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
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 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.