Getting Started with WordPress: How to Launch A WordPress Website

If you’ve decided to run your site on WordPress — welcome to the club! WordPress is one of the most popular websites and blogging platforms that powers more than 25 percent of the world’s websites. That means you’re joining a global community of WordPress website users that are supported by thousands of developers continuously improving the platform with more features, better design, and stronger security.

What You Need to Get Started

Before you can start building your website or blog, you need the following components to hit the ground running:

  1. Pick a domain name & check if it’s available for purchase
  2. Choose a web hosting provider (most often you can purchase your domain & hosting your website with the same company)

A Great WordPress Site Starts With Great Hosting

Bluehost has long been recommended by WordPress and hosts more than 2 million WordPress sites. That makes getting started with WordPress on Bluehost simple as can be. If you don’t yet have a hosting provider, set up a web hosting account today with Bluehost.

You can also get step-by-step instructions to creating a Bluehost account and one-click WordPress Install with our tutorial: Start your blog or site in 5 minutes on WordPress

Even if you’re not a techie, WordPress is a fast, easy-to-learn framework for building your own site. It’s an empowering and creative tool with loads of online support for newbies. Through Bluehost’s partnership with WordPress.com, we offer these videos that provide step-by-step instructions to get you going.

Five Steps to a Great Site

  1. Choose a theme. Themes determine the style and layout of your content.
  2. Update your Title and Tagline. This information will appear in your browser and display on Internet search engine results.
  3. Choose a blog or static page for your homepage. Decide if you want special content or a series of your blog posts on your homepage. You’ll also learn about templates to control the layouts of your page.
  4. Create a custom menu to help users navigate your site. If you don’t want to show every page on your site navigation, you’ll learn how to customize your menu.
  5. Activate social sharing buttons. Great content generates great word-of-mouth referrals. Make it easy for readers to share your content on social networks.

Changing Your Theme

Picking or changing a website theme can be daunting. Most themes have various ways to customize your fonts, colors, and overall look. There are many options and the settings can be deep, so this video goes deeper with you, showing you where to update or change settings.

For now, don’t spend too much time deciding on a theme. Just get started by doing. You can search for themes based on the type of site you’d like, such as portfolio, magazine, or business. You can also search for design features like minimalist, responsive (which adjusts to mobile screens), or one-page layouts.

You can also browse through all the themes and see what catches your eye. Do you like a large hero image at the top, or do you prefer to have your site title and an image gallery below? Not sure? Don’t worry, you can change your mind later. A big advantage of using WordPress is that it’s relatively easy to change your theme and get a new look across all the pages of your site.

For more guidance on selecting a theme, check out the Bluehost Blog’s 14 Best Free WordPress Themes.

Customize Your Site with WordPress Plugins

After you have picked a theme, you can add additional features such as contact forms, google analytics, and more!

If you’re excited about WordPress and all the great things you can do with it, let Bluehost help you take your experience to the next level with more tutorials:

See more on the Bluehost Blog, where you can find more video tutorials, plus tips for starting, creating, customizing, and connecting your WordPress website.

Need Help With Your Site?

Bluehost has you covered with 24/7 support for all your WordPress hosting needs. For additional support with WordPress, you can find consultants in almost every town and through online forums. Ask other business owners with websites you admire about who helps them and what resources they use. And, if you’d like to learn in a community setting, search for WordPress MeetUp groups and check out the WordCamp site to find learning workshops and events in cities around the world.

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Machielle Thomas
Machielle Thomas | Content Manager
Machielle Thomas writes and curates web and email content for marketing professionals, small business owners, bloggers, and more.

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