Do you want to learn how to build a website using WordPress templates?

This is the guide for you.

You don't need to know how to code to build the website of your dreams. Thrive Suite gives you access to hundreds of professionally designed templates that are fully-customizable.

Read this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to create an impressive website — the no-code way.

Build Your Website With Templates – Without Learning Code

With WordPress templates, you can build an amazing website in hours (or even less). Saving you hours of time and a lot of money. 

Some business owners think they have to hire an expensive developer or web designer to get a professionally designed website -- but it doesn't have to be like that.

In fact, you can build a stunning website to impress your site visitors and get them to buy from your business. The best part? You won't need to write a single line of code.

“Why can’t I just find a paid or free theme that covers all the design for me?”

While and offer themes that include all the necessary elements to publish a site — you’ll still need to customize your theme.

The last thing you want is to have the exact same appearance as another small business in your industry.

Templates — from the right provider — help you create a custom website with ease.

This tutorial will show you how.

How to Build a Website Using WordPress Templates (Step-By-Step)

After you purchase a domain name, set up your web hosting, and install WordPress, it’s time to work on your site.

Depending on your chosen hosting provider, you may need to come up with a site title and tagline before you can start customizing the actual website.

Use these steps in this tutorial to build a stunning website using WordPress templates:

Step 1: Download and Install Thrive Suite

If you want to build your WordPress site with professionally-designed templates that are fully-customizable, you need Thrive Suite.

Thrive Suite provides you with all the tools you need to build a website that stands out.

The best part about this website builder bundle? You don't need to be an expert web designer or know HTML, CSS, or PHP to use it.

With our powerful plugins, you can do any of the following all by yourself:

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Step 2: Launch Thrive Theme Builder & Create a Custom WordPress Theme

Once you've installed Thrive Suite, activate Thrive Theme Builder to create a design for your new website.

This is where you’ll configure your site’s fonts, color scheme, and theme.

Thrive Theme Builder comes with a selection of professionally designed premium themes, complete with conversion-focused pages and block templates for every part of your website

The way Thrive Theme Builder is set up, you can customize any part of your theme without hassle. No need to create a child theme or an entire duplicate of your website to do so.

And it gets better with our Thrive Theme Builder Setup Wizard...

Step 3: Complete the Thrive Theme Builder Setup Wizard

The Thrive Theme Builder Setup Wizard is your key to creating your website’s design in minutes.

Simply follow each step in the Setup Wizard to select your templates and start outlining your website immediately. 

Setup wizard in Thrive Theme Builder.

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Setup wizard in Thrive Theme Builder.

Setting up your website is as simple as:

  1. Uploading a dark and light version of your logo

  2. Selecting your main brand color for your new theme

  3. Picking a conversion-focused header

  4. Choosing a footer

  5. Selecting a Homepage template

  6. Picking a Single Blog Post template (e.g. with a sidebar or without a sidebar)

  7. Choosing a Blog Post List template

  8. Selecting a Page template

  9. Choosing a Menu template

If you’re building an eCommerce website, Thrive Theme Builder will include several WooCommerce settings to help you create a design for your online store, too.

By the end of the Setup Wizard, you'll have created a clean site structure that you can now go in and customize using Thrive Architect, our page builder plugin.

Next, you'll need to set up your core post and page templates. These are page designs that you can save as single templates and then apply on other pages of your website.

That way, you won't need to design each web page from scratch. For example, let's say you build a standard blog post template.

Whenever you create the post, this pre-designed template will automatically load and all you'll need to do is fill the page with text & media, and publish the page when you're ready.

Thrive Theme Builder also provides templates for specific pages, including:

  • 404 Error Page

  • Standard Blog Post

  • Default Page

  • Blog List Page

  • Blog Archive Page

  • About or Contact Page

You can also create and manage as many extra page templates as you need from the templates area of Thrive Theme Builder.

Step 4: Create & Customize Your Pages with Thrive Architect

When you select a Homepage template in Thrive Theme Builder, a homepage is automatically generated for you, and you'll find it in the "Pages" section in the WordPress Dashboard. It's titled "Generated Homepage".

Launch the page in Thrive Architect to finalize the design and add engaging copy and visuals.

You'll also need to create the rest of your pages. Start by select the "Add New" button at the top of your WordPress Dashboard and select "Page".

When taken to the next screen, name your new page and select the bright green "Launch Thrive Architect" button. 

