Here are the steps you need to follow to learn how to make a website (Either to start your own blog or to set up a web page for your business):
Choose what content management system you want to use. We recommend WordPress!
Choose your domain name and buy a hosting account. Try to make it catchy and relevant!
Set up your website, install WordPress, and obtain a username and password.
Install and activate a WordPress theme by using Control Panel.
Create your first blog post, and theme menu using the admin toolbar.
Customize your theme photos and edit the theme slider using “Appearance” options
Customize the text underneath the slider using a Static Front Page
Separate the home page and the blog.
This tutorial on how to make a website is created for beginners who are looking to make a blog or a business website. It is meant to be read end to end – this ensures website questions for dummies are answered – and takes less than 1 hour to go through. When you finish this tutorial you will have a beautiful website design and a business ready website that is ready to go live.
Websites have come a long way and unless you need a truly custom website, there is no need to pay a developer thousands of dollars to make a website for you.
UP TO DATE
This wordpress tutorial is updated weekly with the newest trends, updates and bugs to ensure your website creation process is easy from start to finish.
This website tutorial guide was made so kids, adults and dummies could all open a computer and start to make a website from scratch within an hour.
This website setup guide has already helped over 2000 people launch their websites. Please share this guide with your family and friends and help everyone see just how easy it is to build a website that is customized and personal.
The first step in building a website is to decide what website platform you want to use. Website builders are simply called CMS (content management systems) and choosing the right platform should always be the first priority. You don’t want to pick a CMS platform that will not be functional for you.
The first platform was built by AOL in 1992 and called RAINMAN (Remote Automated Information Network Manager). It was the first system to allow content to be placed directly into live sites, instead of requiring terminals and coding to move items around. RAINMAN created two object hierarchies, folders and articles, and finally gave “non-coders” the ability to create basic websites.
Thankfully, with current platforms, building out your own a fully functioning and nicely designed website is much easier to do (it only takes a few clicks)! But you can get into trouble when you don’t choose the right website building platform.
As for programming knowledge, some platforms might require technical knowledge of HTML/CSS. Depending on your web programming language skills, you can decide what platform would be right for you. However, if you are just beginning your website with little or no technical knowledge, SMC Digital recommends using WordPress since no programming skills are required to start.
Below is an diagram that shows the best rated website building platforms that are being used in 2016.
There are three main CMS platforms that a majority of the world’s websites use. WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.
WordPress is the primary CMS that SMC Digital uses to build websites. While there are many Website Builders out there, WordPress wins for multiple reasons:
A large amount of people now use mobile devices to view websites. Responsive designs allow for scalability, a rich user experience, and increase search engine rankings. With WordPress, most themes come with responsive designs standard.
WordPress is easy to use, and if you know how to use Microsoft programs, the chances are you can easily adapt to the WordPress. Additionally, plugins allow for easy e-commerce integration.
WordPress doesn’t have any subscription costs. You are only going to have to pay for the domain and the hosting.
Whether you are setting up a real estate website or a eCommerce website, they’re multiple plugins out there that can be added to your website. (i.e. Mortgage Calculators, Payment Systems, Listing Management Systems)
There is a whole community on the WordPress forum that is willing to help you out for any problems you might have with your website. You can find people that know their stuff, and are willing to guide you to implement something you might need on your site.
The search engine loves WordPress since the coding behind it is very clean and simple. This allows Google to easily index the site’s content. In addition, you can specify meta descriptions for each post or page.
If you are looking for a free way to host your website, WordPress.org is absolutely FREE! However, it is to be noted that your website will be slow and you do not get to choose your domain name.
With WordPress.org Hosting
With Paid Hosting
*Typically hosting will cost anywhere between $4-$5 per month. To take advantage of the special 3.49 per month offer + FREE DOMAIN, click here.
You might think the idea of a “free” website hosting is great, but it is often the case you are being ripped off for your hard work into making your website. Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. These companies aren’t letting you host on their server for free cause they like you, it’s because its profitable. They can make money off your blog in a few ways:
Free website hosting websites will put advertisements on your website and make money off the ads. You will have no control over what advertisements are put on your site, and you won’t see a penny of those earnings.
A lot of these free website hosting will limit the things you can do with your website. You want a new theme? That’ll be $50. You want to add a custom logo? That will be $5 a month.
