April 2, 2020
How To Make a WordPress Website – 2017 – SIMPLE!

How To Make a WordPress Website – 2017 – SIMPLE!

– [Instructor] How would
you like to have your own beautiful, custom website
in just 30 minutes, with absolutely zero coding required? Whether you’ve thought
of starting your own blog or even creating an online business, having your own website is one of the best investments you can make today. And, lucky for you, it’s now 2017, and the process is
easier than ever before. In this video, I’m going
to walk you step by step, so you can have your own
website up and running by today! Stay tuned. (inspirational crystal music) Hey, what’s up, guys? ODI productions here
with How2MakeWebsite.com, your number one online
resource for helping you create your first website
both easily and affordably. I’m happy to announce that last year’s free video course was able to help thousands of people create
their first website. I was really overwhelmed by
all the positive responses. So, thank you, guys,
for the kind feedback. Well, I’m back this year with an updated version of that tutorial. For those who don’t know me, I’m the founder of RecordingNOW.com, a website which I built using the exact same platform and techniques I’ll be teaching in this video. So, whether you’re already
interested in making a website, or maybe you’re still on the fence about spending the time and money, I’m going to tell you why you need to have a website in today’s day and age. First off, websites are
extremely versatile. You can make a fun travel or food blog for sharing your thoughts and experiences. You can create a personal branding page with your portfolio or resume to help you land that dream job. And you can even create
an entire online business, which generates passive
income every month. Second, websites are so easy and inexpensive to create these days, that you simply can’t afford
not to make a website. There’s absolutely no excuses. If you’re wondering how we’re going to be able to make a
website with zero coding, the answer is a little
platform called WordPress. You’ve probably heard the name before, but I’ll give you some more
detail into how it works. WordPress is known as a Content
Management System, or CMS. Basically, WordPress
is a powerful platform that allows you to create
a customize a website with several different themes and plugins, so you can create virtually
any website you think of without ever having to
touch a line of code. It makes making websites
easy and even a little fun. Did you know that 25% of the web now runs on the WordPress platform? Check out all the companies
that use WordPress for their websites, such as
TechCrunch, The New Yorker, the official Star Wars blog,
Beyonce, and much, much more. So, now that you’re ready to get started, here’s a list of what you’ll need. First you’ll need a domain URL, which is simply the name of your website. For example, recordingnow.com
is my website’s domain. Domain names are usually
paid for annually, and are pretty cheap at around $10 a year. Second, you’ll need to buy web hosting, which is where you pay a
company to use their servers so you can store your
website’s data online and have your website
live on the Internet. Web hosting is advertised
at a monthly price ranging from $4 to $8 a month, but is usually paid for
in annual installments. So, instead of paying web
hosting every single month, you pay once for 12 full
months of web hosting. Third you’re going to
need a copy of WordPress, which is totally free and is
available from wordpress.org. Now, there’s a difference
between wordpress.org and wordpress.com. We want wordpress.org because it offers the open source version
of the WordPress platform that allows us to really customize our website to our liking. WordPress.com is sort of a
lite version of WordPress, that is much more
limited in functionality. Just these three things will get you a full custom website up
and running in no time. Now, here’s the best part. Before, you used to have to get all of these things separately and then connect them all together. Now, in 2017, the process
is a lot more streamlined, and all you really have to do is just sign up for web hosting, and the rest will be
automatically included. It doesn’t get any
easier than this, folks. Okay, so now, we’re going to get into the real step-by-step walkthrough from purchasing web hosting
to setting up WordPress, and to customizing your website. If you need help with
any step along the way, please feel free to comment
any questions you may have and I’ll do my best to help you out. First step, click the How2MakeWebsite link in the video description below to open up the companion article and resource page that we will be using in conjunction with this video. Second, type in your desired website name into the domain name checker
to see if it’s available. If it’s not available, you can always try changing the extension to one of the others, like .co or .net. My personal recommendation is to always go for .com if possible, as this is the most familiar
extension to people. Once you find an available domain, this will take you to a
sign up page for Bluehost, which is the web hosting provider we will be using for this tutorial. Now, if you’re wondering why you should choose Bluehost as your web host provider, let me give you my top three reasons for why I’ve chosen to go with Bluehost for my own websites. Reason number one. If you go to the official
WordPress website, they actually have their own
web hosting recommendations. And at the very top of
that list is Bluehost. Reason number two. Being at the top of that list, it goes without saying that Bluehost is extremely WordPress friendly, and even includes a feature called the WordPress Auto-Install, meaning that you can have the WordPress platform installed
at the click of a button. A lot of other web host providers aren’t as WordPress friendly, and you would have to
install WordPress yourself, which requires a little technical know-how and can get a little too
complicated for many people. Reason number three. Bluehost’s pricing is very competitive, starting at just $2.95 per
month for a three year plan, or just $4.95 per month
for a one year plan. Please note that this pricing is exclusive to How2MakeWebsite.com. Regular pricing starts at $3.95 per month for non-How2MakeWebsite visitors. Also, if you sign up as
a new customer today, you even get your desired
