Day 2 - Learn How to Build a Website Yourself in WordPress 2017
Welcome to Day 2 of Learn How to Build a Website Yourself in WordPress 2017 – let’s get started!
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I’m continuing with Part 1 of Jays 4 part video series as linked below:
A recap on what I did yesterday – Day 1:
- Researched and found my niche and some keywords
- Found an affiliate program
So now we’re going to move onto…
Step 1: Choosing a Domain Name
Now that I have my niche and keywords I’ll now register my domain.I’ve decided to purchase my main keyword ending with the word ‘reviews’ and dot com. This is going to be a complete review website, hence adding reviews to the end of my main keyword.
So I’ve gone ahead and registered my domain name, you can do that a number of different ways, with a domain name registrar like NameCheap or GoDaddy.I actually went through NameCheap as, at this point, all but one of my domains is with that registrar.
Obviously if you’re going to use a registrar you will need to go through the process of adding in the domain name servers, adding your domain to your hosting company and installing WordPress.
You can go through the simple process of getting a free domain here in Wealthy Affiliate with SiteRubix – this is something I haven’t done as I’ve pretty much always used NameCheap, old habits die hard I guess!
Woop Woop… Having a domain name really gets this new project up and running, let’s keep going.
Step 2: Start the Building of the Site
It’s Theme Time:
I’ve gone into my WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes and I’ve now installed and activated my theme.When it comes to choosing a theme, I like it to be simple, clean and with only 1 or 2 columns, this makes it easy for my visitors to navigate through my content without being distracted.
Now it’s now time to do a bit of “tidying up”:
I went to Posts - all posts - trash the post - delete the trash permanently
I did the same with Pages
Now I’m creating some pages with very little, to no content on them:
- the first page being my main keyword with a quick introduction and saying that this is a work in progress
- the second is an About page
- the fourth is a Contact page
- and the last page is Blog – this will have no content on it
At this point I’m just putting the pages up and I’ll be building out the content a little later.
Once this is done I go to Settings > Reading > change from latest posts to A static page and I’m choosing my Front page as my main keyword page that I’ve just created and the Post page as Blog.
I then Save Changes
Next it’s to go into Settings again > General – there I can see my Site Title and I now need to change my Tagline – this will be something like: Learn about __ main keyword__.
Then I change the Time zone to my Time zone (this just changes the time stamp as to when you’ve created blog posts) then I scroll down and click on Save Changes.
The last thing to do is to go into Settings > Permalinks > click on Custom Structure making sure that /%postname%/ is in the box provided.
The reason for this is that it creates a ‘permanent link’, which is a link that can’t be changed and it points directly to that content you’ve created on that post or page.
Well that’s Day 2 completed…
Catch you tomorrow with the next episode of Learn how to build a website yourself in WordPress in 2017.
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