The goal of the “free” hosting provider is to make money for them, not you! This means that you are not allowed to sell any product or service on your website. Our advanced guide tells you more about how to monetize a website.
Hosting on a free hosting provider is like renting an apartment, making it better and receiving nothing in return. You make all these fancy upgrades to the apartment, and the landlord still has the right to kick you out if they wanted to. And when they close the door on you, you can’t do anything!
No problem at all! If you already have a domain name and hosting, you can skip this step and move directly into Step Three, where I will show you how to set up your WordPress website. However, if you have a domain name and do not have hosting, you will have to sign up for the hosting and point your nameservers to your new hosting provider. (Don’t worry its a straightforward process and will be explained later)
Thinking of a name for your website can be the most difficult thing about building your own website.Follow these guidelines for choosing your domain name:
Now that your domain and hosting are all set-up, it is time to make your website look professional and functional. (Don’t worry, this is easiest part!)
ONE CLICK WORDPRESS INSTALLATION
This is by far the easiest way to get WordPress on your website. These instructions are specific to BlueHost, but the process is very similar for most hosting companies.
You can add a directory to your domain in the field next to your domain. You can leave it blank or write “blog” if you want the home page as your blog. If needed, you can edit the email address, username and password for the new WordPress installation. Select “advanced options” if you want to change those settings
Some developers only want to use certain components of WordPress and install a custom version of WordPress. Others need to install WordPress manually since their hosting provider does not have a “One-Click Installation” Process.
1) Download the latest WordPress using this link: http://wordpress.org/download
2) Unzip the file and place it on your desktop.
3) Look inside the folder and find a file named wp-config-sample.php and rename it to: wp-config.php
4) Edit wp-config.php (with notepad, or notepad++) and fill the following lines:
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’); – Database name (You might need to ask your hosting support for this information)
Replace the bold text with your information.
5) Log into your hosting FTP(download FileZilla, WinSCP, etc) The FTP address is will most likely be ftp.yourdomain.com, and the username and password will be same that you used to register to your host.
6) Delete any files that contain the word “index.” After that upload all the files from your unzipped WordPress folder to your FTP server. Simple drag and drop should work.
7) After you complete these steps, go the URL: yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php
Once WordPress is successfully installed, you will be presented with a very simple theme, and it will resemble something close to the picture below:
But you don’t want a plain old WordPress site like everyone else! That’s why you need a theme that can help you style your website and give a unique look.
If you do not know how to get there, try going to: http://yoursite.com/wp-admin
Your WordPress dashboard should look like this:
The WordPress dashboard is very easy to navigate. If you are feeling overwhelmed with all the tools, don’t worry, I will explain exactly what you need to do.
Look along the sidebar, and navigate to “Appearance,” and click on “Themes.” You will be able to access over 2000 FREE themes.
Although these free themes might give a professional look to your website, if you are looking for a premium website or upgrading to a site that has built-in plug-ins and extra features, head to ThemeForest.net, where you can access premium themes that are tailored to your needs.
Installing the theme is as simple as clicking “Install” and then “Activate” to activate the theme.
NOTE: You can freely change theme without it affecting the content. No need to worry about losing information.
With your theme already installed, you are ready to create your pages and make some posts! Lets start with the basics!
If you want to create navigation bar, follow these steps
If you want to create a blog on your website, then “Posts” should be your first step. WordPress allows to group your posts by categories, allowing readers to easily view your content.
Here is 2 ways to do it:
Adding an image or video to your blog:
2 Ways to do it:
Now that your theme is installed and you have some content, you might want to customize your theme!
With these customization, your website looks great! However, you might want to add something more than just a blog.
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS
Create a WordPress gallery and show it on your page.
Set up a contact form and configure automated e-mails
Install customized widgets to make your site look even better.
Set up the smooth scroll effect.
It doesn’t matter if you’re selling towels or offering technical services, a contact form is a powerful tool for any business.
A smooth scroll effect gives a more premium feel to your website.
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Monthly Marketing Budget*$0 to $999$1,000 to $2,499$2,500 to $4,999$5,000 to $9,999$10,000 to $49,999$50,000 to $99,999$100,000 Plus
Please Note: Due to the high volume of incoming requests, we only provide a limited number of free consultations per quarter. We operate on a first-come first-serve basis. If we cannot offer you a free consultation at the time, we will place you on a waiting list for next quarter. Alternatively, you also have the option of a $100 non-refundable fee for a paid consultation.
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