Create Local Business Website without a developer!
By Jithin on July 2nd, 2019
Are you planning to create a website on your own for your business? Are you the person who doesn’t know how to code and how to host a website? Well, no need to worry about that, as we are going to assist you on how to create your own business website very easily without any knowledge on website coding skills.
In this guide, we will provide you with all the knowledge you need to create and host a website. We will be building your website on WordPress CMS as it is the best platform for the beginners and also it is the most popular website builder in the world as it powers 32% of all website on the internet.
Before we start let us brief on all the steps that we are going to discuss in this guide.
1) Domain name purchase and choosing the best website hosting plan for your website.
2) Installing WordPress
3) Building the website using WordPress.
Step 1. Domain name purchase
The first important and the most simple step is to purchase a domain name for your website. You will have to select a domain name that suits your business the best. We would say businessname.com or any other name which actually gives the best impression or meaning to your business.
You can take a moment to think which domain name suits your business and go for the “.com” (domainname.com) TLD version or any other TLD’s that seems best for your business.
Interserver can provide you the domain name, hosting account and free SSL with the most reasonable prices. We are one of the top best-hosting providers and you will get the best hosting experience and support from us. We are also one of the most recommended WordPress hosting providers and we do have some best plans specifically designed for WordPress websites.
Please go through our website using the following link to select the best web hosting plan.
Domain purchase option would be also seen once you have clicked on “buy now”. You can type the domain name as shown in the following and then click on “continue”
If you would like to get the best WordPress experience we would recommend our managed WordPress hosting plan. It has many features designed specifically for the speed and best performance to run WordPress websites.
If you would like to host more than one WordPress site and you need super privileges or root access then we have WordPress VPS. Those VPS are specially configured to run WordPress website so that you would get the maximum performance such as loading speed, handling traffic etc for your WordPress website. Please go through the following link for our WordPress VPS plans.
Scroll down the page and you can select the VPS slice from 1 to 16. Each VPS slice has different specification like storage, memory, bandwidth and much more. You can scroll the icon available in the following screenshot from 1 to 16 to select the best and affordable VPS slice. Once done, click on the “Buy Now” button.
Step 2. Installing WordPress
Now you have the domain name and the hosting account. The next step is to install WordPress CMS on your hosting account. You can easily install WordPress on your cPanel using Softaculous which is enabled by default in all our shared hosting plans including the Managed WordPress Hosting Plan. Please refer following tutorial on how to install WordPress using Softaculous.
If you have one of our cPanel VPS without Softaculous, You can install WordPress using cPanel “Site Software”. Please follow this tutorial:
If you have a VPS or dedicated server without any control panel, then here are the steps to install WordPress manually:
If you are still finding it difficult to install WordPress, there is no need to panic, please contact our support team and the issue will be solved as soon as possible. we are available 24*7 to assist you with your tasks. You can just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us install WordPress on your hosting account within minutes.
Step3. Let’s build the website using WordPress
Now you have successfully installed WordPress on your hosting account! You can access the admin panel of your brand new WordPress website using the following URL structure.
Do not forget to replace your domain name in this structure. When you’ll try to open the admin panel of the WordPress, you will be asked to enter the username and password.
Enter the WordPress dashboard login credentials that you have provided during the installation of WordPress to log in.
Now you are in the admin section of your WordPress website. From this section, you can manage, personalize, customize and manage everything on your website.
The simple way to get started is to create a page from Pages>>Add new. This will create a new page in WordPress. Please refer the following on how to create a page in the admin dashboard.
Just add simple text contents and images at the moment. You can later edit the content or add more contents to get a better look. At first, let’s create the website layout for your business website by creating some basic pages.
These are the pages often used in a compact business website layout.
• Homepage: This is the foremost welcome page of the expected website. Besides, add your business name with a call to action to your services/products/contact page respectively. In addition, a concise description of why your customers should opt-in for your services will be informative.
• About us: This page should include all the detailed information of your business before customers can make a decision. An ‘About us ‘ page must help your customers to understand who you are, what are your ethics and the relevant experience you have in your field.
• Services/products: This page includes the catalog of the services/products you put forward. Heading accompanied with a brief note is considered to be mandatory for the betterment of understanding. Moreover, pricing or ask to contact you for a quote is preferable on this page.
