8 Steps to Build a Website from Scratch

Build a Website from Scratch

Creating a website only involves a few steps: defining it, choosing a domain name, selecting a hosting service, building it using WordPress, making it look nice with Elementor Pro, adding a few plugins, and launching.

What You'll Learn

Welcome to the most complete guide to building your site from scratch. This guide is for those who want to build a website (or multiple) from zero to 100. It applies to both absolute beginners and more advanced web developers.

I do not recommend you use platforms like Wix or Squarespace simply because they are closed-source platforms which essentially means: that if they go down, so do your websites… WordPress, on the other hand, is open-source (and free).

Building a website with WordPress is not only easy (if you follow the steps) but also provides full control of your assets, designs, and overall website.

1. What’s the Purpose of Your Website?

Before diving into the website creation process, it’s important to understand the purpose of your website. Are you creating a website for your business, an online store (e-commerce), a blog, or a personal portfolio? Each type of website serves a different goal and requires a specific design and content strategy.

Knowing the purpose of your website will help you make informed decisions about its layout, features, and target audience.

Types of Websites and Their Purposes

Blog Website: Focuses on sharing informative and engaging content with readers, requiring a clean and organized layout for effective showcasing of blog posts.

Online Store (E-commerce): Offers a platform for selling products online, requiring comprehensive e-commerce solutions to facilitate online transactions and customer engagement.

Personal Portfolio: Showcases an individual’s work and achievements, requiring a visually appealing and functional layout to highlight personal skills and projects.

Different types of websites dictate the content, layout, and features needed.

Website Goals (and Style)

To build a successful website, start by setting clear goals to guide design, content, and marketing efforts. Whether it’s to generate leads, sell products, share information, or build a community, defining these objectives helps measure success through metrics like traffic and engagement.

Think of what typography you want to use and the color palette you will be implementing as your brand/website colors.

Every website needs a nice font and an analogous color palette!

For Typography, I like to browse Google Fonts for ideas – it’s free. Try to only select a maximum of 2 fonts for your website. Or else, it will look a little funky.

Google fonts

For colors, I love to use the Coolors tool. It is mostly free to use and works great for finding beautiful color palettes.

color generater

Hover on “tools” and select “color picker”

color picker

Select your color options and choose a color. If you have a color in mind, you can type it in using the “name” options or add the HEX code.

Select a color setting

Once you’ve selected your color, you will be provided with a page full of color combinations, harmonies, variations and more. Including various color palettes. Make sure to save these for later!

color palettes

2. Selecting a Domain Name

You cannot have a website without a domain name. A unique online address.

The best practice is to choose a domain name that reflects your brand, is easy to remember, and aligns with your website’s purpose.

Importance of a Good Domain Name

Several reasons make a good domain name important:

A good domain name boosts visitor trust, enhances user experience, and contributes to website professionalism.

It should be memorable, easy to type, and pronounce, avoiding numbers for clarity.

Including relevant keywords can improve search engine visibility and organic traffic.

A domain that aligns with your brand strengthens your online identity and aids in customer acquisition.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Domain Name

When choosing a domain name for your website, consider the following tips:

  • Consider simplicity and easy pronunciation when choosing a domain name.
  • Choose a domain name that stands out and is easy to recall, making it more likely for people to share and recommend your website to others.
  • Use relevant keywords in the domain name for search engine optimization.
  • Ensure the domain name aligns with your brand and business identity.
  • Research domain availability and consider alternative domain extensions.

Try and go for a .com domain as those are usually the most powerful.

Where to Get Your Domain?

Usually, you would think to go somewhere like Godaddy or a similar domain registry to acquire your domain name. You could, but then you would have to transfer the domain to the web hosting and this can be an annoying and unnecessary process.

So, we will be getting the domain directly from the hosting provider in the next step.

3. Getting Your Web Hosting (and Domain)

Once you have chosen a domain name, the next step in creating your website is getting a web hosting provider. Web hosting is the service that allows your website to be accessible on the internet.

