How to Create a Website in 9 Easy Steps

Creating a website can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re new to web development. However, with the right tools and guidance, anyone can create a professional-looking website in just a few steps. This comprehensive guide will take you through the process of creating a website from scratch, ensuring that by the end, you’ll have a functional and visually appealing online presence.

Step 1: Define Your Purpose

Before diving into the technical aspects of creating a website, it’s crucial to define its purpose. Ask yourself what you want to achieve with your website. Are you looking to sell products, showcase a portfolio, share blog posts, or provide information about your business? Understanding your website’s purpose will guide your design and content choices, and ultimately help you achieve your business goals.

 

Step 2: Choose a Website Building Platform

Gone are the days of needing to write code from scratch to build a website. Today, numerous website builders make the process easier and more accessible. There are numerous platforms out there and a quick google search will lead you down the overwhelming rabbit hole of endless options. However these are our favorites:

  • WordPress
    We create all our sites in WordPress and are big fans of this platform. Known for its flexibility and vast plugin ecosystem, WordPress is a great choice if you want complete control over your site’s customization and growth. It’s ideal for blogs, portfolios, and e-commerce sites. Because WordPress is a content management system, it can be a bit overwhelming at first if you’re new to the platform, but we promise the possibilities for your website growth are endless and well worth the time to atleast learn the basics with a great theme like Divi.

  • Showit
    In our opinion Showit wins for the best user-friendly drag-and-drop website builder perfect for beginners as well as creative business owners. It offers a variety of stunning templates and the sky is the limit in terms of how creative you want to get with your website.

  • Squarespace
    With its sleek templates and intuitive design interface, Squarespace is perfect for creatives looking to showcase their work or businesses wanting a stylish online presence.

Step 3: Choose a Domain Name 

Your domain name is your website’s address on the internet, while hosting is where your website lives. Choosing a memorable domain name that reflects your brand or purpose is essential.

Here are some tips for choosing a domain name:

  • Choose one that’s easy to spell and remember
  • Avoid abbreviations
  • Relate it to your name or business
  • Keep it short
  • Pick a common top-level domain like .com

Step 4: Domain Registration and Hosting

Most website builders offer domain registration and hosting services, making it easy to get everything set up in one place. Consider factors like speed, reliability, and customer support when choosing a hosting provider.

Our favourite is Siteground and it’s what we use for our website hosting. It’s extremely fast and reliable and has everything you need to get started online. There are many alternative and cheaper options such as godaddy, blue host, or hostzinger that are popular hosting providers. Just be aware going with the cheapest option isn’t always the best. Depending on what your website is being used for, it may need more bandwidth, storage space, or speed may be very important especially if you are looking at creating a heavier ecommerce or membership site.

 

Step 5: Plan Your Content

Content is the heart of your website. Plan what type of content you’ll need based on your website’s purpose and what your target audience will be looking for when they arrive on your site. Create a content strategy that includes what pages you’ll need (e.g., Home, About, Services, Contact) and any additional content like blog posts or sales pages. Start here by creating a google doc and organize by website pages then into sections that will be on each page.

Use Chat GPT to help you get started with website copy

We love Chat GPT and include it in our workflow to create content for clients and our business. Just don’t fall into the trap of relying on it completely. Make sure to proofread the content and customize it to fit your brand personality and voice.

When putting in your prompts be clear and specific on what you want GPT to help you with, instead of putting in the prompt, “Write my website copy” put in as much descriptions, keywords to include, things to keep out, industry, target market and what page and copy segment you need written for your copy. A prompt like “Create a catchy website headline for my home page in the health coaching space that is targeted to women ages 25 – 40 who want to lose weight” is more detailed and specific. You can see here the more clear and specific you are, the more laser focused and on point your content will be.

Remember with website copy less is more. Keep it short and sweet and authentic to your brand –  people have extremely short attention spans.

 

Step 6: Design Your Website

This step is where you bring your website to life. Focus on creating a user-friendly design that reflects your brand identity. Most website builders offer customizable templates, which you can modify to suit your needs. We use the Divi theme for all our sites. We love it as it comes with pre-built templates and is an extremely powerful and flexible theme to use for any industry. We have also just started dipping our toes into Showit and are obsessed. This platform gives you a complete drag and drop canvas to create your design and also has stunning templates for you to use.

Make sure to keep in mind the following design principles when choosing a theme, or if you decide to DIY parts of your design:

  • Simplicity: A clean, uncluttered design makes your website easier to navigate.
  • Consistency: Use consistent fonts, colors, and layouts across all pages.
  • Responsiveness: Ensure your website looks good on both desktop and mobile devices.
  • Navigation: Create a logical navigation structure that makes it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for.

Step 7: Add and Optimize Your Content for SEO

With your website designed, it’s time to add your content. Ensure that your text is clear, concise, and free of errors. Use headings, bullet points, and images to make your content more engaging and easier to read. Optimize your content for search engines by incorporating relevant keywords, meta titles, and descriptions. This SEO (Search Engine Optimization) practice improves your site’s visibility in search engine results.

 

Use Google’s Keyword Planner

One of the most useful free tools you can use to help your website rank in organic search results pages (SERPs) is Google keyword planner. It’s a tool within Google Ads, an advertising platform that uses keywords to help your ads appear in relevant searches. Create your account at ads.google.com and go to the keyword planner. There are many in-depth tutorials on how to do keyword research in google keyword planner. You don’t have to spend long doing this, but make sure to do it before you write your blog posts to make sure you’re creating valuable content that your audience is interested in reading.

Step 8: Test Your Website

Before launching, thoroughly test your website to ensure everything works as it should. Check all links, forms, and navigation on different devices and browsers to identify any issues. Pay attention to loading times, as slow websites can deter visitors. It’s also a good idea to gather feedback from friends or colleagues to see if there are any areas for improvement.

 

Step 9: Launch Time

Once you’re satisfied with your website, it’s time to launch. Publish your site through your website builder or hosting provider. Announce your website launch on social media, email newsletters, or any other channels you use to communicate with your audience. Remember, launching your website is just the beginning. Regularly update your content, monitor its performance, and adjust your strategy based on visitor feedback and analytics.

Maintaining and Growing Your Website

After launching, continue to maintain and grow your website by:

  • Regularly Updating Content
    Keep your website fresh and engaging by regularly adding new content like blogs or updating existing pages.
  • Monitoring Performance
    Use tools like Google Analytics to track your website’s performance and understand your audience’s behavior.
  • Engaging with Visitors
    Encourage feedback and interact with your visitors through comments, social media, or email.
  • Implementing SEO Best Practices
    Continuously optimize your website for search engines to improve your visibility and attract more visitors.

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