Building Your Own Website: A Quick Start Guide

Building Your Website is Easier than You Think 

After you’ve developed your logo and tagline, you’ll need to build a web presence that effectively conveys your brand, and successfully connects you to customers. Building a website on your own has never been easier. Thanks to sites like WordPress and Joomla:

  • You don’t need to know HTML
  • There are tons of free templates and themes
  • You can get a site up and running in 30 minutes

A Two Step Guide 

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The complexity of websites has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. Luckily, because of content management systems (CMS) like WordPress and Joomla, you can use a lot of advanced features without any technical know-how. In this two step guide, you’re going to learn the basics of building a website using the CMS WordPress.

Step 1: Choose a Domain Name 

Thankfully, building your website with WordPress is free, but you will have to spend a little bit of money when it comes to buying a domain name (for example: YourSiteName.com) and hosting service. Hosting services should only cost you $5-10 per month, and the provider we recommend (BlueHost) offers plans starting at $4.95 per month. Domain names can cost anywhere from $8 to $15 per year, depending on the suffix. We like BlueHost because they give you a free domain with their hosting package.

Don’t Forget Your Branding 

When you’re buying your domain name, try to stick with something that is:

  1. Consistent with your brand and business name
  2. Simple and memorable
  3. Meaningful (visitors should instantly know)

Step 2. Choose a Content Management System 

Thanks to Content Management Systems like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, you can create beautiful and highly functional websites without writing a single line of code. Joomla and Drupal offer more in the way of customization, but WordPress is the best option for beginners.

Choose Your Template 

You’ll want to pick a template that is simple, elegant, easy to use, and consistent with the type of product or service you’re offering. Typically, templates are tailored to different needs. Some are built for e-commerce, some for blogging, and others for static information pages. Below, we have recommended three versatile templates capable of meeting all your needs.

Our Two Favorite WordPress Themes 

We recommend X and The 7. These templates are great for highly versatile, and work well for both web and mobile devices. They are:

  • Fully Customizable
  • Fully Responsive
  • Strong Customer Support
  • SEO-Friendly

X – by Theme.co

Highly customizable with sub-themes

Ideal for web marketing

$60

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X – by Theme.co

Many different skins

Uses visual layout builder

Ideal for web marketing

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Hire a Freelance Designer

If building your website seems too daunting, or you would rather leave it to a professional, Elance will connect you with freelance web-designers who can build your site, and help with your logo and branding.

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