The Beginners Guide To Create a Website
Creating a website will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Whether you are looking to build a business, get a job, generate some extra personal income, meet new people, stay accountable to something, strengthen your personal brand, or just have a lot of fun and express yourself online then you are heading in the right direction. Creating your own site is an amazing thing to do. Keep reading to learn how to create a website!
We’re the Websavers team. We’ve been creating WordPress websites and making money from them since 2005. It’s been our full-time “job” (if you want to call it that) since 2011. This guide is our way of giving back to everyone that helped us throughout our journey in learning WordPress, blogging, social media, and everything else you need to get your website going.
I’ll take you through every aspect and teach you exactly how to start their websites – from getting your hosting set up and installing the software, right to how to generate ideas and meet others. Regardless of whether you want to generate any money (I’ll show you that too) or not, this guide will help take the hassle and frustration out of getting started. So on that note, let’s get started!
How To Create a Website: Using This Guide
I’m constantly trying to tweak and make this guide as simple as possible while still offering the best advice available. You’ll find the sections on the side, where I have broken the process down into manageable chunks that you can tackle bit by bit. It’s my experience from helping thousands of people set up their websites that video is the best way to demonstrate what needs to be shown. Most sections of the guide will have a video demonstration accompanying them so that you can follow me over my shoulder as I take you through what you’ll need to know and do.
This is the introduction page. If you’d like to get back here at any time throughout the process just click the “Introduction” button at the top of the Table of Contents.
There is a lot of information here on how to create a website. Although the process of getting your site online shouldn’t take any longer than 30 minutes, there is even more information beyond the initial setup that discusses promotion, marketing and more. Some of the sections you may not need to follow. For example, if you don’t want to make money with your website you can skip over the promotion and make money sections if you’d like.
Why This Guide Is Different Than The Rest
It was built specifically for you. I created this how to create a website guide for the absolute beginner and wanted to make sure that I left nothing to the imagination when it came to getting your website up and running.
I originally wrote this guide as a ‘blog creation’ guide but we quickly came to realize that the same steps apply to anyone setting up a website in general, not just a dedicated blog. As a result of this you might see some wording describing blogs specifically, but it still applies!
As I mentioned, I’ve already helped thousands of people set up their websites, but I still remember the very first one I did. Things that take me 5 minutes now used to take me an hour. That’s just how it works. Looking back, I wish I had someone to explain the process to me and be available to answer questions. That is why this guide delivers the best results not just to set up your site initially, but also to keep it moving forward in the future.
We provide an easy to follow process to getting set up, and the help and support that you may need throughout all parts of the journey.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a few other decent guides out there for setting up a website. A lot of them cost money though – anywhere from $50 to over $200 for basic information on creating and getting started with your site. Others simply aren’t as comprehensive; they’ll show you the basics of getting started, but not how to make money from it. There are guides out there still that give you a lot of good free info, but try to sell you on extra “special sauce” or information over and above everything. There are already some costs involved with starting a site – your domain and hosting for instance – so the last thing you want to do is spend additional money on getting things set up.
I have a vested interest in your success. In almost all the other guides I’ve seen out there, the creators make their money by signing you up to a hosting company that they know little about. After you’re signed up they don’t really care whether or not you get things sorted out or help out if you run into any problems. I’m not saying they all should do this – they’ve added some value by giving you some great information, but I really want to see you succeed. Since we also operate a web host, we have a vested interest in you getting up and running as smoothly as possible.
Experience. Not only have I been blogging since 2008, the experts here at Websavers and I have also been creating and setting up other people’s websites for over 10 years. Getting started is the toughest part but it doesn’t need to be a hassle. This guide is the compilation of our knowledge in the different areas surrounding how to create a website that will help you out every step of the way.
Why Anyone Can Create A Website
A lot of people have some hesitations around creating a site – no one will read it (particularly for blogs), I don’t know enough technical knowledge, I’m not sure what to write, or if I have enough information to put up. If you’re having some of these thoughts don’t sweat it you’re not alone, and you have nothing to worry about!
I recently helped a busy soon-to-be-father, Nathan, get a blog set up. Nathan knew he wanted to start a blog and have a place online to express himself and share his journey – both as a new dad and throughout his transition into healthier living. He was up and running in no time and is glad he didn’t talk himself out of it.
