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- Build a beautiful, mobile-ready website using just your mouse.
- Add and manage your own content in the WordPress Interface.
- Customize the design of your site so it looks professional.
- And much, much more!
HOW TO MAKE A WEBSITE WITH WORDPRESS
No Coding Or Design Skills Required
(Note: These pages are currently under construction.
If you want the complete guide, please download the ebook provided above.)
A recent survey in April of last year pegged the number of websites at 649 million.
Now, that might sound like a lot, but another statistic from the same survey showed that only 187 million of those websites are active.
So that leaves 462 million inactive websites.
Doing the math, that’s nearly 71%, of all websites created, that end up going nowhere.
I don’t know about you, but those don’t sound like very good odds to me.
In order to build a successful website these days, you really need to start out on the right foot.
That means having the right tools, as well as, the right information at your disposal.
And that’s exactly what I intend to provide you with here.
I designed this guide to be a simple, yet comprehensive resource that anyone can use to build a website on their own.
In fact, I’ll show you exactly how to create an amazing WordPress website using nothing more than your keyboard and mouse.
Upon hearing that, most people think that you need to have certain technical or design skills to complete such a task.
And, while that used to be the case, it’s no longer true.
WordPress and its accompanying themes and plugins, allow you to customize the design and functionality of your website without ever having to touch a stitch of code.
Don’t believe me?
What Will Your Website Look Like?
We’re going to be building the exact same website you see pictured below.
You can click on the image and take a closer look at the demo site, but first, I want to take you through a quick list of the specific features your site will have.
- Home Page Slider
You’ll have a fully responsive slider on the Home Page. This means your slides will automatically adjust and look good on any device. You’ll be able to add titles and descriptions for each slide and also adjust the way it transitions from one slide to the next.
- Blog Page
Your Website will have a Blog Page that will list all of your recent blog posts in one convenient place. We’ll also configure the sidebar on this page to have several “widgets” that add some great functionality to the page.
- About Page
Most people don’t realize it, but after the Home page, the About Page is usually the second most visited page on a website. Your visitors will have a strong curiosity about the person and the story behind your site. You’ll have an About Page where you can introduce yourself, and tell you visitors what your site is all about.
- Contact Page
A Contact Page gives you the opportunity to direct your visitors to the different options they have for getting in touch with you. Here are a few you might want to consider: telephone number, email address, contact form, physical address, social media profiles. You can use your Contact Page to list this information.
- Contact Form
A Contact Form allows your visitors to reach you privately and directly with their questions and comments. This is one option I highly recommend providing as it’s more reliable than email, and often times the preferred method of contact.
- Social Profile Icons
These days, social networks offer huge potential for you to connect and interact with your visitors. And at the very least, most people will expect you to have profiles, at the three major networks: Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Your site will have icons that link to your social profiles on every page of your site, so that your fans can easily find your social pages and connect with you there.
- Mobile Ready
Now, more than ever, it’s important to build a website that looks good on any device. It doesn’t matter if your visitor is using a PC, Mac, tablet, Kindle, iPhone, or Android phone. Because your website will be mobile ready, it will automatically resize and display your content beautifully on any device.
How Much Will Your Site Cost?
Now that you have an idea what your site will look like, your next question will probably be, “How much will it cost?”.
And the good news… Not very much at all!
In fact, there are only two main costs you’ll encounter when building a website with WordPress: registering a domain name; and signing up for website hosting.
Let’s take a closer look at the exact costs for each of these.
- Domain Name
When you register your domain name, it’ll cost $12.95. That’s a yearly fee, so you won’t pay it again until the following year, right before your domain expires.
- Website Hosting
The cost of website hosting will vary depending on the pricing plan you choose. The longer you pay for up front, the cheaper your average monthly cost will be.
For example, if you pay month-by-month, a shared hosting account will cost you, $8.95. If you pay for 1 year in advance, your average monthly cost drops to, $6.95 per month. For 3 years, it goes down to $4.95 per month.
So, as you can see, building a website on your own is extremely affordable, and of course a lot cheaper than hiring someone else to build one for you.
How To Use This Guide
As previously mentioned, this is a comprehensive guide that will show you exactly how to make a website on your own. However, I wanted to make sure that you have two options for going through the process of building your site. Here they are:
- eBook (Beginner)
All you need to do is follow along with the content of this ebook, and it will walk you through the 10 step process of building your website.
Each and every step along the way is clearly explained and numbered for you. They also correspond to numbers and arrows in screenshots which provide a visual reference as well.
- Video (Intermediate)
I’ve created a video that follows this process pretty closely. You can find the video at the following location:
This medium is a bit more dynamic and allows you to look over my shoulder to see exactly what I’m doing. At the same time, the video contains less detail and is better suited for intermediate users.
Either option will produce the exact same result, but one may be more suited to your learning style than the other. Or you can even combine the two if you need extra help with certain sections.
10 Steps To A WordPress Website
In order to give you a better idea of where we’re headed, let’s take a quick look at the 10 basic steps that we’ll follow in order to create your WordPress website.
Before we get started building your site, we’ll go over some key concepts about how websites work. We’ll take a short look at the main components of a website, as well as introduce you to the WordPress platform.
I’ll talk briefly about how to choose the right domain name for your site. Then I’ll walk you through the process of registering the domain and signing up for web hosting.
Using a little piece of software on your server’s control panel, I’ll show you how to install WordPress with just one click. I’ll walk you through the installation process, along with the steps you need to go through before and after installation.
It can be difficult to find a theme that’s both free AND looks good, but I’ve done exactly that for you. I’ll help you install the completely free and mobile-ready Pytheas WordPress theme along with a child theme that makes it perform and look even better.
There are thousands of plugins to choose from, and it’s hard to wade through them all and figure out which ones you really need. I’ll show you exactly which plugins to install, which ones to deactivate, and which ones to delete altogether.
Without text and images, your website will look empty and lonely. You’ll need to know exactly how to add and manage your own content. I’ll walk you through the process of creating posts, pages, slides and highlights; so that you’ll be able to do it on your own.
Right out of the box, WordPress runs just fine. However, there are some minor adjustments that need to be made in order to help your website to perform even better, and look better at the same time.
Every WordPress theme is different, and needs a bit of configuration after you install it. The Pytheas theme is no different, and I’ll show you exactly how to manage the options associated with this theme.
Plugins add functionality to your site, but if you don’t configure them after installation, they won’t be of any use. I’ll walk you through the steps necessary for getting your plugins to work right, so they enhance the functionality of your website.
One of the secrets to building a website that looks like it’s been designed by a professional is choosing the right color scheme. This might seem like an impossible task, but I’ll introduce you to a couple of tools that make it dead simple.
Creating a professional logo is also a great way to build your brand and establish trust. You might think that this task is better left to a professional, but I’ll show you a simple, yet highly effective way to create a logo that you’ll be proud of.
Along with this guide, I’m offering FREE support through the forums on my website:
If, at any point during the process of building your site, you run into a problem, or feel that you need extra help, just click one of the Forum links provided at the end of each chapter and we’ll be there to help you out.
So, there you have it…
10 simple steps that’ll help you build your very own WordPress website.
If there’s any part of this process that seems intimidating, let me reassure you that anyone can do this. I’ll be there to guide you every step of the way, and other than that, all you need is your mouse and keyboard to build your very own website.
Alright, let’s go ahead and move on to Step 1.