How to start building your first website – a beginner’s guide

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If you’re reading this, chances are you want to build a website but don’t know where to start. Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this guide, I’ll show you how to create a website from scratch, step by step. I’ll cover everything from choosing a domain name to designing your website to launching it online. By the end of this guide, you’ll be ready to make a beautiful website that’s ready to share with the world. So, let’s get started!

Domain basics

If you’re planning on building your first website, one of the first things you’ll need to do is secure a domain name. Your domain name is what people will type into their browser to visit your website.

There are a few different ways to go about this. You can buy a domain directly from a registrar like GoDaddy or Namecheap, or you can purchase one through a web hosting provider like Bluehost or InMotion Hosting.

I recommend buying your domain directly from a registrar, as it will be easier to manage and you’ll have more control over things like privacy and DNS. However, if you’re planning on using a web hosting provider for other services like email or web hosting, it may be easier to buy your domain from them.

Once you’ve secured your domain, you can start building your website!

How to choose a domain name

Choosing a domain name may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Keep it short and easy to remember.
  • Make sure it’s relevant to your business or website.
  • Avoid using hyphens or numbers.
  • Check to see if the domain name is available.
  • Once you’ve found the perfect domain name, register it and get your website up and running!

Hosting explained

When it comes to building your first website, one of the most important considerations is where to host it. Hosting simply refers to the process of storing your website’s files on a server, so that people can access it online.

There are a number of different hosting providers out there, and it can be tricky to know which one to choose. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Reliability: Make sure the provider you choose has a good reputation for uptime and reliability.

Pricing: Hosting can be surprisingly affordable, but make sure to compare pricing between different providers.

Features: Some hosting providers offer more features than others, so make sure to pick one that has everything you need.

Once you’ve chosen a hosting provider, you’ll need to set up your account and then upload your website’s files. If you’re not sure how to do this, most providers offer 24/7 customer support to help you out.

Why wordpress is the best choice for beginners

As someone who is looking to build their first website, you may be wondering what the best platform to use is. There are a lot of options out there, but I think WordPress is the best choice for beginners. Here’s why:

  • WordPress is easy to use: Even if you don’t have any experience with website building, you can easily create a WordPress website. The platform is user-friendly and has a lot of helpful features, like drag-and-drop design, that make creating a website easy.

  • WordPress is versatile: WordPress can be used for everything from a simple blog to a complex eCommerce website. No matter what kind of website you’re looking to create, WordPress can handle it.

  • WordPress is affordable: WordPress is a free platform, and there are plenty of free themes and plugins available. If you’re on a tight budget, you can easily create a website with WordPress without spending a lot of money.

  • Most hosting providers offer a fast 1 click install of WordPress on your server, that way your can have it up an running in seconds.

Site builders and WordPress

There are many different ways to build a website, but for beginners, we recommend using a site builder or WordPress. These platforms are easy to use and don’t require any coding knowledge. Plus, they’re great for creating simple, professional-looking websites.

If you’re not sure where to start, our guide below will show you how to create your first website using a site builder or WordPress. Just follow the steps and you’ll have a website up and running in no time.

The most popular website builders for wordpress

Are you looking for an easy way to build and customize your WordPress website? If so, a drag and drop page builder could be the perfect solution. The only challenge is finding the right one!

To help you choose, here is a list of the most popular page builders in 2022.

  • Elementor – The Best Free Choice
    When it comes to building a website, sometimes the cheapest option can also be the best option. Elementor’s free version is one of the best out there. Even though it has fewer features than its premium version (Elementor Pro), it allows you to build amazing websites.
    So if you’re on a budget, don’t worry – Elementor has you covered.
  • Bricks Builder (The builder I used on this website)
    The Bricks Builder is an innovative system for building super-fast loading websites. Bricks Builder is a WordPress Page Builder, Site Builder, and Theme all in one. You install the included theme and will have access to all the page and site builder features. One of the key benefits of this approach over using a stand-alone page builder for WordPress is that you don’t have to worry about compatibility between the theme and the page builder features.
  • Beaver Builder – For Awesome Human Support
    If you’re just getting started with WordPress and building websites, Beaver Builder is a great option. With an estimated 500,000+ users and installations on over one million websites, it’s popular among both developers and do-it-yourselfers.
  • Oxygen Page Builder
    Oxygen Page Builder is a powerful WordPress plugin that allows you to create custom pages and posts with drag-and-drop simplicity. With Oxygen, you can design your own layouts using a wide variety of elements, and then use the built-in WordPress editor to add your own content.
  • Thrive Architect
    While you can certainly build conversion-focused websites using Elementor and Beaver Builder, Thrive Architect really shines in this niche. With its focus on conversion-oriented design, Thrive Architect provides the tools you need to create high-converting websites.
  • Breakdance
    Breakdance is a brand new page builder focused on usability. It aims to make it easy to build pages visually, including 100+ elements like an integrated form builder, advanced slider, and more basic elements like sections, containers and divs.

Design your website

Building your first website can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! With a little planning and some basic web design knowledge, you can create a website that is both beautiful and functional. First, choose a color scheme that you think will look good on your site. Next, decide what kind of layout you want for your site. Do you want a simple, one-page site or a more complex site with multiple pages? Once you have a general idea of the look and feel of your site, you can start to put together your content.

How to make a good-looking website?

