This article will have all the detail and written step by step instructions on “How to Build a Free WordPres Website 2018“. I have made a lot of different videos and tutorials about various topics in WordPress. I made a video last year which was “How to Build a Free WordPres Website 2017“. I called that the Game Changer. You can check it out here. There is nothing wrong with the game changer and I still believe that it is a Game Changer. I wanted to explore a different theme and a different “WYSISIG” (Visual) editor for this website. I came across a free Visual Builder for WordPress called the “Elementor” and I found it to work great. It is lightweight, fast, feature rich and makes editing your website a breeze and to be honest a lot of fun.
I used the Tool (Elementor) with the free WordPress theme (Ocean WP) to come up with the site. As you can see in the video you can get a fairly decent WordPress website in aroun 30 minutes time. You will have full control on the content and various style elements. I will cover how to edit various screen elements and style them with Elementor in the Video.
You can look at my YouTube Video for Video instructions and I am documenting all the steps over here for audience who likes to follow written documentation. Also because things can change in a WordPress Theme so in that case to update the Video is challenging. It is just easier to update the written instructions.
Step 1: Set up WordPress on Your Hosting Account:
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The steps I list to install WordPress are based on SiteGround’s CPANEL and shown in my video. You can feel free to follow along and skip the steps if you are using another hosting company and have your WordPress Instance Installed.
Step 2: Download my Installation File
Once you have a WordPress Instance Installed, you can simply download free the Import File below. You can save it to your computer
Step 3. Import my Installation File
Now you simply need to import my installation file. I show that in the video at timestamp on YouTube
Step 4: Customize your site with Elementor and the Visual Tools:
Please follow the video from
- Ocean WP, The Free WordPress Theme is available at https://oceanwp.org/
- Elementor Plugin is available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/elementor/
- Sticky header plugin is available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/sticky-header/
- Yoast SEO plugin is available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
- All in one WP Migration plugin is available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/
- WP Fastest Cacche is available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-fastest-cache/
This website is built with the tools that are totally free and can be customized in any way you like.
If you would like to incorporate slider in the header you can use a premium Slider plugin or use the free Smart Slider 3 plugin.
You can extend this to be a membership site with Membership plugins or ECommerce site with WooCommerce plugin.
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