To create a website from scratch, without any technical expertise . Your website is used for blogging, freelance work, writing, authoring, other hobbies, podcasts, and much, much more .
How much will this cost ?
You will only pay for the services that are necessary to get your website online .
The amount of money you will pay between $ 100 – $ 200 will cover your costs for at least a year .
Are you ready ?
Lets start !
1 – Set up your website on the Internet
- Go to Bluehost .
- Then click on start and select the Choice Plus option .
- Enter the domain name (web address) you want to use for your site and use the .com suffix . For example : yourdomain.com or websitehowto.com and click Next (If the domain is taken ? Scroll down the Bluehost page for another try!)
- Also, enter your account information. Under Package Information, choose an account type based on the term you want to pay for. (There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there’s no risk!)
- Uncheck the package additions and enter your payment information, accept the terms and submit your payment .
- Next, create your account, choose a password, and log in to Bluehost (write down your Bluehost login information) .
- Then answer (or skip) the questions about your site, but add a blog when asked, even if you don’t plan to blog Don’t choose a topic Click the skip link at the bottom of the page..
- You will see “Good job!” This is your Bluehost dashboard. Keep this tab open .
- And then click on the WordPress button, after which you will be taken to the WordPress control panel in a new tab .
2 – How to adjust your WordPress settings ?
It will only take you a few minutes !
- In the left column of the WordPress dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks and select Submit name and scroll down > Save changes .
- Go to Settings > General and choose your time zone from the dropdown menu and scroll down > Save Changes.
- Go to Settings > Reading option next to “Show your homepage”, select “Static page” .
- From the “Home Page” drop-down list, you can also select a “Page Template” . From the Posts page drop-down list, select Blog . Scroll down > then Save Changes .
- After that go to Users > Profile. In the Surname field, enter your first name . Next to Display Name, choose your new nickname and then click Update Profile .
- Go to Settings > Discussion . Next to “Default Post Settings”, uncheck “Try to report any blogs associated with the post” . Also uncheck “Allow link notifications from other blogs” .
- Stay in Settings > Discussion . Do you want to open comments on your posts ? If not, uncheck Allow people to send comments on new posts . Then scroll down > Save Changes .
- Then go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and select all plugins in the list and then from the Bulk Actions drop down choose Deactivate . Click Apply .
- Stay at Plug-ins > Installed Plug-ins . Select all plug-ins in the list again and this time from the Bulk Actions drop-down list, choose Delete. Then press Apply .
- Go back to Add-ons > Add New . In the “Search for plug-ins…” bar, enter “insert headers and footers” (without quotes) .
- Go to Appearance > Themes and then click Theme Details and then click Delete in the lower right corner . Then confirm . Repeat for all inactive subjects .
- From the Appearance menu > Appearances . Click on Add New Search for Cadence then click on Install and Activate .
3 – Securing your WordPress site
A secure web address starts with https and an insecure one starts with http
A secure website gives visitors peace of mind and keeps your site on the good side of Google .
- Open a new tab in your browser. In the address bar of your browser, type your domain. (Ignore your site theme for now)
- Go to your bluehost dashboard in a different tab. Click on My Sites > Site Management .
- Look at the address bar again and is your domain still there? If so, continue and if it redirects to an unfamiliar (temporary) domain, wait another 2-12 hours and start from that place again
- On the Security tab, under Security Certificate, make sure that Free SSL Key is turned on. Your URL will start with https .
- Go back to the WordPress Dashboard tab. Click Settings > General . Enter the secure URL (https://mydomain.com) in the WordPress URL and Website URL fields. Scroll down > then Save Changes .
4 – Get a domain specific email address
- The domain email address is [email protected]. It’s more professional, plus it’s essential when setting up your email list .
- Back in the bluehost dashboard, go to Email & Office and click Go to Google Workspace .
- Decide how many users will need an email address associated with your new site (1 if it’s just you). Make sure your domain appears in the dropdown list. Choose whether you want to pay monthly or annually .
- Then click add to cart and process your order. Enter the email address you want. Use your first name or something simple ([email protected]). This is the email address for your domain .
- Use it for everything in the future .
- Complete your contact information and click Create .
- Sign in to your Workspace account to access your Admin console. Follow the prompts to access your Gmail account within the workspace Leave .
5 – Install the google tag manager
- In a new browser tab, sign up for Google Tag Manager with your new domain email address .
- Copy the first part of the two-part code into Google Tag Manager .
- Go to your WordPress dashboard and then click on Settings > Insert Headers and Footers .
- Paste the first part of the Google Tag Manager code into the “scripts in header” box and save .
- Go back to Tag Manager and copy the second part of the code. Go back to your WordPress dashboard and paste the second part into the “Texts in Body” box and save .
- In the new tab, click Install .
6 – Install Google Analytics
Google Analytics measures your traffic, how many visitors you get, and where they come from. It’s very important and useful !
- Open a new browser tab and then go to Google Analytics and login with your domain email address .
- Add your public organization/business name as the account name and select Web. Create a property and then enter your website name and secure URL ( https://mydomain.com ) .
- Choose Logical category and set your timezone, click Create and then click Administrator (gear icon) at the bottom left. Copy your Google Analytics tag. It will start with “G-XXXXXXXXXX“ .
- Go back to the Manage Google Tags tab. Click New Tag and name your tag in Google Analytics .
- Click on the tag configuration and then the option “ Google Analytics : GA4 Configuration ” and then paste the tag you copied above (G-XXXXXXXXXX) .
- Click Triggering > select Save > Save All . Open a new tab to make sure it is installed correctly .
7 – Preparing site search supervisors
This setting tells you how much Google likes your website. Also this is important and useful !
- In a new browser tab, go to Google Search Console . Log in using your domain email address .
- Click on the dropdown menu in the upper left corner and select Add property .
- Under Domain, enter your domain ( mydomain.com ) and not your URL ( https://mydomain.com ) .
- Do you see a green check mark indicating that it is verified? If that’s the case, skip the rest. If not, copy the text history into the popup .
- Go to your bluehost account and then go to Domains > Manage > DNS .
- Scroll down to the Text section and click Add New Record. In the host record field, enter @ .
- At the TXT value, paste what you copied above. And leave it for 4 hours .
- When saving it may take a while to process, so try again after 30 minutes before continuing .
- Go back to Webmaster Tools and click Verify > Done .