Thrive Architect will provide you with 4 options:

1. Normal Page

2. Blank Page with Header and Footer

3. Completely Blank Page

4. Pre-built Landing Pages

For quick building, select the "Pre-built Landing Page" option.

In the Landing Page Library, you can select a Smart Landing Page from any of our companion themes.

Our Smart Landing Page sets are designed to help you create stunning, conversion focused pages in minutes. 

It's as simple as perusing the Landing Page Library, finding a landing page template you like, selecting it, and customizing its design to fit your branding.

Watch this video to learn how to use smart landing page sets like a design pro:

But you can also use Thrive Architect's page block templates to build super impressive pages for your site.

Instead of selecting "Pre-Built Landing Pages" when you launch Thrive Architect, pick one of these options:

1. Normal Page

2. Blank Page with Header and Footer

3. Completely Blank Page

Thrive Architect's drag-and-drop editor is on the right side of your screen.

This plugin provides a large selection of design elements (image, video, stylized boxes, widget areas, etc.) and page block templates to help you create impressive webpages.

A selection of block templates from Thrive Architect

A selection of block templates from Thrive Architect

Page Block templates in Thrive Architect are one of the most powerful features you can use to quickly customize and optimize your pages for conversions. Some of the templates you'll find include:

  • Illustrated lists to showcase your products' or services' key features and benefits

  • Testimonial blocks to highlight glowing customer reviews and win your audience's trust

  • Call-to-action blocks to make your site visitors take immediate action

  • Hero sections to catch your site visitors' attention and immediately inform them of a current offer

  • Smart pricing tables to impress your visitors and convince them why your products or services are worth the money

  • ...and so many more.

And since you bought Thrive Suite, you have access to even more templates to take your website to the next level:

Our other apps like Thrive Quiz Builder & Thrive Ultimatum have pre-designed templates to help you get setup fast.

Thrive Suite helps you build more than a great-looking website. With this toolkit, you can build a thriving online business that constantly turns curious site visitors into loyal, paying customers.

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Step 5: Test Your Website & LAUNCH

Once you've customized all your pages and tested each one to make sure there aren't any broken links, unlinked buttons, images that won't load...

It's time to hit publish on all your pages and launch your website. Share your new site on your social media channel and mailing list.

To grow your audience, you’ll also need to focus on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and also use Google Analytics to track your site’s performance metrics.

For SEO, we recommend All in One SEO or Yoast. For Google Analytics, we recommend using MonsterInsights.

FAQs: How to Build a Website Using WordPress Templates

Q: How do I create a website using WordPress templates?

A: Follow these steps to create a website using WordPress templates (in less than a day):

  1. Download and Install Thrive Suite
  2. Set up your core page templates in Thrive Theme Builder
  3. Customize your pages with Thrive Architect
  4. Test your website & launch it

Q: How long does it take to build a WordPress website from template?

A: With Thrive Suite, you can build a WordPress website, with our professionally designed, conversion-optimized templates anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Our tools are designed to help you create your WordPress website fast.

Q: Do I need to code to build a website on WordPress?

A: No you don't! WordPress, as a content management system, offers you the freedom to build your website in a way that works for you.

With a toolkit like Thrive Suite, you have access to hundreds of templates, drag-and-drop functionality in all our tools, opt-in and contact form templates to help you build a website the no-code way.

Q: Is it difficult to make a WordPress website?

A: Not with Thrive Suite. While our products do have a slight learning curve, they’re all user-friendly and easy to navigate. To assist you further, we have the following resources available to help:

Next Steps: Build Your WordPress Website In Less Than an Hour

Now you've seen how simple it is to build an impressive, conversion-focused website using Thrive Suite.

Our plugins are designed to make web development easy for business owners with any technical experience.

Whether you’re a blogger, solopreneur, course creator, or startup owner, you can use our tools to build any type of website with ease.

As you get more comfortable with the tools, you'll find it easy to create sales pages for your offers, and other types of pages to get more leads and customers.

For more resources on how to build a conversion-focused website and create an enjoyable user experience, check out these tutorials:

And there you have it!

Start building your website with WordPress templates today!

About the Author Chipo

Chipo is a content marketer, digital consultant, and seasoned freelancer with a keen interest in tech, marketing, and the future of work. She helps both graduates and solopreneurs set up their personal brands so they can thrive online. When she’s not working, she’s reading, dining out, and watching old seasons of Grey's Anatomy.

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