See How To Create A Website
(Without knowing any code!) Perfect for beginners, people on a budget and small business owners.
So You Want To Create A Website?
With this beginners course I’ll show you how to create a website with WordPress. And because we’ll be using WordPress, you don’t need to have any design or technical experience and you don’t need to know any code!
You won’t be learning how to create the next Facebook or Amazon, but you will see how to create a basic website for your business.
If you doubt that you can create a website, remember, the course is available 24/7 and you lose nothing by going through the lessons and seeing if you’d be able to do this yourself!
Click any of the blackboards below to skip ahead.
See What’s Possible – Before you start learning how to create your own website, get a feel for the types of websites you’ll be able to build. (WordPress is what we’ll use to create our website and how we can create a website without knowing any code! Learn more about WordPress here.)
FAQ’s – I’m sure you have a lot of questions (and probably some doubts) about creating your own website, so check out the faq’s and hopefully I’ve answered some of them!
Step 1 – Register A Domain Name And Setup Hosting – The first step in creating your website is all about registering a domain name and setting up hosting. Now don’t worry if you don’t know what these are, we’ll cover that in this step!
Step 2 – Install WordPress – In the second step I’ll show you how to install WordPress onto your website, how to login and how to navigate around WordPress.
Step 3 – Setup WordPress To Your Needs – When you first install WordPress you’ll want to change some of the default settings to suit your personal needs. Which is what you’ll learn to do in this step.
Step 4 – Create Your Websites Content – In this step, I’ll show you exactly how to create the content for your website. (When I say content, I mean the pages that will make up your site.)
Step 5 – Change Your Sites Design – Step 5 is all about choosing and installing your WordPress theme. (WordPress themes let you choose the design and layout of your site.)
Extra Step – See How To Add Extra Features And Functionality To Your Site – In this extra step I’ll show you how you can add extra features to your site, such as contact forms, email signup forms, slideshows, etc, by using WordPress plugins.
See Some Examples Of What You’ll Be Able To Create
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Frequently Asked Questions
O.K. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been asked any of these questions! But if I was thinking about creating my own website and it was my first time, these are the questions I’d probably ask, and so I’m guessing you might have them too!
If it’s so easy to DIY, why doesn’t everyone do it?
First of all, it’s not easy. It not hard too. It just takes some time, some learning and some implementing!
Not everyone has that time.
Plus, some people’s time is more valuable to them than the cost of hiring a developer. (Think of a lawyer who bills at $250+ per hour vs them hiring a developer for $100+ per hour.)
What’s more, creating a website covers a wide range of possibilities, some people need their website to be super fancy or to have lots of advanced features. The only way to get that is to hire a professional.
Should I create my own website? Or should I hire someone instead?
Unfortunately I can’t answer this one as it depends on you and your situation.
I can however give you my opinion on the types of people who should do it themselves vs who should hire.
You Should Think About Doing It Yourself If,
- Your budget is tight and hiring someone is currently out of your reach.
- You don’t need a super complex website, you just need a “leaflet” or “brochure” type website. Something which has some text, some images and a few basic features like contact forms, Google maps, slideshows, etc.
- You want to start with a basic website and then market the hell out of it so you can start getting some results. Then using the money you make from this “version 1” website, you’ll hire a pro. (If this is you, you’re my type of people!)
- You’re ready to roll up your sleeves and put in the time needed to learn and then implement. Because you can do this. The tools you need are available to you. But you’ll need to learn how to use them and then do the work of actually using them! (And that’s what this course is here to help you do!)
- You’re ready to accept that you’ll be using a “template” design or a customizable theme which has limited options, so you won’t get 100% of what you want. (To understand this better, see this section of the “Understand The Basics Of WordPress” lesson).
You Should Hire Someone If,
- You have more money than time. Or your time is worth more than the amount you’ll have to pay a developer.
- A potential customer is worth $500+ (Although that’s a bit of an arbitrary figure. I’m just trying to say that if 1 customer is worth a lot of money to you, then it’s highly worth getting a website built by a professional)
- You want something complex.
- You have a budget to create a website AND to market that site.
- You already have a basic website AND have people coming to your site, but their not converting into business.
