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 How to Use WordPress: Step-by-Step Guide

WordPress began as a blogging platform, however, they have evolved into a full-fledged content management system (CMS), which means it enables you to build a website without having to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or any other programming language. This is possible by simply installing WordPress on your Bluehost hosting account and log in to a back-end administrative tool (or "Dashboard," as WordPress refers to it). Several options are available to you, including the ability to upload images, add text, install free plugins, create pages, and modify the website's look and feel. WordPress takes care of all the complicated coding for you, leaving you with nothing more to do than click publish.

How to Use WordPress to Create a Website

As with any tool, learning how to use it takes a few moments. When you create a website with WordPress, you have several customization options that can help you improve your site's functionality. To add features, you can choose from a variety of plugins such as Yoast SEO and widgets. You can learn how WordPress for website creation by following our step-by-step guide.

Our new WordPress Walkthrough series walks you through everything you need to know, from installing it on your Bluehost hosting account to creating real, functional web pages.

Step 1: Domain Name Selection

Domain name is the address that is recognize on by the browser for people to have access to the website. You may be tempted to choose something flashy, choose a domain that accurately represents your brand and simple for people to find you.

For instance, "bobsmithwelding.com" is preferable to "bobdoesmetalwork.com" because it is more likely that searchers looking for Bob by name or for welding services will find him. The decision to register a domain name will be determined by the purpose for which the website is being built.

One of the benefits of using a hosting service such as Bluehost (which WordPress recommends) is to purchase domain name and hosting from the same provider. Simply enter your desired domain name and click the "next" button to have the system verify that it is available. Additionally, you can select a different top-level domain from the drop-down menu. For instance, you may prefer .club or .us over .com.

Step 2: Create a Hosting Account and Select a Plan

After registering your domain name, you'll need to create a hosting account. Fill out each field with your personal information, then scroll down to the package lists (Basic, Plus, or Business Pro) and select an option that fits your budget and service requirements. While prices vary between hosting providers, most offer add-ons such as enhanced security features, SEO tools, and site backup.

To enter your billing information, check the appropriate boxes and scroll down. Take a moment to read the terms of service, cancellation policy, and privacy notices, and then click on the box to indicate your agreement with the policies. Create a password using the on-screen instructions, and you're ready to move on to step three: selecting a WordPress theme.

Step 3: Installing WordPress and Choosing a Theme for WordPress

If you've chosen Bluehost as your web host, WordPress will be installed for you automatically. Simply click 'Log in' and select a theme. If you're unsure which theme to choose, have no fear! You can change it later. If you're not a fan of the free themes, you can upgrade to a premium theme.

The following screen will inquire as to whether you are creating your website for personal or business purposes. This enables us to make accurate recommendations for your website-building journal.

Step 4: Become Familiar with Your WordPress Dashboard

Now that you're ready to get started, you should find yourself on your new website's dashboard or back-end. This is the service area where you can customize your website visitors when they arrive on your pages. Spend some time familiarising yourself with this dashboard by reviewing the features you will use the most frequently.

You're now ready to begin customizing your site's appearance with colour schemes, font styles, and other elements that help you express your company's culture or personality. You can jump right in and write your first post, but it's a good idea first to familiarize yourself with your site's features and functionality.

You'll find navigation links on the left-hand sidebar that enable you to customize your site. The best way to become familiar with your surroundings is to click on each tab and explore the available options.

Don't forget to set up Google Analytics to track visitors to your site and connect it to Google Search Console to ensure there are no errors.

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