In this video, we’ll teach you how to design a fully functional WordPress Blog in only 5 minutes time. That’s right, we’ll be showing you from start to finish exactly how to create a WordPress Website in only 5 minutes.
In this video, I’m going to show you exactly how to create a beautiful wordpress website, for only $1. Yup, you heard that right. We’re going to setup a professional looking website for only $1. So how exactly are we going to do that?
So, the first thing we’re going to do is head on over to Google and search up godaddy 99 cent coupon. From here, simply buy any domain you want from godaddy. Then, go to hostgator and register for a hosting account using the coupon code WPFORALLTRIAL.
In the video, I’ll show you exactly how to forward your godaddy domain to Hostgator. Plus, we’ll show you how to setup wordpress, install your theme, and add new posts and pages. Specifically, we’ll be learning how to:
- Selecting the Right Theme
- Registering our Domain Name with Godaddy
- Picking a Hosting Account
- Installing WordPress
- Installing our Theme – Big Foot Theme
- Fixing our Home Page
- Adding New Posts
We’ll be using Hostgator to host our website, however feel free to use whatever hosting company you would like. A hosting company houses the themes, files, and all the code to our website. And it is what really gives power to our website. Be sure to use the coupon code WPFORALLTRIAL to get your first month of hosting for only $1 Or, use the coupon code WPFORALL25 and save 25% off your hosting account.
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We’ll also be using the Big Foot Theme to make our website.
Alright so toady I am going to be showing you how to design a professional looking wordpress website. And we are going to do it with only one dollar. And so the reason why we are going to be using wordpress is because it’s very simple and easy to use. And it’s also very flexible.
As you can see these are some of the, actually the three themes that you can download for free and you kind of emulate your website to be like. So the themes are kind of, just like the template of a website. And the one that we are actually going to be using or the one that we are going to be creating today. What I am going to show you how to create is this one right here, the big foot theme.
And it’s kind of, has a corporate look or a portfolio look as well. And so there is a couple of different options. There is quite a few. What we are going to do is more the portfolio look, so that previously was more of the professional or business like one.
We are going to be do more of a portfolio, as you can see. We will try to see what we can create in the little time that we have. But yeah it’s going to look something like this. Very professional if you have a portfolio that you need to create or you kind of want to showcase your work, that’s what we are going to do.
So we are just going to kind of give one of these pages, maybe a slide or two. I will show you how to do that and then just a simple blog. Maybe an about page as well. So a simple blog like this. As you can see, it’s quite professional, very simple. You can definitely make it as functional as you want or as complex as you want.
So the first thing that we are going to do, and remember we are trying to do this for as cheap as possible, just 1$ to start. So what we are going to do is head on over to godaddy and what we are actually going to do, is we are going to go into Google and we are going to search godaddy 99 cents domains, 2104 should work. And so this should be actually a sponsored link which are these ads that are above, that can get you a domain name for only 99 cents.
You are just going to click on that. And when you go through this process, we will see that, ok you have a 99 cents domain name. So you can just register just any domain name. I am not going to actually show you how to go through that process.
But simply just register it. And so that’s going to actually cover the domain registration, so it’s going to give us ownership to whatever domain name we want. So after we have actually registered our domain name, we are going to head on over to hostgator dot com and so hostgator is a hosting company or a web hosting company where it actually houses the data of the files and have your actual website fully functional or functioning.
You can think of them like a utility company. So we are just going to go and get our web hosting plan. Previously we registered the domain name with godaddy and that’s going to cover for entire year. It just gave us ownership to the domain name. Hostgator is actually going to provide the power to our website.
So ownership versus power. And so we are just going to select the plan and I already went ahead and filled everything out. It’s going to come up to this ordering window. What we are going to click on is you already own the domain because we registered our domain name with godaddy, lot cheaper of a price. And so the one that we are going to be working with is this one that I own before, mywpdoctor dot com, you remember its just 99 cents with godaddy.
We are going to click on the package type, there is a hatch thing, there is a bunch of different types. But for our purposes, since we only have one domain name, probably for just starting off. We are just going to need one and for the billing cycle, we are going to do one month, just for a trail. If you want something of a longer term, feel free to do that as well.
