How to
Create a Simple Website in 2022
📚 Fast – Easy – No Coding 🔰

You Could Make a Website in 10 minutes using this awesome pdf checklist!

Quick Overview

Learn how to create a simple website quickly with no coding and no stress.  Building your website has never been easier.  Let me show you how to make a website that you can be proud of in less than 1 hour with no coding needed. 

Step 1:
Find a Unique Domain Name
(Your Website address or URL)

Type in different domain names below and check to see if they are available for your website to use. Don’t be shy, try as many as you like!

Watch the following video for great tips on how to pick out an awesome domain name:

Step 2:
Get the Best Web Host
(Home for your Site)

Just like you, your website needs a home to live in.

You now need to claim your domain name, and get a web host for your website to live in.

Step 3:
Pick a Template and Theme
(Free or Premium)

Website design is something that most people complicate and make way too expensive.  You don’t need to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to design a website.  You don’t even need to know how to code.

What you need is a good WordPress theme and a starter template. With a starter site or template, your job creating a website will be very easy indeed! 

Check out your options below, and pick your favorite theme and starter site design.

(Great for e-commerce)

OceanWP

Excellent choice for an online store. Not as speedy as Astra or Neve.

(Recommended)

Astra

Fast, flexible & stylish. Comes with the largest library of starter sites to choose from.

(Fast & Lightweight)

Neve

Fast, lightweight and flexible. Built for speed.

About Demo Sites (aka Starter Sites or Templates)

A starter site is a site design based on a theme such as Astra or Neve. Not all themes will have a free template to go with it. These templates are not necessary, but they give you the power to create a beautiful website simply and quickly.

Demo sites often make use of an additional visual editor plugin such as Elementor or Beaver Builder which make editing the site extremely easy, however if you want a faster site, you should consider sticking to templates designed with the native WordPress builder called Gutenberg.

When choosing which type of starter or demo content to use, you’ll find Elementor based templates to be very easy to work with, with slick design features, smart looking designs, and spiffy animations.

Keep in mind however that both Beaver Builder and Elementor will cause your web pages to take longer to load for your visitors which can hurt sales, and drive users away.

Gutenberg templates are made specifically for the WordPress editor and will result in a faster loading time for your visitors.

It’s very important to have fast load times for your web pages, and if you don’t mind working with an editor where the changes you make won’t look exactly like the finished result until you hit the preview button, then you should use a Gutenberg template.

Step 4:
Install Website Files: WordPress, Theme & Demo Files
(It’s Easy, Trust Me!)

WordPress makes creating a website as easy as playing with blocks when you were a kid!

It wasn’t long ago that In you needed to know how to code complicated pages in html and other weird coding languages in order to make a website.  When I made my first site in 2010, it took me almost a year to finish it! 

Today though, creating your own unique website is fast and simple.  All you need is WordPress!

One of the great things about WordPress (a free website builder that over 30% of the top websites use), is that it lets you easily set up a professional looking website that you own and can be proud of. 

WordPress is so popular that it has a huge community that has created a massive library of free themes and plugins to make creating a custom website even easier.  In fact sometimes the sheer number of choices free or paid can be a bit overwhelming!

Install WordPress

Most web hosts will have a special installer available so that you can install WordPress quickly and easily. 

Just sign into your we hosts user account, and go to cPanel or your account dashboard.  You’ll usually find the WordPress installer there.

Once you find it, click on install, follow the directions, and soon you will have your basic WordPress website installed.  It’s completely free to install with any good web host. You’ll make up your sign-in information during the 1-click installation, just be sure to write it down or remember it so that you can sign into your website to make changes.  

Tip: Pick a good username for your admin account when you install WordPress.  “Admin” makes a hackers life easy!

Get Theme Files Ready

Now, take a moment while your site is installing, and make sure that you have already found and downloaded your theme from step 3.  If you haven’t, don’t worry, just go back to step 3 in this lesson, and pick one out to download onto your computer. 

To save time and make your site beautiful quickly, choose your starter/demo content now from the theme website as well.

Install Theme and Demo Files

Once your site is finished installing, log into your site (yourwebsite.com/wp-admin), and you’ll find yourself in the WordPress dashboard.

Go to Appearance>themes in the menu on the left, then click ‘Add New’ and upload the file from your desktop and activate your new WordPress theme.  (If you haven’t downloaded it yet from the theme website, you can also search for it in the search bar of the ‘Add New’ area, and install it from there).

Next, if you’ve chosen Astra as your theme, go over to Plugins>’Add New’ then type in “Astra starter templates” in the search bar. (If you chose a different theme, follow the instructions found on your themes website to install starter or demo content to your website, then skip to the following step).

Find the plugin “Starter Templates – Elementor, Beaver Builder, Gutenberg & Brizy Templates”, by Brainstorm Force and click on upload.  This will take a few moments, then click the activate button when the process is complete. 

You should now be able to choose your website template by clicking on the templates folder in the side menu of your site and finding your preferred template.

If you run into any problems, or if you chose a theme other than Astra, check out these links to help you get your starter website installed: 

Astra – How to Import a Complete Site 

OceanWP – Importing Sample Data

Neve – How to Import Demo Content

You now have your very own starter website!

Take a look around and see what it looks like.

Then, let’s keep going to step 5 to make your website really yours.

Step 5:
Finish Your Website
(Add your personal touch)

Now let’s customize your site just a bit to reflect you and your style. It’ll be the little tweaks that you make that will make it shine and say to the world “I’m awesome!”.

