Congratulations! You have decided that it is indeed 2018 and you need a website. You may just want to blog about your knitting or skydiving hobby to introduce it to new people. Or, you may have heard that it is possible to earn a bit (or a lot) of money from a website and you want in on that action. Whatever the reason, good for you, go get a website; it is probably a lot easier (and less expensive) than you think!
How much will it cost?
The old days (old days… that’s funny) where we would have to hire some expensive computer nerd (or geek, is it geek now?… Forgive my political in-correct-ness) to write long complex strings of code to make a site work are over! Talk about getting lost in the translation. Imagine the difficulty of trying to articulate your idea to a computer geek and then have him translate that to code to build a site that was close to your vision. Almost impossible! So, by the time the geek convinced you that this was in fact your vision, the cost was most likely over a thousand dollars!
Well, like I said… Those days are gone! Today, there are many free, nearly free and very inexpensive website building platforms. Places like Go Daddy, Wix and WordPress have prebuilt templates that you just ‘drag and drop’ exactly what you want, where you want it on your site. YOUR site… not some geeks interpretation of what he thinks you want.
The first thing that you must consider is what you want to do with your website. Do you need multiple email accounts? Will you be changing the content regularly? Adding new content often? Do you need an area to allow readers to leave comments or other correspondence; do you need to reply quickly? Are you selling things from your website? Do you need a method of receiving money from your customers? Many things to consider.
Don’t let this overwhelm you, the ‘siterubix.com‘ platform at Wealthy Affiliate is one of the greatest places to build your site anywhere on the internet! All you have to do is enter a cool name in the box and the website builder checks if the domain name is available for you. (If you are a free member of Wealthy Affiliate, you can get two websites totally free – This gives you an opportunity to ‘play’ with your free sites until you have figured out exactly how you want it to be. For Free!).
Once you have figured what you want your website to be, and the name is registered (all automatically), you simply click the blue button below. That will take you to a new page that will ask you what kind of website you want to build. You can purchase and register a new domain or use a domain you already own… Lets just choose the free domain for now.
Clicking on the free domain button will take you to the next page! All you have to do now is re-enter your website name, Think of a title. If my website was (for example only) knitting.com, my title may be… Knitting, Your one stop shop or something like that. Now you have to choose a theme, the design of your site. This is a very exciting step… There are thousands and thousands of themes. Siterubix has over 3000 – don’t let this overwhelm you though. Just scroll through a few and pick one that kind of ‘clicks’ with you. You can (easily) change it later if it’s not what you want. You can change the color and style of it to match your persona.
Are you ready? All that is left to do is click on the big green ‘Make me my Website’ button! Click the button and in about thirty seconds you have a website! A website that’s all yours! Congratulations!
Of course now you have to put all your content on the site but that’s the easy part, yes, you have done in a few minutes what (in the old days) took weeks! So, the easy part…
Once you clicked the green button, you will be transferred to a new page where you can log onto your site. Once you are logged in, this is the screen you will see: (This is known as your ‘back office’).
There is a little bit of ‘house keeping’ to do… don’t panic, very easy stuff. All WordPress sites just have sample pages installed that you will want to delete. Its stuff that is just there as an example – you don’t need it. In the menu on the left, click on ‘pages’ a list of pages will come up. Simply ‘mouse-over’ ‘sample page’ and click ‘delete!
Now your page is yours – ready to receive your content! How exciting! Your first website! At the top left, you will see the name of your site… Mouse over this and a ‘drop down’ will pop out… Click on ‘view site’ This is your site!
Although you can accomplish every thing you need to do directly from your WordPress ‘back office’ I find that the web building platform at Wealthy Affiliate is much easier and quicker. You can join Wealthy Affiliate for free and not only have unlimited access to the site builder but all kinds of other fantastic stuff too! Check out their website here, spend some time getting ideas about websites too, click on all the headings… You never know if you might find a cool idea that you could use on your own site.
So, I’m going to assume that you signed up to become a member at Wealthy Affiliate. Only because it is free and only takes a few minutes. There are so many advantages to becoming a member (I won’t get into it here) it’s a no brainer! Once you have looked around, you may find that you want to upgrade your membership to premium (only $49per month) but that can be done later.
Step five in building a website is adding content. Content is the words and pictures or videos you use to explain what your site is about. An ‘about me‘ or ‘about (your website)’ page builds trust and lets your reader know exactly who you are and what you are about. Don’t let this stress you! Check out a few other websites read over the about page, get some ideas. I think you will find that you know enough about yourself or what you want your website to be that you will be able to create a wonderful page. Still concerned? No need to be worried, sign into your ‘back office at Wealthy Affiliate and click on the Websites button – this will take you to this page:
Once you are on this page you can click on the Site Content button you will be automatically transferred to another page where you can click on ‘templates’… Guess what? There is an ‘about me’ template! All you have to do is fill in the blanks! Once you have ‘filled in the blanks… there is a button at the top that says ABC… click this and grammar, spelling and punctuation will be checked. After you have corrected any misspellings, click on the publish button… Just click it, quickly! Don’t worry about it being perfect you can (very easily) go back later to change anything you’re not happy with.
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