by Patrick Compton

December 17, 2019

Website 5 min read

The Non-Tech Savvy Guide to Setting Up a WordPress Website

More than 22 million websites use WordPress. It’s simple, flexible, and scalable. That’s why it works for personal websites, ecommerce stores, large companies and more.

More importantly, here are some of the key reasons to use WordPress:

  • WordPress vs. Website Builders: More flexibility to customise for your needs
  • WordPress vs. HTML/CSS: So much simpler. Can create a great looking website without needing to learn a difficult, programming language.
  • WordPress vs. Other CMS: More user-friendly.

Finally, WordPress is all about plugins. It has over 50,000 plugins. Do you want better on-page SEO? Do you need ecommerce tools? Do you want better security? Whatever you need, you can find a great plugin for it.

This guide we’ll walk you through the steps of how to set up a website using our web hosting plans.

Let’s begin!

Web Hosting vs. WordPress Hosting: What’s the Difference?  

Web Hosting vs. WordPress Hosting: What’s the Difference?

In Crazy Domains, you have two different options to harness the power of WordPress: Web Hosting and WordPress Hosting.

With Web Hosting, you can host any kind of website — including WordPress. You have the advantage of using enterprise servers for maximum performance and scalability. This delivers the performance and security you need for your site.

Meanwhile, WordPress Hosting unlocks even more features, including WordPress staging, transfer, security, support, and more.

So which should you choose?

Companies with dedicated IT staff can take advantage of our Web Hosting service. Companies without IT or newer businesses should use the WordPress Hosting service.

Now we’ll take a look at the difference in setting up a WordPress website from each method.

Method 1: Web Hosting

Web Hosting

  1. Select and purchase your domain name and hosting.
    1. You can also transfer your existing site and domain.
  2. Install WordPress using Crazy Domains’ One-Click Installation.
  3. Design your WordPress site.
  4. Choose additional features.
    1. Regardless of anticipated traffic, it’s worth it to upgrade your speed. This will improve site functionality and SEO.
  5. Customise your site using Themes.
  6. Add pages like About, Contact, etc.
  7. Install plugins to get more out of WordPress.

Method 2: Dedicated WordPress Hosting

WordPress Hosting

  1. Choose the right plan for you. You have three options between personal, business, and ultimate use.
  2. Select your domain name.
  3. Choose additional features.
    1. Regardless of anticipated traffic, it’s worth it to upgrade your speed. This will improve site functionality and SEO.
  4. Import your website — or use the one-click WordPress install.
  5. Design your WordPress site.
  6. Customise your site using Themes.
  7. Add pages like Home, About, Contact, etc.
  8. Install plugins to get more out of WordPress.

Let’s go into more detail on how you can make your site look amazing.

More About the One-Click Installation

Crazy Domains uses one-click installation for WordPress, which makes it easy to get started. You’ll find the installation button in your Crazy Domains dashboard.

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Crazy Domains Hosting account.
  2. Go to the control panel.
  3. Click on the WordPress icon.
  4. Choose the domain where you want to install your new website.
  5. Click the Install Now button. Now you’ll be able to access your WordPress site.

Design Your WordPress Site  

Design Your WordPress Site

Now you have a clean WordPress site. But you don’t want to look like everybody else.

Customise your WordPress site with themes, plugins, and other tools.

1. Sign into your WordPress dashboard

WP dashboard

You can access your WP dashboard at https://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin.

2. Choose your favorite theme

Theme Directory

      1. Go to Appearance > Themes.
      2. Choose from the list of themes displayed. Here’s a list of the top 24 from 2019.
        1. Take some time to see what works best. You may want a paid theme or use one of the free options.
        2. Search for specific keywords and filters to match your site’s function and style.
        3. Lean towards responsive themes. This means they are compatible with all devices.
      3. Once you’ve found a theme you like, select Install Now followed by Activate. This will install the theme on your site.
      4. You can change themes at any time you like. This won’t affect the data on your pages.

3. Add content and pages

Once you’ve installed your themes, it’s time to add some of the main pages we discussed earlier in Section 2 - Lesson 2: What Do You Need in a Website?.

      1. Click the sidebar in the WordPress Dashboard for Pages > Add New.
      2. Add text, images, and more to build the page you want. Don’t forget to hit Save!
      3. Add your pages to your site’s navigation bar.
        1. Go to Appearance > Menus in the sidebar of the WordPress dashboard.
        2. Find your new page and add it to the list. Click the box next to it, then choose Add to Menu.

4. Start your blog

Blogs are an excellent way for you to be a credible source of information and grow your audience.

Create blog posts through the Posts feature in WordPress:

        1. Go to Posts > Add New.
        2. Write your post! Make use of WordPress’ rich text editor and add images, videos, blockquotes, and more.
        3. After writing your blog post, add its corresponding categories and tags.
        4. Add a featured image that matches your content.
        5. Check how your post would look on your site by clicking Preview Changes.
        6. When you’re satisfied, hit Publish.

5. Choose your static page

The static page serves as your WordPress site’s home page.

By default, your static page is your blog page. But ideally, your static page should contain all what your audience should know about your business.

To set your static page, do the following:

        1. On your WordPress dashboard, go to Pages > Add Page.
        2. Create your desired homepage. Think about what you want your audience to know first about your business.
        3. After creating your homepage, go to Settings > Reading.
        4. Choose your homepage as your static page.

6. Install your plugins

Plugins are extensions that expand the capabilities of your WordPress site. There are over 25,000 plugins you can use to add amazing features to your site. Best of all, you can install them in a snap.

Plugins do everything. You can create photo galleries, submission forms, add security, and more.

To install a plugin, go to Plugins > Add New. Search for what you need. After finding one you like, click Install.

Here are some plugins for you to start with:

Takeaway

With WordPress, you get everything you need for a business website — ease of use, functionality, scalability, and security, among others.

If you need a no-fuss way to setup your first website, WordPress is a good choice.

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