How to Set Up a WordPress Website: Step-by-Step Guide

How to build WordPress blogs

By now, I’m sure you realize that having a website for your business is not optional anymore!

Furthermore, did you know that companies that blog have 55% more website visitors than companies that don’t blog ( Hubspot.com). This should be enough of an incentive to convince you to also add a blog to your business website and keep it active!

Why WordPress

WordPress is an excellent platform for creating blogs and/or professional websites!

WordPress is an Open Source Software which means that you do not have to pay to use it. It is simple enough for a beginner to learn and manage on their own and is extremely flexible.

As of today, there are 55,429,107 WordPress.com sites in the world and the newest version of WordPress.org (3.4) has been downloaded 14,327,651 times which makes it currently the most popular content management system (CMS) in use on the Internet.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

WordPress.com is a free hosting platform but you can’t upload a custom theme or plugins. You don’t control the software or the database.

WordPress.org is also free to download but it is self-hosted which means that you’ll have to pay for hosting services. You have complete control of your website and blog. You can install themes and plugins but you’re also responsible for backups of your site.

3 Terms You Should Know

Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the informational content. As an example, I created this website using Headway Themes.

Widgets allow to add functionality to your site and make it easy to customize the content of your sidebar(s).

Plugins are tools that add to the functionality to your WordPress website. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that you can tailor your site to your own specific needs. Here’s a list of my own Plugins I’ve used.

Step-by-Step Interactive Guide

Simply Business created this fantastic Step-by-step interactive guide to help you build your own WordPress website (click the image below to open the interactive version). Make sure to click on the “no” below each question on the interactive guide to see the tutorials and additional information.

Interactive WordPress Guide

Do you manage your own website and blog?

image source: Niall Kennedy via Compfight

  • Hello Genevieve Lachance ,
    Thanks a lot for such types of great post.
    I really like it.
    I think, everybody should read it carefully.
    Waiting for the next post.
    Please keep it up…………………………..

  • mike

    Hi, very timely post. I need this because I am planning to set up my own website. Thank you very much. 🙂

    • mike

      What is the best hosting do you suggest?

      • Genevieve

        Thanks Mike! I use BlueHost. It works well for WordPress sites and I’ve never had any issues with them. You might also want to check out Hostgator.

        • mike

          I will check it out! I’m glad I found you today and subscribed! You have a very helpful website for an aspiring Virtual Assistant like me. Thanks again. 🙂

          • Genevieve

            If you’re starting out as a virtual assistant, I suggest that you register to Virtual Assistant Forums. It’s a great resources for Virtual Assistants.

Genevieve Lachance is a web marketing consultant who has a passion for social media and technology based in Montreal, Canada. Read More About Me »