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How to make an Educational WordPress website from Scratch – The Ultimate Guide (2020)

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Virtually every educational institution needs its website. An excellent educational platform will allow you to advertise the education offerings of your organization to potential students, ensure that essential information is accessible on courses and schedules, provide information on your faculty’s qualifications, and even open up alternative learning opportunities such as online courses.

How to make educational WordPress Website

That last point is where things get complicated, though. Setting up an online learning platform is a bit more complicated than creating an old website regularly.

With that in mind, let’s find out how you can help WordPress set up an educational website that meets all the goals above. You may not need every tool if you are not planning to create online courses. That’s okay! To get the functionality that is right for your site, pick, and choose as appropriate.

How to set up a WordPress educational website

Before you create any type of WordPress website, there are two things you need to do: choose a good web host and install the WordPress software.

Let me tell you that it does not cost much, at least if you use WordPress to create it. If you exclude hosting costs, you can build a completely functioning professional looking Education website at $59. The basic hosting plan costs approximately $4 a month.

You don’t need a goto-tech fixer to be recruited! It’s very quick and easy to use WordPress. To be frank, you’ll understand the basics of WordPress when you hit the end of this post. 

You can have your educational website ready in an hour with WordPress if you follow this step by step guide.

Steps to create an Educational Website

  1. Find the domain name for your educational website
  2. Register the domain name and get a good hosting plan
  3. Install WordPress
  4. Install a nice, attractive, and responsive educational WordPress theme for your website
  5. Customize the theme 
  6. Install relevant plugins
  7. Add content and information

Let’s have a close look at each one of these now.

1. Find the domain name for your educational website

Choosing a domain name for your educational website is the first step. The name is the brand’s identity and reflects your educational institution, so it’s significant. It is usually a difficult process to select a domain name and it takes up much of the time. However, it won’t be too hard because this is your educational website. The domain name of your website may be the name of your school, college, educational institute, or educational portal itself.

2. Register Domain Name and get a good Hosting Plan

As I have said before, the first step towards building a website is to find a good domain name and register it. Once you have found your domain name then it’s time to register it. Use a good hosting service that will allow you to host your website and all its related content. For newbies, it is recommended to use a shared hosting plan as it is cheap and doesn’t cost much and also it’s very easy to use.

3. Install WordPress

You can use WordPress to create a website for education. 

WordPress is a great platform for creating educational websites of any kind and an outstanding system for content management. Without ever knowing a single line of code, you can build a fully functioning website for FREE. 

And, with WordPress, building an educational website is super simple. You can easily install WordPress with your hosting service in just a few clicks. Within a few steps, your WordPress website will be ready. 

And Voila! Now you have a website of your own for education. 

Now, let’s proceed with the WordPress website makeover and give it a sleek and professional look.  We need to enter the WordPress admin panel before that and make some adjustments to the settings.

Type http://yourblogname.com/wp-admin on your web browser to access the admin panel of your WordPress. Log in with your credentials (username or email and password).

WordPress Login access

Once you log in, you will be directed to the WordPress Admin Panel where you can add pages and post and customize your website as per your needs.

On the Dashboard of your WordPress, select “Post Name” and click on Save Changes.

4. Install a educational WordPress theme for your website

The right WordPress theme for education should have key characteristics that allow you to set up complex websites with relative ease. I would suggest you go with a theme built with learning in mind when designing an educational site on WordPress because it will be more likely to have the choices that your site needs. 

Take a look, for example, in Education. This theme offers you a powerful framework for the construction of a website for education. For all the pages you might like, it includes models, and even has some advanced features:

Webful Education theme for WordPress

This WordPress theme is an appropriately named newcomer, but it includes a lot of useful features for educational sites that concentrate on online courses, such as: 

  • For each instructor and course, individual pages 
  • Custom Event Support 
  • For easier course and payment processing integration with WooCommerce 
  • Parts of the testimonial and gallery 
  • Fully-functional modes of touch 

Of course, in the field of online learning, education is not the only top-notch subject, but it is one of the favorite choices. However, if you’re not sold on their features or design, check out a few more educational WordPress themes and learn how to spot the best ones yourself.

Here are a few items to look for when selecting a WordPress theme before you install any theme. 

