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Step 1: Get A Domain Name & Hosting Account
The first step to getting a website is choosing a name for your website – your domain name - and getting it placed onto the internet – your hosting. A website can cost upwards of hundred s of dollars a year with some messy coding needed. However, I’m going to teach you how to make a website with bluehost so you can get the domain name for free and only pay $4 a month for a beautiful website with no hassles! Click the link above or below this video to get this discount and pay almost nothing for your website.
Click Get started now, and get the basic plan.
Step 2: Create an Account
Type the name you want and click next. If you name isn’t available, it means someone else already has taken it and you just have to keep trying until you get a name.
Enter your information to get started. Use a real email because you will be getting sensitive information like passwords sent to this email.
Unclick the privacy protection, backup pro and sitelock. I find these are unnecessary and overpriced. However if you really want one you can go ahead and get it.
Enter your card information. And pay for the service.
Next create a strong password and use it to log into your account.
Step 3: Install WordPress
Now that we are at our account its time to install wordpress. Wordpress is a content management system that allows us to create beautiful websites without any coding necessary. So click on website up here. Next click Use wordpress.
After you click use wordpress click install and you can see it takes one click to install.
Once installed you can see the password you have set and the username you have decided on. To log onto wordpress just go to yoursite.com/wp-admin
. You can also just visit your site and click this little log in box right here. Use the username and password you have gotten for wordpress to log in!
Step 4: Wordpress Blog & Image
Great. Now we’re logged into wordpress. This is the default dashboard. It looks intimidating at first, but it’s super easy. First lets add a blog post. So click posts, add new and add one in. Lets type in something.
“From the Wythe, the couple continued their big day by sharing their vows on the waterfront, with spectacular views overlooking the East River as their setting. The ceremony was romantic, the reception full of charm. Sweet needlepoint signs throughout the space welcomed the guests while adding a touch of homespun elegance. Guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food and drink, while dancing the night away in front of a breathtaking view of the NYC skyline! Could there be a more classic backdrop for a gorgeous wedding? “
Ok looks good. Let’s add in a picture as well.
Now lets see what this looks like. It looks good! But not quite breathtaking.
Step 5: Wordpress Theme
This is the best part about wordpress. Since its such a popular platform, smart people have already done all the coding and created some amazing free themes. Lets add one in to make our website look gorgeous. Go to appearance, themes, add new and search for one you like. I particularly like Athena. Click install, then click activate.
I’ll add a link to a few of my favorite themes as well. These themes are really flexible so can be made to serve almost any purpose.
Step 6: Theme Photo customization
Now lets go to our website. We can see that it looks much better now. Lets just make a few small changes. To customize this theme lets click customize and change some things. I’m going to change the images on the slider and the text on the slider. I want to make my website a wedding website so this will make it look really good. I can also change the buttons as well!
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We can also change the color scheme. Lets change it to red. Let’s check our website now. It looks amazing. Much better than before and more like something that would catch a visitors eye.
There you have it. You now have a beautiful website online. You can continue to customize it and make it look like you want! (here is a website I have made on wordpress. However this website took a lot of manual coding, but as you can see the possibilities are endless). I used bluehost for this video because they give a free domain, have a pretty big discount running (click the link) and have pretty great hosting. However, if you want to you can use another host and domain name provider. You just have to figure out how to integrate their platforms together on your own. Thanks for watching and I hope this helped you understand how to make a great website for your business!
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