By John Stevens
Are you thinking of creating a website, but you don’t know how to start?
There are over 1 billion websites on the internet today. Whether you plan to keep an online journal or own a business, the online community is a robust place for everyone. Creating a website is especially important for businesses; Google receives 10.3 billion searches every month, where 78% of its traffic is searching for a product or a service. If you’re not investing time and effort in building your website and your online presence, you are losing the chance to be in front of a potential customer.
In this article, we collected various tools and resources that you can use to create your website, even from scratch:
Website platforms are also known as CMS, or content management systems. Back in the day, you had to learn how to hardcode a website – literally building it from scratch. Nowadays, it’s easy to create a website in just a few hours or so.
- WordPress – WordPress dominates 50-60% of the global CMS market, making it the most popular CMS of them all for the 7th year in a row.
- Joomla – Joomla is another CMS that you would want to use, especially if you have some programming experience.
- Drupal – Drupal is oftentimes used as a CMS for eCommerce sites. Most people use Drupal for eCommerce CMS, then WordPress for the blog’s CMS. You can tweak it, though, to lessen the burden of handling multiple CMS.
- Blogger – If you’re leaning towards blogging itself, then Blogger is the CMS for you. It certainly has some limited functions, but its simplicity is a perk for many beginner bloggers.
- Name.com Website Builder– If you want to break free from coding, opt for a drag-and-drop website builder instead. Name.com has its very own website builder that allows you to create a professional looking website with absolutely no coding required.
WordPress Guides and Choosing the Right Hosting
- How to Make a Website – This is a step-by-step guide on how to make your website. This is a good reference, although you can use Name.com’s services for signing up your domain name and hosting.
- What is WordPress– A good read for those curious about what WordPress is, and what makes it so popular.
- WPKube – An awesome resource blog where you can get tutorials on how to use WordPress.
- WordPress Quick Start Guide – This is a guide for self-hosted WordPress websites. Learn how to use FTP, basic setup, creating content, changing your website style, adding more functionality, and understanding more about your WordPress’ codes.
- Installing WordPress on your Name.com hosting — An in-depth tutorial on how to set up your Name.com hosting account with WordPress, as an easy CMS solution.
- How to switch an existing WordPress site over to Name.com hosting — Already have content on a free WordPress site? This guide will show you how to transfer the content to a new WordPress website.
- Getting Free HTTPS (SSL) for your website via Name.com — Before you pay for an SSL certificate, read this: It’ll save you money in the long-run.
- How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme — There are a lot of WordPress themes out there, so how do you choose the right one?
- A Comprehensive Guide to Typography Basics – You may not realize, but choosing the best typography for your site can help your branding and make your site more readable.
Finding and Using Photos from the Internet
- Creative Commons Licenses – Before you use a photo that you found randomly on the web, it’s best that you get acquainted with Creative Commons. Learn more about Creative Commons and its licenses to avoid penalties!
- Find free-to-use images – This is Google’s guide on how to find free-to-use, public domain images through their Image Search.
- 85 Free Stock Photo Resources – This is an extensive list of stock photo websites you can browse through to look for royalty-free stock photos.
- Moz’s Beginner’s Guide to SEO – SEO is an integral part of a website; without SEO, your website wouldn’t even gain too much visibility in the search engine pages. Understand the concept of SEO to fully realize its importance today.
- SEO Checklist for New Websites – The basics you have to take care of when optimizing your website. You can always refer to this list to make sure your site is getting crawled by search engines.
- Launching a New Website: Your SEO Checklist – Whiteboard Friday – If you’re not familiar with Whiteboard Fridays from Moz, then it’s time you start watching their videos. They give insights not just only with SEO, but they also discuss social media, content marketing, and even branding. This checklist will cover the missing bits in the previous article.