• Contact us: It depicts the contact details. So that you should put a contact form for the users. You must also add your business’s physical address which will show the genuineness of your business.
You can add many other pages in addition to the above for the better way of conveying your business information. For example, you can create a separate page for your business products, FAQ… etc.
Now you have the layout ready. It’s time to give our website the look it needs. WordPress comes with a default template/theme which is most common, we can opt for any different theme as there are many free and paid WordPress themes available. Some of the best WordPress themes are mentioned in the following list. Or you may visit the official WordPress business theme page here: https://wordpress.com/themes/business.
• Interserver Platinum ( Developed by InterServer )
• Atmosphere Pro
• Digital Pro
There are a countless number of themes available in WordPress’s theme repository. Based on the style that would suit your business you can select the theme from Appearance>>Themes>>Add new.
Now you will see lots and lots of themes available for Free, Select the one you like the most. You can also filter the themes if you can’t find the one you need in the list. You can select any theme based on the criteria. Once you have selected the theme, you can click on the “Install” button given on each theme. In this case, we are going to install a free theme called “Mise” which is a free theme and it has everything you need to get started with WordPress. Search “Mise” and click on install.
Once installed you will have to click on “activate” to activate the theme. Please note the install button would change to activate button once the installation is complete.
Once you activate the “Mise” theme, you’ll see the following dialog box. Click on “Get started with Mise”
This will bring you to the “Mise” customization page. This is actually a WordPress beginners paradise. They have documented each and everything about their theme and how to customize. You can click on “Theme Customizer” to manually customize everything. You can click on “Documentation” and there you can see all detailed instructions to manage this theme.
Since you are new to this, I’d suggest you import the demo contents first then customize. For this, first, go to “Plugins >> Add New.” Search for “One Click Demo Import” and install this plugin.
Once you have installed and activated the plugin, go to your WordPress Dashboard under the “Appearance-> Import Demo Data” and click on the “Import Demo Data” button. Please click on the Import button only once and then wait for the process to complete, it can take a couple of minutes.
Only import the demo content to the new websites with no content. This is to avoid filling the website with new pages and posts that could create confusion with existing content.
That’s it! Now go to your home page and you will see your site exactly like this: https://crestaproject.com/demo/mise/
It’ll have a slider, About Us, Services, Team, Contact form and everything you need for a business website.
This has almost everything you need for a business website. While the main menu, widgets, and some parts of the theme (like the site logo) must be set manually. That is also very easy to do. Go to “Appearance >> About Mise >> Theme Customizer”. From here you can change contents or customize everything you can see in the demo page. If you have any doubts, you can click on the Mise Documentation section.
See, it’s that easy to set up a business website with InterServer!
Next, we are going to discuss WordPress plugins. WordPress plugins are just like additional applications for your WordPress website, each plugin has its own purpose and it can add different features to your WordPress website. There about 50,000 free and paid plugins available in the market. For any new feature that you would like to add there would always be a plugin which would bring up that feature on your website. You can install WordPress plugin in the Plugins>>Add New.
You can search for plugins in the search tab as shown in the above screenshot. Simply type the WordPress plugin name that you want to install. If you want to install a particular plugin just click on install on the corresponding plugin. Once the plugin is installed on your server, you can enable or activate the plugin by clicking on the “Activate” button.
Some of the common plugins you might need to create a fully optimized WordPress site are as given below.
• WP Super Cache – This plugin Improves the website’s speed by adding cache.
• iThemes Security – iThemes security is a security plugin to keep your website secure from hackers and attacks.
• WPForms – WPForms brings a feature to add the contact forms on your WordPress site.
• Easy WP SMTP – Easy WP SMTP provides an SMTP connection and would easily send emails from your website.
• Yoast SEO – It improves your website SEO and will get more visitors from Google.
• WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache can enhance website speed and performance
• Elementor Page Builder – It is one of the best drag and drop page builder. it allows you to easily customize your website and also to create a custom page layout.
• Tawk.To Live Chat – Twak.to is the best free chat support software to add live chat for your website. Since we are building a business site, live chat is something that will help you bring more business leads.
Now you have finally learned all that needs to set up your WordPress Business website. If you need any other support regarding the WordPress installation and related domain name purchase or hosting plan purchase, you are always welcome to reach us at 24*7 support team. We are available both on live chat and support ticket.