How to make a website from scratch
Even though it might not seem like so at first, knowing how to make a website from scratch is a must-have skill for today’s small business owners. Here’s why:
You can save big by eliminating web developer and designer costs.
Quickly adapt to market trends on your website without needing a programmer.
Outrun competition by relying on your DIY skills, avoiding lengthy developer consultations.
Plus, our DIY approach (no coding needed) lets you set up a WordPress website for around ~$33 per year—a true budget saver!
The following guide takes you by the hand and shows you all the steps to getting the job done.
How to build a WordPress website step-by-step
- Sign up for web hosting (we recommend Bluehost).
- Pick a domain name for your website.
- Install the free WordPress software.
- Choose a WordPress theme.
- Create your first page.
- Install a couple of essential plugins.
- Don’t forget marketing.
How to make a WordPress website – bird’s eye view
The process as we’re presenting it here has only eight steps. This is all you need to end up with a professional-looking WordPress website at the end.
We’ll embark on this journey, starting with picking our platform, selecting the perfect domain name and choosing a reliable hosting service. Then, we’ll dive into setting up WordPress, customizing your site with themes and plugins. Finally, we’ll wrap up by talking about how to start adding engaging content. By the end, you’ll be well-equipped to launch your very own site!
Step 1: Choose WordPress as your website platform
Truth be told, there are many website platforms that you can use when building a new site – Content Management Systems (CMS) are what they’re usually called.
The idea of a CMS is to give you some easy-to-use tools so that you’re able to edit your site’s content without any knowledge of coding. For the most part – from the user’s point of view – those CMS look much like the familiar interfaces at Facebook or Google Docs. You basically create new pages or documents, and then have them published on the web.
But enough with the technicalities! As I said, there are many CMS out there – more than 100, in fact, as listed by Wikipedia. Luckily, though, picking the best one is simple. There’s only one king on top of the mountain – and it’s WordPress.
WordPress is used on more than 43% of all websites (data says). Again, that’s all websites! Or, to say it differently, roughly every third website that you visit is built on WordPress.
Now, one important distinction: the “WordPress” that we’re talking about here is “WordPress, the software.” You can find it if you go to WordPress.org.
Step 2: Pick a name for your website, buy a domain & hosting
When learning how to make a website, picking a name is probably the most fun aspect of the whole process.
After all, you have complete freedom here. You can pick literally any name you wish for your website.
However! There are still some things you need to understand to set yourself up for success later down the road.
First off, there are nearly 2 billion (!) websites online on the web (at the time of writing) . Meaning, staying original can be quite challenging.
It’s a really good idea to construct your website’s name (and thus your domain name) around either the name of your organization (the most obvious approach) or a phrase that’s associated with the niche you’re in, but with some added words for better brandability.
Step 3: Install WordPress and get familiar with the interface
Installing WordPress is one of the easiest things to do – provided that you’ve signed up with the right web host! The top hosting companies, will actually handle the installation process for you, or will give you a handy one-click-install option, which takes literally a minute to go through.
Now, onto the interesting stuff. So the best part about installing WordPress is that you don’t really have to do it yourself. I mean, why would you, when you can get other people to do it for you, and for free! Here’s how:
As soon as you complete the sign-up process with Bluehost, you should have received an email from the Bluehost crew with some details on how to log into your customer profile and begin working on your site.
Once you’re logged in, Bluehost will show you an easy-to-use wizard that takes you through the process of installing WordPress on your hosting setup.
Step 4: Pick a theme / design for your website
The great thing about WordPress is that it works with interchangeable designs – called themes.
Meaning, you can change the way your WordPress website looks with just one click.
For example, this is what a WordPress website looks by default, right after the installation:
FAQs about how to make a WordPress website
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that allows you to create and manage websites easily. It’s one of the most popular platforms for website creation, supporting everything from personal blogs to full-fledged business sites.
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