(If you have the budget for it, you can look at hiring me or a company I recommend!)
Will I need to know any code?
In this course I’m going to show you how to build a website using WordPress.
With WordPress, you can create content the same way as you would in a word processor, like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
And with WordPress, you’ll use “pre-coded” themes to choose your design and “pre-coded” plugins to add features like contact forms, image galleries, email sign up forms, shopping carts, etc
How much will all of this cost?
First of all, this course is completely free. So that’s not going to cost you anything!
The core of WordPress is completely free. So that’s not going to cost you anything either.
Your main expense is a domain name and hosting, which is between $3.95 – $7.95 a month.
I also personally recommend getting a premium WordPress theme. (As a reference, the theme I’m using on this site costs me $89 per year. Most themes range from free, up to $297. Although most are around $49 – $99.)
You could use a free WordPress theme, BUT I strongly recommend against this and I’ll cover why in this course.
There are also lots of premium plugins you can add to your site, but none of these are necessary to create a basic website, or to run WordPress. They’re more optional extras.
(Again, as a reference, all the plugins I’m using on this site are free. Although I have paid for plenty of premium plugins in the past! Plugins range in price from free, up to $297. Most premium plugins are around $49 – $99.).
I normally estimate that if you’re doing it yourself, most “version 1” websites will cost under $500.
How long will it take for me to create my website?
Unfortunately this one’s harder to give an answer to.
It really depends on you, what type of site you want to create, how many pages you want, how many special features you want, what WordPress theme you choose, how quick you learn, how quick you implement, etc.
I will say, most of the lessons in this course are between 5 – 20 minutes long. It’ll probably then take you the same amount of time to copy what you learn and apply it to your own site.
But obviously the time it takes to create a basic 5 page website, will be less then a 100 page website with lots of features. So it’s impossible for me to give a specific time frame without knowing your specific situation.
(Check out my case studies where you can see me creating websites for small businesses and the time it takes me. Just note that whatever time it takes me, it’ll probably take you 2-5 times as long, as doing something for the first time is always longer!)
What will the end result look like? / What's possible?
This really depends on you and the WordPress theme you choose for your site. (WordPress themes let you choose the design and layout of your site.)
There are literally thousands of different themes you can choose from, ranging from real estate themes, e-Commerce themes, restaurant themes, hotel/B+B themes, or pretty much any type of website design you can imagine.
In fact there are over 10,000 WordPress themes.
There are also themes that let you heavily customize their design and layout, but these require more time to use!
You can see above some examples of the types of themes you can use on your site and therefor the types of designs your site could have!
This Course Won’t Be Showing You How To Design A Particular Site
It’s worth noting, that because there are over 10,000 different designs, in this course I don’t show you how to design one particular site.
I leave it up to you to pick a theme that suits what you need. I do give you some ideas for what you should be thinking about when picking a theme and show you some places you can go to, to find WordPress themes.
If you want, you can see me design a specific site in my case studies.
What types of special features can I include in my website?
When we install WordPress, we install a core piece of software that gives us the main features we need to create a basic website.
But that’s it.
However, WordPress is built so that extra features and functionality can be “plugged” into it.
So by default, WordPress doesn’t come with a contact form, but you add this feature by installing a plugin.
By default, WordPress doesn’t have the ability to create a slideshow, but again, you can add a plugin to add that feature to your site.
With plugins you can add things like,
- Contact forms
- Image galleries
- Pricing tables
- Email sign up forms
- Membership areas
- Shopping carts and order forms
- Website analytics
- Easily make your site SEO friendly
- Social media buttons
(Currently there are over 35,000+ FREE plugins. And you can also get plenty of premium plugins.)
What other things will I need to think about when I DIY?
Creating a website is half the battle. In fact, it’s the easy half!
Once you have your website setup you’ll also need to get visitors and potential customers to your site. (Check out my case studies for how I do this for small business websites and see the types of results I get.)
You’ll also need to realize that when you DIY, you’re now the “webmaster” of your site, which means you’re responsible for,
- Backing up your site and making sure that backup will work if you ever need to use it!