  1. Design: The theme’s layout and functionality influence the website’s look and feel. A theme that looks clean, professional, and suits your type of educational website should be selected.
  2. Designer: A lot of technical mistakes can result from badly coded themes. They also reduce your website’s efficiency and restrict the ranking of your website on search engines. So, it’s crucial that you know if the theme’s designer is adequately experienced and the theme has good feedback.
  3. Responsiveness: The theme should be sensitive, i.e. for each form of electronic device, computer, smartphone, tablet, it should be configured. On any platform, you don’t want to lose the crowd.
  4. SEO Ready: If a theme is ready for Search Engine Optimization ( SEO), Google Search results will rank higher on your website. Thus, more individuals, which is good for popularity, would have access to your website. 
  5. Developer Support: When you have chosen a premium theme then you need to check whether the theme is responsive or not.

Also read: Top 18 Free WordPress Themes and how to install guide (2020)

Steps to Upload the theme in WordPress

In order to upload a theme in WordPress, you need to first login to the dashboard http://yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin.

Then head over to Appearance and then Themes.

Appearance menu to change theme

Click on the Add New button. There are two ways in which you can install WordPress themes either from the WordPress themes directly or by the Upload method. Let’s take a close look at both of the methods.

Method1: Change the theme from WordPress Repository

After you select Add New, the WordPress Repository displays a list of the dashboard’s featured themes. In the search bar, search for the Education Zone or a theme of your interest and press Install. After that, WordPress will install the theme on your blog. Click on Activate to make it the default theme for your WordPress.

Method2: Change the theme by Upload Method

You need to download the educational theme or any other WordPress theme that fits your needs. Click on Add New and then click the Upload theme to upload your theme to your website. Click on Browse and select your theme from your computer. Click on Install and your theme will be successfully installed on your site. Then click on Activate to activate your theme on the site.

Themes for Educational Website:

1. PreSchool and Kindergarten 
PreSchool and KinderGarden Pro

Preschool and Kindergarten Pro is a child-friendly, easy-to-use WordPress theme with beautiful design and awesome features. 

On this subject, the easy navigation and user interface attract users and provide a better user experience. This theme enables you to build children’s recreational and educational programs, blog posts about events, handle photo galleries, and connect easier with potential parents. 

The theme comes with 7 predefined pages, 8 predefined header templates, 16 custom widgets, compatibility with several languages, and detailed documentation, enabling you to customize your website as you wish. The theme has all the tools, features, plugins, and widgets for Kindergartens, Preschools, and Educational Institutions to quickly set up your fully functional educational website.

2. Ultra

Ultra is a powerful WordPress theme with several pre-made websites for schools and educational institutions, including a demo site. To show your featured content, it has a fullscreen background image with a custom logo, a call-to-action icon, and a few blurb sections. 

The theme utilizes beautiful and vivid colors that bring visitors to your website to spend more time. You can use the WordPress Live Customizer to customize the theme. 

Some of the features are:

  • It has Custom widgets
  • Premium builder add-ons
  • Pre-designed layouts
  • Smart layout options
  • Section-based scrolling
  • Megamenu
Ultra Education Theme for WordPress
3. Academy Pro
Academy pro theme for WordPress Website

Academy Pro is StudioPress’ Genesis-powered WordPress style. It is primarily designed for the developers of online courses, membership pages, and marketers of educational content. In order to create stylish email opt-ins and expand your website visitors, it works phenomenally with OptinMonster. 

On the homepage, the theme supports audio and video content. With a completely widgetized layout, configuring the website with custom theme widgets is simpler. 

Some of the features are: 

  • Integration of WooCommerce so that profits will skyrocket by adding WooCommerce live sales notifications 
  • It has a Custom header
  • Also, it has 3 Layout options
  • Templates for Landing Page
4. Education Zone Pro

For educational institutions and universities, Education Zone Pro is an exquisite theme. 

This theme enables you to develop a school information website that includes courses offered, team details, student articles, and blog posts, school news, upcoming school events, school newsletter, etc. 

The theme contains several personalized pages, headers, widgets, and other resources that can easily be personalized to create a website for an organization that has a clean, professional design and functionality to convey your message to your prospective students professionally.

5. School

School is a minimal WordPress theme primarily designed for primary colleges, schools, and daycare centers. It provides an elegant and spacious interface to beautifully integrate your content. The theme has a fullscreen homepage slider to show your class schedules and online courses that are featured. 

