Let's begin with the development of your web step by step Things You Need for Web Development: Domain name (your custom web address, www.YourSite.com) Website hosting (service that hosts your website) WordPress (free, commonly used website platform) For fully functional Web Development, you\u2019ll need to secure a domain name (web address) and a web hosting account. These two make sure that your website is fully accessible to others. Without one or another, you will not be able to set up a website. Once you have a domain and hosting, you can create a WordPress website. WordPress is the most popular web development platform that is being used by 35% of all the websites on the Internet. Setting up a WordPress site is usually a simple, one-click process through your web hosting service. Step #1: Choose a Domain Name In order to build a website, the very first thing you\u2019ll need is a domain name. The domain name is your website name and address. That address is used by visitors when they try to find your site through their web browsers.\u00a0 Domain names can cost anywhere from $10 to $50 a year. The usual price tag is around $15. If you haven\u2019t registered or chosen a domain name for your website, here are some tips to help you out: If you\u2019re making a website for a business, your domain name should match your company name. For example: YourCompanyName.com If you\u2019re planning to set up a personal website for yourself then YourName.com can be a great option. Use a \u201cgeneric\u201d domain name extension such as .com, .net or .org if your goal is international visitors. Use a \u201clocal\u201d domain name extension such as .de, .fr, or .ru if your goal is country-targeted visitors. Don\u2019t worry if your preferred domain name is already taken. There are more than 300 million different domain names registered, but there are a billion other possibilities that are still available. If you don\u2019t have a domain name yet, there\u2019s no need to register one. Step #2: Get Web Hosting and Register Domain In addition to having a domain name, you\u2019ll also need website hosting (web hosting). Web hosting is a service that hosts and stores your website files (content) on a secure server that is always up and running. Without a web host, your site will not be accessible for others to read and browse. Affordable and reliable web hosting for new websites costs usually between $3 to $10 a month. Less than a cup of coffee, but an important investment for your website success. Whichever web hosting company you sign up with, make sure it has the following features: \tFREE domain name with SSL (for security) \tOne-click-install for WordPress (free) \tCustom email accounts \tUnlimited or unmetered bandwidth (no traffic limitations) \tCustomer support, preferably 24\/7 live chat \tIf you find a website hosting that offers all of the things above, you\u2019ve likely found a good provider. We recommend using Bluehost.com for web hosting and domains. They offer free domain registration for the first year and getting a domain name and hosting from the same company saves you some time and money. Bluehost hosting plans start from $2.75\/mo with our discount link and offer all the essential features for setting up a website. 1) To get a web hosting account, simply visit Bluehost and click on \u201cGet Started Now\u201d. 2) Next, choose your web hosting plan (choice plus is fully unlimited, while basic is best for new sites): 3) Next, choose and register a domain name (free for the first year): Keep in mind that Bluehost doesn\u2019t offer country-specific domain endings, such as.de,\u00a0.fr, or\u00a0.ru. If you need them, you can buy these from\u00a0Domain.com\u00a0or GoDaddy.com separately. 4) Once you\u2019ve completed your registration process it will take a few minutes to get instant access, so you can start building your website right away. Step #3: Set Up WordPress Website (Through Web Host) Once you have your domain name and web hosting ready to go, you\u2019ll need to choose and install a website building platform (also known as\u00a0CMS). We recommend choosing WordPress since it\u2019s easy to use and comes with thousands of free designs and add-ons that make your website look professional and unique. 1) Installing WordPress Website on Bluehost \tLog in to your Bluehost account \tClick on \u201cMy Sites\u201d and then on \u201cCreate Site\u201d 3. Provide some basic information about your site, and the WordPress installation will start. It will all happen on autopilot. 4. When the setup is done, Bluehost will show you the installation and login details. Be sure to save this information somewhere safe. 2) Test Your Website By Typing in Your Domain Address With WordPress installed, what you should do next is test if everything works. The easiest way to do that is to type in your domain name into the web browser. With WordPress correctly installed, the thing you\u2019ll see is a very basic website like this: If this doesn\u2019t look too attractive, don\u2019t worry, you\u2019ll soon learn how to change the design to something more appealing. 