In this section, we will explore what web hosting is, why it’s important, and what web host to get for the best performance because not all web hosting companies can be trusted.

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service that provides the server space and technology necessary for website storage and online access. When you create a website, it consists of various files, including HTML, CSS, PHP, and media content, such as images and videos. Web hosting services store these website files on powerful computers called servers, making them accessible to users via the Internet.

In simple terms, this is where all your stuff will be stored (think of it like a hard drive). You don’t need to worry about this right now.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Web Host

When selecting a web host for your website, these are the most important factors:

Reliability, security, and support.

Normally, when choosing a reliable web host as a noobie, you would:

Have to investigate, check for reviews, and examine their hardware, network, and data center quality to ensure optimum performance.

Prioritize scalability, bandwidth, and storage to accommodate your site’s growth.

Opt for a host with an easy-to-use control panel like cPanel or Plesk for straightforward site management.

Read reviews and compare hosting plans to help you find a service that meets your website’s needs and budget, ensuring secure and efficient hosting.

Or, you could simply trust me when I say, I’ve been there, I’ve done the research and I have used each of the following host providers that I am about to recommend below. All are recommended WordPress hosting providers.

WPX Hosting ⇒

WPX - Hosting plans comparison
WPX – Hosting plans comparison

Use WPX if you are:

  • Located anywhere in the world
  • Looking for a server that excels in speed, security and performance
  • A beginner or advanced
  • Looking for a complete service (domain and hosting)
  • Planning to build more than one website

Best qualities include:

  • 24/7 support.
  • Professional emails (free with a hosting plan)
  • 230€ per year for 5 websites (Standard WordPress)
  • 325€ per year for 1 website (WooCommerce)
  • User-friendly user interface
  • Extremely fast servers
  • Custom CDN (for increased speed)
  • LiteSpeed Cache
  • Advanced security systems
  • Automatic backups (every 28 days)
  • Unlimited site migrations
  • Email services included free
  • and more

*I recommend that you use WPX if you are looking for extremely fast and high-performing servers*

Fastest Servers in the West

SiteGround ⇒

SiteGround - Web Hosting Plans

Use SiteGround if you are:

  • Located anywhere in the world
  • New or advanced to Web Hosting
  • Looking for complete service (domain and hosting)
  • Planning to only build one website

Best qualities include:

  • 24/7 support
  • Free domain name with your hosting plan
  • Same price for both WordPress and Woocommerce (E-commerce)
  • Professional emails (free with a hosting plan)
  • User-friendly user interface
  • Multilingual interface and support
  • Free CDN
  • Automatic website and email backups (daily)
  • 728 MB memory limit (all plans)
  • 10 GB Webspace
  • Built-in email marketing (extra €9.99 per month)

*I recommend you use SiteGround if you are planning on creating only a single website*

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DinaHosting ⇒

DinaHosting prices

Use DinaHosting if you are:

  • Located in Spain or Europe.
  • Relatively new to Web Hosting
  • Looking for complete service (domain and hosting)
  • An individual or freelancer

Best qualities include:

  • 24/7 support over the phone, email or chat on their website
  • Same price for both WordPress and Woocommerce (E-commerce)
  • Professional emails (free with a hosting plan)
  • User-friendly user interface
  • Multilingual interface and support
  • Automatic website and email backups (monthly)
  • 100 GB Disk storage
  • 512 MB memory limit in advanced plan

*Make sure to select the Advance hosting plan*

DinaHosting

 

Getting Your Hosting and Domain

Since we want a server that excels in speed, cybersecurity and performance, we will be going for WPX!

Go to WPX.net and select a plan. Here, you can also select wether you want an standrad WordPress plan or a WooCommerce plan

Select a hosting plan

Go to “I am launching a new website” and enter your domain name.

Select a domain name

If your domain name is available, continue by selecting the country you (or your audience) are located in.

 Select Country location

 Continue the steps and complete your purchase.

