Why choose WordPress to build your website?
Have you been procrastinating on a decision to have a website for your small business or non-profit organization because you think it’s too hard or it can only be done by the techies only? The good news is creating a WordPress website is not hard and it’s not for techies only.
According to W3Techs, WordPress currently powers 43% of all the websites on the Internet, including those without a content management system (CMS) or with a custom-coded CMS. In other words, WordPress powers more than one-third of the web and growing!
Creating Website Getting Easier
Creating a website for your business (eCommerce site) or not profit organization is extremely easy to set up on a WordPress content management platform (CMS) and can be done in about 30 minutes. In fact, WordPress is becoming the perfect drag-and-drop website builder.
Now that you’ve energized to create a website using WordPress as your website platform, now what?
Here are five (5) steps to quickly create a WordPress website for your small business or nonprofit organization:
1. Choose a Unique Domain Name
The first thing to do before you can begin building your website is to choose a domain name that is unique to your business or organization. It is one of the most important parts because that is how your audience will find you and identify with your brand.
Your domain name is what people type into their browser to get to your website homepage. Your domain name does not have to be flashy, but it should both represent your brand and makes it easy for people to find you on the world wide web.
Once you’re done choosing the right domain name for your business or organization, you will need to buy your name and pick a hosting company that suits the needs of your website. Since you are building a website on WordPress, choosing a hosting provider that offers hosting specifically for a WordPress site is ideal. This way you can purchase your domain name and hosting service from the same provider.
2. Choose a Hosting Package
Hosting companies offers package options you can choose from. Since you’re building your website on WordPress, it’s better to choose a host that offers a fully managed WordPress hosting plan. Once you have established your domain name, you’ll need to create an account for your hosting plan.
3. Choose a WordPress Theme
Every host will offer you options for different WordPress themes. Some themes are free, and some are premium. Themes have come a long way in WordPress. For those new to WordPress, a WordPress theme is a template which defines how your WordPress site displays to your users. You may ask, what are the best themes for WordPress? The answer is: it depends. It really depends on what type of site you are setting up: business, blogs, photography, portfolio, e-commerce, and just about any life category of website you can think of.
Therefore, there is no best free WordPress theme, or best paid WordPress theme, the only two things that matter are what you want to do and what type of budget you have.
4. Get Familiar with Your WordPress Dashboard
Now that you are ready to start working, you should find yourself on the Dashboard, or the backend for your new website. The dashboard is the admin area where you can control what your website visitors will see when they visit your web pages.
5. Customizing Your Themes
Now you’re getting into to the fun and crucial part of setting up your website. This is where you start to fine-tune your site with your preferred colors and font styles that represent your brand. This is where you choose special elements that will help you express your company culture or personality. From here you can dive right in and write your first post.