Nowadays, building websites have never been easier, there is no need for any kind of prior knowledge or technical skills, anyone from any kind of background.
As long as you can use the keyboard and the mouse, with an internet connection, you can build your website yourself, simply with a website builder.
There are lots of free websites builders for beginners out there, either with a limited period free trial or one with a subdomain to it.
If you are an absolute beginner, if you have never built a website before and thinking of building one, either for your own interest or for your business, I am going to introduce you to an easy-to-use, free website builder for beginners.
This is one of the best free website builder (with hosting thrown in) that I know of.
After you have followed my steps below and set up your site, I will continue to show you how to build up your website, from writing contents, adding images and attracting visitors.
Let’s jump right into it.
Below I will be taking you through step-by-step on how to create a website immediately.
First, I want you to think of a website name you like and enter it within the box below.
Step 1 – Enter a name in the blank space below, then click “Built It Now”
What you have entered above will be the domain name for your website. Notice the .siterubix.com behind your website domain. This is called a sub-domain.
In the long run, you would want something that looks like this: mywebsite.com.
That is the time when you firm things up and ready to face the world with your own domain and your own brand but more on this later.
Right now, let’s focus on building up your own website on the siterubix subdomain first.
At a later part of my website, I will be telling you how you can transfer your siterubix website to a domain of your own with no transfer fee, no hassle with full backup so you don’t lose any information.
This would include all contents, images and comments you have on your existing site, everything would be transferred over with a click of a button (no hassle!)
You may be pleased that the subdomain that you have entered here will be your property forever, and you can use it to make money.
Yes, if you are curious, sub-domains have the ability to make money too, you just need to do things right, which I will slowly show you.
Step 2 – Name your website
You are on your way to building up a brand. Your website is going to need to a name and perhaps a tagline. This will be your first step to establishing your brand name in the long run.
If you are not sure or cannot decide right off, just choose a tentative name first. You can always change this later when you have a more definite idea on what your website is going to be.
For example, my domain name is 3moveseducation.com
My website name is 3moveseducation
My tagline is Educate Yourself To Financial Freedom
Step 3 – Choose a theme (you can switch themes any time)
There are literally thousands of pre-built themes for you to choose from. If you are familiar with themes or have purchased a premium theme before, you can also upload it and use it on your free website.
You can see some examples in the picture below. Different themes will have different options for customization, so you might to test out a few before you pick one that suits your need.
A right theme would enhance your website, give it a professional look and best showcase what you want presented to the world.
I have some suggestions here on how to choose a theme for content-based blogs, and websites for lifestyle, photography, travel, cooking and more.
Have you followed the 3 steps above?
You can also watch the walkthrough video below, with full explanation, as well as background workings on how to get your website ready for visitors.
Good, you have a website set up and you are now ready to move on to set up the main framework for it.
Set Up Your Website Structure – Creating Your Main Menu
Congratulations! You are now ready to add in content to your website.
Let’s begin with a basic outline.
Step 1 – Determine your main structure
You are in the beginning stage of building up your website. It is best to do some planning here, the first is to create your main menu.
Let’s say you want to create a site to showcase your artwork and sell them online. You could have a framework menu like this:
1. Home – A brief summary of your website, lets your visitors know what your site is about, your style and maybe some features of your work
2. The Artist – An introduction of yourself so your visitors know who they may be buying from, may be good to include some memorable story, so you engage with your visitors and build up a connection with them
3. Portfolio – This might be the place where your main contents are going to be, you could showcase your work here and maybe write a description for it, the creation process, materials that you use, what sparks your creativity….
4. Delivery – If you are selling your work online, you might want to add in a shopping cart and provide some information on the logistic stuff like pricing, specifications, delivery charges etc
Once you have decided on your framework, let’s go create your menu.
Step 2 – Turn your framework into a menu
Go to > Pages > Add New
Type in “Portfolio”
Go to Add New again and create “Home”, “The Artist” and “Delivery”
That’s it! Now you have 4 tabs on your menu which your visitors could browse.
Step 3 – Input contents
Let’s go to the “Portfolio” page, click “Add Media”, you will then be able to upload your artwork there.
The white box below the word “Paragraph” is where you input your contents. You can write articles, do a little formatting, insert videos and pictures, post links to other websites.
There are lots of things to cover about content writing.
From here onwards, you might want to explore a bit more on making your website easy to navigate, make it user-friendly and eye-appealing so your visitors enjoy looking at your site.
People love looking at pictures and viewing videos, so you can place them here and there on your site to attract more visitors.
Last thing I want to add is having a blog on your site. Writing blogs is a great way to connect with your visitors. It also shows that you are keeping up with current trends.
If you post an article regularly, your current visitors are coming to check in from time to time to check you out, it will also attract new visitors.