A lot of people think that the hardest part of launching a blog or business is creating a website. The truth is, you’ve already overcome the biggest challenge: coming up with an idea. You know what you want to accomplish; now it’s just a matter of bringing your idea to life and finding your ideal audience.
Don’t delay creating a website out of fear or reluctance, you can complete the process in just five steps!
1. Choose a platform
Normally, creating a website from scratch would require in-depth knowledge of a programming language. But doing it through a content management system (CMS) requires little-to-no experience. When you choose a platform, select a user-friendly CMS that offers the sort of functionality you’re comfortable using.
You’ll also need to invest in a hosting service — but a great platform will offer this, too.
2. Select a domain name
Next, decide what to call your website. You can use a tool like LeanDomainSearch to see if the name you want is available, and then register it. If the name you choose isn’t available, come up with another idea or variation.
In general, the best domain names are concise, representative of your brand, and easy to remember.
3. Choose a theme
After you choose a platform and register your domain name, it’s time to build your website.
Unless you know how to code, the easiest and fastest way to build a professional site is to begin with a theme, which is a premade, customizable design that you can personalize to fit your needs and aesthetic preferences. Themes can range in price from a few bucks to several thousand dollars (depending on your needs). However, there are many high-quality themes offered for free through a good CMS.
4. Customize your site
After selecting and installing your theme, the next step is to customize it. You can rearrange assets, choose your fonts, add images and graphics, and make your site reflective of your brand.
5. Begin creating content
Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of a well-designed website. All that’s left to do is create some content. Not sure where to start? Here are the must-have website pages you’ll want to include.
Now go forth, create, and share your brilliant website with the world.