These expenses arise from securing your custom domain name and obtaining web hosting services, both of which involve monetary investment.

Step 1: Installing WordPress via a web hosting

You may be wondering what web hosting is in a nutshell All websites on the internet need a web host to store their website files. This will be your website’s home on the internet.

Next, you’ll need a domain name is your website’s address on the internet. This is what your users will type in their browsers to reach your site (For example, growfasthacks.com or google.com).

Signing Up with Hostinger

You will often find that most platforms offer expensive packages, For example, A domain name typically costs $14.99/year and hosting costs start from $7.99/month.

This is A LOT for most people who are just starting out.

Thankfully, Hostinger has agreed to offer our users a free domain name and over 75% off on web hosting.

Let’s go ahead and purchase a domain name and hosting.

First, you’ll need to go to the Hostinger website in a new browser window and click on ‘Claim Deal’ button.

This will bring you to a pricing page where you must choose a hosting plan for your website.

Business plans are the most popular choices among our users. it has many wonderful features and features that the Premium plans lack, and it costs only a few dollars, after which you can enjoy complete freedom to have a much better experience

You’ll need to click on Add to Cart and continue to the next step.

On the next screen, You’re almost there! Complete your order

At this stage. I suggest that you buy the 24-month package. you will certainly ask me why. It will simply save you a lot of time since you will pay once in 4 years. Amazing, did you imagine this, after which you will not have to pay every year or month? In addition to that, you will get 2 months for free. this package will save you money by reducing its price significantly. For example, if you take the 12-month package after only a year, you will be obligated to pay twice as much as the 48-month package and you will not be happy then.

Now you’ll be asked to provide your account information such as name, address, email, etc.

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

Regarding payment methods, the platform provides the possibility of paying with a Credit card, Paypal, Google Pay, AliPay, Coingate

After completing your purchase, you’ll receive an email with details on logging in to your web hosting control panel (cPanel).

This is your hosting account dashboard where you manage everything, like getting support, setting up emails, etc. Most importantly, this is where you’ll install WordPress.

Congratulations to you, it was not very difficult, was it? In the next step, we will see the most important stage in this tutorial, which is how to install WordPress and explain the most important basics. follow with me until the end.

Installing WordPress

Now that you’re a Hostinger subscriber, let’s set up your WordPress website:

the first step when you Log in to your Hostinger account click on the website section in the header and the “Add or migrate a website” button

Then you will find yourself directly on this page. Click on “Skip” because we will create an empty WordPress site and determine its type later.

Here click on the Select option in the “Create a new website” field.

this is the decisive stage, dear reader, click on “Select” in the WordPress field, and then you will have a unique adventure in the world of the internet.

In the following stages, put “the Administrator email” and “Administrator password” and protect them from loss. Because you will need them to log in to your site later

After that, you will find the stage of “Add Plugins to Your Website” and the templates, Press in Skip both of them, because we will install them later

The last stage you will find is choosing the domain. Choose the domain that you got for free from Hostinger.

I hope that you have completed all the steps successfully and installed WordPress successfully

Congratulations! Wasn’t that easy?

You’ve successfully subscribed to Hostinger and created your WordPress website. Now, let’s move on to the next step and choose a design for your website.

Step 2: Choosing Your Website Theme

Have you ever wondered what the front end of websites is? it’s called the theme, a WordPress theme controls the visual appearance of your WordPress site.

Moreover, WordPress themes are professionally designed templates you can install on your website to change its appearance, you can also design a template according to your desire and the appearance that suits you. We will discuss this in this part. Follow with me

By default, each WordPress site comes with a basic theme. If you visit your website, then it will look something like this:

It may look bad and is not very appealing to most users.

But don’t worry. There are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes that you can install on your site.

You can change the WordPress theme for your website with just a few clicks from the admin dashboard. Visit the Appearance » Themes page and click the ‘Add New’ button.

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On this screen, you can find many free WordPress themes 11,000+ available in the official WordPress.org themes directory.

You can install one of them depending on the type of site you create (i.e. industry, layout, etc).

During this guide, we will use Astra, which is a multi-purpose free theme with many flexible design options for all types of websites.

If you want to create a completely custom WordPress theme, we recommend using the SeedProd builder for WordPress

How to Install a Theme in WordPress

If you already know the name of the free theme you want to install, you can look for it by entering its name in the search field.

