This is a guest post from Eric Thomas of WPforall.com. Please note: some links below are affiliate links.
If you’ve ever wanted to build a website using WordPress, but learn visually, then this is for you.
At WPforall, we’ve created a collection of video tutorials that show you everything you need to know about building and using WordPress.
We have video tutorials for beginners, intermediate users, and advanced users.
To date, we’ve made over 50 videos to help you design a professional WordPress website quickly and effectively.
But rather than just tell you about our videos, I thought we’d give you a preview.
Below is a sample of our beginner videos showing you how to create a WordPress website from scratch.
Step 1 – Signing up for a hosting account
The first thing we’re going to need is a web hosting plan. If you already have a hosting account, perfect, you can move onto step 2!
Starting at just $3.95/month, you can’t go wrong with Bluehost. Plus, you’ll get a free domain name.
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Step 2 – Installing WordPress with QuickInstall
Now once you’ve purchased a hosting package and registered a domain name, the next thing you’re going to do is install WordPress.
Bluehost makes this easy. It comes with the One-Click Quick Install Tool, which literally installs WordPress in one click.
To do this, simply:
- Login to your Bluehost cPanel
- Click on One-Click Quick Install
- Select the domain you’d like WordPress to be installed on
- Enter in a username, password, and site title
- Click Install and you’re done!
Because it is a fairly intuitive process, in this video, I’m going to show you how to install WordPress without the cPanel.
Step 3 – Adding Content to your Site – Posts vs. Pages
Now that we have WordPress successfully installed, we can now start updating our site. That means adding new Blog entries, static pages, or even contact pages.
WordPress made this easy by separating blog entries into Posts and static pages into Pages. Now these terms are fairly interchangeable and the functionality is generally the same, but I like to think of it like this:
- Posts are time sensitive
- Pages are static
Creating and editing new posts/pages is quite easy, and is like writing a Word document. In this next video I’ll walk you step by step through some of the more specific details behind posts and pages.
Step 4 – Adding Images to your WordPress website
While we saw how to add content to your posts/pages, the next thing I want to show you is actually how to add media to your site. I’ll show you how to upload basic images, embeddable videos, and even images stored on third party sites (like Flickr).
Step 5 – Installing a WordPress Theme
Now that you have a basic understanding of how WordPress generally works, the next step is finding a quality theme.
Some of my favorite places to find great themes are:
- WordPress.org Directory – Great Free Themes
- Elegant Themes – High Quality Premium Themes
- StudioPress – Optimized for Speed and SEO (and what we personally use)
(Editor’s Note: Learn more about WordPress themes in our “Best WordPress Theme Companies” article.)
Once you’ve purchased or downloaded your theme, simply navigate to Appearance>Themes>Upload and install your new WordPress Theme!
The video below will show you how:
Step 6 – WordPress Widgets
Widgets or “widgetized areas” can be utilized anywhere on your site – the sidebar, footer, header, and even the home page. Your theme will determine the number and position of these widgetized areas.
Widgets are great due to their drag and drop interface. If you’d like a Recent Post widget in your sidebar, simply navigate to Appearance>Widgets and drag the recent posts widget into your Primary Sidebar.
The video below shows how the widget area works.
Step 7 – Installing new Plugins
The last thing we’re going to do is install new Plugins. In my opinion, this is what really makes WordPress unique.
You can think of plugins like mini-programs that add functionality. Instead of hiring a programmer to add unique functionality, you can install plugins.
There’s literally 1000s of free and premium plugins for almost every functionality or design you can think of. Some of the best places to look for plugins are:
- WordPress.org Directory – Great free plugins
- Third party websites – Generally paid, but may provide some more specific functionality
Also, check out the list of the Best WordPress Plugins.
Once you’ve found the plugins you like, simply install them by going to Plugins>Add New. Or, watch the video below for more details!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below. And if you liked the videos or would like to learn some more advanced WordPress tips and techniques, check out WPforall.com!