There are so many reason when you have a question, Why I should choose WordPress to build my business website. It is one of the easiest CMS, it is SEO friendly ans easy to configure SEO, More than 23% websites around the world are built using WordPress, and many more. More detailed information you can get from our Why WordPress Themes article.
Requirements to build a WordPress Website
First of all, I should clear a myth that you need to be a computer literate to build your WordPress website. Not at all. Do you shop online? Do you manage your email account? Do you manage your social media account like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter? That is it! If you know these things, you can learn easily to build your business website.
What all you need is have an email address where you will get some usernames/passwords. I recommend not to store the passwords on every other place which can make them unsafe. However, at initial stage you can save them on your email or some online tools like LastPass. Thus you will have access to these details easily and from all the places.
Let us start here for – How to build a business website using WordPress?
I will not say it is easy to build a website. However It can be easier to build a business website if you are choosing WordPress open source for your business websote. Learn here, Why WordPress?
Today, we will see here how to build a business website using WordPress. These are main steps required to build a business website using WordPress
Choose a domain
As I say, A domain name for me is an address to search a store, business or anything on web very quickly.
It is wise to choose a domain that suits your business most. If you have a business name already you can choose the same as your domain name. There are so many domain providers available now a days. Such as:
You can understand in more details here for what is domain?
Choose a web hosting
Now that you have your domain you need to find a host for your website. A host is a company you pay to store your website on a server that is made available to the world. You can call a Host as an agent of a property who gives his property to you on rent for some period. Difference is these properties are virtual. :) To know better how to choose a web host plan, this article will help you more.
Choose a Template
There are so many ready-made business themes available now a days which can suit your business. There are free as well as premium themes available. Free themes might save some of the dollars but it might cost more in future when you will be having any trouble with free themes. At that time you might need a developer which costs you more than a premium theme price.
Benefits of choosing premium themes are:
Updates: Premium theme providers maintain themes and update them with later WordPress.
Support: Customer Support is one of the most important advantage.
Customization: Most of the premium themes comes with options which allows you to change colors, settings as per your need. So that you can have a personalized website like it is being built by your own IT team.
Low Cost: Well, Premium themes of-course come with a lower price compare to what you will have to pay to an IT developer, designer team who make a custom website for your business.
Easy to make changes: As it is WordPress, you have all the benefits of choosing WordPress themes. In future if you want to expand your business, you can easily add stuff inside. You can edit the information as and when your business information/requirements get changed! For example, when you are starting a new service in your business, you do not need to call any developer and pay him for that. You can simply open the WordPress Login and add your services inside to showcase them on the site.
How to choose a theme for WordPress that will suit your business most?
Theme section is very adventures task in the whole process. There are many WordPress themes available. Thus to select the theme that suits your business most, create some checklist and the theme that matches the list at maximum level can be the best fit for you. Here are some of the check points you can consider:
Mobile Friendly: Mobile friendly is a must thing to have when you are selecting a theme. However if most of your visitors are going to visit the website through computer, laptop then this can be an optional feature to look. Most of the theme providers call them as Responsive themes. We have around 50 responsive themes which you can find here.
Theme type: You like one of the Directory design so much but it might not suit your needs if you are going to have a portfolio website. Some of my recommendations that might help you while choosing a perfect template for your website:
Theme Support: Again customer support is an important factor. Specially when you are building a website for the first or second time. Make sure to select a WordPress Theme which provides Technical Support.
Browser Compatibility: Always make sure that the theme you choose is compatible with latest browsers. If you ask me – Which browsers and operating systems do you test the themes on?
Answer: We test the theme on the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and two latest versions of Internet Explorer. Regarding the operating system, the theme should work in any operating system, as long as WordPress is installed correctly.
If you still don’t have idea which theme to choose, Do not worry! Let our pre-sales team know your requirements. They will help you best to choose the template that suits your requirements best.
Install & activate the template
Once you select the theme, you can install a theme in WordPress easily by using this “How to install theme in WordPress” tutorial.
