DIY WordPress Web Design

Want your own website but can’t afford a designer?

It’s not too difficult to build and design a website so if you’ve got some ideas here you’ll find details of how this site was built and is maintained and edited.

Total cost per annum? £50

What do I need to have my own website?

  1. A web hosting account. This is where the files that make up your website will be securely stored, they will also be your domain name registrar and email provider. This article, and this site are hosted with Krystal.uk web hosting. I strongly recommend them over any other web hosting for a wordpress site.

  2. WordPress! Free open source software or platform that you will create your website in. Once you have your hosting account visit your Control Panel aka cpanel and near the bottom you will find a number of items you can install, install WordPress.

How much will it cost me?

This website and my website withnature.uk are both hosted on one account with Krystal, I also have a domain name for each site, email, and a website security certificate. The hosting itself is £40 pa approx and the domain names £10 pa each. It is the entry package which can be upgraded if need be at some point in the future.

Brief step-by-step guide

There are plenty of official and unofficial documents, guides and tutorials for WordPress online, so here I will just explain the basic steps to take.

  1. Think of a short descriptive, catchy domain name or use the name of your brand if it’s available

  2. Register the name at Krystal.uk adding on the Amethyst shared cloud hosting package.

  3. Now your account is open you will have been sent details about how to login to your account at Krystal where you want to visit your services and then the control panel (cpanel). Here you have all the options to do tasks such as creating email addresses as well as installing WordPress, which is what you need to do, you’ll find that near the bottom of the cpanel.

  4. Now you need to login to your website or wordpress installation (detailed in an email upon installation) this will take you to your wordpress website dashboard where you first need to check everything in your installation is up to date (indicated by a number beside the ‘Plugins’ on your dashboard menu).

  5. WordPress comes with a few plugins pre-installed. For this website I have deleted one or two plugins and added a few more. Plugins are added functionality for your website and the ones you need will vary but for this and any brochure like website I stick to the following 9 plugins…

    All In One SEO Pack

    This plugin gives you easy control over the title and description of every page on your website.

    Cookie Notice by dFactory

    Necessary to comply with privacy laws.

    Elementor and Elementor – Header, Footer & Blocks

    This is your website builder and page editor where you’ll spend most of your time.

    LiteSpeed Cache

    Helps deliver your content to visitors faster.

    Site Kit by Google

    Analyse your website traffic, get pagespeed insights and connect your google search console.

    UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore

    Easy to use method of backing up and restoring your website.

    WP Cerber Security

    Site security plugin and malware scanner.

    WPForms Lite

    Contact form.

    All the plugins are widely used and supported with easy to use settings and their own documentation. They’re also free!

  6. Having set up any custom wordpress settings and installed the plugins above you are ready to get designing using the Elementor plugin.

Documentation

WordPress (Documentation / Support Forum)

Plugins

All In One SEO Pack

Cookie Notice by dFactory

Elementor

Elementor – Header, Footer & Blocks

LiteSpeed Cache

Site Kit by Google

UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore

WP Cerber Security

WPForms Lite