Now that you’ve signed up to SiteGround, Bluehost or whichever hosting company you decided to go with, You next need to install WordPress. This is a very easy step as in each control panel of the hosting providers they offer a one click WordPress install. If you struggle to find this option or don’t even know how to locate the control panel then just contact the hosting company on Live Chat! You can find this option on the top of each of their websites (SiteGround, Bluehost etc) If you’ve used Godaddy they do have a live chat option but you need to change your location settings at the top of the website to the USA and when try and find the Live Chat button or pop up on their contact page, Godaddy seem to be a little tricky when it comes to locating this.
If you have WordPress Installed and ready to go, It’s time to find your template that best matches what you want to do!
With WordPress you can install numerous free templates to use however most look very basic and will not provide the functions or look you will want or need. You can get a custom WordPress site developed if you wanted something really unique which would be exactly like option 2 but still a lot cheaper. We think the best way is to pay for a premium template that is similar to what you’re after and then modify anything after, that way you get some great features but your also able to customise it to make it your own. Head over to TemplateMonster.com and Theme Forest to find suitable WordPress themes.
You might have to try and have a little vision when looking for templates, there is not going to be a perfect template for you that will just need installing and your done. You will need to change content, images, logos etc. You need to be looking at the layout, the general structure of the website. It doesn’t matter if it’s a template for a restaurant for example and you need an IT repair template. Look at the layout, does it have everything in a place you’d like it? Does it have the features you’d want? There will be templates that will be extremely close to what you want, especially if you’re aiming closer to a simpler website than a more complex one. First search for templates related to your business or idea, If your a builder, search for builder, building, construction, DIY etc and check them all out. If you find none you like don’t lose faith. Carry on browsing different categories. You might find a Fishing template that has the perfect layout but you just need to customise it to more of a building theme. Remember, it’s just a template, not the final look of your website, you will customise it!
Once you’re at their site you can click on WordPress themes at the top. You can then search by categories, features and popularity to hopefully find the one you’d like. You can even use the live chat on their website and ask one of the assistants what your after and they’ll send you links to themes that might work well. When viewing themes you can see it’s reviews and features but the best part is to try it out yourself by clicking “View Live Demo”. That way you can see what the actual website would look like. They offer additional services such as installation all the way to a ready to use website option. We don’t recommend you to use any of these as you can always get a freelancer to do it for cheaper. If you find one of Template Monster go ahead and but the Licence (GPL – General Public Licence) which will allow you to download the template files and allow you to use and edit it for your own website. They do offer a Buyout licence for a crazy amount of money which basically means from now on only you will have the licence but pay no attention to it, you only want the 100% GPL Licence and that’s it. Go ahead and add it to card and go through checkout to download your theme.