You had the idea of starting a website for a reason so don’t let these little hesitations stop you. Whether you complete the set-up process yourself, or you need some help along the way (just like Nathan), the entire Websavers team is here to answer questions and help you through your journey.
This guide is relevant across any topics. It doesn’t matter if your site is geared towards personal finance, weight loss, parenting, business, or everyday life. If you follow this guide you’ll be up and running in under 30 minutes. The marketing parts take a bit longer, but the basics are all you need to be online!
Benefits Of Starting Your Own Site
I think I could write an entire book on this topic, but I won’t. Here are some of the big benefits of running a website:
1. Generating extra income. Even with a basic blog site! Before I started blogging, it was a struggle. I was a new grad competing in a sea of eager and qualified professionals. Things were tough. I remember how nervous I was when I found out it would cost about $120 to get everything set up. That was a fair amount of groceries. The only regret about the whole thing was not taking the plunge sooner and setting it up properly in the beginning. For example, avoiding free website creator tools like Wix, Weebly, wordpress.com, and Blogger helped me save money down the road.
Since then I’ve managed to build a full-time living purely through my published websites. But even if that’s never your dream – what would an extra $500 or $1,000 a month mean for you or your family? It is certainly possible to generate this type of income with even a simple blog site, when you focus and put the energy into it.
2. Getting a job or a raise. Starting a blog and/or portfolio site builds your own personal brand and authority. Having a voice and sharing your information and insight on a particular topic is a great way to get noticed in the industry. Whether you’re looking for a new job or just looking for a raise, adding a blog to your resume and having that brand will do wonders for you – trust me, it worked in my case.
3. Real relationships, friendships, and having fun. This is something I wasn’t expecting when I started blogging. I didn’t realize that the people I met through my website and related online communities would become real friends. You might think that blogging is just a way for your to let out some steam or share a bit of information but it really can be so much more. Get engaged in the community and you will meet some amazing people through blogging. I now give talks at blogging conferences and get to meet other bloggers both online and in person every day.
4. Accountability. This was a big one for me and I know it will be for Nathan, the dad I mentioned earlier. Having a place online to share your story and experiences is big for motivation and accountability. This is why there are so many weight loss blogs, personal finance blogs, and other topics where the writers are trying to accomplish a task and share their process.
How You Can Get Amazing Continuous Free Support All The Time
Did I mention that I’m willing to help you out every step of the way? Hopefully, if that wasn’t clear before, it is now. All you need to do is follow the video demonstrations in this guide and try. If you get stuck or can’t figure something out, just ask. Send us a message and we’ll get you past the hurdle in no time.
It doesn’t stop once you sign up. Like many other guides, the support stops once you get everything up and running. But not here. If you ever have a question about your blog or anything to do with it – promotion, design, configuration – all you need to do is get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.
My 100% Guarantee With Using This Guide
My guarantee: You will be able to have your website up and running in 30 minutes by following my video demonstrations and instructions on the Hosting setup and WordPress installation pages. If for whatever reason you can’t, we’ll finish the set up for you.
Most people have a little fear during the beginning stages of starting their blog. This is normal and I had the exact same thing. I’m taking the risk away and offering my help if you get stuck so that you don’t need to worry. There is no risk here. If you want a blog, you will have one.
How To Create Your Website In Under 30 Minutes
Getting your site online is the first step – and it’s an important one. It takes me about 5-10 minutes to create a new website (particularly a blog site) up and running. You can do it in under 30. These are the most important things you’ll need to do:
Once these two steps are completed your blog will be set up online. I would suggest that you get these out of the way now.
I receive a lot of support requests and emails from people asking about different aspects of blogging and the configuration that should come much later in the process. For example, I received a couple emails recently – one asking to set up their social media links and the other asking to install ads on their blog. The only problem is that neither one of them had their blog set up yet!
It’s much easier for me to help you out once your site is up and running. I can give you specific steps, or do it for you, if it’s already online, if not then everything is far too abstract to be handy. We can help you sort out what theme to choose, how to get your social media on the site, setting up ads, using custom contact forms, etc… but you need to have a site up and running first. To put it plainly, stop talking about it; let’s do it!