The internet is a vast and ever-growing environment. As of August 2021, there are over 1.88 billion websites online and the number is ever-increasing. Seems like quite a jump from 30 years ago when the first website was made in August 1991. This multitude of websites needs something of a powerhouse to keep it going. Enter, WordPress. If you want to learn the basics of how to publish a WordPress site, this is just the article for you.
WordPress powered 66 million websites in 2013, just a decade after its inception. At that time, there were 670 million websites online in total around the world. That made the percentage of WordPress-powered sites almost 10%. Comparing that percentage to the present one isn’t as straightforward.
The exact number of websites powered by WordPress varies according to the source and the exact point in time you extract statistics from. Regardless, everyone seems to agree that between a quarter and a third of the entire internet is powered by WordPress at any time. Popular news, business, and e-commerce sites such as CNN, Forbes, eBay, and Sony all employ WordPress for their website-powering needs.
How much does it cost to publish a WordPress website?
The price of a single WordPress site can vary depending on your needs, requirements, and the number of features you would like your site to have. If it involves e-commerce or is entirely custom, it can cost even more. Generally, it can cost from $500 to over $50,000 to publish a single website on WordPress.
This wide range comes from a similarly wide range of options that each have the potential to incur a wide range of costs. Some of these may be one-off charges, such as those for themes or services rendered by a web developer. Contrarily, others may be recurring costs, including those for a unique domain name and the hosting service you employ. Others still may constitute both one-time and recurring costs, such as designing and redesigning your website, including plugins and extensions, and installing security features.
Why won’t my WordPress site publish?
After doing extensive research and spending a lot of money on templates, you realize that your site still does not get published. It can sometimes seem difficult to understand how to publish a WordPress site and what are some of the common problems hindering the process.
There can be a number of reasons why your site won’t publish, ranging from blocked REST API to site-specific errors. Any bugs or misplaced content can make the fear-inspiring red Publishing failed message appear which proves to be the stuff of nightmares for some.
The Updating Failed message might also appear when you are trying to make changes to an already published post or page on your site. Both these messages usually appear after you click the blue Publish button. While some issues have specific solutions, others require you to first be familiar with the basics of publishing sites on WordPress.
Step-By-Step Guide on How to Publish a WordPress Site
To begin, log in to WordPress using your username and password.
- Your WordPress Admin Dashboard should be the first page appearing on your screen. If it is not, you can select it by clicking Dashboard at the top of the left-hand menu.
- A Coming Soon message may appear towards the top of the page alongside a link to launch your site. Click that link and you can publish your site right there and then.
- In case the Coming Soon message does not appear on your screen, you can click the Customize Your Site button on your Dashboard. This will take you to the customization pane.
- While in the customization pane, the Publish button should appear towards the top left-hand corner. Click on it to publish your site at once.
- You can also save the layout of your site as a draft or publish it at a later time. To save as draft or schedule publishing, click the gear icon towards the right on the blue Publish button.
Your WordPress Admin Dashboard also allows you to publish single pages or posts with similar Publish buttons.