Have you been thinking that you’d like to create your own website? Perhaps you have a brand-new start-up company, maybe it’s even a side thing and not your steady income and you need a website to help with business. Unless you are trained in website creation and developing, it can seem pretty intimidating. It’s normal to worry about HTML coding, the kind of content to put up, and just how to ensure it not only looks great but works properly.
Here’s the thing, thanks to the many advancements in technology and website development, now just about anyone can build a site. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge, training, or experience with HTML coding. In fact, it’s now possible that you can not only build a great looking site, but you can do so relatively quickly. So, let’s take a closer look at how to make a website all on your own in under three hours.
Make Sure You Already Have a Plan
While it is possible to make a website in just three hours, you’ll need to have an existing plan. The plan should actually be your first step and is something you may have been working on in your head for a while now. Make sure you have a goal of what the website needs to accomplish, the message that you want to convey and be prepared with content.
Many people end up hiring content creators/writers, which may seem wise, but when you are first building your website it’s usually a good idea to write your own content. You know best about what it should include and the message you are trying to get across. If you feel unsure about your writing skills, you can always write the material and then have a professional proof reader take a look at it. Writing it yourself will not only make sure your content hits the mark, but it’s also the most cost-effective plan.
A Host and Domain Name
The next steps in the process are to have a WordPress hosting service and a domain name. The domain name is the name of the website. When picking the name it’s best to pick something that is short, easy to spell, makes sense, and conveys what your business is about. Try not to use numbers and symbols, as you want it to be easy for people to key the name in.
As for picking the right web host, this is something that takes some thought and a bit of research. Give thought to how much traffic your site is expected to get, if you need any special type of software, and the type of site you are building. Remember these web hosts charge a fee, so you will want to be sure you look into the various pricing packages.
Both of these steps can be done in advance, or part of that three-hour block of time you set aside.
Pick a User-Friendly Website Platform
One of the best decisions you can make which will speed up the process and simplify it is to pick a website platform that is meant for beginners. A self-hosted WordPress site usually ends up being the best solution for first-timers. You’ll be able to browse through thousands of add-ons and designs, so you don’t have to do any of that work yourself. The end result is something professional and eye-catching for visitors.
Another great feature is the fact WordPress is free to download and you aren’t faced with restrictions on what kind of website you end up building. You’ve got total freedom and flexibility.
In order to use WordPress, you will need to download it on your computer or device, and you will be asked to enter in your website name, admin username, and a password. From here just follow the steps and get as creative as you want picking the theme and design.
You Are Ready to Add the Content
The next step is to add your content, which is called pages and posts. Again, this is a process that WordPress is able to simplify; simply select “Add New Page” from your admin area and you will be taken to an editor screen. The screen looks like a Word document, so it feels familiar. You can save the content, see a preview of how it will look, and then publish it which makes it live.
This process can be repeated as many times as you want in order to add all your content.
Website Creation Isn’t Just for Professionals
Thanks to tools such as WordPress that don’t require any HTLM coding knowledge or experience in website creation, making a website is no longer reserved for professionals only.