- Security, making sure your site doesn’t get hacked
- Updates and maintenance
Also, while this course lay’s out a path for you, the truth is there are many different turns you can take along the way, i.e. different themes, different plugins. So you’ll need to be ready to adapt what you learn in this course and then apply it into the direction you take.
I want to be a web developer, will this course help me?
This site is all about using WordPress to create your own website and is targeted at business owners, “website diyers” and complete newbies.
The types of people who want to create a basic website, without knowing any code and who aren’t looking to create the next Google, Facebook or Amazon.
To do that, I recommend you visit this site
They’ll teach you everything you need to know, with,
- Over 100 courses
- Hundreds of hours of videos
- Step by step guidance
- Quizzes so you can practice what you’ve learnt
- And lots more
Step 1 – Register A Domain And Hosting
The first step in creating your website is all about registering a domain name and setting up hosting. Now don’t worry if you don’t know what these are, we’ll cover that in this step.
Step 1 Outline
Step 1 – Register A Domain Name And Setup Hosting – In this lesson I’ll show you how to register a domain name and how to setup hosting.
If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, it’s really simple. In fact there’s very little you actually need to do.
Bonus 1 – Mistakes To Avoid When Registering A Domain Name – If you’re registering a domain name for the first time, here’s some ideas for what you should be thinking about.
Bonus 2 – See How To Create And Setup Email Accounts For Your Website – When you buy a domain name, you have the chance of creating email accounts using your domains address, for instance @localdoneforyou.com.
So instead of having the email address email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, you can have email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, etc
And that’s what I’ll walk you through in this lesson.
Step 2 – Install WordPress
In this course, to create and run our website we’re going to use a piece of software called WordPress.
When you have a better understanding of what WordPress is, I’ll show you how to install it onto your website. (Don’t worry it’s really easy to do.) I’ll then show you how to login to your WordPress site and how to make your way around WordPress.
Pick part 1a or part 1b below. (You don’t need to do both!)
Complete the remaining two lessons is step 2
Step 2 Outline
Pick part 1a or part 1b below. (You don’t need to do both!)
Step 2 Part 1a – Install WordPress With SiteGround – In this lesson I’ll show you the easiest way to install WordPress, which is to let SiteGround (affiliate link) do all of the work for you. This all takes about 5 minutes to do. (This will only work if you’re using SiteGround as your hosting provider, which if you followed step 1 above, you are!)
Step 2 Part 1b – Learn How To Install WordPress Manually – In this lesson I’ll walk you through how to install WordPress manually. This’ll take about 10-15 minutes to complete. (This is how you’ll install WordPress if you’re using a different hosting provider then SiteGround.)
Complete the remaining two lessons is step 2
Step 2 Part 2 – See How To Login To Your WordPress Site– This is a real quick lesson just showing you how to login to the admin area of your WordPress site.
Step 2 Part 3 – Learn How To Navigate Around WordPress – If you’re new to WordPress this lesson is the place to start, as I’ll be explaining what all the different sections of WordPress do and I’ll show you how to navigate around the admin area.
Step 3 – Setup WordPress
When you first install WordPress you’ll want to change some of the default settings to suit your personal needs.
If you’re a first time user of WordPress I’ve actually created six separate lessons, which you’ll see below. These lessons go through and explain exactly what the settings do on your site, so you can go through them and then setup WordPress how you want it.
Or, if you want, I’ve actually put together a single lesson below, where I list all of the settings that I normally change when I start a new WordPress site, as these are what I think are the most important.
I’ve done this to save you time as I would say about 80% of the settings don’t need to be changed and rather then you learning about settings you wont use, you can just go through this lesson and setup WordPress how I normally set it up!
The choice is yours!!
Quick Setup Of WordPress Settings
Single lesson walking you through what I think are the most important settings in WordPress.Learn More
Step 3 Outline
Step 3 – Quick Setup Of WordPress Settings – In this lesson I’ve listed all of the settings that I normally change when I start a new WordPress site, as these are what I think are the most important.
Step 4 – Create Content
In this step I’ll show you how to create the content for your website. (When I say content, I mean the pages that will make up your site.)
