creating your own wordpress website

Free WordPress tutorial-Step by Step. Yes! You can do it

Step by step WordPress tutorial- Hosting

First you need to choose your Hosting Company. In our case we are using Absolute hosting.

absolute hosting
absolute hosting, google

When you are on their Website, go to hosting and Choose WordPress hosting.

hosting
hosting
wordpress hosting
wordpress hosting

Now you will need to choose a plan that will suit your needs. You will see the cheapest is R18 per month for the Hosting comapany.

hosting plan
hosting plan

Domain name

When you decided on a Hosting Company, it is now time to decide on your Domain name. Take time to thing about this, seeing that this is the name your website will be known as.

Once you have chosen your Domain name, click on the “check” button, this will show you if your Domain name is available or not. You will also see that it says “continue to register this domain for R79. This amount is for your Domain name, and it is R79 per year.

domain name
domain name

Yes, you are one step closer into getting ready to start with your website. First you will need to “close” the sale. So after your Domain name is checked and you are happy with it, click on the “continue to register this domain for R79”. You will be then taken to the next step. Here is the details of the payment amounts. R18 per month for your Hosting Company and then R79 per year for your Domain name. So the R92.20 is the amount that I should pay Today. If you are happy with everything, click “checkout”.

checkout
checkout

You will now be taken to a page where you need to fill in your personal details and payment methods. Please don’t worry their website is secured so none of your personal details will end up in the wrong hands.

For your domain to be registered may take some time, so go and make yourself some nice hot coffee or tea. They will give you, your wordpress login site, username and password.

To login into your website, go to where you put in a url, enter your domain name example: http://wordpresstutorial.co.za/wp-admin just like this, but with your own domain name. You will get to the next block. Enter your username and the password they gave you.

wordpress login
wordpress login

WordPress tutorial

Now you are on your website, and lets admit it doesn’t look great at all. No need to worry we are going to work on that.

wordpress website
wordpress website

Password change-wordpress tutorial

First we are going to change the password. So Hover(keep your mouse) over “create website” click on Dashboard.

wordpress website
wordpress website

Next go to users, and then Your Profile.

password change
password change

Once there scroll to the bottom to Account Management, type in your new password.

password
password

Please remember to update Profile.

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password

Deleting plugins-wordpress tutorial

Next we are going to delete all the old plugins. Go to plugins and Installed Plugins.

plugins
plugins

It then will give you this page, mark on you left besides plugins so that it can mark all the plugins. Click on delete, choose bulk action, Deactivate and then apply. Check plugin box again, bulk action, delete and apply.

deleting plugins
deleting plugins

Here you can just confirm that you are going to delete the plugins.

deleting plugins
deleting plugins

Permalinks-wordpress tutorial

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual pages and blog posts, as well as your categories and tag archives. A permalink is the web address used to link to your content.

Go to Settings, Permalinks.

permalinks
permalinks

Scroll down until you see Post name, click on it

permalinks
permalinks

Save your changes

permalinks
permalinks

If you want to see if your WordPress is up to date, go to updates. If there is nothing to update, your wordpress is up to date.

update
update

Themes-wordpress tutorials

WordPress tutorials. This is where the fun starts, and your website will get more life.

Go to Appearance and then Themes

themes
themes

Click on add new, and then search Astra. Click on install and activate.

plugins
plugins

You can now go to “visit site”. Now you will see that your website has changed. But it does not look great. Now we will install a plugin that will let you import a whole site.

new site
new site

Go to create Website and then dashboard-wordpress tutorials

dashboard
dashboard

Add new

plugins
plugins

Search for Astra starter sites. Click on install now and once it has finished installing, Activate it.

astra
astra

Again we need to delete the pages. So go to pages, all pages, and like last time delete them all.

pages
pages
pages
pages
pages
pages
pages
pages
pages
pages
pages

To install an entire site-wordpress tutorials

Go to appearance and then themes, Astra themes and then Customize or Starter templates. If it needs updating please update it.

astra

Here is where you can choose the one you like the most. For this tutorial we are using the nutritionist one. This is also the one we used on our own website. You will see there are a lot of “agent”once, but those you need to buy.

templates

Here you can choose to import the entire site

templates
import

This may take some time

importing

After it has finished you can exit.

importing

Go to your website and view site, you will now see that the whole site has been imported.

view site

So this is your new site.

new site
new site

You will see that your Elementor page builder plugins has also been installed

new site with elementor

From here you can do exactly what you want.

We are now going to edit your site name. Please note this is done on WordPress itself. On the top of your menu, you will see customize, click on there, and it will take you to the customization page.

customize

Site title, Site tagline and Logo

Your Site title is your site name. Site tagline, describes your business or service, and you are going to learn of a site where you can create your own logo if you don’t already have one. Please don’t let your site title and your tagline be the same. Otherwise you are going to get duplicate keywords on the search engine, and that is not a good thing.