2.1) Verify SSL\/HTTPS Settings In short, an SSL certificate makes sure that your website is delivered to your visitors securely. Bluehost automatically adds an SSL when you create a new website or install WordPress. To check your site\u2019s SSL status, do these steps: \tLog in to your Bluehost portal \tClick on \u201cMy Sites\u201d \tFind your site and click on \u201cManage Site\u201d \tGo to the \u201cSecurity\u201d tab \tUnder \u201cSecurity Certificate,\u201d you will find your \u201cFree SSL Certificate\u201d status If everything went well, you should see a\u00a0lock icon next to your domain name in the web browser. It may take a few hours before the SSL is set up completely, but that shouldn\u2019t stop you from continuing to build your website. Step #4: Customize Your Website Design and Structure With your bare website alive and kicking, it\u2019s now time to make it feel more like your own by picking a nice design, customizing it, and adding branding elements. Starting with: 1) Choose a Theme for Your Website WordPress themes are out-the-box design packages that change the way your entire website looks like. WordPress themes are interchangeable \u2013 you can switch from theme to theme easily. Most importantly, there are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes available on the web. If you want to get a free theme \u2013 which is where most people like to start \u2013 the best place to go is the official theme directory at WordPress.org. Particularly, the section for the most\u00a0popular themes. All themes you see there have proven to be of great quality and have large user bases behind them. You are free to browse through that list and pick any theme you fancy but to speed things up for you in this guide, we recommend\u00a0Neve. It\u2019s a versatile theme that comes with a handful of starter sites (design packages for different niches and types of websites). We\u2019re going to use that theme in this guide going forward. 2) Install the Theme You Like Go to your WordPress admin interface. You can find it at\u00a0YOURSITE.com\/wp-admin. Use the username and password you got during WordPress installation. \tFrom the sidebar, go to \u201cThemes \u2192 Add New.\u201d 2. In the search box, type in \u201cNeve\u201d and click on the \u201cInstall\u201d button next to the theme\u2019s name: 3. After the installation is done, click on the \u201cActivate\u201d button that will appear in place of the \u201cInstall\u201d button. 4. You\u2019ll see a success message, which lets you know that the installation went as expected. 3) Import a Design (Only for Neve Theme Users) Although the theme is active at this point, there are a couple more things you should do to make it look right. You\u2019ll see this welcome message: One of the great things about Neve is that you get not just one design with it, but a whole range of different designs that you can pick from. Click on the big blue button to see them. There are more than 20 designs available for free, and they cover most of the popular website niches, like business, restaurant, fitness, music, food, wedding, photography, eCommerce, portfolio, and more. Basically, no matter what the topic of your site might be, you\u2019ll find a design package that fits. For the purpose of this guide, we\u2019ll pick the first one on the list \u2013 called \u201cOriginal.\u201d You\u2019ll notice that this installation process takes care of all the elements you\u2019ll need on your site \u2013 you get the design itself, all the plugins required to make it work, and also demo content that you can later modify. Click on the \u201cImport\u201d button to get everything going. After a minute or so, you\u2019ll see the success message. Next, go to \u201cAppearance \u2192 Neve Options\u201d to see what else you can do with the theme. We\u2019re going to explore some of these options below: 4) Add a Logo The first thing that most users want to do is upload their logo and have it displayed in the top left corner of the site. Let\u2019s do that now. You can DIY a logo. Here are\u00a0some of the tools\u00a0you can use to create a logo yourself. Once you have a logo ready, you can add it to your site. Go to \u201cAppearance \u2192 Neve Options\u201d and click on the link labeled \u201cUpload Logo.\u201d Here\u2019s what you\u2019ll see: This interface is called the\u00a0WordPress Customizer, and it allows you to edit various aspects of your website\u2019s appearance. For starters, you can upload your logo. To do that, click on the \u201cSelect Logo\u201d button that\u2019s near the top left corner. WordPress will give you an option to crop the logo, but you can skip that. You should see your logo in the corner of the page shortly. Additionally, you can choose if you want to display the site name and tagline alongside the logo, and set the max-width of the logo. Experiment with these settings and pick what works best for you. Click on the \u201cPublish\u201d button when done (the top left corner), and then click on the \u201cX\u201d button to exit the Customizer. 