How to Build A FREE Website in 23 Easy Steps
Hello, this blog post is all about helping you build a FREE website in 23 easy steps!
If you need a place to teach you how to create and maintain a WordPress website that ranks on Page 1 of Google, click here for help. .
Yes, creating a website from scratch, creating original content that helps your customers and then being rewarded by ranking on Page 1 of Google really can be that straight forward.
And that’s where this blog post comes in.
Many people are curious about building an online business, but they can get a bit confused about how technical or simple the process really is. Don’t let the 23 steps put you off, it really is wonderful.
We will take all the mystery out of how to build a WordPress website and then get you up and running in no time at all.
In this training blog we will be choosing a Domain Name, choosing a website theme and then hosting it on a sub-domain so that it is a real live website that you can show to your family and friends.
As this is a training blog, I only want to use FREE things to get you up and running. Is that OK?
So to make that work, we are going to use a FREE website builder on a sub-domain called “SiteRubix”. Your website will be housed here and you can visit your website at anytime over the next 6 months for FREE.
If you would prefer to watch a step by step training video on how to build a WordPress website for FREE, please click here.
The Steps That You Need To Build A FREE Website
Step 1: Enter a possible Domain Name into the Domain Name checker (please note that only FREE SiteRubix domain names are available for this trial).
Step 2: Then click on the Blue Button to “build your website”. This will activate all the back end technical hosting needs so you don’t have to do it.
Step 3: Then you will come to a screen and the default #1 has been selected for you.
Step 3 (part 2) To activate this free website you will need to activate a Wealthy Affiliate Account. Don’t worry you will NOT be asked for credit card details anywhere.
If this is your first time with Wealthy Affiliate, you will get a welcome message from the business owners Kyle and Carson.
You can now do a tour of Wealthy Affiliate if you like or continue on with setting up your FREE WordPress website.
Step 4: You will then be asked “what kind of website do you want to build?”
Please select option #1 – On a FREE Domain.
Step 5: Choose a domain name for your website (it has a #2 on the instructions)
If you need help on how to pick a good domain name, please see this blog post that I wrote earlier. Click here.
Please make any changes now.
Step 6: Enter a title for your website (this can different to your domain name). It is the “Company Name” of your website. There are many examples of where the domain name and the company name of the website are two different names, this is how you let clients know about the two names. (It is down as #3 on the list of instructions.)
Step 7: Choose the design (or look) of your website. (It is down as #4 on the list of instructions.)
Here you can choose from over 2912 different themes and designs. ALL of these great designs are free.
Please feel free to look around at some of the great choices that you have, but don’t spend too much time here. Later on I will teach you how to change a theme to one that you like more with just a few quick clicks of a button. So don’t worry about your choice not being “perfect” for the moment.
Step 8: Click on the theme that you like.
So just pick one that you are OK with for the moment and we will work out our favourite theme in step 12-17. If you are completely stuck for the minute, please just pick the OMEGA theme.
Step 9: Please select the green button with the words “Click Here To Build This Site!”
The automatic WordPress website builder will now kick into gear. Your website will be ready in just a few moments. The final installation may take 1 or 2 minutes.
Step 10: You can now double check the
URL of your website & the Admin logon URL
You can take a screenshot of these details so you can log in later on.
Please note that if you reset password, then ONLY you will know your password and site support won’t be able to log you back in in-case of emergency.
Step 11: When you are happy that you can log on with confidence, click the blue button for “Login Now”
Congratulations, your website set up is now complete and your website is ready to be published!
Now Let’s Look Inside Your Real Live Active Website
Step 12: When you are logged in, you will see the “WordPress Dashboard”. This may look slightly different depending on which theme you chose or if you are on a desktop computer v’s your mobile phone v’s a tablet.
Step 13: As someone that is new to either WordPress or building websites, please make sure that all the “screen options” tick boxes are checked.
This way you will have access to all the dashboard information and you won’t miss anything.
Step 14: Then on the left-hand side, click on Appearance, then customize your site.
Step 15: Now is the time to change your website’s theme.
Click on Active theme (mine says Omega, yours might say something else).
Then click other button with the word “change”.
You can now click the menu bar that says “search themes” and then go looking around for one that you like.
You can choose from one of the default pre-installed themes
or you can select the blue tick box and then have a look at the 2000+ FREE themes that you can choose from.
We will take a quick look at several very popular themes.
Step 16: If you click on a theme that you like, and activate the theme descriptions you will be given a long list of words that you may not understand.
- Sidebar, left or right or both
- Background image
- Logo or header image or both
- Are there blog options?
Step 17: Don’t worry too much about any of the words listed above.
In the beginning it is OK just to pick one that you like the look of.
Just pick one because you think it “looks pretty” or pick one with lots of choices or perhaps even just pick one with a more simple design style. All choices are good choices at this stage.
We are really just after something that we can use to create the first version of your website.
Later on when your skill and confidence levels are higher, you will be able to change the appearance of your website theme with a few quick simple buttons.
Step 18: Click on the Theme that you like. It will now be added to your website.
Step 19: If you hit the blue “publish” button, you will now have a real, live website.
Step 20: to go to your WordPress Dashboard which is the default as part of your website. Go to the far left-hand side of your computer screen. Hover your mouse over the name of your website and then hit “visit site”
You will now be able to go and see a real live preview of what your website looks like.
Step 20: You can now play around with your website and customise it to your hearts content.
**Don’t worry regardless of what you click on or do, you won’t “break” your site this way.
Everything can be reset back to the default settings if anything goes horribly wrong (which won’t happen anyway).
Step 23: Advanced customizing.
If you are feeling confident, please feel free to play around with menu items, customizing your sidebar, adding your footer menu, adding anything you like really.
That is the beauty of free “demo” websites like this. You can really experiment and play around with things to see if you like it, before you decide if you want to keep it or not.
Congratulations you have now made your very first WordPress website. You should be very proud of yourselves. LOTS of people dream about doing this, but only a small few actually do.
If you need to see a step by step video about how to build your very first WordPress website, please click here.
I hope that you found these instructions really useful.
It is my aim to take some of the “mystery” and confusion out of building websites. By doing that I hope to be able to get you started to build your own online successful business today!
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