If you want to create your own log, open a new tab, and in the search bar enter logomakr.com

logomakr

Play around and see what you like, then you can save it to a file on your computer.

logo

Now you can click on change logo, and upload your very own logo. And then at the top you will see “publish” click on that and it will save your progress. You can now enter your site name and site title. Under tagline there is a box that says “display site tagline” un-check that box.

site title and tagline

Whenever you upload a logo or image remember to change the alt tex(the name of the text), title(there you can also pit in a name and add -jpg at the end), caption(is what you can see in the pictures), description(everything you can see in the image).

picture

Now you enter your title, title tag in here and remember to un-click the box below title tag.

title tag, site title

To change your font type go to Typography, you can change your text colours . You can see what you like. Please keep readability in mind.

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typgraphy
base
headings
base colors
colors
colors

Now to change your menu names, go to customization, menus, top navigation. Change your menu names there, and click on publish. After doing that, you will see that your menu names has changed.

menu
menu
menu
menu

Now we get to the fun part, and that is editing your website. Go out of customize, and go into Edit with Elementor.

elementor

Logically, you want to add your own images, but as you know you can’t use google images. Here are a free image page that you can use. My tip will be is go to Pixabay.com, and download all the pictures you are going to need. Please don’t download the biggest image, that will slow your website down. Please also remember to change the alt, captions and description of it.

pixabay
pixabay
free download
size and download

To change the pictures, click on the pictures, there you will see a pencil, if you click on it, there will open a new box where you can change or remove the pictures.

editing an image
choose image
change an image
upload an image
image

You can also change or remove the background picture. The same as you did with the first image you do with the background image.

background image

At background, choose a background color or you can make it a gradient color if you wish.

background colors
change background overlay

This is what it can look like when you are done.

this is what it can look like

Change of content-wordpress tutorials

You will off course need to change the content. To do that, click on the box. You will see a +, dots, and an x appear. Click on the dots, and an editing box will appear.

editing

If you click on any of the text, there will appear a blue box that means you can edit.

text

Just click on the pencil and you “edit box” will open, and you can enter your own text in there.

text

You can also change your text colors. Please remember that light colors read better on dark backgrounds and dark text read better on light backgrounds.

text color

Click on a box you want t delete, right click on your mouse, and delete.

delete
delete

Inserting a new text box, just drop and drag the text editor, and a new box will appear.

inserting text
inserting text

You can now erase the old text, and enter your own text.

inserting a new text
inserting a new text

And there you go.

enter your new text
enter your new text

Editing your footer(the bottom of the page) image, and color. Exit to dashboard, visit site. Hover over Elementor. You will see footer, now click on there. You can now edit the picture and if you want the color.

elementor footer
elementor footer

You can now basically do the same as you did with the top images.

footer
footer

Changing images

footer
footer

Pictures from pixabay.com

pictures
pictures

Your site can look the way you want it to look. Have fun and enjoy yourself.

new image
new image

Remember you can add and delete as much as you want. This images is just to show you how it works.

Creating your post-wordpress tutorials

Your first post

If you want to know more about blogs you can follow the link and it will take you to my post about blogs

Now you need to start adding content to your blog. Hover over your website name, go to dashboard. Go to posts, and delete all old posts. Click on add new. Insert your title. Insert your subheading as well.

heading
heading

Just another tip. Make sure your title name is in your subheading. Use a heading 3 and 4. I normally use a main heading, then for each subheading i use heading 3 or 4. Otherwise the headings look to big.

your first post
your first post

Now you are going to insert a Paragraph so that you can start typing your content. Keep in mind your readability, use shorter logical paragraphs. You will see, if you click on one paragraph, a little + sign appears, click that, and it will give you a “editing box” where you can choose to insert a heading, paragraph or image.

inserting
inserting
menu box
menu box

Now that you have written your first post lets do the SEO

I used a practice website to make sure i have all the steps, so i could not do Rank Math SEO plug in on that. So i need to do the SEO for this post, so i am going to show you step-by-step how to do it.

First you are going to go to plugins, and add new.

plug in
plug in

Now you are going to search for Rank Math SEO

rank math
rank math

You are going to install and activate it. You can follow the setup wizard which helps a lot.

First you are going to insert a feature image. That is just an image that appears on the front side of your post.

documents
documents
featured image
featured image
wordpress
wordpress

So lets start the SEO. You will see on the top of your page there is a pink block, click on there.

seo
seo

You will get to a block like this. This is where you are going to edit your SEO. You will see they give you errors to work on. Go through them one by one. If you don’t know what to do use the question mark that will give you some tips. Please don’t worry about getting a 100 now. Don’t stress you will figure this out. If you need any help please feel free to contact us, we will help any way we can.

seo
seo
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wordpress

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