Are you looking to build your first website but don’t know how? And at the same time, you don’t want to spend the next months locked inside of your bedroom learning coding, or other technical aspects so you may have a website that looks professional.
Don’t worry because this guide is about to save your ass! I will teach you how you can use a platform called, WordPress. This is free and open-source content management system. In other words, a platform that lets you build stunning websites just in a few clicks!
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Three Steps To Make A WordPress Website
Step 1 – Choose a domain name
A domain name is basically the name for your website for example:
You must choose a domain name for your website. This may be anything that you want. My suggestion is for you to choose one that is short and avoid adding any awkward characters, such as dashes, or points, etc.
As a result, you will end up with a domain name that is easy for your visitors to remember.
Step 2 – Web-hosting company
A web-hosting company provides for a small fee, spacing in their servers (computers) where all the data belonging to your website/s is stored this includes: images, written content, videos or anything. At the same time, they are responsible of putting your website online so everyone can have access to it.
If you want to have a professional website for your business, or another purpose you really don’t have any way around this.
In my case, I like to use Hostgator. I been their client for several years and they have a good service for a decent pricing.
I recommend for you to check their website here for more information.
Step 3 – WordPress
WordPress is a platform used by the most notable companies in the world including:
- BBC America
- Sony Music
- MTV News
Beyond other companies, which you may find here.
This platform is extremely powerful because it allows anyone to be able to build a website; while before, people had to spend months learning coding just to end up with something resembling to an ugly box with text inside.
Using WordPress themes you can quickly change the whole design of your website. Furthermore, with their plugins, which are application, you can integrate all sorts of functionalities, such as:
- An e-commerce store
- Block received comment spam
- Social media sharing button
That being said, it is easy to see why so many companies have chosen WordPress.
How To Get A Hostgator Account?
1st – Go to their website by clicking here.
2nd – Click on the, “Get Started” button
3rd – Now you have three different packages. I suggest for you to choose either the Hatchling or Baby plan. The business plan usually isn’t needed for beginners. Yet, you may still want to check its features if you are interested in building a more complex business oriented website.
The difference between the other two plans is:
Hatchling plan – you can only have one website with your account.
Baby plan – You can have any number of websites you want with your account for an extra dollar per month.
If you already have an idea of having multiple websites then I recommend choosing the Baby Plan. Otherwise, go with the prior planning and if later you need to build more websites you can always upgrade your account.
4th – Next fill all the required billing information and from the, “Add Additional Services” I suggest only checking the option, “Protect your site from Hackers”. This protects your website against being hacked, or injected by malicious coding.
5th – Checkout Now! Afterward, you will receive an email with your username and password so you may login into your Cpanel.
Login To Your Cpanel
The Cpanel is where you have all the necessary options to manage your websites. I know at first seeing all these options might be scary. However, you will soon realize that you commonly only need three or four of them. At least most of the time, others you will probably need to contact customer support asking for help.
Webmail – One of the first things I always do is make a webmail only for my website. This way I don’t need to use a Gmail, or Outlook email for my business, which doesn’t look very professional.
Besides, this webmail is where I will later receive everything related to my website, such as: WordPress updates, messages from visitors, notifications from my Facebook fan page, etc.
You want to search for an option called, “email account” in the Cpanel. Afterward, follow the instructions provided in the video to make your webmail.
Install WordPress – Now just install WordPress by using the option, “Quick Install” inside of the Cpanel. The installation is pretty simple and in the last page you need to choose where you want to install WordPress, blog title (you may later alter this), username and press, “install WordPress”. Just wait a few seconds then you will receive a message with your password.
You need this information to be able to login to your back-end.
What WordPress Theme Should You Choose?
A theme is nothing more than a website design and with WordPress you can change the look of your website basically with a click of a button. At the same time, you won’t lose the information you already have there. Of course, I always recommend for you to make a backup because sometimes themes may come with a few bugs.
If you would like to learn more about this then check this video here.
Themes come in three different varieties. You should choose the best one depending on your needs. This includes:
- Free themes – These themes are completely free and at the moment, you have plenty of great looking designs. The one I chose for my video is called, “Hestia“. This theme is a multipurpose design suitable for most types of websites. Now the problem about free themes is that the most popular ones are already being used by thousands of websites out there. If you want to build a business, or even a blog and monetize it then I recommend having a unique design. It is something that will help your website distinguish itself from the rest of your competition.
- Freemium themes – These designs normally come with a few free option but then if you want the full version you need to pay for an upgrade. I rarely use freemium themes.
- Premium themes – These designs are usually better coded and come with a lot more features for you to fully personalize your website. For instance, in Prositetutorials I am using a premium theme from Template Monster. This company has plenty of amazing looking designs for a decent pricing. I suggest for you to check them out. Just click here!
Always make sure for you to choose an appropriate design for your website model. You have themes that are specialized for: photography, blogs, news, business, etc.
How To Make A Logo?
You have two ways to make your logo. If you don’t have skills using an image editor software, or are feeling a bit lazy then go to Fiverr. Here you will find people offering gigs to make a logo for only 5 dollars. Of course, you may want to pay a bit more for a better quality one.
In case, you want to try making one yourself then I suggest installing a software called, “Gimp”. This is a free software similar to Photoshop. Gimp isn’t as robust nor does it come with so many features. However, it is free and it gets the job done!
Otherwise, you may always go to Photoshop official website and get their 30 day free trial. Personally, I only use Photoshop and have little experience with Gimp. But I wanted to give beginners a free option. I don’t go much in detail about this in my video.
I suggest for you to search for more videos in Youtube. You have great tutorials explaining more in detail how you can make a logo using Gimp.
Hostgator – The web-hosting company you should get here.
Template Monster – A company that provides excellent quality premium themes. If you a unique design then make sure to check them out here.
Gimp – The free image editor software. Here the link to their website.
Pixabay – Excellent quality images without copyrights. You may find here all the images you need for your website. Just click here.
Yoast SEO video – You probably will later need to optimize your website for the search engines. I suggest for you to check my video here. I explain how you can use Yoast SEO for this purpose.