Building Your first WordPress Website using this guide is like baking a cake using a Betty Crocker Mix.  You get a step-by-step tutorial with screen shots, broken down into seven steps.  Just follow the directions and voila!

The idea here is to get you to your first milestone as quickly as possible.  This way you get an overall feel for how WordPress works before launching into more complex projects.

Step 1:  Come Up with a Domain Name.  You will use it in Step 2.

There are many articles on the web that talk about how to do this right.  Read those articles and then decide.  For your first website though, follow this simple rule instead:  Find a domain name that you love.

Step 2:  Buy WordPress Hosting for Your Website

I’ve been hosting with Siteground.com since 2014 and I have been very pleased with the uptime of their servers and the technical abilities of their support people.  This is why I highly recommend them.

  • On the SiteGround Home Page, Choose WordPress Services
  • Choose Plan: Startup
  • Register a New Domain
  • Signup Screen has two parts: Personal Information
  • Signup Screen has two parts: Cost Information
  • Make Adjustments to the Cost Area: un-check extra services
  • Your Account Creation is Complete
 SiteGround Hosting
 SiteGround Hosting
 SiteGround Hosting
 SiteGround Hosting


Step 3.  
Install WordPress.

  • Install WordPress
  • Create an Admin email, login and password
  • Skip all the theme choices for now.
  • Login to your email and look for an email that says VERIFICATION REQUIRED.
  • Go to your new WordPress Site using the link on your Account Tab. Login using the admin credentials your created.
  • Welcome to your new WordPress Site! You are now ready to do some customizations to it.
 SiteGround Hosting
 SiteGround Hosting
 SiteGround Hosting

 

Step 4:  Activate the Twenty Fourteen Theme from WordPress.

SiteGround gives you a lot of free themes bundled with its hosting.  Unfortunately most of them are not responsive so after browsing several of them, I gave up.  We are going to use the Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme instead.

You can visit the official WordPress demo site to see what it looks like.  However, we are going to build a more simplified version so just keep clicking on.

  • Click Appearance: Themes on your Admin Dashboard and find Twenty Fourteen
  • Click on Visit Site to verify that it is activated.
Activate Theme
 Activate Theme

 

Step 5:  Change the Website Title and Tag Line

  • On your Admin Dashboard click on Customize
  • Type the Title and Tagline
 Change Title
Change Title

 

Step 6:  Upload a Header Image for the Site

Here is the header image you can use for this step.

Right-mouse click on the photo and select Save As. Save the file to your computer desktop.

  • On your Admin Dashboard click on Customize
  • Click on Header Image option. Then click on Add New Image
  • Click on Select Files
  • Locate the file from your computer. Click on it to upload.
  • Verify you uploaded the correct file. Type something in the Alt Text box.
  • Skip Cropping
  • Click on Save and Publish
 Change Title
Change Title
Change Title
Change Title
Change Title
Change Title
Change Title

 

Step 7:  Write Your First Post

Here is the photo you can use for this step.

  • Before you begin, change the Permalink Setting.
  • You only have to do this the first time.
  • On your Admin Dashboard click on Posts: Add New
  • It works a lot like a word processor. You can type and format the text.
  • Add a photo to the post by clicking on Add Media
  • Locate the photo on your computer and upload it.
  • Once you are done with the post, click Publish.
  • To see how it looks, View Post.
  • To see the Home Page, click on Visit Site.
 Write a Post
 Write a Post
 Write a Post
 Write a Post
 Write a Post
 Write a Post
 Write a Post
 Write a Post

WP-CakeGreat job, you just did it!

You know you did a lot to get here?

You got your domain name, you set up your hosting account, you installed WordPress and wrote your first post.  Congratulations on your first milestone!  Everything falls into place after this because now you know you can do it.

You know that saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too?”  Well, you can have your site and read it too!  So there.

Now you can to take your site in whatever direction you want.  You’re the baker!

 You can pick your next steps from the choices below.

If you have any requests for WordPress tutorials, just add it to the comment section below or send me a message using my contact form.