In this guide, I will show you how to create business website using WordPress content management system. You will be able to do this even if you don’t have any web design skills.
We earlier published an article on 10 Reasons why your business must have an internet presence. Business dynamics have changed in recent years and customers are no more found in the streets instead on the internet. So, creating a website for your business becomes inevitable if you still want to thrive in this information age.
Recap of the reasons why you need a business websites
There are many emerging reasons why you need to create a website for your business. Here are the few of them…
- People now prefer to buy online
- Potential customers tend to spend more time in a day on the internet
- Website has higher reach to more customers than normal physical store
- People tend to trust products or services offered online
There are thousand more reasons because of the change in dynamics of business. See this report for evidence: E-Commerce Is Changing the Way Cars Are Being Bought and Sold in Nigeria.
Why Create Business Website using WordPress?
In a nutshell, WordPress is the best and cheaper alternative to create a business website if you don’t have enough money to pay web designers and developers. WordPress is a free content management system with easy to use features. You only pay for web hosting and that’s all. You can create a website for your business even without web design skills. It’s also a perfect tool for web ranking. This means that you can have a website for your business with a very limited budget. Smart web designers can also use this strategy to build business websites for clients.
How to Create your Business Website using WordPress
Follow the step-by-step guide below…
What you will need are:
- A computer with internet connection
- Debit/Credit card for payment. Godaddy also accept PayPal and gift cards
Step 1: Visit Godaddy.com website
I like Godaddy because of so many reasons. These are the main benefits…
(a) Free Domain: Godaddy give a free domain name when you buy a new web hosting ($12 value).
(b) Fast Loading: Websites hosted with Godaddy open very fast when browsing (A Good Boost for SEO ranking).
(c) Easy to setup your blog with Godaddy. You don’t need any web design or coding knowledge to create your blog. With Godaddy hosting, you simply click few buttons and your blog is ready.
(d) Cheap: With only $12, you will be a proud owner of a professional WordPress blog. Other hosting companies charge higher.
(e) Secure: Godaddy web hosting is secure and protects your blog from various malicious attacks. Most smart bloggers even forge ahead to get extra protection for your website.
(f) Popular: Godaddy is already popular and so many bloggers use them.
Step 2: Select your $1 Hosting Package
See the picture below…
Select the $1 Economy plan – perfect to get started with basic site like one blog.
Step 3: Pick your Domain name
Type in your preferred domain name like “blogmoneyforsmartguys” or anything you like and click “GO” buttons.
Now that your blog name is available, Click on “Add & Continue” button.
Step 4: Buy your Hosting and get Free Domain Name
After clicking on the “Add & Continue” button, you will see something like the picture below.
Click on “Proceed to Checkout”Button to pay for your hosting – $12 only for full one year.
Once you click it, you will reach a signup form. Click on “Continue” button on the new customer panel. As shown in the picture below.
You will be taken to where you will type in your account information. These are your name, country, address, username, password, email address, as well as your payment information (debit/credit card).
After filling in everything… click “continue button”
Accept the terms of agreement and click “PAY”. You are done with your web hosting purchase from Godaddy.
Step 5: Setup your Website
After buying your web hosting package for your blog, the next thing is to setup a WordPress blog on the free domain they gave you during signup.
Now login to your web hosting panel as see in the picture below.
Go to Web hosting and click on “manage” button. Once you click manage, you will be asked to setup your hosting aPanel for the first time. This is simple with just few clicks.
Step 6: Install WordPress
On your Web hosting cPanel, visit “Popular Apps”and Click on “WordPress”
Now, click Install Application. Please make sure you use a username and a password that you will remember when installing your WordPress on your cPanel. After installation … You are done.
You will be given a login url to your website.
Now… Login to your WordPress powered business website and customize it. Congratulations! You now have a self hosted business website.
Create Important Pages
Create the following pages
- Homepage (contains all the information you will want your visitor to see at first sight). Sometimes, many people use “about us” in the home page
- About Us
- … and so on.
How to Set the Homepage of your Business Website
Now it’s time to set your homepage. Before this, make sure you put all the necessary information you want your visitors to see at first sight. To set your homepage, follow the instructions below.
- Login to your dashboard
- Goto Settings >> Reading
- Select your “Homepage”or “About” to represent the “Front Page”and “Blog” to represent the “Post Page”
Your subscription will last for good 12 months (one year) after which you will have to renew it to continue to keep your business website alive. Before then, you could be making serious money if you are serious in what your are doing.
You can Hire Us to Create Business Websites for you.
We currently charge N30,000 only to create a basic business website with upto 5 pages and blog functionality using WordPress. If you will want us to help you achieve this, click the hire me page.Click here to see the latest Jobs opportunities in Nigeria.
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