How to Make a Website in Less Than an Hour

Creating your own website can seem like a daunting prospect if you’ve never done it before. Luckily, plenty of other entrepreneurs have done this, and you can benefit from the wisdom they gleaned from their successes and their business mistakes. This guide on how to make a website will help you with everything from finding and validating your money-making idea to figuring out your shipping strategy to finally launching your product or service.

Step 1 – Pick a Domain Name
This is probably one of the most difficult parts of starting your own website, but it doesn’t have to be. Do some brainstorming and list as many ideas as you can think of. Keep it simple at first and avoid words like ninja or design. If you already have a domain name picked out, go ahead and move on to step 2. If not, look around at a few different services that offer low-cost names (sometimes free) such as GoDaddy or Hover. Just keep in mind that popular names get snapped up quickly so try to think outside of the box for something unique. You might also want to see if your name is still available with an alternative extension; .org or .net are just two options when .com may already be taken.

Step 2 – Create Your Website
The first step is deciding what kind of website you want. There are many, many options out there when it comes to platforms, from free WordPress and Tumblr sites to high-cost enterprise solutions like Drupal or Joomla. Whichever platform you choose will have its own learning curve; so spend some time reviewing documentation on how your chosen platform works. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of these options, focus on something simple at first—just try building a small site that displays information about yourself or your business (or use one of our templates!). Then expand your knowledge as you build more complex sites.

Step 3 – Promote your new website
There are lots of ways you can market your website online. You can create social media profiles and promote your products through these networks, join link-sharing groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, upload your content to platforms like YouTube and Slideshare, submit guest posts to blogs related to your niche, and use paid to advertise such as Facebook Ads or Google Adwords. The great thing about having your own website is that you have complete control over it. You don’t have someone else telling you what or how much content goes on it—you get complete creative freedom!

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