This is a question that plagues many people who want to start building their first website. There are a lot of factors that go into making a website look good, and it can be overwhelming to try to figure out where to start. But don’t worry! I’ve got you covered.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Start with a strong visual foundation.
    Your website’s design should be based on a strong visual foundation. This means choosing a color scheme, typography, and other design elements that will create a cohesive and visually appealing overall aesthetic.
  • Keep it simple.
    When it comes to website design, less is often more. resist the urge to pack your site with tons of bells and whistles. Instead, focus on creating a clean, simple, and user-friendly design.
  • Pay attention to the details.
    Even the smallest details can make a big difference in the overall look of your website. So, be sure to pay attention to things like alignment, whitespace, and other small details as you’re designing your site.
  • Use high-quality images to help your readers visualize what you are writing about.
    As a beginner, one of the most important things you can do when building your first website is to use high-quality images. This will help your readers visualize what you are writing about and make your website look more professional. There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting images for your website. First, try to choose images that are relevant to the topic of your website. This will help your readers connect with your content. Second, make sure the images are of high quality. This means they should be clear and sharp, and not grainy or fuzzy. Third, try to find images that are unique and eye-catching. This will help your website stand out from the rest.

    Tip. unsplash.com is a great website for finding Professional free images for your website.

How to Launch your website

Launching a website can be stressful and overwhelming. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a personal blog or a business website, the issue is still the same: you need to start promoting your site so real, human visitors can find you and enjoy your content.

  • Set up a pre-launch page
    Just because your site isn’t ready for visitors doesn’t mean you can’t start promoting it. In fact, promoting your site with a pre-launch countdown can generate even more interest and enthusiasm than promoting it after it’s launched.

  • Create at least 3-5 pieces of high-quality content
    Any promotional strategies you use will rely heavily on content. Visitors will expect to see excellent content that’s highly valuable in your niche; if they don’t, they’ll likely never visit your site again. Before you launch, write several (minimum 3, preferably 10) pieces of amazing content. If you can shoot for 1,200+ words per piece, you have the best chance of ranking in the search engines, and the best chance of getting links to your site.
  • Give your visitors a way to sign up for your email list
    An email list will give you a way to connect with your visitors, even if they never end up on your site again. Sign up with an email marketing service like MailChimp or AWeber, and then use one of their pre-designed templates to add an opt-in box to your site.
    Remember to give visitors an incentive to join your list; for instance, a free ebook or guide that offers valuable information to your target audience.

  • Start networking with influencers in your field
    This strategy works best if you have a non-commercial site; however, it can also work for business sites that have a bunch of great content. Reach out to well-known people in your field and let them know about your new site. Not sure who to contact? Use a tool like BuzzSumo to find bloggers, businesses, journalists and social media influencers who might be interested in sharing your site with their followers.

  • Learn the basics of SEO
    SEO is all about making sure your website is visible and easily found by search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. There are a number of factors that go into this, including things like the quality of your content, the structure of your website, and the keywords you use.

  • Install Google Analytics
    iven the time and effort you’re going to put into promoting your site, it’s important that you know exactly how much traffic you’re getting and where those visitors are coming from. Google Analytics is free, easy to set up and will help you figure out exactly which strategies are working (and which ones aren’t).

  • Add your site to Google Search Console
    The Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) is a set of tools put together by Google to help you manage the health of your site in the search engines. If Google finds any issues with your site, this is where you’ll be notified.

Drive traffic to your website

There are a number of ways to drive traffic to your site. One way is to submit your site to directories so that people can find it when they’re searching for relevant information. Another way is to use social media to promote your site and its content. You can also use paid advertising to get people to visit your site. Whichever method you choose, driving traffic to your website is an important step in getting people to see all the great content you’ve created.

Measure your success

In order to gauge whether or not your first website is successful, you need to establish some criteria by which to measure it. This can seem daunting if you’ve never built a website before, but luckily there are some easy ways to do it.

First, take a look at your web traffic. How many people are visiting your site? Are they staying for a long time or bouncing off right away? You can get this information from your web host or by using Google Analytics.

Next, look at how well your site is converting visitors into leads or customers. Are people filling out your contact form? Buying your products? Signing up for your newsletter? Again, Google Analytics can help you track this information.

Finally, think about your goals for the website. Did you build it to promote your business? Showcase your work? Get more speaking gigs? Once you know what you want to achieve, you can better measure whether or not your website is helping you reach those goals.

So don’t be discouraged if you don’t see overnight success with your first website. By taking the time to measure your progress, you can make sure you’re on the right track and adjust your strategy.

Conclusion

The internet is a big place, and there are a lot of ways to build a website. But when you’re just getting started, it can be tough to know where to begin.

Fortunately, this beginner’s guide has given you all the information you need to get started building your very first website. I’ve covered everything from finding a web host to designing your site and adding content.

Now it’s time to put all that knowledge into practice and start building your first website. Remember, take your time and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. With a little effort, you’ll have your very own website up and running in no time.

BONUS – How to keep your site secure?

If you’re just getting started with building your first website, you’re probably wondering how to make sure it’s secure. Here are a few basic steps you can take to protect your site and keep your data safe:

  • Use a strong password for your hosting account and FTP access.
    (Tip. I use BitWarden to generate and rememeber my passwords, that way I can use the best and safest passwords without the need to remember them)
  • Keep your software up to date. This includes your content management system, plugins, and themes.(Tip. I use Wp-Umbrella to keep my website(s) updated and backed up automaticaly)
  • Use a security plugin or service. There are many great options out there that can help you scan for malware and block malicious traffic.
    (Tip. I use iThemes Security combined with Wp-Umbrella to keep my websites secure)
  • Regularly back up your site. This way, if something does happen, you have a recent copy of your data to restore from.
    (Tip. I use Wp-Umbrella to automaticaly backup my websites. If you don`t want to use an external service WpVivid is my choice of backup plugin)

By taking these simple steps, you can help keep your site secure and protect your data.

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