Before You Move on

Now that you have your domain and your hosting, there are a few little things you need to do.

  1. Add an SSL certificate to your domain. This will ensure a safe and secure connection between your website and visitors. You have a free one available which is called “Let’s Encrypt”. You should be able to easily select it.
  2. You will have access to 24/7 chat support, so take advantage of this if you have any questions or doubts.
  3. You should not mess around with anything on the server itself unless you have to.

4. Building Your Website on WordPress

Once you have secured a domain name and web hosting, it’s time to start building your website. WordPress is a popular choice for website creation, as it offers a powerful content management system (CMS) and complete control of all of your site parameters.

Building Your Website on WordPress
The WordPress dashboard

Why Choose WordPress?

Did you knw: 62.8% of all websites are on WordPress!¹

WordPress is a flexible and user-friendly content management system. It allows you to create any type of website, from a simple blog to a full-fledged business website or online store. Here are some reasons why WordPress is a great choice for building your website:

1. Adaptable to changing needs

2. User-friendly—Even for Beginners

3. Plug-ins Expand Functionality

WordPress plugins can be activated, deactivated, and uninstalled as a site changes. This versatility lets you tailor your website to your needs.

4. WordPress Sites Rank High

5. WordPress is mobile-responsive

6. WordPress Blogs Are Built-In

Installing WordPress on Your Host

Installing WordPress on your web host is a simple process that can be done in a few simple steps.

If you went for the WPX hosting plan we recommended above, visit their quick and easy guide to setting it up (it is a similar process for most other hosting providers).

5. Customizing Your Website with Elementor Pro

Elementor Pro is the best page builder plugin for WordPress. It allows you to create stunning, custom-designed websites without any coding knowledge.

It is compatible with almost all important plugins and tools that will help you optimize your site in the future. And, you can use it to build any type of website.

Plus, if you keep reading our guide, we will show you a little trick that will speed your website-building process by 100x!

Downloading Elementor Pro

First things first, head over to the Elementor Pro website.

Select the plan that best suits your needs.

In this case, we will select the “advanced” plan to have access to all the features.

Elementor Pro Plans

After purchase, login to your Elementor account. Go to Subscritpions > Downlaod Zip.

Elemento Pro Dashboard

Then go to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins > Add New Plugin > Upload Plugin.

Access your dashboard by entering the URL: www.youdomainname.com/wp-admin. 

Upload Elementor Pro

Browse your computer and upload the E1lementor Pro zip file you just downloaded. The file should look like something like: “elementor-pro-3.19.2.zip”

You can go ahead and “install” and “activate” Elementor Pro. Elementor does not work without the standard Elementor plugin so go ahead and install that too.

Install Elementor Plugin

Now you are ready to create a beautiful website!

Create Your Pages

With Elementor Pro, creating pages for your website is a breeze.

The drag-and-drop editor allows you to easily add and arrange elements, such as text, images, videos, buttons, and forms, on your pages.

Pro tip: You can copy and paste whole section using Skelementor (more about that as we design our pages).

But first, let’s create your pages.

Go to “Pages” and “Add New Page”.

Create a page WordPress

Call it “Home” and Publish.

Hom page

Do it once more for your Blog page

The Blog page, regardless of the type of website you are building, is an essential part of any website. This is where you create valuable content that will attract organic traffic from search engines later on when you are more advanced! Visit our knowledge base to learn more.

Repeate this process for the rest of your pages you want to add (Contact page, About me page etc.)

Now, you have to tell WordPress which page is which for best functionality. Go to “Settings” > “Reading” > make sure to set the home page with your “Home” page and post page with your “Blog” page.

Home and Blog pages

Important: Head over to “Settings” > Permalinks > and make sure it is set to “Post name”. This ensures that your URLs are easier to read.

Permalink - Post Name

Note: If you are building an E-commerce store (online shop) you will need to download the WooCommerce plugin. Once you download the WooCommerce plugin, Elementor Pro will automatically create all of your necessary e-commerce pages like the Cart page, the Checkout page, the Shop page etc.