domain name completely free. If you were to buy your domain name from WordPress, for example, they would charge you $18 for the year. Best of all, there’s no hidden fees that other providers like to sneak in as extra services and charges. So, all in all, you can have a beautiful custom website for about the price of one fast-food meal a month. I think that’s a price anyone
would be willing to pay. Fill out all of your account information, then choose what you want from the package information section. Here you can select how many years of hosting you want to buy, and the more years you sign up for now, the cheaper the monthly rate. My personal suggestion is to go for as many years as you can afford, as this will save you the
most money in the long-term, and also, it’ll help
you to stay committed. But if you just want to
try it out for one year, then choose the basic 12-month
plan for $4.95 per month. As far as the extras are concerned, if there was one I would
recommend it would be the Domain Privacy
Protection for $0.99 a month. This just hides your Who
Is personal information if someone were to look up your domain. Lastly, fill out your billing info to complete the checkout. Also, if you have PayPal, then you can click the
More Payment Options to pay via PayPal as well. After you’re done, check the last box to agree
to the Terms and Agreement and hit Submit and then you’re all set. Once the order successfully goes through, you’ll be taken to a Thank You page where you’ll need to
set a password that will be used for logging into
your Bluehost account. After you’ve set your password and opened up the Welcome
email from Bluehost, you should be able to
log into your account. After logging in, click hosting on the top left of the navigation bar which will take you to
the Bluehost home screen. Now I know it can look a
little overwhelming at first, with all the buttons and options, but all we’re going to do
now is install WordPress. Since we’re using Bluehost, luckily they have a
one-click WordPress install. Just scroll down to the website category and click the Install WordPress button. It will then take you to this screen. So just click the green Install button. It will then ask you which domain you would like to install WordPress on. And since we only have the one domain which we signed up with, all you have to do is click Check Domain. On the next page, you don’t need to touch
the advanced options, but you do have to check the Terms and Conditions box at the bottom. Then click Install Now. You might get a pop-up,
so just click out of that, and you’ll see a loading bar
for the install progress. Now you can just sit back and relax until WordPress is installed. After it says your install is complete, click the View Credentials
button so we can get the login information for
your WordPress account. When you click to view your credentials, you’ll get the Admin URL, your user name, which
is usually your email, and the password. Click the Admin URL to be taken to the WordPress login on your website and fill out the login info by copying and pasting from
the credentials page. Once you successfully log in, you’ll be taken to the
WordPress Dashboard. Welcome to WordPress. So the first thing you’ll see each time after logging in to
WordPress is the Dashboard. This page just summarizes your website, and also includes the latest updates and news from WordPress. At the top, we have the Admin bar, which we won’t use too often except to view our website by
hovering over the name. Now, this sidebar on the left is going to be our main navigation for customizing our
website and its appearance, adding separate web pages and blog posts, and changing our account settings. Let’s start with customizing the look of your website by clicking
Themes from the Appearance tab. (relaxing academic music) Themes determine the
overall look of your website from layout to color
scheme to fonts and more. WordPress does come with
some free default themes, so if you click into Live Preview, you can see how your website
would look with each theme. (relaxing academic music) Now the beauty of
WordPress is that there are thousands of other themes
you can choose from to really spice up your
website and make it unique. Click the Add New Theme box at the bottom to be taken to a page where you can browse and search for virtually
any theme you can think of. Some themes are free, some may have a small one-time cost, and others are Freemium, which means you can a limited
version of the theme for free. So, go ahead and choose a theme
you like then click Install. If you’d like to use the theme featured in the intro of this video, search bizlight in the search bar. That’s B-I-Z-L-I-G-H-T,
bizlight by evisiontheme. (relaxing academic music) After installation, click activate to make it your current theme. To see how your website looks, hover over your website’s
name on the admin bar up top, then click Visit Site. (relaxing academic music) You can customize your theme by going back into the Dashboard and choosing Customize from
the Appearance section. (relaxing academic music) Here you can really
make your website unique by adding a logo or
header image at the top and also changing your
site title and tagline. As you can see, the default home page shows the sample post
entitled “Hello world!” And this is known as a blog front page. Every time you create a new blog post, this front page will automatically update with your latest post at the top. So, if your website is
mainly going to be a blog, then you’re pretty much
set already at this point. Now, if you wanted to make a more traditional business website, I’ll show you how to make a
regular home page in a second. But first, let’s talk
about posts versus pages. Two of the most important
functions on the sidebar are Posts and Pages. Posts simply refers to blog posts, which are usually in a news article format and have a title and a date. Pages refers to an individual
page on your website, that is usually part of the core website, such as a Home page or About Us page. You can add a new post or page by hovering over it and clicking Add New. This will reveal the general
WordPress text editor where you can draft up your post or page just like any regular word processor, such as Microsoft Word. In this editor, you
can also include images by clicking the Add Media button, then drag-and-dropping your files or selecting it from your computer. (relaxing academic music) You can save your progress by hitting the Save Draft button, and also preview the page by hitting the Preview button as well. (relaxing academic music) When you’re ready to post
