If you're going to have your own online business, you're going to need your own website. And as your business grows, you may even need multiple websites.
But most people think that building your own websites is way too complicated and that you need to have some highly advanced computer and programming skills.
Well hang on a sec because I have some good news! You can easily build your own websites even if you have zero programming skills! And don't even think about hiring an agency or some freelance developer. Save your money because I'm going to show you how to build your own websites in a matter of minutes - for free!
So let's get started!
There are many website platforms to choose from, but for the purpose of this discussion we will be choosing WordPress.
Why? Because WordPress dominates the internet and accounts for nearly 52% of all CMS (Content Management System) websites. That translates to over 23 million websites globally. Take a look at the data provided from BuiltWith below:
As you can see, WordPress is clearly the leader with about 52% market share. Wix comes in a distant second place with just over 7% and Joomla rounds out the top 3 with just over 4%. There really is no competition when it comes to choosing what platform to build your website on.
I could go deeper into the woods and provide a detailed list of the Pros and Cons of each platform, but it would be best to discuss that in a separate article since there are so many options and many things to compare and contrast.
And the purpose of this article is to show you the easiest way to get your website built and published so you can start making money right away.
So keeping things on point, WordPress clearly dominates the internet as the leading website platform and is the choice of most successful online entrepreneurs. No other builder comes close. And since this is the type of website we will be using for our business to make money online, WordPress is the easy choice.
In order to get WordPress setup and ready to go, you need 2 things:
1. A Domain Name - this is the name of your website
2. A Web Hosting Service - this connects your website to the internet
Where do you get these from? You can go searching around the internet for different domain name registrars and website hosting services but my recommendation is the Wealthy Affiliate platform. You will find everything you need all in one place and can have your website up and running within a matter of minutes. Really.
All you need to do is register for their Free Starter Membership and you are on your way.
In fact, you can build 2 websites and host them both on their platform absolutely free. If you're just getting started you are probably being very budget conscious and don't want to spend a lot (or any) money until you start seeing some revenue. This is why this platform simply cannot be beat.
Okay, time to get to the fun stuff. Let's build a website now!
When you create your free starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate, you will see numerous options available to you along the left side of the screen. Simply choose Websites and then click on Site Builder.
You will be asked what type of site do you want to build. You have 3 options here but you want to choose the On a free domain option. We will discuss the other 2 options at a later time.
Next, you want to choose the name of your website. As you can see, your site will be hosted on the SiteRubix platform. This is one of the fastest, most secure web hosting services you can find and it is optimized for content and affiliate marketers.
Once you've chosen the name of your site, you have the option to give it a title. You can always go back and update this later but it's a good idea to go ahead and give it a tag name.
For example, if you are building a website that focuses on the most nutritious brands of dog food for puppies, you could call it something like Most Nutritious Foods for your Puppy.
The final step is to choose a theme. It really doesn't matter which one you choose since you can always change this later. But in order to build the site, WordPress needs to know how to style it. I've only included the first 3 themes in the image above but you will have access to 12 free themes to pick from.
Another important point to note is changing themes will not delete any of your previous content. You can change themes as often as you want without having to worry about losing what you’ve created. Another great reason to use WordPress!
Your last step is to click on the Build my Website button and, boom! You're done! You've just successfully built your first website!
That's really all there is to it. You still need to add your content and style your overall design and your web pages the way you want. That part is coming up next. But as far as getting a website built, there's nothing more to do.
If you want to see everything that we just covered in a video lesson, please click on the image below. You will be taken to one of the full lessons provided at Wealthy Affiliate and shown complete details on how to build your website!
Now that you've got your website setup, you are ready to start adding your content. This is where you add all of the relevant information about your niche and decide on the overall look and feel of your site.
I could go into how the back office of WordPress works and show you a bunch more screen shots about how to use it. But I want to focus on making things as easy as possible so you can get your website working for you as quickly as possible.
So if you want to see how to add content and modify your web pages using the WordPress editor, I invite you to do a Google search on Using the WordPress Editor. You will find a ton of useful information that will show you exactly what to do.
I am going to take a different approach and show you how you can add your content, modify your pages and do tons of other really cool stuff by using an awesome WordPress page editor called Elementor. And the best part is, you can install this product and use it for free!
Page editors are drag & drop plugins that can be added to your WordPress back office. The best ones will provide real-time, visual page editing capabilities and can greatly increase your design and development time.
And since you can see it as you build it, your creativity is limited only by what you can think in your mind. As one of my professional web designer friends put it, 'If you can see it, you can create it.' Once you start using page editors you will understand what I mean.
In short, Elementor is a WordPress page builder that allows you to modify all areas of your website with zero programming or any previous web design experience. It is perfect for beginners and professional designers alike.
In fact, there are over 1 million downloads of Elementor being used across the WordPress development community. I'd say that makes for a pretty strong reason why you should be using to, don't you?
Furthermore, all of the design elements and features you need are included with the base product so you can keep your WordPress plugins to a minimum. Your page load times and overall efficiency of your website will run at lightning speed. Google will love this as well and this will help promote better SEO rankings.
So before we get into the details, here are some of the top reasons why you should be using Elementor to design and add content your website:
And one last huge feature worth mentioning is that if you ever uninstall Elementor for any reason, your websites will not be left with a bunch of short codes all over the place. Everything will stay in tact and look and beautiful as it did the day you published it!
But make sure you keep reading to the end because I'm going to get into how to build an awesome looking web page using Elementor with an into video so you can see just how easy it really is.
So here's where the rubber hits the road! In this section you will see how to create your first web page using the Elementor page builder, how to navigate the user interface and how to use the pre-loaded page templates.
NOTE: I am going to be publishing a full Elementor tutorial soon which will show how to build an entire website from beginning to end. But for now, I'm showing a general overview to present the high-level look and feel so you can decide if this looks like something that you want to pursue further with your own website development efforts.
Looks pretty cool, huh? I have grown to love Elementor because of its simplicity and its ability to help me create my web pages super fast.
And one of the absolute best features called Theme Builder. If you're new to the world of WordPress website design this may not seem like a big deal. But for anyone who has tried to override an existing theme design will now just how frustrating and difficult it can be.
Without adding custom CSS and HTML coding to the theme, you are pretty much at the mercy of whatever the default theme settings give you. Not fun when you are trying to make your blog page look the way you see it in your head but you're not able to do anything about it.
But Theme Builder solves this problem and brings full creativity back in play. More on this in my upcoming full Elementor tutorial, so be sure to check back soon to see how I build an entire professional looking website in a matter of minutes!
If you didn't think it was possible to build your own website and actually get published on the internet for free, I hope you have a different mindset now! You've not only seen how to build a website for free, but also how to get a domain name and have your site hosted for free as well. Not bad!
Dealing with the difficulties and frustrations that come with using the back end WordPress editor have been eliminated by showing how Elementor can help you create beautiful web pages easily and quickly, even if you have no prior website design experience.
There will always be a place for the high-level website design and development professional who can create CSS, HTML and scripts in their sleep. But in terms of what we need to run our online affiliate marketing business, we simply do not need that level of expertise.
It is possible to do all of this on your own and at zero cost! Give it a try and see for yourself!
And as always, if you found this article helpful please go ahead and share this out on your favorite social media platform and leave me a comment below. I'll be happy to answer any questions you have!
Digital marketing has been a passion of mine for over 12 years. I am a successful online business owner and I have my own digital marketing agency. I love helping people learn just how amazing the world of affiliate marketing can be and I'm committed to helping folks make money online while avoiding the mistakes I made along the way.
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