So you want to have a website!
What’s the best way to create a website?
There’s no one right answer–it depends a lot on what you want to do with the website, how much money you have, how much time you have, and how comfortable you are with technology.
For small businesses–social entrepreneurs, for example–who are just starting out without a significant budget and who think they can roll up their sleeves and do some of the work themselves, I recommend WordPress.
By WordPress, I mean WordPress.org, not WordPress.com. I explain the difference here.
WordPress is mostly known as blogging software, but you can use it to create quite an extensive website, as well. However, if you have big plans, such as customizing pages for returning customers (as Amazon does, for example), you may want to go with an HTML site. It will take longer to create and it will cost you a lot more.
Most computer-literate people can create a WordPress site, but you need some guidance to make it look like a site and not just a blog. Without guidance, you’ll find yourself tearing your hair out — and we don’t want that!
WordPress is free and most web hosts offer support for installing it, but you can also go to www.wordpress.org and download and install it on your own. If you do that, you’ll probably want to have an FTP program (I recommend the free FileZilla).
WordPress lets you create pages and posts:
- A page is like a web page–it has only the content that you put on it.
- A post is what you use when you blog. WordPress automatically puts the most recent post at the top (plus creating a separate permanent page).
Blog posts almost always allow for viewer comments, while pages rarely do.
The trick to making your home page look like a home page is to set up your home page to be static, as opposed to always showing the latest blog post. First you create a page and then you set your home page to be static, showing that page.
There’s a little more to it than that, but once you have your static home page, you’ll be on your way!
I can coach you through the process of creating your own website. Once you have your domain name and web hosting account and have written a small amount of content, the whole process takes just a couple of hours! Contact me if you’re interested.