Step 1: You first need to decide on a platform to build your site on. There are many choices out there including some free website builders that you can use. If you have to go the free route I completely understand but just know that you will inevitably meet with limitations to what you can do with a free website – which is why it’s free in the first place. These limitations can include:
- sharing your domain name with the platform’s extension such as yourdomain.tumblr.com
- a limited number of pages or space on your site
- advertisements on your site that you don’t control and pay them and not you
- limited features or functionality
- forced upgrades down the road
I recommend you avoid these limitations by not using any of the free site builders if at all possible. The best option in my opinion is to use WordPress on a self-hosted platform. Why WordPress? Because it’s the easiest to use self-hosted website creator in the world. A complete newbie can set up a beautiful website quickly and easily without being intimidated or overwhelmed with complexity. In fact, you’re looking at a WordPress site. All of my websites were created using WordPress.
OK, so what about hosting? What is hosting?
Website hosting is simply the physical location of your website including the storage of your web pages, data, and files. There are tons of hosting companies to choose from but I like Bluehost* the best. Why Bluehost? Because it rocks! In my experience I’ve had the fewest problems, least downtime, and the easiest-to-reach customer service when I needed help with anything.
(*Yes this is my affiliate link for Bluehost. You don’t have to go with Bluehost but its the company I recommend because its the best and easiest to use from my own experience with them.)
Step 2: To start with Bluehost click here now. Once you arrive at Bluehost click on the big green Sign Up Now button. The next page will ask you if you have your own domain. If you already have a domain name plug it in. If you need a domain name this is where you can get one. Click through to the next page and sign up for your account. By the way, if you still haven’t selected a domain name yet I have a nine tip tutorial on domain names here.
Step 3: Now you’re ready to set up your website using WordPress. For this I have posted 7 step-by-step tutorial videos for you below. And please don’t freak… each video is only a few minutes long and will walk you thru setting up your website in just a few minutes. In fact, you can have your website customized with your theme of choice and your first post created in under 5 minutes. Not bad!
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