- Pick a Domain Name
If you already own a domain name, you can still use it. There’s an option to indicate “I already have a domain name” when you sign up.
While choosing a domain name, make sure that it’s short, memorable, and preferably uses the .com extension.
- Choose your website software
More and more people are turning to website builders to help them quickly and easily build websites. From personal blogs to eCommerce stores, niche sites, and business sites. The opportunities are endless.
WordPress is a content management system (or CMS), which is a software that allows you to create and edit website content without needing to know much code.
It’s important to know that WordPress is an open source content management system, meaning anyone can code and build features for WordPress. Including themes and plugins.
And there are tons of free educational resources online so you can learn to build or manage it yourself.
- Select Your Theme
Making a website that looks good, functions properly, and is in alignment with the latest web design standards is a very difficult task. Especially if you’ve never built a website before.
With a drag and drop builder, you’ll be able to customize this however you see fit. Still, you’ll want to choose a theme that makes sense for your industry.
- Customize Your Theme
Once you’ve chosen your theme its time to start customizing. After all, you want a unique website, not one that looks like a stock template.
It’s important to customize all of the stock elements of your builder’s theme. This is a surefire way to get a unique look, while still retaining the original functionality of the theme.
For example, you can make customizations like:
-Adding more pages to your site
-Changing the stock images to your own professionsl photos
-Changing the theme’s color palette
-Rearranging the text elements and general layout
-Changing the font sizes or font style
- Preview and Make Any Final Tweaks
It can be tempting to hit publish right away and make your site live on the internet. Although you’re excited it’s important to go through a final review process.
- Publish Your Site
Once you’ve published your site online, you can still make quick and easy changes from the back-end of the editor. Have family, friends, and colleagues look over your site to see if there are any changes you might have missed.
It’s now time to start generating traffic, marketing your site, and making your online dreams come true. Depending on the website builder you chose, you might have additional marketing tools available that’ll help you grow your website.