to the actual website, click the blue Publish button, and your new post or page will be live. (inspirational crystal music) Now, if you want to make a traditional home page that isn’t a blog, you can add a new page and
make this your home page. (relaxing academic music) Put whatever information and pictures you want into the text editor, then hit Publish. (relaxing academic music) After we have a home page ready, we need to jump into
Settings on the sidebar and go into Reading. At the top it says Front page displays, and by default it’s set
to Your latest posts, which is why the blog shows up. Instead, click A static page, and choose the home page we just created from the drop-down, and then hit Save Changes at the bottom. (relaxing academic music) Now that we have the basics down, we can start building
out the website further by adding more pages or posts. For example, just like we
did with making a Home Page, we can make an About Us page the same way, and any other page you can think of. (relaxing academic music) Once we have multiple pages, it’s time to make a Navigation Bar so people can access the
pages from the Home page, or whatever page that they’re on. Go to the Appearance section once again, and click Menus. Here we can create our Navigation Bar. First give a name to your menu, like Navigation Bar, for example. Then, simply choose the
pages you want to include in your navigation by
checking the boxes on the side and clicking Add to Menu. You can arrange the order
which the pages will appear in and even rename the section as well. At the bottom, check the Primary Menu box under Theme Locations
so your navigation bar shows up for your website. Once your done, click Save
Menu and you should be set. (relaxing academic music) Now the last thing I want to introduce you guys to when building your website is the wonder of plugins. We’ve already seen how simple it can be to change the look of
your website using themes, but plugins are what really can take your website to the next level. Plugins expand the
functionality of your website to allow you to make virtually any kind of website you can think of. Plugins are coded by professional
and indie developers, then packaged up so the
average user can use the functions without having
to mess with the code. For example, you can
download an ecommerce plugin to completely transform your website into a webstore that
accepts customer orders, online payments, and customer info. The best part is that most of the plugins are completely free to install and use. With that said if you get the chance, please try to donate to the
developers who sacrifice their time to not only create
these wonderful plugins, but also continuously update them to fix bugs and make them even better. Now, I’m going to show you an example of how to install a plugin and implement it onto your website. The example we’re going to do now is make a Contact Us page with
a simple contact form. First, go to Add New from the plugins tab. You can click the Popular
tab and scroll down to find the plugin called Contact Form 7, which is the most popular
contact form plugin with over one million installs. Then click Install Now. After the plugin installs,
click Activate Plugin, which will take you to your
Installed Plugins page. Now click Settings
underneath Contact Form 7, where you can view and
customize your contact form. There’s already a basic
contact form in here, so what we can do is
implement it onto a page using what is known as shortcode. Shortcode, as the name implies, is a shortened version
of code that you can copy and paste into a page
to implement the plugin. So go ahead and copy that
shortcode from the Settings page, then let’s create the Contact Us page. (relaxing academic music) Just like before, go to the
Pages tab and click Add New. Then title the page Contact Us. After that, just paste in your shortcode into the text editor and hit Publish. After the page publishes, click View Page to see the finished result. (relaxing academic music) As you can see here, we now have a Contact Us page with a simple form. It’s that simple. After you make a new page, make sure to add it to your Navigation Bar under Menus to update your site. (relaxing academic music) Now, as an update for this 2017 tutorial, I noticed that the number one question that people had for last year’s video is that they wanted to
learn more about plugins, or which were the top
recommended WordPress plugins. So I created a video of
my top-five must-have WordPress plugins that I
install on every website. Best part of all is that these plugins are all completely free. If you’d like to watch that video, I’ll link to it here and
in the description as well. Well, that wraps up this tutorial. Now that I’ve given you the tools to make the website of your dreams, it’s time for you to get out there and experiment with all the themes
and plugins you can find. I hope I was able to convey the limitless potential of WordPress. But we honestly have barely even scratched the surface today. Once again, if you have any questions or need help with building your website, please leave a comment
below and I’ll do my best to help you out as soon as possible. I respond to all comments and
questions, so don’t be shy. Lastly, if you enjoyed this
video and found it useful, please drop a thumbs up and
comment letting me know. Also, make sure to subscribe, because there will be a lot
more tutorials on the way. As one final update to this tutorial, we have just recently
launched a brand new service, which is a free professional
WordPress blog setup. If you watched through the entire video and want to make a website, but are still on the fence
about getting started, we will personally help you set up your WordPress blog by
installing WordPress with a beautiful theme of your choice, and then making it more secure while improving performance through a hand-selected bundle of plugins. We will even add a working Contact Us page for you linked to your email. As someone who was once in your shoes, I know that the hardest part
is just getting started. So we’re here to make that
easier than ever before. To learn more about this service, click here to watch the video explaining how it works and how to sign up. Thanks for watching, guys. And good luck. (relaxing academic music)

