Developing a website using WordPress is simple because all tools and programs are built in such a way that you can easily interact with the various components of WordPress and incorporate them into your site. This content management tool is designed in such a way that even non-technical bloggers and content creators can create their website with much ease and variations. In this chapter, you will get to know about the basic concept of creating a WordPress website.
Benefits of Using WordPress from a Newbie's Perspective
Choosing WordPress becomes an added advantage because:
- It does not require any hardcore technical knowledge.
- It is flexible and scaled features.
- It is suited for all types of users.
- It has an easy integration mechanism.
- It creates a responsive site which can be compatible with devices with different screen size such as mobile phone and tabs.
Domain Names and Hosting for WordPress
Once you decide the platform you want to work on, the next thing you need is a domain name and hosting space to bring your website. The domain name will enable your viewers to get to your site with your website's unique name, and on the other hand, hosting gives a space where your site resides on a server and make it sure that your website loads swiftly and smoothly without going down for hours.
If you don't have a domain name and hosting, then for the development purpose, you can also host your WordPress website/blog on your local PC. To learn more about this process, you can read the PHP installation article.
Once you install WordPress, you will see a simple site. To make it more robust and smart, full of content, you need to establish the most appropriate themes that fit your intentions. This becomes helpful in adding a visually appealing look to the front and other pages of your website.
To implement this, log in to your WordPress, and you will be able to see the first screen on your dashboard. After logging in, you can access 150 free themes. You will find the theme option under the Appearance menu.
Once you click on that theme option, it will take you to another screen where you can see square-shaped boxes with individually installed themes. To add a new theme, click the "Add New" button at the top of this page. It will navigate you to another page where you can see the thumbnails of all the themes that are free to install.
Creating New Pages and Posts
Once you have chosen a theme, the next thing you need to do is add pages to your website. To do this, you have to go to "Pages" > choose "Add New" option. There are various components of this new Page, creating a screen that will be discussed separately in a further chapter.
Similarly, you can add content also by navigating to "Posts" > "Add New" option. Make sure you refresh the website after every update from the WordPress dashboard so that the saved changes get reflected on your website.