You’re here because you want to build a website, and you want to do it fast. Building a website used to require immense technical and development skills. But today, with the introduction of intuitive website builders you can create a website from scratch, in record time.
If you don’t know where to start, or, you’re worried that building a site will be expensive, or time-consuming, then this post is for you.
Below you’ll learn the exact steps you need to take to make a website in as little time as possible, even if you have no previous experience.
1. Pick a Domain Name
In order to have a website online, you’ll need a domain name. Your domain name is what your visitors will type in to access your site. For HostGator, it’s hostgator.com.
HostGator gives you a FREE domain for 1 year when you purchase a hosting plan for one year or longer.
The easiest option may be to purchase the domain name with your on your website software (step 2) because you can get a great deal with you package your web hosting and your domain.
But, if you already own a domain name, you can use still use it. There’s an option to indicate “I already have a domain name” when you sign up.
When choosing a domain name, make sure that it’s short, memorable, and preferably uses the .com extension.
2. Choose your website software.
More and more people are turning to website builders to help them quickly and easily build websites. From personal blogs to eCommerce stores, niche sites, and business sites. The opportunities are endless.
HostGator’s Website Builder comes with hosting included in the price, a free domain name for the first year (on website builder plans purchased for one year or more), and a free SSL certificate. Not only is it low cost, but the builder is so fast that you simply answer a few questions and the software builds the website for you. Check it out in the video below.
Many other people choose to use WordPress to build a website.
WordPress is so popular that more than 35% of websites worldwide are powered by WordPress.
WordPress is a content management system (or CMS), which is a software that allows you to create and edit website content without needing to know much code. WordPress originally started as a blogging platform, but is now used for all types of websites.
It’s important to know that WordPress is an open source content management system, meaning anyone can code and build features for WordPress. Including themes and plugins. This is a good thing because there are TONS of resources out there, lots of flexibility, and also lots of people for hire who know WordPress.
And there are tons of free educational resources online so you can learn to build or manage it yourself.
3. Select Your Theme
Making a website that looks good, functions properly, and is in alignment with the latest web design standards is a very difficult task. Especially if you’ve never built a website before.
The theme you choose will make up the foundation of your website’s design. With a drag and drop builder, you’ll be able to customize this however you see fit. Still, you’ll want to choose a theme that makes sense for your industry.
4. Customize Your Theme
Once you’ve chosen your theme its time to start customizing. After all, you want a unique website, not one that looks like a stock template.
It’s important to customize all of the stock elements of your builder’s theme. This is a surefire way to get a unique look, while still retaining the original functionality of the theme.
For example, you can make customizations like:
- Adding more pages to your site
- Changing the stock images to your own professional photos
- Changing the theme’s color palette
- Rearranging the text elements and general layout
- Changing the font sizes or font style
Once you start customizing your site you’ll be amazed at all the changes you can actually make.
5. Preview and Make Any Final Tweaks
It can be tempting to hit publish right away and make your site live on the internet. Although you’re excited it’s important to go through a final review process.
Your builder will have a preview function that lets you see what your site will look like without pushing the changes live. This will allow you to make any last minute edits and avoid any embarrassing mistakes.
As you look over your site, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are there any glaring spelling or grammar mistakes?
- Are there any strange formatting errors?
- Do my images or videos make sense in the existing design?
- Do all of the buttons and links work?
- Can my visitors intuitively navigate my website?
6. Publish Your Site!
With your final run through complete, it’s time to publish your site. Congratulations!
Once you’ve published your site online, you can still make quick and easy changes from the back-end of the editor. Have family, friends, and colleagues look over your site to see if there are any changes you might have missed.
It’s now time to start generating traffic, marketing your site, and making your online dreams come true. Depending on the website builder you chose, you might have additional marketing tools available that’ll help you grow your website.