How to Make a Website: Complete Beginner’s Guide (2021)

How to Make a Website: Complete Beginner’s Guide

So you want to learn how to make a website? Congratulations! You’re about to join hundreds of thousands of others who have embraced the web and jumped into building websites.

Better yet, nowadays you can build a detailed website without knowing a single line of computer code.

Yup! You really can learn how to start a website without knowing a single thing about PHP, HTML, or any of those other scarily complicated acronyms.

In this massive guide, we’re going to show you exactly how to make a website – step-by-step. We’ll take you through the whole process from nothing to completed website – with tons of helpful screenshots along the way.

Make a Website Guide FAQ

Before we get into the tutorial, let’s quickly run over some questions you might have. This will let you know what to expect from our guide when it comes to investing your time and money.

What platform will I use to make a website?

For this tutorial, we’re going to recommend and have you use self-hosted WordPress. We believe it’s the best platform for most people to make a website – it’s also used by over 39% of all websites on the Internet, so most other people agree with us, too!

Do I need to be a developer to build a website?

Absolutely not! The whole purpose of this guide is to show non-technical people how to make a website. You don’t need any special knowledge to follow along – all you need to do is click a bunch of buttons ?

How long does it take to create a website?

The basic setup process takes less than an hour. Of course, you’ll spend more time than that adding content and tweaking things to your liking. But you can have a basic, working website within the first hour.

How much does it cost to launch a website?

There are both fixed costs and variable costs to consider. The bare minimum to follow this guide will cost you:

  • $25 to launch your website. This is what you’ll pay today.
  • $15 per month to maintain your website going forward.

However, you optionally might want to purchase some premium themes or extensions, so you might spend a little more depending on the design/features you want (but you can also find lots of free themes/extensions, so you can get by with totally free tools if you’re on a budget).

How to Create a Website using WordPress

If you’re ready to get started, here are the basic steps you’ll need to complete to build your website:

  • Choose a content management system to act as the foundation of your site
  • Get a domain and hosting to make your site available on the Internet
  • Install and customize WordPress (that’s the content management system we recommend)
  • Publish content and share your site with the world

That’s all there is to it! Let’s jump right in…

Step 1: Choose Your Content Management System/Website Builder

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This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WPKube.

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