Customizing Your Global Site Settings

Now that you’ve created all the pages you need for your website, it is time to configure some important settings!

Important: We will be designing our page layout using the “Flexbox Container”.

To configure it, go to the WordPress dashboard. The keyboard shortcut is Comand/Control – E and type in “Dashboard”

This will send you back to the WordPress dashboard.

Now, to configure the Flexbox container feature, got to “Elementor” > “Settings” > “Features” > Scroll down to “Stable Features” > make sure “Flexbox Container” is set to “Active” > hit save.

Elementor Pro - Flexbox Container

Next, let’s open a page by going to “Pages” > Select a page > “Edit with Elementor”

Before doing any editing, let’s configure the “Site Settings”.

Elementor - Site Settings

In the Site Settings, we can add our global site colors, select the fonts we will be using for the entire site and add our logo and favicon.

Site setting options

This makes everything much more user-friendly as we will be using the same colors and fonts all over the site.

Using the color palette we found with Coolors.co, copy and paste them into your “Global Colors”.

Elementor + Coolors - Global colors

Add a few extra colors like white or black (or be creative and continue to add colors from Coolors.co!

Add more colors

Now, Typography! This is where we configure the fonts for headings and body text. This will apply to the entire site. Let’s work on the body text first.

Select a body text color ( preferrably a dark color if your are working with a white background)

And, select the “font family” you want to use. The most used size in pixels for body text is 16px, I then configure the Weight, Transform, Style and Decoration to be either “normal” or “none”.

Line-height is up to you, but I tend to set it to 1.5em.

Body text style

Now, the headings. This part is a little tricky for beginners as we will be using “em” measurements. But, if you just copy my strategy, you’ll do fine!

Using a tool like Typescale.com, you can easily configure all your headings to ensure that they are responsive on all devices.

As seen in the image below, for the desktop H1, we will input the H1 value provided by typescale. Then, as we go down a viewport (tablet), we go ahead and add the H2 value, and of course, we add the H3 value to our mobile viewport.

These are all H1 headers, just different viewports. This ensures that for every decive, the H1 value is smaller allowing for a responsive design.

Repeate this process for the H2 and H3 headings. Making sure the desktop H2 is the H2 value from Typescale and then moving down a heading value for each viewport (tablet and mobile).

Typography configuration (1)

Add your logo and favicon in the “Site Identity” section.

Designing Your Page Layout

It’s about time…

Let’s design a page together.

If you are still on the “Site Settings” page, make sure you click “Update” in the bottom left corner and exit the page. This will take you back to the Home page.

Exit the Site Settings

Now, let’s add some sections to the Home page…

Elementor Pro makes it easy to create a page layout. With the click-and-drop functionality, it simplifies and speeds up the design layout process.

There are many widgets available that you can implement and will enhance your website’s functionality. But, to keep it simple, we will stick to the most used ones (Heading, Text editor, Image, Icon, Container and Button).

Elementor Pro Widgets

Note: Please make sure you have the Flexbox container activated. This was mentioned earlier.

Now, you should be on your Home page. And it should look something like this: The Elementor Pro widgets on the left and the navigator menu on the right.

In case your navigator menu is not open, the keyboard shortcut is: “Cmd/Ctr – I”

Edited the Home page
This is my Home page

The first thing I like to do is remove the page name, in this case.

Go to settings (bottom left) and check the “Hide Title”

Remove page title

Now, you are ready to start designing your page layout!

In web design, you have to think of everything a boxes. In Elementor they are called “Containers”. It is within these boxes (Containers) that we add the necessary information or widgets to create our layout. So, we must first begin by adding a Container widget.

Let’s begin by adding our first container widget.

Click the widget icon on the top of the page and then simply click on the “Conatiner” widget. You will see it appear on the page and in the Navigator menu on the right.