5) Change the Website Color Scheme and Fonts Another thing you can experiment with is changing the\u00a0color schemes\u00a0and fonts used on the site. As you\u2019re learning how to create a website, this is an easy fix to make your site more unique and more in tune with your brand identity. \tTo begin, go to \u201cAppearance \u2192 Neve Options\u201d again. We\u2019re going to focus on the following two options: 2. First, click on \u201cSet Colors.\u201d 3. Most WordPress themes are defined by the color scheme they use for various elements of the design. 4. Most commonly, those are colors of the links, texts on the site, and backgrounds. 5. You can change the color assignments for the Neve theme via the Customizer. 6. To switch any of the colors, just click on it and pick a new color Click on \u201cPublish\u201d and \u201cX\u201d when you\u2019re done. Changing fonts works similarly: \tClick on the \u201cCustomize Fonts\u201d link in the \u201cAppearance \u2192 Neve Options\u201d panel. \tNeve lets you pick from a whole catalog of system fonts and Google Fonts 3. Just click on the \u201cFont Family\u201d box and select the font you like. 4. After that, you can fine-tune the individual fonts used for your headings. Experiment with these settings to see the effect they have on your site: \tTo customize the font used for the body section of your site, click on the arrow button near the top left. 2. Click on \u201cGeneral.\u201d This will take you to a similar options panel, but this time you\u2019re adjusting the main body font. 3. Click on \u201cPublish\u201d and \u201cX\u201d when done. 6) Add a Sidebar Another thing you can do in the \u201cAppearance \u2192 Neve Options\u201d panel is set how you\u2019d like your sidebar to look. Click on \u201cContent \/ Sidebar\u201d to begin. You have three main options here:\u00a0no sidebar,\u00a0sidebar to the left, or\u00a0sidebar to the right. The sidebar to the right is the classic layout for most websites. You can also set the content width. After doing your changes, click on \u201cPublish\u201d and \u201cX.\u201d 7) Add Widgets (Free WordPress Add-Ons) Widgets are those small content blocks that usually appear in websites\u2019 sidebars. Since we\u2019ve just set the sidebar in the previous step, let\u2019s now customize it with widgets. To configure widgets, go to \u201cAppearance \u2192 Widgets.\u201d You\u2019ll see this: On the left, you can see all the widgets available; and on the right, there are all the widget areas supported by your current theme. To add a widget to the sidebar, all you need to do is grab the widget from the left and drag and drop it onto the sidebar area. For example, if you want to list all your pages in the sidebar, grab the \u201cPages\u201d widget and drag it onto the sidebar section. You can also configure some basic settings of the widget. 8) Experiment With the Theme You Built What we\u2019ve covered above will be enough for you to figure out how to create a website that stands out and looks original, but there are many more options available. To see them all, go to \u201cAppearance \u2192 Customize.\u201d This will fire up the main interface of the Customizer with all its settings and presets. We encourage you to browse through what\u2019s available there and play around with some of the options. You\u2019ll likely stumble upon some customizations we haven\u2019t discussed here. Step #5: Add Content\/Pages to Your Website Pages are the essence of your website. It\u2019s hard to imagine a website without any pages on it, right? From a technical point of view, a web page is just a document on the web. It\u2019s not very different from your traditional Word document apart from it having your website\u2019s branding elements such as the header and footer. Web pages are easy to create in WordPress. But before we get into the how-to, let\u2019s discuss what pages you should create in the first place. Most websites will find the following pages essential: \tHomepage\u00a0\u2013 it\u2019s the first page that your visitors see when they go to your website \tAbout\u00a0page\u00a0\u2013 a page explaining what your website is about \tContact\u00a0page\u00a0\u2013 a page letting visitors contact you \tBlog\u00a0page\u00a0\u2013 a listing of your most recent blog posts; if you\u2019re not planning on blogging, you can use the blog page as a place for your company news and announcements \tServices\u00a0page\u00a0\u2013 if the website you\u2019re building is for a business, use this page to showcase your services \tShop\u00a0page\u00a0\u2013 for companies that want to launch an eCommerce store Many of the pages above will be very similar in structure \u2013 the only difference being the content on the actual page. Basically, once you learn