I’m here to tell you that building a website or a blog is stupid simple and it doesn’t require any coding or programming skills!
The technology nowadays has made it so easy that with a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can have a professional looking website in 10 minutes of less. I’m going to show you how:
Yup, its that simple to create a website. Just in case the video guide wasn’t clear enough I’ve written up a tutorial for you below.
Build a Blog Or Website In 10 Minutes!
There are many reasons you might want to build your own site. You might want to spread the word about something important to you, help people in need, make money from a product or service.
Or Perhaps you want to do all three. Here is what you need to do to get started; a host, a domain and WordPress.
Your host is like the land where you will build your website on, like a house, and your domain is like your site’s address. So where should you host your blog or site? I use Hostgator and have been using their hosting services for some time now.
They provide great service and support is unparalleled. I like’em a lot! I even have a special link that will make your first month only ONE CENT. Get the process started here.
Once you sign up with them you’ll get a email with your Cpanel login information.
After you log into your Cpanel you’ll need to scroll down to the ‘Software and Services’ section and click on ‘Quick Install’.
Inside ‘Quick Install’ you’ll need to look for the WordPress link and click on it. Now all you have to do is type in your:
- Blog Title
- Admin Username
- First Name
- Last Name
Click install and you will get an email shortly with the login in information to your site.
You are done! You officially have a website. It might take a few hours for the site to appear. You will also get an email that contains the log in information to your new site. It should look something like this:
Now that the site is built lets customize it to our liking! You can watch the video below or follow the written guide.
Customizing Your WordPress Site Like a Champ!
I hope you’re realizing that creating your very own website is super simple and that these days, anybody can do it. Here are some more basics I covered in the video.
Important Website Necessities
When you first get into your WordPress dashboard you’ll want to go to settings and click the permalinks button.
Set your permalinks as “post name” and click save. After that, you have to create your main pages:
- about us
- contact us
You do, however, have to write your home and about us pages. Make sure you go over what your site is about and how you will help or entertain your visitors. You should have at least 500 to 1000 words per page of pure dense content.
Now comes the fun part! You get to choose your WordPress theme. Go to the appearance section and click on themes. Hit the “add new” button and choose which theme best suits your new website.
Essential WordPress Plugins To Add Functionality
Instead of sitting there and writing code to add website functionality, why not just click and install the functions you need. Well, that’s what a plugin essentially does.
All you have to do is go to the plugins section on your WordPress dashboard and add the plugins you need. Each one has a specific roll and action that it carries out.
There are thousands of them but you only need to concern yourself with seven of them. Here they are:
Jetpack by WordPress.com – Arguably the most important in your website’s arsenal. This little plugin will power up your website with the help of WordPress’s network.
To connect your plugin to WordPress you are going to have to create a free account with them. Once you do that it’s just a matter of clicking the Jet pack button located on your site’s dashboard.
Jetpack comes loaded with many great features. It lets you add social buttons so that your visitors can share your content across their Twitter and Facebook accounts. It gives you added protection against unwanted hackers and comment spammers.
It also lets you see how much traffic you are getting to your site. It also turns your website mobile responsive when people access it via their smart phones. It has many other benefits so get it today!
Akismet – Works with Jetpack to keep your website free from comment spammers. Great little plugin that saves you a lot of headache later down the line.
Contact Form 7 – You can now put an email form right on your contact us page with little to no difficulty. You are going to want a professional email address instead of your personal gmail or yahoo address.
All in One SEO Pack – There are many SEO plugins out there that perform nicely. You can rank on Google with any of them. It all depends on your content. Under your posts you’ll find these fields where you can put keyword related information, I recommend you use them. I cover this topic in great detail.
Limit Login Attempts – Added protection to your site from people who want to break in and wreak havoc. You need to have this one.
Comet Cache – This one simply turns your site into a speed demon which means a better user experience.
There are many other plugins out there that do different things. In the future you might need them but for now just get the ones you see above.
Now Put Your Website Together
In the video I showed you what you have to create and I showed you how easy it is to do it! You got to first set up your permalink then create your basic pages.
After that, you can go ahead and pick your favorite WordPress theme. You then install the WordPress plugins you need. Don’t forget to copy and paste the little bits of code in their proper locations.
Now you can start creating content that your niche audience will love and will come back for. Luckily, you have me to show you how to do that. Here is a case study on how to rank your content.
Setting Up Your Website’s Email & Auto-Responder
Riddle me this “what’s in an email?” If you guessed a message then you guessed wrong. The answer is your domain. You wouldn’t believe how many webmasters out there still use their personal emails in their website’s contact form. That’s right, if it ends in a ‘gmail’ ‘yahoo’ or ‘hotmail’ then you’re screwing up.
I recommend you don’t do the same. Not only does it look unprofessional but the Google spiders will also detect it.
Don’t despair because I’m going to arm you with everything you need to know to get your email game sharp and deadly. I’m also going to show you how to set up and auto responder.
An autoresponder will send an automatic message to whoever emails you on your website. Plus, I’m going to show you how to create a forwarder in your Cpanel so that all your website’s messages get sent to your personal email automatically.
Website Email: Forwarder and Responder
First you need to do is get into your Cpanel and then click into the email account section. Type in how you want your new email to begin (I think ‘Contact’ works well) then select your domain. Put in a password and hit create account. You’re down with that part!
To set up your forwarder just access your new web mail and click on the forwarding option and add your personal email. It’s that simple.
Finally, in the same web mail area select auto responder. Put in zero for the interval. In the ‘from’ section type in your domain address.
In the ‘subject’ box type in something like “Thank you for contacting us!”
In the message area put in a quick little message about how you will reply to them in a timely fashion. That’s it your all done.
I almost didn’t write this little guide because I thought it’s easy enough. However , I remember when I first started, everything was a challenge. I hope this guide helped you out!