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How to create your own WordPress website

Create a WordPress website: Quick in 4 steps

Create your own WordPress website in just four steps

Not many people can create a WordPress website. And very few do. But with our 4 step guide you can finally publish your website on the web. You want to finally publish your fashion blog with your favourite outfits? Share your gardening tips with the masses? Or are you a passionate cook with a knack for unusual dishes? Then we'll help you now with our WordPress website creation step-by-step guide on how to share your passion on your website.

Why should I actually create a WordPress website? As a free content management system for creating WordPress websites, WordPress is perfect for beginners and professionals alike. Today, more than 60% of all websites are based on WordPress, which clearly speaks for the power and possibilities of WordPress. Theoretically, you can implement anything on a WordPress website, because there are helpful plugins and themes a dime a dozen. If you don't want an 0815 website and at the same time want to do without programming effort, you should create a WordPress website.

To help you get started with your WordPress website, we have put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you create your WordPress website. Because to create your own WordPress site, you don't need any programming knowledge or anything like that, this four-step guide is completely sufficient. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time - just chat or send us an email.

Step 1: Domain selection

If you want to create a WordPress website, the domain should also suit you and the theme of your website. So make a conscious decision for a suitable domain for your website, as this can only be changed afterwards via small detours.

The name of your domain corresponds to the address under which visitors can later find your website, shop or blog. For example, www.wpspace.de. Our recommendation when choosing your individual domain:

  • Keep your domain as short and concise as possible. This makes it easier for potential customers to remember your domain.
  • Avoid hyphens, as these make the name unnecessarily complicated
  • Avoid umlauts, as these are not found on, for example, English keyboards.
  • Use .de or .com as the domain extension, as these are top-level domains that automatically generate trust among your visitors. Of course, there are always exceptions, but this is the rule.

Once you have decided on your desired domain, you still need to check its availability. You can check whether your domain is still available on various platforms. Simply Google "check domain availability". As a WPspace customer, you can check availability in just a few clicks in the customer control panel - and if your favourite domain is already taken by someone else, we can offer you exciting alternatives?

Many domains are already occupied and are then offered for sale at a high price. This domain trade was and is a lucrative business for many. You must decide for yourself whether it is necessary for you to purchase a domain at a high price or to use an alternative instead. We recommend that you start with an alternative for the time being: in most cases, you can also buy the desired domain at a later date.

By the way, you often read on the net that .de and .com domains are ranked better by Google. After many statements about this, Google has reported that this ranking factor is a myth.

Step 2: Book hosting

To create your WordPress website, you need a server to host your website. There are thousands of hosting providers in the hosting jungle, but you should consciously stay away from cheap providers for the success of your website. In order to shed some light on this , we have compiled a comparison of providers specialising in WordPress hosting.

You book server space through hosting providers such as WPspace. The loading time of your website and the protection of your data, for example, depend on the server of your provider. Important quality criteria of hosting providers include: Loading time, response time, German server location and HTTPS support.

Take your time to decide on the right provider for your website. Normally, you decide on a hosting provider for the long term, as this provider should also act as your partner. If you value not only good hosting, but also support for all questions about WordPress and hosting, you should choose a managed WordPress hosting provider. They won't leave you out in the cold if you have problems with your WordPress instance, but will ensure that your business doesn't falter. However, if you have made a hasty choice and now want to change hosting providers, we at WPspace offer you a free transfer service of your domain to our servers.  

Watch out! You can save yourself steps 3-8 of this guide to creating a WordPress website by choosing a provider who specialises in WordPress hosting. At WPspace, we take the hassle out of it, because when you book a hosting package from WPspace, you get access to your server with the WordPress file or WordPress toolkit already pre-installed. We prepare everything for you so that you can start creating your WordPress website right away! This makes it easier than ever before to create a WordPress website, saving you a lot of time and nerves that you can better put into the design of your website. If you choose WPspace as your hosting provider, you can skip steps 3-8 and go straight to step 9.

If you decide to use an alternative provider, the next step is to follow the somewhat complicated steps 3-8 to install your WordPress file.

Step 3: Create a MySQL database for the WordPress installation

If there is no MySQL database on your server, it must be created for the WordPress installation. Normally you can find the MySQL database in the menu item "Database" - but this varies from provider to provider. Make a note of the access data and password, as we will need them in step 6.

Step 4: Creating the FTP access

To transfer files to your booked server, you need an FTP programme. There are various free tools for Mac and Windows, such as Filezilla or Cyberdruck. In the FTP programme, you must now enter the access data under "FTP access" of your hoster.

Step 5: Download WordPress to create a WordPress website

Create your own WordPress website

After all this preparation, download the free WordPress file from https://de.WordPress.org/, if you have not already done so. You have to unpack the ZIP files on your PC or laptop. Attention: Do not confuse WordPress.org and WordPress.com!

Step 6: Customisation of the WordPress file

Before installing WordPress on the server, you need to make small adjustments to your WordPress file. It is best to work through the points one after the other so that nothing gets lost:

  • Duplicate the file wp-config-sample.php and rename the duplicate to wp-config.php
  • Open the file with the text editor and insert the access data from step 3
  • Replace Databankname_here_insert with your individually chosen database name.
  • replace username_here_insert with your MYSQL database username
  • replace password_here_insert with your password
  • replace localhost with the MYSQL database server address (in some cases this step is not needed - but better safe than sorry)
  • Replace Safety Key with any security key you have created yourself or generated on the Internet.
  • Save and close (you're almost there!)

Step 7: Upload WordPress to the server

Open the FTP programme of your choice and log in with your access data. If you have done everything correctly, you should now see two windows - one for the server and one for the PC. Now you can upload the files of the unzipped WordPress folder to the server via FTP by right-clicking on "Upload".

Step 8: Install WordPress

WordPress login screen

When you finally want to create your WordPress website, you only have to make a few clicks and then finally start with the actual work. Now go to your domain that you selected in step 1. If this does not work, you can also add /wp-admin/install.php after your domain and call up the page via this. Follow the instructions that appear in the window and choose your username and password for WordPress. Once you have completed all the steps, you can always add /wp-admin/ to your domain in the future and use it to visit the backend of your WordPress site.

Step 9: Choose and upload your WordPress site theme

There is an endless smorgasbord of WordPress themes that are differentiated by category, colour or even style. The most important difference for you is probably free and paid.

Free themes are sometimes available directly in WordPress and sometimes look really good. However, they do not offer you much flexibility in the areas of design and individuality when creating a WordPress website. For a professional website, it is worth spending a few euros and buying a premium theme from Themeforest , for example.

Step 10: Creating a WordPress website - an ongoing process

Now the fun begins! If you've been able to create your WordPress website up to this point, I think this is the fun part. You probably already have a picture of your new WordPress website in your mind's eye: blue background, yellow accents, large-scale graphics, great photos, etc. There are no limits to your creativity! You can now adapt the design of the website to your wishes and fill it with valuable content for your visitors, because content is king. You will always come up with something new, a new blog post, replace images, change the design from green to yellow etc. But that's the beauty of it!

If you have any questions about our detailed four-step guide for your WordPress site, please feel free to leave a comment or use our contact form. We hope you have fun designing and filling your WordPress site.

Were you able to create your WordPress website thanks to our tutorial? Then we would be pleased to receive positive feedback from you 🙂

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About the guest author

Isabell Bergmann

As Online Marketing Manager at WPspace, I love to share my knowledge around online marketing, web design and hosting.

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