how to create one page, you\u2019ll know how to create them all. With that, there is some nuance here, so let\u2019s now cover how to create a couple of basic types of pages: 1) Creating a Homepage If you\u2019re using Neve, your homepage looks something like this: You can edit the structure of this page as well as the elements on it (all texts and images). To do that, just click on the \u201cEdit with Elementor\u201d button in the top bar. What you\u2019ll see is the interface of the Elementor page builder. Elementor is what we call a\u00a0visual page builder. This means that you can click any element that you see on the page and edit it directly. For example, if you want to change the main headline, just click on it and start typing. If you take a look at the left sidebar, there\u2019s a whole customization panel there. You can adjust the structure and the styling of any content block. For example, here\u2019s what you can see when working on the headline: Another cool thing is that you can\u00a0grab onto any element on the page, and drag-and-drop it somewhere else. To add new elements, click on the small square icon in the top left corner. You\u2019ll see a list of all the content blocks available. Grab any of the blocks and drag it onto the page\u2019s canvas. The best way to work on your homepage is to go block by block and edit the demo content that\u2019s on the page. Type in new text content, realign some of the blocks, delete the ones you don\u2019t need, and add new ones accordingly. This whole interface is quite intuitive to use, so just spend an hour or so using it and experimenting with different things. 2) Create Pages Such as \u201cAbout\u201d, \u201cServices\u201d, \u201cContact\u201d Creating classic web pages is even easier to do in WordPress than working on your homepage. Go into \u201cPages \u2192 Add New.\u201d You\u2019ll see this interface: Every page needs a title, so start by adding one where it says \u201cAdd a title.\u201d For example, \u201cAbout Us\u201d or \u201cContact.\u201d Next, pick a page layout. If you\u2019re creating a standard page, you can go with the first one on the list \u2013 \u201cSingle Row.\u201d But to speed things up, you can choose from the template library. For that, click on the blue button. You\u2019ll see a window letting you pick from a range of pre-made page sections. If you\u2019re working on your\u00a0about\u00a0page, for example, you can quickly find and use the following blocks: Just click on the \u201cInsert\u201d button next to the block you like, and it will be added to the page. From there, you can further customize it, change the texts, or replace images. When you\u2019re done, click on the \u201cPublish\u201d button in the top right corner of the screen. You can follow the same process when working on your\u00a0contact\u00a0page or\u00a0services\u00a0page as well. Just pick different page blocks from the template library. For example, these should work great on a\u00a0services\u00a0page: If you want to add new page elements by hand \u2013 instead of using the templates \u2013 click on the \u201c+\u201d icon that\u2019s in the top left corner of the editor interface. Any block you select there will be added at the bottom of your page. Here\u2019s what a new paragraph block looks like: As you can see, you can edit it freely, change the properties of the text, plus there are color settings in the right sidebar. As always, remember to click on \u201cPublish\u201d when you\u2019re done. 3) Create a Blog Page The blog page is where the listing of your most recent blog posts can be found. The good news is that the blog page has already been created for you. This happened when you installed WordPress and the Neve theme. You can see that page by going to \u201cPages\u201d: Click on the \u201cView\u201d link to see your blog page in action. Adding new blog posts: To add new blog posts, simply Go to \u201cPosts \u2192 Add New.\u201d Step #6: Set Up a Navigation Menu With a range of good-looking pages created, the next step in our quest to how to create a website is to set up your navigation (a website menu). The menu is what your visitors will use to go from page to page on your site. Go to \u201cAppearance \u2192 Menus,\u201d and from there, click on \u201ccreate a new menu.\u201d Here\u2019s how to create your first menu step by step: \tStart by adding a title. The menu title doesn\u2019t really matter, but it helps to recognize your menu among other menus (yes, you can have more than one). \tSelect the pages to be added to your menu. You can also add other items to the menu \u2013 like posts or custom links. \tClick on the \u201cAdd to Menu\u201d button to add the selected pages to your menu. \tDrag-and-drop menu items to arrange the links in order of importance. \tSelect a menu display location. This differs from theme to theme, in this case, set your menu to the \u201cPrimary\u201d location will display the menu in the header. \tLastly, save your menu.