100 thoughts on “How To Make a WordPress Website – 2017 – SIMPLE!

  1. This was a great straightforward video. I switched from GoDaddy because I needed a blog and was a little overwhelmed with Word Press last month and did not finish. But with your tutorial I was able to pick up where I left off and get a lot accomplished. It was better than calling word press help center. I will continue creating my website and keep using your videos. Thanks!

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  3. Thank You for creating this tutorial. It is very informative and easy to understand. I really appreciate your work. Thank You again for the time you took to create it.

    P.S. I really like your background music. It is very mellow and relaxing. It enhanced the experience of watching this tutorial. Thank You for adding it in.

  4. Hi, I have set up my wordpress website http://onlytravelforindia.com/Vacation. I have already published the theme and my post, but when I visit the site it shows A New Word Press Site Coming Soon! Please let me know why the site is not being displayed even though I have set up the Themes, pages, posts and published.

  5. How do you ensure that the WordPress branding doesn't show up at the bottom of your website pages?

    Always think it looks unprofessional.

  6. Great instructional video, thanks. My wife and I sell real estate… there are 100's of companies that sell services to realtors for websites and landing pages. It is a maze of deception and scam, with a few good companies that are super expensive. Question 1. Can I use bluehost and wordpress and create not a "website", but a specific dedicated landing page? With a call to action and a form fill? I would advertise the landing page on Facebook and Google pay per click. And can I direct the form fill information to be loaded onto my real estate CRM (contact relations management system)? Also, are there any form fill "plug-ins" that allow a one click "use my Facebook log-in info." and with one click they complete the log-in on my site? Michael

  7. Tyler thank you for creating this straightforward easy to follow video. I was lost and floundering trying to create my first website till I found it. Thanks again! And yes I am one of the 1 in 20 that completed your video.

  8. thanks man
    this is the best tutorial for the beginners in wordpress
    i never know the difference between wordpresscom and other hosting like bluhost untill i saw this video

  9. Thanks to your step-by-step instructions I set up a blog site today. Had a few hiccups, but called tech support and they were very kind and VERY patient. Need to tinker with it a bit more to get desired look – Appearance. But Again, thanks to your tutorial I think that will be an easy fix. Thanks much!

  10. Oops, I already bought my domain through domains.google.com before watching this. Do you know if I can "undo" that to go through Bluehost instead???

  11. I have been wachting your tutorial ons for sometime,your tips are rally helpful.I have already a websites but am thinking of making a new 0ne Thatcher totally custom made.what are your tips for beginners.

  12. OMG you taught me a lot I mean that honestly. I was watching a lot videos with no real guidance so thanks you. If you the person who made the video reads this I a have a question. Thanks again

  13. thank you for this video , it help me alot . but i discovered this software for how want to create there own website for E-Business and i make 700$ per week with that software and its FREE

  14. I have found WordPress to be very user-unfriendly, but with your straight-talking steps to do things, sounds like it will make it so easy to start another site.  Thanks a great deal.

