So how long does it take to set up a WordPress website? Setting up a WordPress website doesn’t take much time.
For a simple website, it takes less than an hour to get started and have the basics up and running.
From pages to posts to plugins and themes, you can easily get it up and running in no time. It’s one of the best platforms for a beginner to set up their own website for success.
In this post, I will discuss WordPress (WP) in general, along with reviewing the initial setup of a WP website. These steps are taken from one of the lessons on a platform called Wealthy Affiliate.
It comes from the Online Entrepreneur Certification course, which is one of the core pieces of training that WA provides for its members.
It is lesson 1 from level 2 of the training, which focuses on building a traffic-producing website.
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Is it hard to build a WordPress website?
WP is by far one of the most widely used content management systems (CMS) on the internet.
The majority of websites online are powered by WordPress.
WP is used by almost half of the websites on the internet. Around 810 million websites are under the WP platform, with about 43% of all websites currently active online.
Since WP is not difficult to navigate, anyone at all levels can build a WP website from scratch. There’s no need to learn to code or understand the HTML language.
Sure, that can help if you know coding and HTML, but it’s not necessary. That’s one of the best parts about WP: It’s designed for a beginner with no prior background or experience in website design.
In my experience, building websites through WP is not complicated at all.
If you’re willing to learn the basics and play around with the platform, you can build WP websites efficiently.
How long does it take to set up a WordPress website?
Setting up a WordPress website does not take that long. For setting up a simple website (i.e. blog), it takes you less than an hour to get all of the basics up, such as a page, post, plugins, and installing a theme to your website.
Three basic steps to the initial website setup
Your initial website setup does not take that long. What took nearly 30 days over two decades ago now takes less than an hour to complete.
That was the case for Kyle, the OEC training instructor and WA co-founder.
Back in 2002-2003 when he started out in the online world, the process of setting up a website was very lengthy and time-consuming.
I can’t imagine having to wait that long, considering how far we’ve come along with technological advances.
It’s amazing to see how fast we can get things up and running in no time.
The initial setup of your WP websites can be broken down into three basic steps. They are as follows:
Log in to your WordPress dashboard (the back office)
In order to log in, you will need to go to your “Websites” Dashboard and log in to one of your websites.
You can also go to “SiteManager” if you happen to have multiple websites. From there, a little “login” box will pop up, which will direct you to the WP back office.
Once logged on, you will be presented with the WP homepage of your back office. This page is the primary place to edit and update your website.
From there, you can choose to edit pages, posts, comments, and media. Also, you can change your website’s appearance, activate plugins, and install WP themes.
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Activate and update your plugins
Plugins are nothing more than add-ons that help make your website easier to function. There are thousands of plugins you can choose from to help streamline your niche website.
Some common plugins bloggers will use include an image optimizer, an SEO plugin, and maybe a widget plugin to add listings to their websites.
For example, Amazon has a plugin for adding product listings to your website.
How to activate and update
To activate plugins, go to the “Plugins” section in the left-hand corner of the WP dashboard.
From there, you’ll find that you have two default plugins already in place. As part of the WA core training, you get the Kraken Image Optimizer and the SEO Framework plugins.
Kraken Image Optimizer
This plugin helps with compressing and sizing your images throughout your website. How an image looks can make a difference in the user experience of a website.
If it looks too big, it could affect your website speed and performance. A slow website, that doesn’t make for a good user experience when visitors come to your website.
The SEO Framework
This plugin will help with getting indexed and ranked in search engines, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Duck-Duck Go. We’ll discuss more about this plugin in a future post.
When you get to the plugin page, be sure to “Activate” the SEO Framework right away. That will help once you start adding posts and pages later on.
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Delete dummy posts, pages, and comments
When you start a brand new website, you will have at least one “dummy” post, a “dummy” page or two, and maybe a “dummy” comment.
You don’t want to have those on your website because you will be publishing original, unique content on your website. That is what will be indexed (and potentially ranked) in the search engines later on.
How to delete
To delete these, you will go to the “Posts” area in the left-hand corner of the WP dashboard. Once you click on that, it will take you to the posts section.
From there, you can delete the “dummy” post (titled “Hello World”) by clicking on “Trash”.That will delete your post from showing up on your website.
You will do the same thing for pages as well. To do that, go to the “Pages” area and delete the “dummy” pages that are showing up.
Once you delete those pages and one post, all of it will disappear from your website, including any “dummy” comments.
Those are the basic steps for initially setting up your new website. Breaking it down, it’s that simple to work on and make the most out of a brand-new website.
One thing to keep in mind is your website is a piece of internet “real estate”. So think of it as an entry point for visitors to read helpful content, and ultimately, earn revenue from the website.
Other than that, that’s it for this lesson. The next step will be setting up your website in the search engines, which will be covered in another post.
Is it easy to set up a WordPress website?
With WordPress being one of the most popular website platforms, it’s easy to set up a website using the block editor (formerly Guttenburg).
Also, you can use a variety of plugins, including an image optimizer and an SEO plugin.
There’s no need to know HMTL/CSS when you can use blocks and plugins to improve your website functionality.
Setting up a website in the beginning stages is very simple to go through. As a reminder, it’s why anyone (at all levels) can learn how to do it in a simple manner.
If you’re interested in starting a niche website (and going through the setup process), I encourage you to check out the video lesson below.
There’s some awesome stuff coming along the way in this training.
Watching this lesson requires you to upgrade to at least a Wealthy Affiliate premium membership.
If you’re not ready, I strongly recommend you set up a free starter account (FSA) and go through the first level of the OEC course.
If you’ve already upgraded, log into your account and proceed from there.
Your Turn: Is setting up a WordPress website simpler than you thought?
I would like to get your thoughts on this topic. Do you find the initial setup stage to be a breeze?
Is it that hard to get all set up? What are your thoughts on reviewing the WP back office?
Do you find plugins to be helpful in enhancing your website performance?
Do you think it’s much easier now than it was back in the early days of WP?
Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses, and I’ll gladly respond promptly.
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