I have another coupon code for that. In order to get this one cent, we see right here for only one cent of one month of web hosting. We are going to use the coupon code, WPFORALLTRIAL. So that’s going to give it for one cent and our domain registration was 99 cents, so this is going to be a total of a dollar for an entire website that we are going to make.
So we are just going to create the account. So once you have actually completed your account, registered your account, you will see this kind of like receipt of your hostgator webhosting. And so it’s going to tell us to go check our email and the email may take a little bit time to in order to come there.
But what we are looking for is this control panel URL. So we are going to open that up and we will see something like this. So this is our C panel and this is where we are going to handle of the, I guess, installing of wordpress and also finding what our name servers would be.
So we are going to have our C panel. You username is wpforall and our password is right below that. And we are just going to log in. so now that we have successfully logged into our C panel, the only thing that we really need right now is we will need to change our name servers or domain name. Because we originally registered our domain name with godaddy, but now we need to know that our web hosting is actually with hostgator. So that what their name servers are. It’s very easy, very quick.
So all we are going to look for is our name servers down here, that’s these ones right here, the NS8217 dot hostgator dot com and the NS8218. And we are going to go back to godaddy and all we need to do is let godaddy know that hostgator is going to be hosting our website.
So we are just going to go into our account in godaddy. We are going to launch that and we will see, here are the actual domains that we own. And so I have quite a few. But the one that we are looking for is just this one right here, mywpdoctor. So we are just going to open that one up.
So once we actually have loaded that we will see that we have mywpdoctor and the name servers, actually what we want to change. So right now, the name servers are pointed to actually godaddy itself and so we are just going to manage that. And we are just going to press custom, enter custom name servers. And so they are the same ones as we mentioned before that we got on our hostgator C panel.
So we are just going to paste both of these in. and they are just one number off from each other and we are going to press ok. Just make sure you have both of them. And we are just going to save it. And is just as simple as that. Now hostgator knows that, or godaddy and hostgator are working together and they know that your domain is registered with godaddy and your hosting is with hostgator.
So that’s very simple and it saved us quite a bit of money simply by separating the two. So now you may have to wait a couple of minutes for it to actually propagate, for everything to actually work properly. But we can head on over back to our C panel in hostgator and we are going to look for quick install. So now that we have actually set everything up, our domain is registered and our hosting account is set up.
Now we are just going to install wordpress onto it. It’s pretty simple. And from here we are going to click on wordpress and we are just going to find the domain. We only should have one. And fill all the information. Just your email and all about and click install now.
So once we have successfully installed wordpress, we are going to see congratulations. It will give us the admin area, the username and the password. So we are going to hold onto these for sure. Just open up your admin area which is just the backend of wordpress of your login area. And it is always at your domain name dot com slash wp-admin.
So if you ever forget, I will be there. So just paste in your username and just paste in your temporary password. You can always change this later. And we are just going to log in. so now that you have actually logged in to wordpress, this is the backend of wordpress. This is only if you have admin access, you can, basically you are going to change everything. You are going to add new post, pages, change the themes and other functionality to your website.
But of you actually want to see what the main website looks like or the front end, what it looks like, this is what all the other users may see. You just go to your domain name. So for us it was mywpdoctor dot com without the slash wp dash admin. You can see something like this and as you can tell, this looks very different from our demo site which was this one right here.
This was our ultimate goal. So why does it look different form this? So the reason why it looks like this is just the default 2014 wordpress theme that is automatically installed. If you want to actually change that, if you want to actually add to that and make it more like the demo site. We are just going to install our theme.
Install our theme which was the Bigfoot theme. And will be linking description below, of where you can actually download that for free. And so the first step in to actually making our website look very similar to the demo is we are going to go into and install our theme. And so we are going to go into appearance and themes and you already have downloaded from the website, the big foot theme and so we are going to click add new and the things with this is that there should be a couple of files in there.
And I have actually moved them all to my desktop. The first thing that you are going to look for is Bigfoot dot zip. It’s the main themes folder and you are just going to install now. And it’s within the Bigfoot version one main folder that you downloaded off the website. So after that has successfully installed, you are just going to click activate.
