Free Website Building Tutorials…
This is not my main website. I put this one together because so many of the readers of my other art blogs wish they had a blog or website of their own. They remember how hard it used to be to build a site, so they keep putting it off. Fortunately, it isn’t hard any more, and almost anyone can do it.
In the free lessons on this site I show you how to build a blog or website from scratch in the shortest amount of time possible. I even show you how to get your brand new website indexed in Google practically overnight, for free. The site you build using these instructions will be totally under your control – you design it, you write the pages, you add the images, and you edit anything you want, any time you want.
Some companies charge you big bucks for these services – but you can do it all yourself. It’s easy to do all that stuff. Don’t let anybody tell you different. So if you have some artwork you want to tell the world about, or if you have experiences or opinions you’d like to share, there’s never been a better time to start your own blog or website. To skip right to the instructions, just click here to go to Step One. You’ll find all the other steps on the right side of every page.
Why Not Use a Free Website Publishing Site?
I don’t recommend using one of the free website publishing systems, like Yola.com or Webs.com. I don’t have anything against those sites, and I’m sure they’re owned by very nice people. However, if you build a site using their software and let them host it, their company owns your website. Even if you own your own domain name, you’re still dependent on them to stay in business and maintain their software.
In my opinion, the easiest and safest way to build a website is to use WordPress with your own domain name and with your own hosting account. WordPress is huge, and they won’t go away for years, if ever.
But Isn’t WordPress a Blog Platform? What if I Don’t Want a Blog?
Many people think that a WordPress site is “just a blog,” and that you have to write every day to keep it going. You can use it that way – WordPress makes it easy to build an online journal, or “blog”.
But if you prefer, you can make all static pages, like this site you’re on now. Build a few pages with photos of your artwork or product or hobby, write a bit about yourself and your business or interests, and make it easy for people to find you if you want to be found. Just like a “real” website.
Because that’s exactly what you’ll be making if you follow the lessons on this site.
You don’t have to let people comment on your pages if you don’t want them to (but I think the comments are the best part!). And you don’t have to blather on about your private life every day if you don’t want to. Of course, if you do want to, you can.
You can build a few pages, and then never touch your website again — except to check occasionally to see if you need to hit the button that keeps the WordPress program updated. How hard is that? We’re not talking about a lifetime commitment here. Although it could be, if that’s what you want. I started out with one website, about 9 or 10 years ago. I just built it because I thought it would be fun. I now make my living as a web publisher, full time – and do a bit of sculpting and gardening on the side…
Build a Static Site With WordPress
This page your looking at now is a static page, which will always be the first page you see when you come to my site. There are no posts on this site, just pages. Because I only use pages, I can put them on the sidebar menu in the proper order, and you can follow the tutorials without getting lost.
If you have a store or you sell products or services in your home town, a static site may be perfect for you.
Or Build a Dynamic Site
If you prefer to use WordPress in the normal manner, just write your About and Privacy and Contact pages as “Pages,” and write everything else as “Posts.” You can use all the instructions on this site to build a regular “dynamic” blog that shows each new post on the front page, with the latest post on top. In fact, blogs can be quite exciting, once you get a loyal following. The comments alone will keep you interested in writing more.
Or Static Home-Page, With Blog…
And there’s one more option – write one page that will always be on your home page, and write everything else as a post. A link to your latest posts will show up in the sidebar as they’re written.
The flexibility of WordPress is just one of the reasons why I love using it to build my websites.
Why Should You Build Your Website With WordPress?
Because you can build a website fast, and you can easily change the way it looks whenever you get the urge. There are thousands of free WordPress templates that you can use, or you can use the new default template that comes with the WordPress installation. It’s a huge improvement over the default template they used to have. Or, if you really get into designing your own look and feel, you can buy a premium template like the Thesis theme.
Programmers seem to enjoy designing and inventing for WordPress. That means that, in addition to all the great templates you can get for free, you can also install hundreds of free plugins that let you do almost anything you could possibly imagine on your site. There are a few plugins that I consider essential, and I’ll show you what they are when we get into the lessons.
And last, by certainly not least, Google and other search engines love WordPress blogs. That means it will be easier for you to build up some traffic, and actually get eyeballs on your beautiful new creation. Who wants to build a website, if nobody comes?
Isn’t it Hard to Build a Website?
If you think that building your own website is too difficult, just take a look at the tutorials on this site – I think you’ll see that you could have your own website up and running today or tomorrow.
If you do build a website using these instructions, or if you have any ideas or questions, I hope you’ll tell us about it. That’s what that comment form is for… 🙂