Some of the features are:

  • Custom post types
  • Image galleries
  • 1-click installation
  • Premium support

5. Install WordPress Plugins

School plugins are software bits that can be uploaded to extend and improve your educational WordPress website’s functionality. 

In order to install WordPress plugins, first, you need to login to your admin panel and then click on Plugins. Then click on Add New. On the search bar type the name of the plugin you would like to search. Then click on the Install Now button in order to install the plugin. Once installed, click on the Activate button to activate the plugin on your WordPress site.

Also read: 9 Best Drag-and-Drop WordPress Theme Builders (2020)

WordPress Plugins for School Websites
1. Tutor LMS

Tutor LMS is a freemium LMS plug-in that allows you to design courses right from the frontend with a special course designer. From the same course builder tab, including all lessons, quizzes, and assignments, the entire course can be created. It also supports multi-instructors and has 10 really interesting question patterns with a robust quiz creator. 

Moreover, to build any monetization model, you get access to its customizable certificates, course preview choices, and comprehensive eCommerce systems.

2. LifterLMS

LifterLMS is a learning management system with training modules, classes, categories, etc. that supports multi-tier courses. This plugin acts as a website for membership, where students register or buy a course. This upgrades their level of membership, and they can then access the related content. 

It also has built-in shopping cart features, which can be used to sell your courses.

3. teachPress

teachPress is a course management and BibTeX compatible publication management system. It is tailored to the needs of researchers and professors. To your dashboard, it adds two tabs: course and publications. 

From the course tab, you can build courses and student accounts. In addition, from the publication tab, you may define the publications which will be used for the course. A book, booklet, post, chapter, presentation, web, etc. may be a part of it.

4. Sensei

Sensei is a WordPress plugin for teaching coursework that allows users to create courses, write lectures, and add quizzes for the courses. If you choose, you can set course prerequisites, enroll users, and charge for your courses. Sensei also gives you an overview of who is taking your course and how they are going forward.

5. WPCourseware

WPCourseware is an e-learning tool that makes it easy to build courses with a simple drag and drop feature. Features such as a student progress visualizer, course descriptions, and customizable email alerts are included in this plugin. It allows you to build a wide range of types of quiz, including multiple choices, true and false, open-ended, or you can make a file submitted by students as their answer. 

Select a plugin that suits your needs. In addition to instructional plugins, you should also add SEO, Security, Results, and Backup plugins. 

I would recommend you not to overload your website with plugins.

6. Adding Content to your School Website

Now as your website is ready you can go ahead and start adding content to it. In order to add posts simply go to Posts and then add new on your Dashboard. Similarly to add Pages go to Pages and then add new on your Dashboard.

Types of content that you can add to your educational website:
1.The school’s data and its contacts:

You should include brief descriptions of the school, its establishment, certification, its function and motto, the courses they offer, etc. Your school’s contact information, address, telephone numbers, location of Google Maps, etc. should also be given. 

2. Courses and Lessons:

A segment that offers details on the classes and courses provided by the school. Both the description and specifics of the classes, the number of students enrolling in a particular class, and a specific course are important to note. 

3. Gallery:

It shows different significant school activities, events, accomplishments, etc. in pictures. 

4. Events and News:

They provide photo files, lectures, conferences, posts, announcements, etc. of recent or upcoming events. They can provide awards, education, and preparation for career enhancement. 

5. Info page of a student:

This is a section where you can add the students ‘ personal information, their successes and progress, and their test data.

6. Members of the School:

The personal details of all teachers, the courses they teach, and their years of experience are included in this section.

7. Testimonial from a relative:

You may add the views of parents against your school and its activities in this chapter.

8. Section Why Choose Us:

You can show your school’s accomplishments, post images of your school, teachers, and excellent graduates, and tell prospective parents and students why your school should be chosen.

9. Performance Stories from Students:

This is where you can demonstrate the accomplishments, talents, and success stories of your students.

10. Blog / Newsletter:

Where the blogs, creativity, and writings of the students are published daily or weekly, or yearly.

Conclusion:

I hope this article has helped you to create an Educational Website from the scratch. Creating a website is not that difficult as it seems. You can customize your website as per your needs and can add the plugins of your choice. If you have found this article helpful do let me know in the comments section. Thank you for reading until the end.

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Tim Michaels
I am into WordPress and web development for the last 10 years. I use my experience to help people just starting with WordPress. Follow my blog at WP Uber for everything related to WordPress.
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