Now that we have successfully installed our theme. Let’s take a look at what does it look like right now. So when we refresh our website, it looks something like this which very different from what our original demo site looks like and the reason why is because this is just the blog page. This is what the demo blog page looks like.
So I am not going to show you how to do every single step. What I am going to show you is, how to add this home page. We want this home page to have that same theme and same look and maybe add a couple of posts. Add a couple of posts to our blog. And so in order to do that what we are first going to do is going to pages and we are going to add a new page.
So the page that we are going to be adding is going to be the home page. So we can title it home. It’s kind of arbitrary in this case and we are going to scroll down. And we are going to scroll down to the templates so that it’s showcased. And we are just going to publish that. And we publish it, we are going to see a bunch of different options and this is just the twitter and the Facebook profiles at the bottom.
If we notice down here, we have the twitter and the Facebook. So we are just going to add in whatever our twitter is and also the twitter and the Facebook. And this is something, the actual twitter and the Facebook URL, something that you would change within appearance and theme options. You will find the social media profiles and so that will come to the bottom part.
That will come to the footer area. Below what we want to do is we want to have the same look. This same designed for woocommerce and what you may add what you want for your personal website. But what we are going to do is we are going to add and under here, for the headline, let’s try to just copy it word for word for just demo purposes.
And we will get that down there for the paragraph. And so for the button label, also in this case, we don’t have a button. If we wanted to add a button, we can add a button right here and wherever it would link to. And so the picture that we want though, we do have picture and this is the one that I just saved all over the same, demo website.
So we can just select that and then let’s just update it and we will see what it looks like. And so we go back to our main website. Actually we go to view page because, I tell you little bit why we can’t go to our main page and refresh it. But we will see that.
Right now when we go to actually mywpdoctor dot com slash home we will see that it looks very similar to the demo content. The only difference is that you have this bright blue screen on our personal site but you don’t have that on the demo site. So how do we change that?
That’s just this last option down here. It’s the paste the and actual colour. So you can just select any colour you want. You can just select white and some things will pick and we are going to decrease this down to maybe 0.1. We are going to make it so that it doesn’t have, I guess you can say like a film or through a lens.
So we go back to that page. We are going to refresh it and we are going to see what it looks like right now. And so you can play around so you can find out how much of that fuzziness you want to keep, how much you want to remove. So that’s pretty much it. That’s pretty much it regards to the home page.
So now that we have actually created a landing page, what we want to do now is actually create a blog page and I will show you why we want to do that in little bit. So what we are going to do is we are going to go into pages, same thing, add new. This time we are going to title it blog and we are going to change the template now into blog classic.
And we are just going to publish that. And so once it’s published what we are going to do is we are going to look at some of these options below. And you can change whatever you want here. And for me, the only one that I really want to change is I want to make this compact and this centred. The rest I kind of like and the sidebar, lets change that to the normal blog sidebar. And let’s just update that.
And when we view page, we will see what it actually looks like. So now we have our blog page right here. So we have a couple of pages right now. We have our home page, this is just a sample of the default I came with and this is the blog. So the home and the blog.
So the reason why I created a blog page is because if you go to your main site and you refresh it, you will see that it’s just the latest post. It’s not the default landing page that we want. And so the way to change that is to go into appearance and to customise it. This is all in the backend of wordpress. And so within customise, what we are going to be looking for is right down here. It’s going to be the static front page and originally it’s your latest post and that’s why we kind of see your latest post when you go directly to your main website.
But we want to do is we want to make that home page, the default home page or the landing page to the front page. So that’s why we are going to select home and leave post blank. And save and publish it. So now when we go back to our main site and we refresh it, we are going to see that clean look that we made before, that default landing page that we made before. And then we select here, we click on blog and that’s going to be where all our posts are located.
So now that you have actually created a blog and a home page, everything else should be fairly simple. You know, adding a logo, adding more posts, it should be fairly easy to handle. So now you have a very clean and elegant looking website.
So just be sure to go back to hostgator and godaddy to start your website.