How to Make Your First Website

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how to make your first website
We will take you step by step in how to make your first website. Starting your first website can be an exciting experience and easy to do if you know where to begin.

There are several easy steps that you will need to take in order to start your own website.

STEP BY STEP how to MAKE YOUR FIRST WEBSITE in 10 MINUTES!

QUICK START –  launch your website

1) FIND A DOMAIN & SETUP HOSTING – bluehost $3.95 / month special.

2) INSTALL WORDPRESS – one click wordpress install after sign up with bluehost.

3) CHOOSE A FREE OR PREMIUM THEME – Studiopress is who I use for premium themes (SEO ready, Fast Load Time, Solid Genesis Framework)

 

1) Find a Domain Name

The first step in how to make your first website is to find a domain name that you like.  Go to GoDaddy.com or Blue Host and start searching for potential website addresses (URL’s or Domains) that are available.

how to make your first website

how to make your first website

Domain Name Tips:

1) Select a “.com” if available, .org & .net usually next in demand.

2) Find a domain that is (AMAP) As Memorable As Possible.

3) Pick a domain that is (ASAP) As Short As Possible.

4) Here is a fantastic online tool that offers suggestions for short or creative domain names…Domainr.com.

5) If you are having trouble brainstorming a name or domain here are two kickstart resources:

Seth Godin on Domains

Seth Godin – The New Rules on Naming

If you are starting a personal website or branding yourself as an expert may want to first check the availability of your own name as the domain name and I encourage you to reserve it if the “YourName.com” is available.  You may also develop other brand names but securing your name.com regardless can be very valuable.

After you find your domain purchase it.  If your not certain it will succeed I recommend only 1 year.  Domains are typically $15 or less if they aren’t already purchased.  If you find a domain that someone else has that you want you might be able to purchase it from them.

2) Host your Website

The second step in how to make your first website is purchasing your hosting plan.  What is web hosting?

Web hosting is where your website and website files are actually located, on a computer somewhere that’s accessible to the Internet. Web hosting is one thing you have to pay for to start your first website. Most everything else you can do or learn to do for yourself for free.



A good hosting company to use is Bluehost.com.  I have an account at Bluehost and it has a very easy WordPress Hosting & Setup.  It is the recommended Hosting site of WordPress.  I have also used Godaddy.com.  There are various options. WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL (above)- How to setup hosting and launch wordpress with Bluehost. 

3) Install WordPress

Once you have bought your hosting plan you can begin to set up your website. The third step in how to make your first website is to then install WordPress and practice using it. WordPress is the most popular tool that people use to build their own website.

4)  Install a WordPress Theme

The fourth step in how to make your first website is for you to install a WordPress theme that will help you customize your new website.  There are lots of themes available and many that are free.  I suggest you practice with the default theme before moving on to a more custom free theme or purchased premium theme.

My preferred place to get a theme is STUDIOPRESS – (This is the StudioPress theme that I use for this website: eleven40 Theme) these themes are excellent for search engine optimization (SEO), are very built with a genesis theme framework, have quick load times, and can be modified/customized for your specific needs as well.

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes

Another common place that beginners start is to get a premium theme from elegant themes.  When I first began learning wordpress, I purchased the full theme membership and have used their various themes for various websites.  They have great options and features that are simple to learn.
Other places for more specific theme categories include:
Classified theme (craigslist)
Hopefully this page helped you know how to make your first website.  Most of your learning will happen by just trying different options.  Your first website will most likely be your practice site.  Don’t worry too much about making it perfect.  As you learn the steps to creating websites you will see how easy and simple WordPress is and how cheap it is to start a blog or website.  Jump in and start your next business idea online.

 5)  Install WordPress Plugins, Analytics, and Setup

The last step in how to make your first website is to setup your theme and website including plugins, logo, analytics, and theme setup.

List of Popular Plugins

  • WordPress SEO – by Yoast
  • W3 Total Cache – website load speed
  • SumoMe vs OptinMonster- for email opt-ins and pop ups
  • Collapse-O-Matic – for collapsible content
  • Updraft Plus – back up website
  • Blubrry Press – for Podcasts
  • Ninja Forms – setup a contact form, survey, or other form.

I will Set Up Your Website For You – For Free

If you have more questions, after reading this how to make your first website tutorial, need more information or help, or even want me to SET IT UP FOR YOU FOR FREE! contact me here.

 

  • It’s a very good written article and with the best intentions. You article can really be a very good help with a step by step guide on how to build a unique website with its own originality.

    • The great thing about wordpress is that you can build a uniqe website! This guide is a start for those who want to create their first website…they can also use this same setup to further develop it with complete customization as desired. Thank you for the feedback and complements.

  • Bob Jackson

    Thanks for the easy to follow video and post. I now have setup a WordPress website!

    • Great to hear…let us know if we can help further.