Why Use This Website Guide

This Guide is very detailed, but it is easy to use, and the best part you don’t have to be technical to use it.

It is current as of July 2016 and will be updated from time to time to keep it current.

In no time you can have a clean mobile friendly website set up.

Your website will be set up the right way with the right platform for what you need.

And if you have any questions then all you need to do is contact me and I will explain things further to you. So that means FREE Support.

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The first 3 Sessions are as follows:

Sesson 1. – Choose a Website platform
Sesson 2. – Choose your website address (www.)
Sesson 3. – Setup and customize your site

Sesson 1. Choose The Best Website Building Platform

Before you start worrying about colour schemes and domain names, you’ve got to decide what platform you’re going to build your website with.

What do I mean by platform?

Not that long ago, most sites were built using HTML (code), CSS and even Flash. These took a lot of time to learn and were tricky to master. Basically you had to learn some coding and use that to put what you want on your pages. Flash was even harder than HTML.

That’s why most people still think creating a website from scratch is difficult or requires a lot of coding and design skills – but that’s no longer true!

In 2016, content management systems (CMS) like WordPress have made creating a website accessible to everyone.

To make it simple, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of HTML pages.

 

Three Most Popular Site Building Platforms in 2016

As you can see from the graph above, nearly half of the websites on the Internet are running on the WordPress website platform.

So lets talk about why WordPress is better than the rest?

Because at this point there is no better/easier way to build a website… But more importantly;

As you can see from the graph above, nearly half of the websites on the Internet are running on the WordPress website platform.

So lets talk about why WordPress is better than the rest?

Because at this point there is no better/easier way to build a website… But more importantly;

• It is totally FREE, with loads of layouts/themes to choose from.

WordPress doesn’t cost anything to download or install, and there’s a huge community out there who have designed beautiful themes and templates, making it easy to get going fast. You’ll never run out of uniqueness… ( and you can change these to suit your own style as well)

It’s VERY beginner-friendly

If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you already know how to add your own content. WordPress can be expanded with free plugins to handle just about any site you can imagine – from gorgeous business pages to social networking sites. With “plugins” you’ll be able to add contact forms, subscription forms, image galleries and so on for your website – pretty simple, huh?

‘A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. In the WordPress community, there is a saying that goes around: “there’s a plugin for that”. They make it easy for users to add features to their website without knowing a single line of code. There are thousands available for free to download at the official WordPress plugin directory.’

• Small or Big site? Doesn’t matter…

From basic blogs to beautiful business sites and online stores, WordPress can handle just about any kind of website. WordPress is used by eBay, Mozilla, Reuters, CNN, Google Ventures and even NASA. So if its good enough for sites like these, then it has to be a great choice for you.

• Your site will be mobile & tablet friendly.

The website you build will instantly be responsive, ( as long as you choose a responsive theme) looking great on every mobile device, smartphone and tablet. No need to hire a web developer for that.

Note: This will depend on the theme you choose for your site. There are still a lot of themes out there that are NOT mobile friendly. So ensure when you are looking for a theme later on, make sure it is a Responsive Theme. (Responsive = Mobile Friendly)

• There’s a HUGE support community available to help

With so many people using the WordPress platform (Webmaster, Bloggers, Theme developers and Plugin creators), it’s easy to find QUICK help when you need it. In addition, WordPress has lots of free resources both available on Youtube and their support forum.

So when you need help, the quickest way is to search in Google for what you are looking for.

Using a sentence is best like ” What is a WordPress Plugin ” (without the quotes)

Of course, there are other website building / CMS platforms, too.

Drupal and Joomla are another couple of platforms that are popular with web developers and experienced coders, but it comes with a very steep learning curve that makes it a bad choice for beginners.

So if you would rather learn about those CMS systems, then log out of this site and find another one that will teach you.
I use WordPress because if it so much better than any other and it creates fantastic sites.
If google loves WordPress, they why shouldn’t you.

And NO I am not biased, I have used the others, but find WordPress is a great platform for me and my customers

So for beginners, I strongly suggest sticking to WordPress.

It’s the easiest platform to work with, but it’s flexible enough to suit everyone from small business owners, and freelancers to creative artists and bloggers.

I would love to see your finished sites that you have built… So don’t be afraid it to show it (if you want).

I spend a lot of time helping others build their own sites and I have answered many many emails, so if you get stuck during the setup of your own site and want my honest opinion, feel free to contact me and ask. As I said, I will be honest. lol

So in Session 2, we will walk you through the process of choosing a domain name and finding a space to host your site.

In Session 3, Once you have a domain name & hosting, we will show you how to install and customize your WordPress website.

Don’t worry – I’ll walk you through the process, with lots of images as a reference.

Remember; I’m here to help!
All you have to do is take the action and Ask!!