Make a website with WordPress

These pages walk through the entire process to make a basic website using WordPress.  The information on the pages are based on experience from multiple people over the years building and maintaining multiple websites.

You only need basic technical skills and you get a website up and running in a few days.  When you learn something new, please use the comment section on the bottom to let us know and we will update the pages.

Read all the pages before you start!

Preparations

Think about what you want to achieve with the website before you start.  It is really easy to get into ...
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The hardest thing for a new website creator is to keep it simple.  It's unavoidable, so don't worry when your ...
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Create a directory on your computer for each website project.  Later, you will have a directory for the different themes ...
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Be safe.   Don't be stupid.  Use a password manager plugin and don't use the same password for everything.  Just ...
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You need a domain name (URL) for your website.  Go get one!  We use Hostnet.nl, but any domain registration service ...
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Technical

Select a hosting provider.  We use Hostgator in the US, which as a the Baby Plan and Business Plan, both ...
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You need to create the domain in hostgator, which sets up all database.   It's easy to do in the ...
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You need to point the domain (yourdomain.com) to the hosting server. This means when a user puts your domain in ...
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SSL (secure socket layer) is the encryption which make your URL green and trusted on Chrome browsers, and is preferred ...
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You need to install the Wordpress system onto your database.  Login to your Hostgator cPanel, and click on Software on ...
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You need to make a few quick clean up actions on any new Wordpress installation. From the Dashboard, click on ...
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Install Wordpress Theme. For all our work, we use the Divi framework theme. We use this because it is super ...
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It is good practice to create a child theme when you use Wordpress.  If you are going to do some ...
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The below are recommended plugins to add to your system.  Other JFDI posts require specific plugins. Install a plugin from ...
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Playing with customisations! See: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/divi-css-tricks See: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/divi-resources/15-fun-divi-section-divider-styles-you-can-use-on-your-next-project Resources for CSS customisatons: https://divisoup.com/ https://quiroz.co/ https://divi.space/divi-tutorials/ ...
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In order to do some work, such as set-up a child theme, you will need an FTP account.  You can ...
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Time: 15 minutes. Cost: None. If you already have a Wordpress Divi website created, and simply want to copy that ...
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Time: 5 minutes for basic set-up, and 15 for gmail integration. Cost: None. You can create an email account with ...
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Graphics

Time: 15 minutes to setup project then a week to review options. Cost: Free or $300. Get a logo created ...
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Time: 30 minutes at least. Cost: None. See: https://color.adobe.com/ (to pick color palet) !!! Make a document with your colors ...
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Time: Depending on how long you search. Cost: None. Beware of copyright issues, only use free or licenses graphics. See: ...
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Time: Depending on how many fonts you look at before you choose... Cost: None, unless you buy a premium font ...
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Analytics

Time: 10 minutes. Cost: None. Google Analytics (GA) allows you to see the traffic (users) viewing and interacting with your ...
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Time: 60 minutes. Cost: None. You can do some simple actions to get your website more visible to Google for ...
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Administration

Time: 15 minutes. Cost: None. Use the following to improve the security of your site - Plugin: WordFence Read: https://torquemag.io/2016/12/wordpress-security-2017/ ...
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Time: 15 minutes to set-up. Cost: None for basic version. Having an auromated system to backup your website is simply ...
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Time: Take at least one hour to think and write down the purpose, objectives and key features you want in ...
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Time: None, these are time saving tips. Cost: None. The Divi theme allows you to save module, rows, sections or ...
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User Experience

<reserved for future insights, in the meantime consider hiring an expert!> ...
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Time: 15 minutes to set-up. Cost: Free for up to 2000 page views per day. See: https://www.hotjar.com/ Back to the ...
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Functionality

SendinBlue (cheaper) or MailChimp (supported by Divi) ...
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Time: 30 minutes to set-up a new form. Cost: $39 - $199 depending on version. To make nice custom forms ...
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Time: 30 minutes to set-up if done when website is new. Cost: $29 or $79 depending on version. Need multilanguage? ...
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Time: Many hours depending on the complexity of your shop. Cost: Plugin is free, extensions are premium. You can make ...
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Time: An hour or more, depending on how complicated you make it. Cost: Plugin is free, extensions are premium. You ...
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Time: 15 minutes. Cost: None. If you want to automatically send your posts by Mailchimp, install the below plugin and ...
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Performance

Time: 15 minutes. Cost: None. An extremely important factor for user satifaction, and SEO, is page speed.  Use the following ...
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Time: Unknown, to be investigated. Cost: Unknown, to be investigated. See: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/best-cdn-services-for-wordpress-users Note: test to make sure works seamlessly with ...
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Resources

Here are some more links with great information on WordPress and Divi... https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/blog/ ...
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Special thanks to all these people who helped make this information more complete, accurate and useful! Nick van Summeren Andre ...
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