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
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:
- Consistent with your brand and business name
- Simple and memorable
- 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
X – by Theme.co
Highly customizable with sub-themes
Ideal for web marketing
X – by Theme.co
Many different skins
Uses visual layout builder
Ideal for web marketingLive Preview
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.