WordPress will show you the theme in search results. You will need to take your mouse over to the theme and then click on the Install button.

If you’re using one of the newer full-site editing themes, you will see a different version of the site customizer that can be found at the Editor link under Appearance.

However, keep in mind that neither the default WordPress customizer nor the Full Site Editor offers a true drag-and-drop customization experience.

This is why many website professionals and small business owners choose to use a WordPress page builder plugin like SeedProd to customize any theme update fonts, and change styles, colors, and other items to match your website needs.

You can even create a fully custom WordPress theme without any code.

Remember, you don’t need to finalize all theme settings right away. You can customize it much better once you have some content on your website.

Let’s see how to add content to your WordPress site.

Step 3: Adding Content to Your Website

First, I will tell you that WordPress in general comes with two default content types posts and pages. So that the Posts are part of the blogging functionality and appear in reverse chronological order (newer items are always displayed first).

By default, WordPress shows your blog posts on the front page of your website. You can change that, and make WordPress show any static page as the homepage of your website (we’ll show you how to do that later in this guide).

On the other hand, pages are meant to be static “one-off” type content such as your about page, contact page, privacy policy, custom landing page, etc.

Let’s add some content to your website.

You’ll start by adding a few pages to your WordPress site. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough content for these pages. You can always edit and update them.

Head over to Pages » Add New page in the WordPress admin area. This will bring you to the page editor screen, which will look similar to this, depending on your theme:

you must provide an appropriate title for your first page. For example, Let’s call this page ‘Home.’

In the next step, you can write the content below. You can add text, links, images, videos, audio, etc.

After adding content to your page, you can click the publish button to make it live on your website immediately.

You can also create many different pages for website sections. For example, an about page, contact us, and a blog page to display blog posts.

Now let’s add a few blog posts as well.

Head over to Posts » Add New in your WordPress admin area, where you will see a screen like you saw earlier when adding pages.

You can add a post title and content in the visual post editor. You’ll also notice some extra options in the sidebar, like post formats, categories, and tags.

You can click on the Publish button to make it visible on your site or the Save button to store your post as a draft.

Step 4: Installing WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins work like applications for your WordPress site. It lets you add features and customizations to your WordPress site. (Think of SEO services, photo galleries, etc…)

WordPress currently provides more plugins than 59,000 for free. There are also paid plugins sold by third-party websites and developers.

With this many plugins, how do you find which plugins to install? I have arranged a list of essential plugins you should install on your site immediately. All of them are free.

Features

  • WPForms Lite: Empowers you to integrate a contact form seamlessly into your WordPress website. It’s a standard practice for professional websites to exhibit their contact information alongside a contact form. Moreover, WPForms Lite facilitates payment acceptance without requiring any supplementary setup.
  • MonsterInsights: Establishes a connection between your website and Google Analytics, providing insights into visitor behavior and the pathways they use to discover and navigate your site. This information aids in fostering return visits and enhancing user engagement.
  • SeedProd: Offers a drag-and-drop page builder, enabling the creation of unique and personalized designs and layouts for your website. This tool eliminates the need for technical expertise, allowing users to craft custom designs effortlessly.

Website Optimization

Security

  • Updraft Plus or Duplicator – Create automatic scheduled backups of your website
  • Sucuri – Website security audit and malware scanner

Extras

  • WP Simple Pay – for readily accepting credit card payments in WordPress.
  • WooCommerce – create an eCommerce website with WordPress. It makes setting up an online store and selling physical products easily.
  • MemberPress – makes it easy to create and sell online courses and digital memberships.
  • Smash Balloon – makes it easy to add social media widgets for InstagramFacebookTwitter, and YouTube.
  • OptinMonster – helps you get more email subscribers and optimize your website conversion rate with dynamic popups, modals, and other intelligent personalization features.

Useful tips that you should not ignore !!

In conclusion, mastering the fundamental steps of WordPress sets the stage for creating a dynamic and personalized website.

By following through the installation process, selecting an appealing theme, adding engaging content, and leveraging the power of plugins, you’ve laid a strong foundation for your online presence.

Remember, WordPress is a versatile platform offering endless possibilities for customization and growth.

Embrace these steps as the beginning of your journey toward crafting a unique and successful website that resonates with your audience.

Stay curious, keep exploring, and enjoy the creative freedom that WordPress has to offer!

Empowering Your Website Journey: Mastering WordPress’s Essential Steps.

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