Templatic themes come with a single button click auto install sample data. Thus site gets as same as Templatic demos in just 5 minutes.
Add/Edit WordPress site content:
Once the sample site is ready you all need to do is:
- Website Set up
- Add/Edit content
1. Website Set up
Generally people get in hurry to start adding content and make them look proper on their website as soon as they install the WordPress theme. Well, I say do not do that ever. You need to make the showcase ready of specific size before you place showpiece inside. Same way, you need to set up website first before you add content inside. I prefer to take you step by step guide to set up your website easily. Thus when you start adding/editing content it will not look messy all of sudden.
As Templatic themes comes with in built sample data, it configures all the things as same as demo site with one click. It is a great time saver when we think to set up the site and create a basic structure of it, Isn’t it?
Configure Site Title & Tagline: Go to WordPress >> Settings >> General Settings. Set the Site Title and Tagline that suits your business most and attracts your visitors. I guess, it should be more towards attracting potential customers than suitable to your business. Click on “Save Changes” button once changes are made.
Configure Permalinks: Go to WordPress >> Settings >> Permalinks. Check the radio button next to Post Name and hit Save Changes at the bottom. This gives the URLs for your pages and posts a nice user friendly name. It is best for SEO as well.
Configuring Home Page and Blog: From your WordPress >> Settings >> Reading Settings you can set up the Home Page and Blog Page. Select a page under “Front Page Displays” >> A Static Page option.
To set the Blog page, select a page under “Front Page Displays” >> Your latest posts option.
Set up Widgets: Usually, themes like Templatic themes will come with sample data installed. Thus widgets will be there already. However, you might need to make changes into existing configuration. Thus you can make changes from your WordPress >> Appearance >> Widgets. You can set up the widgets using this – What is Widget in WordPress? article.
Note: Unless you add content to the site, some of the widgets might not display on the site right away. So once you set up widgets, your next move would be to add content on the website.
2. Add/Edit content
Once you have set up the website, ultimate step will be to add the content on the site which represent your business and bring revenue. To add/edit content on your WordPress websites easily also we have some tutorials which will help you to get the things faster. Checkout below tutorials one by one:
- Add Pages: Go to WordPress >> Pages >> Add new. Add different Pages as per the site requirements. Common pages you will be required to add to the site are: About us, Terms and Conditions / Agreements, Contact Us, etc…
- Add Categories: Once pages are added, you can add the categories as per the products/services/blogs you are going to publish on the site. Purpose to add categories before adding content is your site will get a good structure from start. You will also not require to edit the content afterwards to make them category wise. More details on categories can be found in our How to add / manage categories article.
- Add Posts in WordPress: If you are providing different services, you can add different services in to the posts to showcase on the site. Same way if it is online store, add products that you are selling. You can also bulk import/export products and services using different tools. Most of the Templatic themes comes with in build bulk import/export feature. At the same time if any theme does not have this feature, you can also use plugins like Import CSV with Ultimate CSV Importer. Here is a tutorial in brief for How to add Posts in WordPress.
- Create Menus: Menus provide navigation to your site visitors. Using it they can surf the site easily. It is most important to decide which part to provide in your menu. It can wholly affect the user experience of the site. For example, your most popular category must be there in to your menu on prioritized level. You can provide About us page at the end of the menu as it affects less to the site revenue compared to the other services / products pages.
Keep your WordPress Business Website up to date
Once you create a website, it requires some maintenance as well. Such as updating your website with the new services,products you have started. You can update your contact details,e tc… as well if it is changed.
There are also some of the plugins required to maintain your website properly. I will say these are the “Essential plugins to have on a WordPress Website”.
Friends, We hope this article helped you a bit to make your business website in WordPress. Let us know if you are interested in knowing some more on any specific topic. We will provide a detailed article on most frequently asked questions by you guys. Do not forget to share your WordPress websites with us in comments below if this article helped even one percent in building your website. :)