Add your first Container widget

This is where you will be adding your other widgets like images, headings, text, buttons and more containers.

Important: You need to have some basic knowledge of how Elementor Flexbox Containers work.

Here is the breakdown:

Flexbox Containers work using direction, alignment and justification. This essentially means that anything you put into the containers will respect whatever options you select. For example, let’s add a heading, text editor and button widget within our container.

Select the container, click on the widget icon, and click on the “Heading” widget. This will add it within the container

Repeat this process for the “Text Editor” widget and the “Button” widget.

Add widgets to the Container

Now, you should have a “Heading”, a “Text Editor”, and a “Button” widget inside of your Container.

Play around with the FlexBox settings to see how the widgets behave inside of your Container. This will give you an understanding of how FlexBox works.

Elelementor Pro Flexbox Container

Direction: This is the direction in which your items inside of the container will be stacked, by default it is “Column Vertical” ↓

Justify Content: This aligns items along the main axis of a flex container. It manages the distribution of extra space or aligns items.

Align Items: This controls the alignment of flex items on the cross-axis, similar to how “justify-content” aligns items along the main axis.

I suggest you play around with these controls and familiarise yourself in terms of how they work. You can also head over to Elementor Pro’s playground and test it out in more detail – get some practice.

Once you understand the fundamentals of FlexBox container in Elementor, you can create amazingly beautiful websites that are both user-friendly and responsive.

There is no limit as to what you can do with the FlexBox containers!

So, at this point, you have two choices…

  1. Familiarise yourself with the FlexBox container, become a pro at using it and learn how to create amazing sections, layouts and responsive pages all by yourself (recommended). OR
  2. Keep reading this guide and see how you can skip the learning and go straight to building your web pages easily using an Elementor-specific tool (it’s free).

Building with Skelementor 100x Faster

Skelementor is a website that was built specifically for Elementor Pro users. It is made up of ready-to-use sections, containers and layouts for you to seamlessly add to your web pages. This tool is great for beginners who don’t fully understand how the FlexBox containers work (or for those too lazy to learn).

Let’s see how it works.

First, head over to Skelementor, create a free account and come back to this guide.

Skelementor Dashboard
Skelementor.com

After you’ve created your account, you now have access to a library of sections that will help you create your pages for your website.

It has pre-made Navbars, Headers, Footers, Hero sections, Popups, Team sections, Review sections and more. Essentially, everything you need to create your website from scratch!

And, all you have to do to is copy and paste! That easy!

Copy your sections from Skelementor

Copy website sections

Right click, select “paste from other site” and then “CMD/CTR – V”.

Paste website sections

Important: There is one little issue when using Skelementor. When you paste something from Skelementor, the text will retain the font styling from Skelementor. All you have to do to re-apply your styling (the ones we set previously) is reset it.

Click on “Edit Heading”, go to the “Style” tab, click on the “Typography” icon and hit the reset button. Do the same for the “Text Color” and for the rest of the heading and text widgets.

Reset style

You keep doing this until you finally have created the first full page of your website. Continue to do this for the rest of your website pages, and you will have a responsive website in no time!

Important: Please make sure to check all of your viewports (tablet and mobile).

Lastly, for the easy part. Replace the images with your own images!

Click on the image box and click “Choose Image”

Change images

Select and image you would like to replace it with. If you do not have any images uploaded, then upload some images!

Select and image

Pro tip: When uploading your new images, it is important to upload them with the lowest possible file size and in the correct format. The best website image format is WEBp.

To change the format and compress your large images, use a free tool like Bulkresize.com. Here’s how:

Upload your image to Bulk Resize (you can upload multiple images at once).

Bulk resize - Upload your image

Set the scale to 100%, change the “Image Format” to WEBP and set the “Image Quality” between 75% and 96% (depending on the size of your original image).

Note: if your image size is over 10MB has huge dimensions, you may want to consider reducing the “Percentage Scale” to maybe 50% (or less).

Watch how your image size is reduced to almost nothing!

