So, registered your domain name, hosted it, installed an SSL certificate on it, installed the WordPress Software onto the domain name and you’ve logged into your WordPress Dashboard.
You sure have come a far way! But you still have a farther way to go yet. Let’s go ahead and create our very first WordPress webpage.
Before we begin this tutorial, it’s important to note that WordPress started as a very simple blogging platform. Therefore, it’s default setting is “post” not “page.” And by default what it does is list all the posts on the home page with an excerpt and a “read more” link to them. It lists these posts in chronologically order on the home page.
However, WordPress, through plugins created by a team of thousand or perhaps hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide, have advanced into a full-fledged web design and development tool.
Now this series of tutorial is not about creating a WordPress blog. It’s about creating a website that looks nothing like a blog using the WordPress software. To accomplish we simply need to change some of the default settings that come with the initial WordPress installation. And that’s pretty simple.
So, let’s go ahead and create our first WordPress webpage. To do this, we go into the WordPress Dashboard and look towards the top. There we will see a button that says “New”.
Now if you hover your mouse over the “New” button on the top bar of the dashboard, it will display a set of options.
Namely, it will give you the option of creating a new:
As I mentioned, we’re not creating a blog here; we’re creating a website. So we won’t click on “Post.” Also we won’t click on “Media” because we’re not uploading any songs, pictures, videos etc as yet.
And we also won’t click on “user” because we are not adding any users onto our WordPress website as yet.
So click on “Page.” And the interface loads for creating your very first WordPress Page. It looks something like the image below.
Bear in mind that back in the good old days, pages on a WordPress blog were only used for purposes such as “about us,” “contact us” etc. The default publication for a WordPress blog was a post.
And posts carry certain advanced features in the WordPress platform that pages don’t sport. Nevertheless, there are plugins we can use that will make our pages even superior to posts.
Remember that a website can have an infinite number of pages. So here, we’re creating the first one.
First thing I do is I give my page a title. I this I will write:
Welcome to the Amazonas Hotel, Restaurant and Bar.
Next, I type in the body of the page, which is a description of the services offered by the Amazonas Hotel. It reads as follows:
Thanks for stopping by our website. If you are one of our past or present guests, we welcome your reviews of our services. Please feel free to leave them in the comments section below, or on our Facebook Page.
We’re also very interested in your criticisms and feedback on how we can serve you better. As you can imagine, the Amazonas Hotel in Lethem strives to reach the highest standards of the hospitality and tourism industries.
If you have never visited us before, we welcome you to do so. You can find more information on our rooms and their prices here. You can learn more about the Amazonas Bar by click here. And you can learn more about our amazing tourism services and packages right this way.
Be sure to call us on: if you have any questions. Email us on: Or send a message via our Facebook Page. Our friendly support staff are eager to answer your every question.
As you probably already know, Lethem is the gateway Guyana’s southern neighbor – the friendly and steadily emerging world power: Brazil. And our knowledgeable staff at the Amazonas Hotel will provide you with all the help and resources you need to explore this vast territory.
You’ve probably heard about the scenic Rupununi Savannahs filled with nature’s wonder. Well, if you’d like to know more and explore further, we’re here to help.
Whether you’re coming from the North, South, East or West, the Amazonas Hotel in Lethem is always ready to provide a good night’s rest, refreshing meals and a relaxing environment.
Great. So all I need to do now, is click the Publish button and I’ve created my very first web page.
So, click the “Publish” button and WordPress publishes the web page.
As you can see in the picture above, the page reloads with a notification that it has been published and it gives me the option to view it by clicking the “view page” button.
So let’s go ahead and click that.
Wow! That looks absolutely awesome! I really like the way my first web page is laid out. But how will visitors find that?
I’ll go reload my home page and see if there is any link to this new page from the homepage.
Nope, there isn’t. The homepage is still filled with things like “posts,” “recent comments,” “categories,” “archives,” “meta,” etc. All the blogging stuff. So, in our next tutorial, we’ll do some tweaking to make this page we just created into the homepage of our website.
See you in the next lesson, “Making Your First Page into Your Home Page.”