In this quick tutorial I’m going to guide you step-by-step on how to create a similar web page using the WordPress blogging software.
1) Web Hosting
First off all, you need good web hosting for WordPress. I recommend going with a web host that has a cPanel, as it is easy to install WordPress using Fantastico (a function in the cPanel).
Yes, you could also go with free web hosting, but I don’t recommend that, as WordPress requires a database to work and even the best free web hosts have problems with this (this was my own experience with Freehostia.com, I then went for paid hosting).
I recommend using BlueHost web hosting. They have cPanel and you can host unlimited domains on one hosting account. So you can have as many WordPress blogs (websites) on one hosting account as you want for just $6.95 per month.
Or you can also pick one of these top WordPress hosting providers. You will be fine with the cheapest plans (unless you are going to make your website a really big one).
2) Install WordPress
I recommend installing WordPress using the one-click WP installation feature with Fantastico or SimpleScripts in the cPanel. You can check out this tutorial on how to Install WordPress Using SimpleScripts. It’s really easy and quick, easier that you might thought.
3) Upload a WordPress Template
Find a nice WordPress theme for your website and just upload it to the wp-content/themes/ folder. Then activate it in the WP admin panel – in Appearance -> Themes.
For good WordPress themes I recommend you to check out my own themes on my free, premium & custom WordPress Themes site wpmix.com (I’m a WordPress themes designer). I hope you like them.
If you are looking for a custom WordPress theme for your website, check out my website DesignX3M.com on which I offer WordPress web design services.
4) Modify the Theme
If you do not want the comments and the “posted by… on…” displayed to make your website not look like a blog, just delete the following from the index.php (and also delete the same in the files page.php and single.php – if there are these files):
- <?php the_time(‘F jS, Y’) ?><?php edit_post_link(‘, Edit’); ?>
- <div class=”comm”><?php comments_popup_link(‘Post Comment’, ‘Comments (1)’, ‘Comments (%)’); ?></div>
Note: Backup the files of your theme before editing it, so that you have the original files in case you do something wrong.
You might also like to edit some images of the theme like e.g. the header image. I have done both of these modifications on the theme of this website – I removed the comments and added the text “wordpress.lexty.com” into the header image.
And that’s it. You are done, good luck with your new Wordpres website!
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