Bulk Resize - Image File size reduced

Try to keep your images under 120kB and make sure you do this for all your images. Including your logos.

Elementor Pro Theme Builder

This is one of the most important areas when editing your website with Elementor Pro. The “Theme Builder” is where you will create and edit your essential pages and sections such as your Shop page, Header and Footer, and Single Blog posts, amongst others.

To find it, go to your WordPress dashboard. Head over to “Elementor” > click on “Theme Builder”.

Editing the Theme Builder in Elementor Pro
The Theme Builder page

Here you will have the option to edit your Header, Footer, and Single pages like the blog posts and Shop page.

The Theme Builder is essentially the backbone of your Elemntor Pro website.

Header: This is the element at the very top of every page and will serve as the primary form of navigation. It should only include the most important pages like Home, Shop/Portfolio, Contact, and About.

Before building a header, you have to create a WordPress menu.

In your WordPress dashboard. Click on “Appearance” > “Menus”.

WordPress - Build a menu

Create a new menu. Give it a name > click “Create Menu”.

Build a menu on WordPress

Select your menu items (pages) you wich to include in the menu and “Save Menu”.

Add to the menu

Now, you need to add this menu to your “header” section on your website using the ELementor Pro “Theme Builder”

Head back to your “Theme Builder” and click “Header”.

Pro tip: To move around more effectively between areas/pages of your site, use the keyboard shortcut: “CMD/CTR – E” and type in where you want to go next. For example “Theme Builder”. This will take you to the “Theme Builder” page.

Create a Header in theme builder

Using the same technique to create your pages above, create your header. Make sure to include the “WordPress Menu” widget and replace it with the menu you just created.

Select the menu widget > select the menu you just created.

Note: Remember to reset the typography and fonts if you used Skelementor to add your header section.

Adding the menu to the header

When you are happy with your header design. Hit the “Publish” button and make sure that is is included on your entire site.

After clicking “Publish” > “Add Condition”.

Add condition

Make sure to select “Entire Site” > “Save & Close”.

Entire site

Footer: Similarly to the Header, this is present at the very bottom of your site and also will appear everywhere on your site.

To create a Footer, it is the same process as the Header.

Go back the the dashboard > create a new menu > this time call it Footer Menu > make sure to include all the pages > add this menu when you create the Footer section in the “Theme Builder”.

Single Post: This is the page template that will be used for every blog post you create.

Add a new “Single Post” page.

Note: When editing this page, Elementor Pro makes it easy. It provides you with the essential parts of your blog posts like the “Post Title”, “Featured Image”, “Post Content”, “Table of Contents” etc.

Editing the Single Post page

All you have to do now is drag and drop in the order you wish to display these items.

You may want to add a few blog posts (if you haven’t already) in your “Posts” section of your WordPress dashboard. Just so you can see what you are doing when editing the “Posts” and “Post Archive” pages.

Important: Remember to first add a “Container” widget and then your pots widgets.

If you are stuck and not sure in what order to place your post widgets, look for inspiration on popular websites like Forbes.com or Vice.com. Have a look at their single post page and copy their structure for the best results.

Archive: This is the page template that Elementor will assign to your blog page and category pages.

Create a new “Archive” page > add the design elements you wish to add like a hero section (title and subtitle). And add your “Post” widget.

Adding your Posts widget

Once finished, assign it to your “Post Archive” > then “Save & Close”.

Post archive

Single Product and Product Archive: If you are building an E-commerce store (online shop), you will have two extra options. Similarly to the “Single Post”, the “Single Product” is the page template dedicated to all of your products.

And similarly to the standard “Archive” page, the “Product Archive” is for your product catalogue page.

Product page

Editing your Theme Builder in Elementor Pro, is one of the most important steps in creating a beautiful and functional website so make sure to spend most of your time here. Take the time to create each page required.

6. Adding Essential Plugins

Plugins are one of the key advantages of using WordPress. They allow you to add new features and functionality to your website without any programming knowledge.

