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How to build a website. Part 2. WordPress Installation

You have your Domain name and you are now ready to launch a website. Go you good thing!

The good news is, if you followed my instructions in Part 1 then you should already be set up in SiteGround. From here you can launch your website or transfer across an existing one. For the purposes of this blog we will start from the beginning and I will show you how to launch a WordPress Website.

The good thing about Siteground is that you can take advantage of their automated WordPress installation to create a real, functional site in minutes. And once you install WordPress through the automated installer and you log into your site’s admin panel, you will be able to use the WordPress Starter. This tool allows you to choose from a selected collection of professional site designs and add key functionalities like contact forms, an online store, a portfolio, and more. All the features you select are automatically installed on your site, turning the standard default WordPress installation into a beautiful and fully-functional website in minutes – no technical knowledge required!

Step 1.

Log into Siteground and you will see on your home page the Set Up Site button. Click Start New Website and choose the Application you wish to use. I chose WordPress for my blog, but if you are an online store you may wish to choose WordPress + WooCommerce. Choose any extras and press finish.

You can also log into Siteground and choose Websites from the top panel and launch New Website from there. And if you exit out at any time you can log back into Siteground and Click on Websites, Site Tools and then launch WordPress from there. This is where you would also go to create a custom email will look much more professional. I will go into this later.

Step 2.

Open a browser window and go to www.YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin/ and save it as a bookmark. This is how you will log in and out of your website to edit and post new content.

Once logged in, you will then be able to create the website of your dreams. There are so many templates available to choose from and then all you have to do is customise to suit your theme. 

Step 3.

Once logged in you will see your WordPress Dashboard. 
Navigate to Plugins > Add New. Search for Elementor and click Install. When Elementor has been installed, click Activate.
Now you may be wondering what Plugins are? They are little programs compatible with your website that give you additional functions. Elementor is a program that will allow you to edit easily.
Next step is to go back to your Dashboard and click on Appearance > Themes > Add new. Here you can browse templates.  I chose the Astra theme for my current site. Once you have chosen, activate. 
You now have the basics of a website! 

Step 4.

Now is the fun part! You get to edit the pages and show your creative side. 

1. I would think about what Pages you want. Personally, I like to keep mine simple with a Home, Blog and Contact Page but you can have as many as you like and these are what will come up in the bar along the top. To add or delete you can click on Pages from your Dashboard.

2. Next I would go to Settings > Permalinks and choose how you want your links in your search bar to look. I prefer my links to be my Domain name then Post name. For example www.honestlysarah.com/blog

3. Start editing. Click on Pages> All Pages and choose a page you wish to start editing. Once there, view your options down the right hand side eg. Privacy settings (I change mine to private if I am playing around so that no one can view a half done page if I accidentally publish it), Permalink, and set Featured Image. Update (top right) then click on EDIT WITH ELEMENTOR which will take you to where you can change the template text, add photos, change backgrounds. On every page, don’t forget to update once you have made any changes.

You may find, depending on what theme you chose that you have to Visit Site from Dashboard, then choose Customise from the top bar to edit headers. Play around, and if you want to undo hit CTRL+Z.

4. Prepare to add Blog Posts to your Blog Page. And don’t get these two confused. Your Blog Page is a page to hold and navigate to your Blog Posts. Set it up by going to your Dashboard > Settings > Reading Settings. Change the settings to Your Homepage Displays as a Static Page. Also set the Homepage as Home and the Posts Page as Blog. This way, when you create new Posts they will show on the Blog Page only. Once you have saved the settings you can now navigate back to your Dashboard > Posts > All Posts. If your theme has some templates already saved you can go into these and update with your own content rather than starting from scratch. 

There is still quite a lot more you can do, like adding a ‘coming soon’ page, and integrating a ‘Sign Up’ form but I will put these in another blog. And if you don’t have a lot of images to add to your blog, check out Unsplash for royalty free images.

As always, reach out if you need help. I don’t claim to be an expert but I’m mighty good at googling the answers.

Honestly, Sarah