In the first part of this step, I’ll explain the basics of creating content, including, how to create or edit pages or posts, what the difference is between them and how you can use categories and tags on your site.
In the second part of this step, I’ll show you exactly how to add text and media into your content. I’ll also show you how to insert embedable content, such as YouTube videos, etc.
Step 4 Outline
Step 4 Part 1a – Understand The Difference Between WordPress Posts And Pages – With WordPress, there are two different ways you can create content for your website, post or pages. In this lesson I’ll explain the difference between the two and when you should use each.
Step 4 Part 1b – Learn All About WordPress Posts – In this lesson I’ll show you all you need to know about WordPress posts.
Step 4 Part 1c – Learn All About WordPress Pages – In this lesson I’ll show you all you need to know about WordPress pages.
Step 4 Part 1d – Learn All About WordPress Categories And WordPress Tags – In this lessons you’ll learn what WordPress categories and tags are, how to add / edit / delete them, and how to use them on your site.
Note: You only really need to go through this lesson if you’re going to be using posts on your site.
Step 4 Part 2a – Learn How To Use The Visual Editor – Creating content in WordPress is similar to creating content in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. You simply add your text into a page or post and then use a visual editor to make some of it bold, italic, underlined, lists, or links, etc.
In this lesson I’ll be walking you through exactly how to use this visual editor. (You’ll probably already know how to do 95% of what I’m about to show you. It’s that easy.)
Step 4 Part 2b – Learn How To Add Media To Your Content – In this lesson you’ll see how to add images, audio and video to your content. As with most things in WordPress, once you know how to do it, it’s pretty easy to do!
Step 4 Part 2c – Learn How To Embed YouTube Videos – In this lesson I’ll walk you through how to embed videos into your content and I’ll also explain why you should do this instead of inserting them directly into your content.
Step 5 – Install And Customize Your Theme
Step 5 is all about installing and setting up your WordPress theme. (WordPress themes let you choose the design and layout of your site.)
In the first part of this step, we cover the basics of WordPress themes, which you can see in these four lessons,
Then we move on to the second part, setting up your theme. Now because there are 10,000+ different themes, all with different options, it’s impossible for me to show you how to set them all up.
However I can show you how to setup the following,
Step 5 Outline
Step 5 Part 1a – Understand The Basics Of WordPress Themes – In this lesson I’ll be going through the basics of WordPress themes, including, giving you an introduction to what themes are, talking about how choosing a theme effects how your site looks, and going through what to expect from themes and some of their limitations.
Step 5 Part 1b – How To Choose A WordPress Theme – A Buyers Guide! – If you’re new to WordPress, then finding the right WordPress theme can be tough. Especially when you consider there are over 10,000 themes to choose from.
So in this lesson, I thought it would be useful if I gave you some pointers on what you should be thinking about when choosing a theme for your site.
Step 5 Part 1c – Where To Search For WordPress Themes – Unfortunately there’s not one central place where all themes are listed, which means to find a theme that suits you, you might need to visit multiple places.
In this lesson I’ll show you 4 different places you can go to, to search for themes, including the places where I get my themes from!
Step 5 Part 1d – Learn How To Install, Switch Between Or Remove WordPress Themes – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy all of this is!
Step 5 Part 2a – Learn How To Customize Your WordPress Menu – In this lesson you’ll see how to include new links in your navigation menu, how to re-arrange the order of your links, how to create a drop down menu and more!
Step 5 Part 2b – WordPress Widgets Tutorial – With WordPress widgets you’re able to add special features or blocks of content to “widget areas” in your themes. These areas are usually sidebars and footers. (Although some themes offer extra widget areas.)
In this lesson, I’ll be teaching you the basics of widgets and how to use them on your site.
Add Extra Features And Functionality To Your Site
In this extra step, I’ll show you how you can add extra features to your site, such as contact forms, email signup forms, slideshows, etc, by using WordPress plugins.
Bonus Step – WordPress Plugins Tutorial – An introduction lesson to WordPress plugins!
See what they are, the things they can do and some of their limitations. See where you can go to find plugins, what you need to know about installing and setting up plugins. And finally, how to delete plugins you no longer want to use.