Build a website in just a matter of minutes without coding and spending too much! Below you will find 1WD’s guide on how to build a WordPress website, including recommended tools and services that you should use for your website, both free and premium.
This resource page also includes a getting started guide on how to become a web designer.
Do you want to become a web designer? Whether you have zero to little knowledge about web design, we can help you become a web designer. And it will only take you one week at most! Provided that you will give your heart out to this task, of course.
Before we move further, let me tell you about the beauty of becoming a web designer.
The only people who succeed are those who take action.
Becoming a web designer means being able to build entire worlds from scratch. You act as a bridge between people and information. You arrange chaos into poetic beauty. And most of all, you can make a comfortable living out of being one!
There is a reason why you are in this page, and what you need to do now is hold on to that reason and reflect on it. Do you really want to change your life, and venture towards the unknown? Well, not really an “unknown” because we are here to help you, guide you in every step of the way.
We will keep on updating this post as we find more and relevant tools to recommend to you!
So, you want to create a website but you don’t know where to start? Let us help you, all you need to do is follow the steps outlined below and by the end of it you’ll have your own website!
If you’re creating a website to promote your products or services, start a blog to share your daily activities or become a repository of information, and whatever reason you have, we will help you!
This step by step guide on how to create a website is very easy to follow; you won’t need coding and it will not take you an hour to create your very first website.
Hiring a web developer to setup a website for you can cost you $300 to $800 plus yearly charges for hosting, but if you follow our guide it won’t cost you more than $100 for an entire year.
Everything that you will ever need is on the video above, from choosing a domain name up to installing WordPress. Do not skip!
Using Wix’s free service can help you get started, and if you find it to your liking, you can upgrade anytime you want to.
Wix is one of the easiest and most reliable website builders online. You can simply drag and drop design elements and have a website of your own running in no time. You can use it for free and upgrade later. It comes with 100+ free templates to choose from, including free hosting.
To make this deal a no-brainer, Wix kindly offered special discount code for loyal 1stWebDesigner readers. To get 20% discount for Wix Unlimited/Combo yearly package use:
To use this coupon, you need to choose one of Unlimited/Combo packages for upgrade, and insert the code in checkout.
Note: this step is for Option 1 above.
Okay, so you have your WordPress blog already installed, it’s time to install a WordPress theme. This step was shown in the video, but I will write a step-by-step mini-guide here as well, just to be sure.
The first thing you need to do is to login on your WordPress dashboard. You can login at www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Once logged in, hover your cursor on Appearance. A window will slide out and click on Themes.
Once the page loads, click on the Install Themes tab. Then you can use the search function to search for free WordPress themes. It’s like using Google!
If you prefer to upload a zip file of the theme, click on the Upload link.
Below I have listed several links to resource pages for both Free and Premium WordPress themes.
To install a plugin, you need to login to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Plugins page seen on the left.
In order to upload a zip file of the plugin, click on the Upload link and from there, you will see a form for uploading.
But if you want to search the WordPress plugins repository, you can simply use the search text box.
Plugin search would look like this:
Click Install Now to install the plugin, then Activate it once the page loads.
Here’s a huge list of Plugins that you will need:
That’s it. That’s all you need to build a website! You don’t need to hire anyone to do the job for you, you can do it yourself and it’s much cheaper. Plus, you will learn new things!
Speeding Up WordPress
SEO Plugins for WordPress
If you want to learn how to design or customize your own WordPress theme you need to spend a couple of days learning different stuff such as HTML and CSS. Below is a guide on how to become a web designer.
Are you willing to change your life for the better?
If your answer is yes, then there is only one thing left to do: scroll down!
Every web designer needs to know how to use the following: HTML, CSS, and Adobe Photoshop.
If you are totally new to HTML, CSS, and Photoshop, here are useful introduction articles for you:
These are the only tutorials a beginner will ever need. Make sure that you will not skip a single word because every word matters and as a designer, you should pay close attention to every detail.
Once you are comfortable with your knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Photoshop, you can start building your own WordPress theme or an entirely different web element such as navigation menus, contact forms, and many more. You might as well learn how to convert PSD into HTML/CSS.
You shouldn’t limit yourself to just creating a single-page website on Adobe Photoshop; you need to design the whole website and show it off to people. That way you know that you are growing as a web designer. Never stop learning; never stop creating!
Compared to the tutorials on the previous section, the five above are more advanced. These will actually help you get your own web design service running in no time.