How to Create a Custom WordPress Website – BEGINNERS

In this video tutorial, I will show you how to create a custom website with WordPress from START TO FINISH, without skipping ANY steps. This video is made for beginners to be able to easily follow along with each step!

I also show you how to get your first month of website hosting for 1 cent!

Topics covered in this video include:

-Setting up website hosting and a domain name with HostGator
-Installing WordPress
-Switching to a different WordPress theme
-Customizing your website with free textured backgrounds
-Creating pages and using the visual editor
-Finding free, high quality stock photos
-Using a free online photo editor called Pixlr to make custom header images and to re-size images
-Installing a photo gallery and contact form plugin
-Adding and taking away widgets to and from the sidebar
-Setting up a front page layout
-Finding and using free icons
-Basic WordPress settings and more!

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Enjoy and please leave your questions and comments below!


  1. wpSculptor
    March 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    +David Stepanczuk Hey David, thanks so much! I would check out He uses the thesis theme for wordpress and it is highly
    customizable and probably ideal for converting an html/css theme into
    wordpress just because you can do so much with it.

  2. wpSculptor
    March 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    +Thomas Eliopulos Hey Thomas, I’m not sure why that would have happened
    unless you are using a different theme than the 2012 theme as different
    themes have different options. Changing the background color shouldn’t
    make that option disappear. You might need to look around at some of the
    other option settings to see if it has moved elsewhere.

  3. Luly Gooch
    March 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    Do you have a tutorial on how to do a sliders or change a WordPress
    sliders? I believe the name of the theme I chose is call
    CustomizrVersion: 3.2.17
    By nikeo
    Anyways I hope you can help!!!

    The Twenty Twelve Theme you used for this video doesn’t show me where I can
    put my logo on the very top. I hope this make sense?

  4. Lj Akins
    March 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    My website can be accessed by anybody, they can change the settings, and
    add any blogs they want! How do I fix this? Is there a setting that I
    didn’t select?

  5. David Stepanczuk
    March 19, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Thanx. I appreciate your teaching style. Wold love it if you made a
    HTML/CSS convert to WordPress theme tutorial. Those videos are out there.
    ALmost all are crap. Quite frustrating.

  6. Aimee Burnett
    March 19, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    Hi Josh,
    I’ve been using your tutorials. And, now I’m getting a weird white empty
    box that pops up every time I go to my website. I can close it out with by
    clicking on the “x’. But I’m not sure how to get rid of it. Has this ever
    happened to you before? It happened after I installed the visual editor.

  7. Brendan Mace
    March 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Thanks for the video!

  8. Chris Roche
    March 19, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    Thank you very much for this tutorial, it has really been helpful with
    setting up my first trial site! I was wondering if you knew of a way to
    remove the off white background that is the backdrop for everything, so
    that just the background image is behind all of the content on the page?
    Thank you in advance!

  9. Melita White
    March 19, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    I cannot thank you enough for this! I do have one question, though….I am
    trying to change my front page so it doesn’t have the white background. I
    can see how to change the font color, but not the page. I’m not talking
    about the fixed background, but the part I write on. If I sound absolutely
    basic, it is because I am with this! BTW, I found the color I want #3b3131
    but I have no clue where to add it exactly. Every time I add it the code
    comes on the page, not the color. BTW, I am using the twenty fourteen
    theme. Thank you thank you thank you

  10. Seans Colossus
    March 19, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    This video is fantastic, I’ve been searching high and low for a wordpress
    editing video that didn’t just jump right into css and skip the basic theme
    editing options built in right there on the dashboard. I still have a ways
    to go but this video helped a lot. Thank you thank you

  11. J.R. Williams
    March 19, 2015 at 11:33 pm #


    Enjoying and learning from your excellent WP videos.

    I have a question. Do you know of a WP plugin where I could make my own
    custom border from an image, similar to what I saw you do with Subtile

    Another question, do you know of a good plugin to change a menu (button)

    Thanks. J.R.

  12. Vaishnavi Varma
    March 20, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    may i ask you a question … look i tried making a page but the url doesnt
    change and the background and the picture nothing changessss

  13. Gabriela Islas
    March 20, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    Hello thank you for posting this video its been super helpful! I did have a
    few questions though, I am not sure why we need to subscribe to the
    hostgator site? Is it used for more storage? And by using hostgator does it
    waive the fees from the wordpress website or is the hostgator fees an
    additional cost along with the wordpress fees? (Since I got the free
    wordpress blog to test it out) I was trying to follow along but I did not
    have the background option or header option under the appearance tab. I am
    not sure if this happened because I got the free wordpress option or does
    this have to do with the theme options?


  14. David Smith
    March 20, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    Is it normal to have to pay for a domain name when all your doing is making
    a trial website for a company? Also, aren’t some features restricted unless
    you upgrade to pro or something like that?

  15. simona bost
    March 20, 2015 at 1:46 am #

    Thanks A lot! I am a tech retart, but was able to follow along with no
    problem. The instructions were succinct, your voice quality damn near
    broadcast radio quality, and there were no assumptions of what I knew like
    in other videos as I know nothing. Again Great Instructions!

  16. TheDrsAdvocate
    March 20, 2015 at 2:06 am #

    Thank you this video was extremely helpful.
    I was wondering how I could put the search bar into the menu (aligned
    right)? And/or adding the widget “simple social icons” into the menu
    (aligned right). Thank you!

  17. DIYMetalHead
    March 20, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    Can I use Adsense if I build a a site this way. Thanks. 

  18. Sunanda1956
    March 20, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    Hi wpSculptor!
    What an amazing tutorial. Thanks so much. With this tutorial I could build
    a trial website for a client using WP for the first time in my life… I
    have only one question. When I installed WP it automatically created a
    directory “” and all the files are in
    httpdocs/wordpress. What steps should I follow so that my site opens on

    I have used Twenty Twelve theme. just like this tutorial. Is there any way
    I can use a “FOOTER” like “Origami” theme showing blog categories and other
    stuff? Or do I have to use Origami theme and build all my pages?

    Thanks a million for such a great video lesson. I have limitations as I am
    basically a graphic designer…and I don’t know much coding except basic
    Html CSS. and some Dreamweaver. Your tutorial provided a lot of confidence
    and joy of learning new things.

    Thanks once again.

  19. Susan Hyatt
    March 20, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    Thanks so much for helping me create a website. I took out the section for
    making a comment, and want to add that ability back to the three posts I’ve
    already published. I went to Discussion and checked the box to allow
    comments. I also don’t see the the allow comments after clicking edit on
    each post. Please instruct how to do this.

  20. Natalie Mishoe
    March 20, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    You are a god send, I don’t believe in God but If I did I would say you
    were him. Before I started this crap I didn’t even know what a domaine was.
    Thanks to you I am on my way to a beautiful website. There is no way I
    could thank you enough. I’m not even joking when I say I was in tears
    yesterday over this. I am only 30 mins into your video but in that 30 mins
    I have been able to accomplish more than I have in two days and I
    understand what I’m doing. Thank thank thank you. Also I have a lot of
    girls that need help setting up a WordPress for our their business and I
    will be sending them to you. Xoxoxox.


  21. Eric Viola
    March 20, 2015 at 4:28 am #

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    March 20, 2015 at 4:52 am #

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  23. Orangutan Conservancy
    March 20, 2015 at 5:29 am #

    Terrific stuff. Thanks for posting the tutorial.

  24. DIYMetalHead
    March 20, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Totally awesome video. 

  25. Bhavani Thakur
    March 20, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    amazing video very informative. Thank you