Creating a WordPress website from scratch.

Once you have installed WordPress and logged into your new website it is the time to start the actual process of creation. Thankfully, the WordPress engine provides a number of very convenient in-built features like page and post management, menu configuration and commenting. The features that are not available could be easily downloaded and installed as plugins.

By this time, I suppose that you have already chosen the name of your future site, and the next step would be searching for an appropriate theme. WordPress offers a very convenient theme search option. Just go to your Appearance -> Themes menu from your dashboard, and you will be able to browse through thousands of different themes, as you press the search button. Installing a theme is easy and is done automatically, on the other hand if you decided that a particular theme doesn’t really suit your website, you can easily delete it to save the precious web space.

Once done with the theme selection, it will be the time to structure your data. Some old school designers will advise to take a paper and pen and draw your actual site structure but I see it as unnecessary. Instead, I just go to the Menus options and thereby create the important sections of my future website. Another approach is to open Pages and create some blank pages that are also called “place-holders”. By creating a page WordPress will automatically make the corresponding menu item.

Depending on your theme, you will also be able to tune your front page in many different ways. This tuning should take a lot of attention, as it will be the first thing the user will see upon opening your newly created website. When you are done with some outlines, you could also take advantage of the different widgets. I would usually place some widgets in the footer and the sidebar sections of my website.

Finally it will be the time to write some actual content that will be displayed on your pages. Before starting I would advise installing the TinyMCE Advanced plugin that replaces the WordPress’ default WYSIWYG editor. This plugin will allow you to achieve professionally-looking text formatting and is a must have tool for any commercial blog.