Adding plugins is super simple and you will only need 1 or 2.

Understanding the Role of Plugins

Plugins enhance your website by simplifying the addition of crucial features, making it more functional and user-friendly.

Key benefits include:

  • SEO Optimization: Plugins like Rank Math help improve your site’s visibility on search engines, leading to better organic search results.
  • Speed Enhancements:  LiteSpeed Cache optimizes website performance, reducing loading times and improving the user experience.
  • Analytics: While I recommend using Google Analytics for tracking your site data and user engagement, it can be overwhelming to use as a beginner. So you can download a plugin like Jetpack which is free to use.

Incorporating these plugins can significantly boost your website’s efficiency and search engine ranking.

Essential Plugins You Should Download

When building your website, whether it be a personal portfolio, an E-commerce store, or a blog site, you only need a few extra plugins.

If your hosting provider is good (like the ones recommended above) there is no need to overdo it with security or other unnecessary plugins that in the end, will only slow your website down…

So, consider incorporating the following essential plugins:

  • Rank Math: This is an all-in-one SEO plugin that will automatically connect your site with your Google Analytics and Google Search Console accounts. It will also help with SEO meta headings and descriptions.
  • LiteSpeed Cache: This will enhance the speed of your website.
  • Jetpack: Displays some analytics within your WordPress dashboard to keep track of engagement and user activity. Use it if not comfortable using Google Analytics.

To install these plugins, simply go to “Plugins” > “Add New Plugin” > Search for it > click “Install Now” > wait a few seconds and then click “Activate”

It should now be in your “Plugins” section.

How to upload a plugin

7. Configuring Essential Plugins

In terms of configuring your plugins in WordPress, each one has their unique settings and configurations. We could write entire guides for each specific plugin.

So, in order not to drag on too much, I am just going to show you the essential steps you should take for each.

Rank Math ⇒

Rank Math is the best plugin for everything SEO-related. It helps connect your Google accounts for analytics and keyword search results, allows you to customize your meta headings and descriptions for visibility, helps you fix any 404 errors on your site and even provides you with an SEO score that aims at helping you achieve the highest SEO SERP ranks.

Once you have downloaded it, it should appear in your WordPress menu to the left.

Rank Maty configuration

The first thing you should do with Rank Math is head over to the “Setup Wizard”

Note: Before going through the Setup Wizard, make sure to have created an account with Google Analytics and Google Search Console. It’s easy as long as you already have a Google account.

Click on “Rank Math SEO” > “Dashboard” > “Setup Wizard”

Rank Math - Setting up the setup wizard

Once in the “Setup Wizard”, you can select the “Easy” setting and click the button “Setup Wizard”

Follow the steps and finally connect your Google account.

Rank Math - connect your Google account

Continue with the setup and you are pretty much done with the Rank Math configuration plugin. If you want to go in deeper with Rank Math, visit their tutorial on their site.

LiteSpeed Cache ⇒

LiteSpeed Cache is one of the best available plugins to enhance your website speed. It has many advanced features that will further enhance your site speed. But luckily, if you are a beginner, LiteSpeed Cache has some presets available.

After downloading the plugin, head over to the LiteSpeed “Presets” section and apply the “Basic” prest.

LiteSpeed - Configure the Basic preset

This will only apply basic enhancements to your website. To further enhance your website, I would suggest investigating online and learning as much as you can regarding LiteSpeed Cache and caching in general.

*Caution: Caching options can negatively alter your website if you do not know what you are doing. Which is why, we only applied the “Basic” preset.*

JetPack ⇒

JetPack is a plugin created by the people behind WordPress. It can do many things! But, in this case, we will mostly use it for website analytics.

Again, you only need this if you are not familiar with or do not know how to use the Google Analytics tool.

With JetPack, it is as easy as downloading and activating the plugin plus it’s free. Then you will have access to some analytics that are directly incorporated within your WordPress dashboard.

You will also have some new added security features as a bonus.

