How to make a website Step 01

How to make a website


Step 01: Choose The Best Website Building Platform


Before you start worrying about colour schemes and domain names, you’ve got to decide what platform you’re going to build your website with.


What do I mean by “platform”? Well, back in 2004 when I got started with web development, most sites were built using HTML (code), CSS and even Flash. These took a lot of time to learn and were tricky to master. That’s why most people still think creating a website from scratch is difficult or requires a lot of coding and design skills – but that’s no longer true! In 2016, content management systems (CMS) like WordPress have made creating a website accessible to everyone. To put simply, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML pages.

Why WordPress is better than the rest?


Because at this point there are no better/easier way to build a website… But more importantly;

  • It’s totally FREE, with loads of layouts/themes to choose from


WordPress doesn’t cost a dime to download or install, and there’s a huge community who have designed beautiful themes and templates, making it easy to get going fast. You’ll never run out of uniqueness…

  • It’s VERY beginner-friendly


If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you already know how add your own content. WordPress can be expanded with free plugins to handle just about any site you can imagine – from gorgeous business pages to social networking sites. With “plugins” you’ll be able to add contact forms, subscription forms, image galleries and so on for your website – pretty simple, huh?

  • Small or Big site? Doesn’t matter…


From basic blogs to beautiful business sites and online stores, WordPress can handle just about any kind of website. WordPress is used by eBay, Mozilla, Reuters, CNN, Google Ventures and even NASA.

  • Your site will mobile & tablet friendly


The website you build will instantly be responsive, looking great on every mobile device, smartphone and tablet. No need to hire a web developer for that..

  • There’s a HUGE support community available to help


With so many people using the platform (Webmaster, Bloggers, Theme developers and Plugin creators), it’s easy to find QUICK help when you need it. In addition, WordPress has lots of free resources both available on Youtube and their support forum.

Of course, there are other website building / CMS platforms, too.


Drupal is a very powerful platform that is popular with web developers and experienced coders, but it comes with a very steep learning curve that makes it a bad choice for beginners. Joomla is similar to WordPress and works great for online stores, but you’ll need at least a little bit of technical coding to make it work the way you want. If you want more details, I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive comparison between WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. If for some reason you don’t want to build your site with WordPress, check out my Drupal, Joomla and HTML5 guides as well. They are all FREE to use.

But for beginners, I strongly suggest sticking to WordPress.


It’s the easiest platform I’ve ever worked with, but it’s flexible enough to suit everyone from small business owners, and freelancers to creative artists and bloggers.
We absolutely love to see finished websites that our visitors have built… So don’t be afraid it to show it (if you want). We’ve answered loads of emails, so if you get stuck during set up process or just want to know my honest opinion, feel free to use my contact form.

In Step 2, I’ll walk you through the process of choosing a domain name and finding a space to host your site. In Step 3, Once you have a domain name & hosting, I’ll show you how to install and customize your WordPress website. Don’t worry – I’ll walk you through the process, with lots of images as a reference. Remember; We'lI here to help!

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