Free Website Creation Tutorial For Beginners
Reserve Your Domain Name (AnySite.com)
Your domain name is like the home of your website. Take your time with this step because the name you choose becomes part of your brand.
Also, try to choose a name that is short enough so you can get matching usernames for Twitter, YouTube and other Social Media accounts. Branding is everything -- don't rush this step!
Check out these domain registration tips and discover how to get a free guide to help you start your website. Also learn how to get a domain name for only $1.99.
Select Your Web Hosting Company
The web host is the company that houses your site and provides you with space to create web pages, any scripts you can install (forums, shopping carts, blogging, etc.), email addresses, security and so much more.
Hosting companies can overwhelm you with their features, but the majority of them offer the same services. Always start with the cheapest monthly plan because upgrading later is very easy.
How you create your site will depend on the kind you want to make. For example, if you want to create a blog, you can take advantage of the built-in templates that come with the blogging (WordPress) platform.
No coding experience is necessary. All you do is search for the theme you want to use, activate it, make your customizations and your website is ready to go.
Not sure about the difference between blogs and regular websites? Click here to learn more.
What Kind of Site Do You Want?
There are so many different types of websites you can create. From ecommerce, membership to content sites, etc. Find out the best way to approach your future site. Click here for details on different kinds of websites you can create.
Static HTML vs. Dynamic Websites
There are basically two kinds of websites you can create.
1) Static HTML (Content is uploaded and displayed "as is")
2) Dynamic (WordPress, Joomla, etc.) Dynamic means information is pulled from a database so you can display your website content by date, category, etc. Think blogs.
In 2004, WordPress revolutionized the way we build websites because there is no software to buy. You simply install the WordPress script from your web host, launch the admin panel, choose a theme design and begin writing your content.
Because WordPress is dynamic, you can add functionality very easily using plugins. These are scripts (many of them are free) that you install to help you do so many things (collect visitor feedback, build surveys, add social media icons, and more.)
No longer do you have to spend time uploading complicated scripts just to add shopping carts, comments, and all other kinds of functionality to your website.
Using WordPress to Build Your Site
At first, WordPress was best for blog-like websites where content is arranged by date and category.
Now it's just as easy to use WordPress for traditional websites because you can easily change your main menu to point to appropriate content/pages.
What's cool about this platform is you will have access to a variety of templates you can choose from, so building your website is a breeze.
And when you're ready to change designs, just choose another theme and your site will update instantly!
Here's a quick overview of how to get started with WordPress.
How Long Will Website Success Take?
This is one of the most common questions I receive about the creation and success of a website and it's also the most difficult to answer.
The time it takes will depend completely on YOU and how long it takes you to learn how to market your site. It will vary from person to person for a variety of different reasons.
If you were running an offline store, you would never expect to know how long before you sell 100 donuts right? The same applies to the online world. There is no way to predict how quickly you will get the traffic you need to succeed with your site.
A CLASSIC Website Mistake
Don't fall into the trap of being so focused on the money that your site fails to connect with real people.
1) Will your site solve problems better than the competition?
2) What kind of person will it cater to?
3) Why would someone come to your site instead of an already-established site on the same topic? In other words, what is your unique angle or spin?
For example, if it's a content site, this is the impression you want to leave...
In other words, you want to create a unique experience that helps people connect with your content in ways the competition doesn't.
If you want to create a successful site, you have to understand the importance of connecting with human beings instead of just building a site with words on a page.
There are enough wikipedia-like websites on the Net today. Aim to be different, fresh and over deliver your content.
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