Site Identity

Under ‘Appearance’ you’ll usually be able to find your theme’s options as well as the site ‘customizer’ which allows you to alter and customize your site’s default appearance and details. You’ll often find ‘Site Identity’ right in the main ‘customizer’ menu, however in Astra it’s tucked inside a ‘Header’ submenu of the customizer. ‘Site Identity’ is where you’ll usually find your personal details, such as your site title, business location, logo, etc. You’ll need to update these to reflect you or your business.

If you’re using a starter site, most of the options regarding the site’s design will already be set, but it’s always good to know where they are in case you want to make changes to your websites design, so feel free to explore.

Tip: Don’t forget to click “Publish” to save any changes that you make.

Create Categories

If you plan on writing any posts or articles for your blog then you should set up categories for your posts in order to organize them. Don’t go overboard however.  When a visitor comes to your website you don’t want them to wade through a bunch of unfilled categories, or worse yet, land on an empty category page because you haven’t written anything for it yet! 

Keep it simple at first.  Your categories should be the main subjects of your website, and often work well as menu items in the top menu of your website.  

It’s best to start with just a couple and focus on putting at least 2 or 3 articles in each category that you’ve created.  You can always add more categories later.

Go to Posts>Categories to add your new ones.  You can also set your default category here (try to pick a default category that is helpful to readers, don’t just use uncategorized).   

Make or Update Your Menus

Next up is menus! Most websites will have one or more menus that visitors can use to navigate your website and yours will probably need at least one as well. The usual spots that you’ll find a menu are at the top, the bottom, and/or the sidebar of your website. Menus are very easy to make or change.  Just go to Appearance>Menus and you’ll be able to drag and drop items to create whatever form of menu that you like. If you’d like to add a new menu, or edit a different one, you can do that at the top.  Always remember to save your work before you change menus or go to a different page. Choose 3-6 items for your main menu, and make sure they represent what your site is about.  Good ideas include using your chosen main categories, as well as using an about us and/or a contact us link in your top menu.  Privacy links, and other technical links often go into a menu located in the bottom footer menu.  As with everything else, you can always change your menus later.

Update Your Posts & Pages

Posts and pages are what your website is made of. Pages are generally used for permanent content such as “About Me,” “Privacy,” or “Contact Us” pages. Posts are able to be categorized, and are usually where you’ll write your articles, blog posts, and time sensitive information.  Create 2 or 3 main categories for your site, and fill each one up with at least 3 articles a piece before you consider adding more. 

You can locate both your pages and your posts in the left menu under “Posts” and “Pages”.  Your homepage can be set under Settings>Reading.  Be sure to delete, or update any demo posts and pages to be relevant to your site.  Remember, anything you don’t want or need, it’s OK to just delete.  You don’t want a site visitor landing on your “Hello World” Demo content!

If your site uses a special builder such as Elementor or Beaver Builder, WordPress will offer a button to “edit this page/post with” which you need to click in order to start editing the page.  Otherwise, WordPress natively uses the Gutenberg visual builder.  It has drag and drop capability and is pretty easy to use.

If you need help with editing in your specific visual editor, check out the following editor tutorials and help pages for the most common page builders:

Beaver Builder

Elementor

Gutenberg

Thrive Architect

Divi

Now is a great time to add your very own content.  Write your first article, or add content for your website.  

Go to the “Posts” or “Pages” tab on the left menu of your WordPress dashboard, click on add new, and happy writing!

Congratulations!

You’ve Made Your Very Own Website:)

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Extras:
SEO & Tips for Success
(Optional But Recommended)

Update Your User Profile

The first thing that you should do is to update your user profile which you’ll find under the users menu to the left on your screen. The account that you are currently in is the administrator account and you want to make sure that you know your user name and password, and that your email address is correct etc. Take a moment to check these, and update them as necessary. 

Remember, if you lose access to this account there will be problems. 

If your user name is admin or anything similar, I highly recommend that you change it to something that only you would think of to prevent hackers or malicious viruses from getting into your site to easily.  Also, if you are going to use this account to post articles, make sure your display name is different from your username for the same reason as above. 

Take a moment to check things over and make any adjustments that you need or want.

Set up a Gravatar Profile

Most themes will automatically use a gravatar image as your profile image in WordPress.   It’s a great way to customize your profile in a professional way, and keep your identity consistent across the web. You can check it out here if you’ve never heard of it. Another option is to use a specialized plugin such as WP User Avatar for more options.

Add Your Favicon

What’s a favicon you ask?  Well, a favicon is the little image that appears in the tab at the top of your browser next to the title of the webpage.  That cute little image is also used next to bookmarks, as a desktop icon, and generally anywhere there is an icon of your website. It is literally the symbol of your site.

You don’t have to have one, but why wouldn’t you want one?

Whatever you do though don’t leave it empty. Find something fun or cute or whatever as a placeholder until you design yours. Remember, you can always change it later.  And leaving it blank not only makes you less noticeable, but it also looks unprofessional.  If you want your site to be memorable, if you want to be taken seriously, that little symbol is a great way to go.

You need a favicon!

To upload a favicon, you’ll find your favicon settings in the site identity tab of appearance>customize. Now upload your favicon!

*Note – Some WordPress themes will put site identity information in a deeper folder so you might have to look around a little bit to find the right tab.