JetPack - Enhanced security and analytics

8. Launching Your Website

After customizing your website, enhancing its functionality, and optimizing it for search engines, it’s time to launch it. In this section, we will explore the pre-launch checklist for your website and how to announce your website launch.

Pre-Launch Checklist for Your Website

Before launching your website, make sure to go through this checklist to ensure everything is in order:

  • SSL certificate: At the very least, you should have installed the free version “Let’s Encrypt” when you bought your hosting. Your domains should have https:// and not http:// – there needs to be an “s” there.
  • Page speed: Dig deeper into LiteSpeed Cache. Combining the LiteSpeed cache plugin and the WPX server should have your site pass any speed tests. You can test your website for speed using Page Speed Insights and the Solar Winds speed test tool. If you are feeling up to it, WPX have a tutorial on how to configure the plugin here.
  • Images: Make sure that all images you uploaded are both in the next-gen format (WEBp) and under 120kB.

Consider these factors before launching your website, ensuring a seamless online presence.

Announcing Your Website Launch

  • Create a buzz around your website launch by posting about it on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  • Implement a strategic email marketing campaign to inform your existing subscribers about your new website and encourage them to visit it.
  • Announce your website launch through a blog post, sharing the news, showcasing what visitors can expect, and providing a link to your website.
  • Share your website launch news through your social media accounts, announcing it multiple times to reach a wider audience.
  • Utilize SEO strategies, such as optimizing your website’s content and meta tags, to ensure search engines index your website and display it in search results.
  • By announcing your website launch through various channels, you can generate excitement, attract visitors, and build an initial audience for your website.

Maintaining and Updating Your Website

Creating a website is not a one-time task; it requires some ongoing maintenance and updates.

Regularly Updating Your Content

One of the keys to a successful website is regularly updating its content. By publishing new blog posts, articles, or other forms of content, you keep visitors engaged and encourage them to return to your website.

Regular content updates also help maintain a high ranking in search engine results, as search engines favor fresh and relevant content. Develop a content strategy that includes a content calendar, keyword research, and audience targeting to optimize your content creation process and attract organic traffic.

Make sure to only update your website plugins once a year or every 6 months.

To update your plugins go to the WordPress “Dashboard” > “Updates”.

When updating your plugins, try to update one at a time while at the same time, checking the front end (your actual live site) to make sure nothing breaks.

In case you do find any issues, remember that your hosting provider keeps backups of your site every 28 – 30 days.

WordPress - Updating plugins

How Long Does This All Take?

Once you become a pro, you will probably accomplish a full website in about a week. If you are a beginner, it could take a month or two. But, if you follow this guide step-by-step, you could very well take the same amount of time a professional web developer would take to build a website from scratch.

Conclusion

Creating a website from scratch may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and guidance, it can be a seamless process. Remember to first understand the purpose of your website and determine its goals. Selecting a good domain name is crucial for recoverability. Choose a reliable web host that meets your requirements from the list above.

WordPress is an excellent platform for building and customizing your website. Utilize Elementor Pro to enhance its design and functionality. Incorporate a few essential plugins to optimize your website for search engines. Before launching, ensure a thorough pre-launch checklist and announce your website’s launch to attract visitors.

Update your site once a year and you’re done.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most easy way to build a website?

The easiest way to build a website would be using Wix, Squarespace or Weebly. But these platforms are not worth it in the long run. It’s much better to start with something like WordPress and Elementor, follow a step-by-step guide to help you through the process and build yourself a real custom website that can perform.

What is the easiest tool to build a website?

When it comes to website building, there are many tools available, but one of the easiest tools to use is a website builder like Elementor Pro. These website builders offer intuitive, drag-and-drop interfaces, and a wide range of pre-designed templates, allowing you to create a website without any coding or design skills. With these tools, you can easily customize your website’s design, add content, and launch your website within a short amount of time.

References

¹ – https://w3techs.com/technologies/details/cm-wordpress

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