How To Build a WordPress Website: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a New Web Project

If you’ve decided to build your website on WordPress, congratulations — and welcome to the club! The WordPress platform currently powers more than 40% of all websites. Can you imagine how large of a number that is?

By choosing WordPress, you’re joining a global community of WordPress users. The platform is supported by thousands of web developers who are continuously improving the platform with extra features and functionality, better design and stronger security.

Better yet, joining the WordPress community is easier than you may think. So we’ve just summarized it in a few steps in this quick-start guide. Let’s dive in.

How to build a WordPress website

1. Choose a reliable hosting provider

2. Customize your website after installing WordPress

3. Use other available resources to elevate your WordPress website

It only takes three straightforward steps to build a WordPress website. Let’s look at them in more detail.

1. Choose a reliable hosting provider

Before you dive into the process of building a WordPress website from scratch, you’ll need a reliable hosting plan and a custom domain name. Just keep in mind an excellent WordPress site starts with a great hosting company

Website hosting is an online service that allows you to store and publish your website files on the internet. You can think of hosting as renting or buying space from a service provider to house and connect your site to the web.

WordPress has recommended Bluehost since 2005 as their preferred hosting service. On top of that, we host millions of WordPress websites, which means getting started with WordPress on Bluehost is as easy as possible.

If you don’t yet have a WordPress web hosting provider, start by signing up for your Bluehost account and use our WordPress installation process to install WordPress in one click.

2. Customize your website after installing WordPress

Even if you’re not a techie and don’t know the difference between HTML and CSS, or you can’t fathom developing any PHP know-how, you can still build a website. WordPress is an open-source, easy-to-learn content management system for building your site.

Ever since the introduction of the Gutenberg block editor as the default editor for WordPress, building a website has become a lot easier. This is especially helpful for beginners who are looking to create their first website. Gone are the old days when you had to have coding knowledge to do anything. The block editor takes a very visual approach to website building, which makes it much more beginner-friendly.

Let’s say you want an image gallery on your page? Simply choose the “gallery” block and drag it to your page, choose the layout, then upload the images of your choice and you’re done!

In addition, there are thousands of free and premium themes and the best WordPress plugins that empower you to build any website. When you install these kinds of plugins, you add features to your site like backups, search engine optimization (SEO), e-commerce, caching, contact forms, social media, analytics and many others.

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The number of features may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry. Thanks to Bluehost’s partnership with WordPress, we offer tutorial videos that serve as step-by-step guides for building WordPress websites.

Video lesson 1: Five steps to a great site (overview)

In this brief video, you’ll get a quick overview of the five steps for creating a WordPress site. They are the following:

1. Choose a theme. Your WordPress theme will determine how your website looks and the content layout.

2. Update your Title and Tagline. This information will appear in your browser and display on search engine result pages.

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 WordPress page.

4. Create a custom menu to help users navigate your site. You’ll learn how to add, remove pages from your menu.

5. Activate social sharing buttons. That will make it easy for your readers to share your content on social networks, which will help you get more traffic

Video lesson 2: Changing your theme (detailed)

Choosing the right theme for your site is not easy, not to mention changing it altogether. Most themes have some kind of customization process for fonts, colors and overall look.

There are many options, and the settings can be complex, so this next video takes a deep dive into theme options and where you can change all the necessary settings. However, don’t spend too much time choosing a theme. Otherwise, you’ll get caught in analysis paralysis, which can delay your launch. Instead, take action and get started with one of the free themes offered in the official theme repository on WordPress.org.

Wordpress themes
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You can search for themes within the WordPress dashboard or admin panel based on the type of site you’d like, such as portfolio, magazine or small business. Next to that, you can search for design trends and features like minimalist, responsive or one-page layouts. Or you can just 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? Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to answer these questions. 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 on your site.

3. Use other available resources to elevate your WordPress website

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 that cover diverse aspects of how to build a WordPress website.

These include how to add new pages, create a new post, adjust the appearance of your website’s web design and more:

Don’t forget to check out Bluehost Blog and resources provided by WordPress to find more tutorials and tips for starting, creating, customizing and connecting your website.

Final thoughts

Setting up a WordPress website isn’t such a difficult task as in the old days. With the continuous improvement to the platform, brought by the WordPress community, you can now build a website in just a few steps. But you may still need guidance to handle the more complex parts.

If that’s the case, don’t fret. Bluehost is here for you. We offer 24/7 support for all your website needs. We even simplify the website-building process further with our Website Builder. Access reliable hosting and get your site running smoothly with our Website Builder today.

Devin Sears
Devin Sears | Field Marketing Manager

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