It’s never an easy task to set up a website. Today, we are going to share a step by step guide to create a website from scratch.

Note: We may use affiliates link in our blog. But whatever service/ plugins we mentioned in our blog is what we are using with our web design clients. You may choose any provider you prefer. 🙂

Before even starting the following steps, you should have the following on hand:

  • An idea of your domain name
  • The font type you want to use on your website (search for one on google font)
  • The font sizes that you want to use for your H1, H2, H3 and PG content
  • The colours (Hex Code) that you want to use on your website for all the font type above
  • The colours that you will want to use on your website
  • The pages you want to be on your websites

We will talk about how to plan a website soon in our next article.

Step 1: Buy a Domain (Estimated Time: 15 Mins)

Buying a domain is simple. All you need is an idea of the domain name you want, a credit card/Paypal account.

  1. Login to Namecheap.com
  2. Find a domain that suits you
  3. Select a domain and proceed with the buy process

Step 2: Register for a host(Estimated Time: 15 Mins)

Look for a host that is nearer to your target audience. Since we are located in Singapore, we will look for a host in Singapore

  1. Login to Vodien
  2. Select the type of server suitable for you
  3. Proceed with the buying process
  4. Look out for the confirmation Email that is sent to your email
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Step 3: Point the domain to the server host(Estimated Time: 15 Mins)

You will need to do the pointing so that your domain and reach your server host.

  1. Check out the confirmation email that you have received from the host.
  2. Look out for “NAMESERVER”. It should look like “ns1.nameserver.com” and “ns2.nameserver.com”
  3. Copy the nameserver from the email and paste in your domain’s custom Nameserver

Step 4: Install your Wordpress(Estimated Time: 30 Mins)

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You can choose to install your WordPress by downloading it from wordpress.org and follow the instruction to upload in your server or simply use any one-step installer in your server host.

  1. Login to your cpanel (you can find the information in your confirmation email
  2. Select “Softaculous”
  3. Look out for WordPress and follow the instruction to install your WordPress

Step 5: Install the required plugins (Estimated Time: 2 hours)

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We propose to install some of the following plugins first before you start.

  • WPMUDEV Dashboard
  • WPMUDEV Snapshot
  • Divi
  • Gravity Forms
  • Yoast SEO

Step 6: Do a backup and automate routine backup (Estimated Time: 30 mins)

Trust us, you don’t want to do your web project half way and start losing your work. We uses WPMUDEV Snapshot to perform routine back up. So if you check out their site, you should know how to create a backup and automate your backup.

Step 7: Set up your website (Estimated Time: 2 hours)

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With the items you have, you should start setting up your website by heading to theme customiser of Divi. (Divi> theme customiser)

Step 8: Insert additional style in CSS Styles(Estimated Time: 15 Mins)

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Since Divi can only let you set up 1 heading font, you should make use of the following codes and edit accordingly. You can insert the code in custom CSS. (Divi> theme options> Custom CSS)

.h2{
font-size: 22px; 
color: black;
font-weight: bold;
}
.h3{
font-size: 18px; 
color: black;
}

Done! Now, you can start building your website with your divi builder. Let us know if you need help! 🙂

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