How to Build a Website
(Without any tech skills)
There are many ways to build a website. This guide will walk you through building a simple “content based”
website for small businesses & bloggers. If you want to skip the intro and get started, Click here to build your website now.
Who This Guide is For:
This website building guide is for you if…
– you want a website or blog, this guide is for you.
– you have NO TECHNICAL SKILLS this guide is for you.
– you DO know how to code, this guide is probably for you.
– you’re on a budget, this guide is especially for you.
– you want a website that “does stuff” this guide MIGHT be for you.
– you want to market & grow your business online this guide is for you.
– you want to start an E-commerce website, this guide is for you. (See our E-commerce content also)
– If you have a monthly budget of over $2,500, go hire a marketing & Design agency to build your website. This guide is NOT for you.
– If you’re building a mobile app, this guide is not for you. (Unless you need a website to help market your app!)
For 99% of people, the BEST way to build a website is using the WordPress(.org) platform. With their “Drag and Drop” page builders and pre-built templates anybody can build a website even with zero tech skills.
Wix, SquareSpace, and Godaddy work, but they lack the ability to customize and add features because the code is “closed-source” or OFF-limits. You only get features that they have built-in. Below is an example of a done-for-you-template in WordPress. Simply swap out the pictures and content, and you’re ready to go.
WordPress is “open-source” meaning You’re free to bend WordPress to your will. You can hire developers & designers to create anything. There are thousands of “plugins” that enhance your site, like MLS extensions,
job boards, E-commerce, surveys, arcade games, and much more.
WordPress is the best way to build your website regardless of your tech skills. Here’s another example of a done-for-you law firm template:
Ready? Let’s get started.
Part 1: Website Setup
What You Need:
– Domain name & web hosting
– A powerful web page builder
– A little bit of time and creativity
– Optional: Password Manager. Remembering all your different logins is tough. Password managers solve that problem securely.
Step 1: Purchase your Domain & Web Hosting
Your “domain name” is your unique website name. Available .com domains are hard to find these days. .co, .io, .biz, .xyz are all fine. It’s a matter of personal preference. If you already have a name for your website from another company, ask your hosting provider and or domain name provider for help via their chat support. **Or read this post**
The “web hosting” is the computer that your website lives in. Just like people live in houses, websites live in funny-looking computers called servers.
*Disclosure* If you purchase a product via my links, I get a commission at no extra charge to you. I test & use all products myself before making a recommendation. *Video on taking a look around in Bluehost*
Select Your Hosting Plan
The right web hosting depends on your budget. I suggest a minimum of the “plus” package because it provides unlimited SSD Storage.
Choose a Name for Your Website
Don’t forget the dropdown to look for .net, .co, .xyz, etc… That will vastly increase your options.
Choose your additions.
The only important option is Domain Privacy + Protection. Especially if you work from home. Without it, anyone can easily get the name, phone number, email address, and address of the person/business who owns the domain. This isn’t as big of deal if you have a physical office because you can purchase everything through the business. Not having privacy protection is thought to increase unwanted calls and emails.
All the other options are unnecessary or can be gotten elsewhere. Once you’ve filled everything out scroll to the bottom and click submit.
Go through their simple quick-start process
Once you’ve completed the purchase process they’ll take you through a very simple setup process. It may look a little different than what we have below, but don’t worry. It’s super easy. It looks kind of like this:
Create a password
Pick a theme (We'll pick a different one later)
Congratulations! WordPress is installed.
Login to Your New Account
Go to BlueHost.com and login to your account.
Picture w/ arrow pointing to login button on bluehost homepage
Login to Your WordPress Dashboard
Recommended: Setup SSL ticket! You may get a “Site is insecure” or some other risky looking warning. This is almost always because you don’t have SSL setup. I’ll remind you at the end of the guide to set this up if you want to do it later.)
Congrats! You made it through the setup! Now we’re ready to start designing your site.
Part 2: Designing Your Website
Page builders really speed up the process of building a website and make your life a lot easier. We’ll be using Elementor in this guide. In order to follow along you’ll need to purchase the PRO version.
Once you’ve purchased Elementor PRO, login to your account. In the dashboard of your account, scroll down to see a “download plugin” button. Click to download.
Install the Plugins
We need to install Elementor Basic AND elementor PRO. Go back to “yoursite.com/wp-admin” and follow the steps in the video.
Watch the video below to install the correct plugins
Recommended WordPress Tutorials
You won’t need to do this to get through our tutorial, but knowing how to use WordPress will be very helpful if you plan on managing your own website. Click below to check out our (mostly non-technical) WordPress tutorials.
(For Non-techies & Lazy techies )
Find a Template for your website
Here’s where knowledge really helps. The more comfortable you are with computers the better off you’ll be. I suggest you find a template as close to what you like as possible, even if you have to pay for it. Ideally you’ll just swap out images and text with your own, and call it good.
Create Your Menu Items
This Guide is a work in progress. To finish designing your site, I recommend checking out Elementor’s YouTube channel here. I’ll continue updating as I get more content out, but I don’t want to leave you without next steps. You can also check out their other tutorials and documentation here.