How to Make a WordPress Website: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
Believe it or not, but knowing how to make a website from scratch is one of the more essential skills you should master as a small business owner in this day and age.
Please bear with me! Here’s why:
- If you know how to make your own website, you will save a ton of money on web developers and designers.
- This will also allow you to follow the market trends and put new things on your website without needing a programmer’s help.
- You will effectively stay ahead of your competition because, while they have their projects slowed down by the need to consult developers, you will be able to build most things yourself (within reason, of course).
With that being said, the most important piece of the puzzle here is that you can learn how to make a WordPress website and then create something awesome for your business or project all on your own.
Last but not least, the DIY approach (no coding skills required) that we’re presenting here is incredibly budget-friendly. In fact, you can build and run your website for as little as ~$35 annually.
Here’s how to make a website on your own, step by step:
How to make a website – in bird’s eye view
Okay, here’s the plan for what we’re going to do in the next steps. The important thing to note is that it’s all DIY-able (if that’s a word) and that we’re minimizing the costs wherever possible.
In short, what you’ll end up with at the end of this guide is a functional, beautiful website that won’t put you into debt. Here’s what we’ll go through:
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) is 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 to 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.