  15. sir, in my website,there is no option for tools,appearance,etc,,that type menus. website is build ed by one team,the hand over me that user id and password.
    i need to add a navigation bar to that site. what i do for that.. can u help me,
    [email protected]

  16. thanks its nice explanation.

    can i use GoDaddy hosting for WordPress? i prefer because of customer care service they provided and i have account with them. please suggest further

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  19. Nice Info and aloso look for How to Create a Carousel Horizontal Posts Content Slider in WordPress – CHPCS (Free Version)

  20. Are you available for hire ? I have been playing with this and just wonder how afforable it might be to have someone like you just build it for me with the plug in s etc I want I do the content and pictures you do the rest ????

  21. Hi. When I put through the domain name I am in new Zealand so need a .co.nz domain.
    Do I just choose the .co one as this is the only option? Can you get a .co.nz domain with bluehost?

  22. Hi.. I want to create a supermarket website which include everything, like Grocessries, Cosmetic, Hardware, Electrical and Pharmacy.. can it be done?

  23. Hello I have been studying your wonderful work. I am a beginner and am ready to create my .org website but have aquestion about THEMES. I want to use DIVI drag/drop a desert theme….is there an extra charge? or is it included once I get going…I see I have to sign up for it? Can you clarify?  thank you for your wonderful work

  24. I already have url bu it's not working so how I build through WordPress my website is. Www.mombusinessstyles.com

  25. wow wonderful and amazing video sir i'm really glad to see this video so subscribe it and suppose if you want any web developer or web designer or any logo designer pls contact me my contact no 9500910005

  26. Wow, very nice tutorial thankyou.
    And I love these background music… can you tell me the name of this background music?

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  28. Really useful ODi, since I can't enroll in your course because it's currently full, I might as well start on making a website. You're the man, thanks.

  29. Confused! If I have a website sir could I apply to promote on any different company like clickbank and Amazon it that work one at the time ?

  30. Hi! Great video tutorial!
    Is the Free website set-up still up??
    The link to that video seems not working, but I hope that the service is still on going?

  31. I have created the website but I want this for soneone else .. now how can I give them control to run the website but not the complete admin permission

  32. How can I create a sub menu if i have a menu named events in that am going to add three category how can i do that?

  33. Great tutorial Odi. You're good! Thanks a lot. I have a much better view now on how to get started. I hope more people will feel the same way just after watching this video. You're really good man!! You deserve more thumbs up!!! Honestly.

  34. I think I made a mistake and have already paid WorldPress £85 for an annual subscription. It includes domain and host. Do I still need to do something to install a hos in my computer. I am sorry the question can sound a bit confusing, but I am a very newbie on this toy 😉

  35. Thanks Bro It Helped Me a lot. Bro please tell me the best Free And Paid Gaming WordPress Theme Please Bro Please reply its very important

  36. Thanks a lot, quite detailed for a kick off start. will put my thoughts around and will come back with questions later.
    thought, can wordpress help me creating a site that will require people to login and on first login it prompt them to choose preferences and later always let them land on their preference customized home page??

  37. Hi, I'd like to start my website and I'd like your advice: I want to sell my ebook or Kindle, and promote workshops and seminars and be able to do it from my website having the future of getting paid by this same way accepting PayPal or credit card… What plan would you recommend to me? 1000 thanks in advance.

  38. This tutorial is very useful and thanks for the tutorial maker for this awesome tutorial. I think everyone can create website after saw this tutorial. and which people are still not able to create this type of or other types of website (like ecommerce, business, restaurant etc.) and which people has no time for creating website but he need a website, those people can take help from us https://goo.gl/ywqwxi

  39. Thanks for the video, i am facing some issue with my website developed by someone in word press. Still it is not completed in full and it is already live. need some help to correct the issue. How can I reach you.?


  41. Awesome video. Your guidelines are really helpful for us.
    If anyone here wants to start up their blogging website then, try Bloggers lite WordPress theme. I have used it and it has useful features for any blogging website. You can easily add or update the section of your website with it. Download it here: https://wordpress.org/themes/bloggers-lite/.

  42. We can count on ODi to consistently bring it!! Thanks for continuing to share phenomenal content. 💯🙌

  43. Great video as as always Odi! Yes everyone needs a website in my opinion too. They are so easy to make and fun. Thank you so much.

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