Today it’s possible to build a website with WordPress in a very short time, in 30 seconds. If you have been used to the old methods of building a website with HTML, this might sound a little far-fetched, but the times have changed.
Using the WordPress platform things are much simpler. In this article, I will explain how to create your own website in just 30 seconds. Later in this post, you can see a video that takes you through the whole process.
I have another site that is made with HTML and the amount of time I spend creating a page or changing something is much longer than if the site was in WordPress. In fact, one of my next tasks is to change the site to WordPress, which will make the task of administering the site much easier.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open-source website creation tool, created in 2003. It’s easy to use and is probably the most powerful content management system (CMS) available.
WordPress is an open-source project, which means it’s free. There are thousands of volunteers all over the world constantly working on the WordPress code to improve the software. Add to this all the plugins, widgets and different themes, it is possible to build a website for more or less anything.
Since being introduced WordPress has revolutionized the way websites are built. Even so, it is still necessary to have some knowledge about hosting, FTP (file transfer protocol) and setting up a database.
WordPress.org and WordPress.com
I have often seen people speaking about WordPress.org or WordPress.com and for a long time, I didn’t know what the difference between them was. So I will explain.
The major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who actually provides the hosting for your website.
With WordPress.org, you need to have your own hosting for your blog or website. You can download the WP software from WordPress.org and install this on your own web server.
WordPress.com provides the hosting for your website. You don’t have to download the software, get and pay for hosting, or look after the running of a web server.
Although WordPress.com is free your domain will, by default, include “WordPress.com” for example mysite.wordpress.com. It is possible to upgrade to a more traditional .com domain name, but you will have to pay. You also can’t upload any custom themes, plugins or modify the code in the backroom of your site.
Using WordPress from WordPress.org gives you more control and flexibility for your site. Using a self-hosted version of WordPress means you can use your own domain name, upload and install the themes and plugins that you want and you also have access to your site’s database. For a professional or business website, it is recommended using WordPress.org and that is what we will be using to build our website below.
WordPress Express at Wealthy Affiliate.
As WordPress can be a little difficult to install, Wealthy Affiliate created WordPress Express back in 2010. With WordPress Express building a website has been simplified a maximum and getting a website up and running has never been so quick and easy.
This is a 3 click tool for setting up your website.
- choose your domain name
- choose your theme
- create your site
This will save you loads of time and it is very easy to do. It’s no longer necessary to know HTML, PHP, FTP, MySQL databases or anything else. Everyone is capable of doing this and although I know a little HTML, I much prefer this.
This site is made using WordPress Express and you need absolutely no technical knowledge. I can update, create content or add media to my pages via the WordPress interface in a matter of minutes.
WordPress Express is available at Wealthy Affiliate, an online training program for internet marketers. If you click on the video below, Kyle of Wealthy Affiliate will take you through the simple process of creating your website in just 30 seconds.
Get your own free website
If you’re interested in having your own free website, it is possible.
All you have to do is:
- sign up for your free starter membership at Wealthy Affiliate here
- start building your WordPress site
Now you have your own site you can start promoting anything you like. If you are not sure how to do this don’t worry. At Wealthy Affiliate, you have access to comprehensive online training and a community that provides help and support whenever you need it.
In fact, when you sign up for the free WordPress Express website maker, you also get ten free lessons that start to teach you how to earn money from your website. The lessons are very easy to follow, step by step, suitable for anyone.
As you now have your own website please keep me posted with your progress. If you have any questions about the process of setting up your website let me know, I will be glad to help.
I was not able to register it says: We’re sorry but we are not able to create your account at this time because your country is not supported.
Yes, unfortunately, residents from some countries aren’t allowed to create free accounts due to fraud and spam. These countries are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Philippines, and Vietnam. Sorry but there is nothing I can do!
Nice piece. My question is, what if i want to start my own business website but i don’t have the money to start it up, what should i do?
There are many opportunities to have a free website with companies like Wix, Weebly or SiteRubix. Which means you can start for free! Unfortunately, free websites don’t look very professional they will have a domain name of the type yourusername.wixsite.com/yoursitename with Wix or yoursitename.siterubix.com at SiteRubix. In addition, you may have adverts on your site and other limitations of what you can or cannot do.
If you want to earn money from your website you have the choice to follow some paid training or search on the internet for free tutorials. It is possible to find some free resources online but this will take time searching for reliable up to date information.
I would recommend taking the free lessons at Wealthy Affiliate. You will learn some important steps to setting up an online business and also start using the WordPress platform which is the platform I recommend. After going through the starter lessons and if you really can’t afford the Premium membership then I would get some cheap hosting (about $8 per month) and install WordPress. Search for free training resources when you need help.
It is possible to build a money earning website like this, it will just take longer. Remember it is hard work and will take time before you start earning money, so be patient.
Hope that helps,
Hi mr Peter am from Nigeria and they say my account can not be created, what can I do?? Any other way to help??
I’m afraid there are a few countries that aren’t allowed to create a free account, at SiteRubix (Wealthy Affiliate), and Nigeria is one of these countries. If you want a free website there are a few different companies you could try like Wix, Weebly or Wordpress.com. You will get a free site but no training in setting up an online business.
All the best,
iam naveen from india. i tried to sign up for wealthy aff… but my location is not under their preferences and ii asking to sign up for premium membership. can i get those lessons and wordpress software offline from that website?
I’m very sorry that you can’t sign up as a free member. There are a few countries that aren’t allowed to sign up for free the membership and India is one. You can’t get the lessons from Wealthy Affiliate without becoming a member but you can use the WordPress software for free either by building a site with WordPress.com or installing WordPress on your own hosting. Then there are many tutorials on building a website with WordPress that are available online.
this is Gladys again, from Uganda .I am trying to sign up but the site is giving me a hard time, saying that I am a member already…which is not the case …please help
I have just seen you have managed to sign up to Wealthy Affiliate. That’s great, I’ll see you on the other side.
Incidentally, your problem might have been caused if someone has previously used the computer or the IP address you were using to create an account. For anyone else with the same problem, it’s always a good idea to try another computer or a different internet connection.
Very good information and what a way to create a website FAST!
Thanks Carla, I’ve only recently started to use WordPress but I’m very impressed at how easy it is compared to using html.
As you say creating a website is so rapid it’s incredible. All the best, Peter
Nice post – informative & comprehensive. Things have really changed, 10 years ago my first websites were hand coded in html or (ugh) Flash.
Thanks Arp. I remember those days, in fact I still have a site in html, but it takes much longer to change or add things than with WordPress. The site builder at Wealthy Affiliate just makes thing so easy. Peter
It’s so awesome that people can now build a website at lightning speed and without technical experience required. Just brilliant! You’ve done a superb job here on helping people to set up a free website in 30 seconds and I will be definitely be checking out the video on how to do it.
Thanks for your comment Neil. Even though I’ve used the website builder a few times I still find it incredible to be able to create a website so fast and easily. Plus at Wealthy Affiliate you can have 2 websites absolutely free. All the best, Peter
Excellent post. Good information. I look forward to seeing what other posts you produce in the future 🙂
Thanks Greg for your kind words. Much appreciated, Peter