This is the first step of creating your own website.
Before you start worrying about colour schemes and domain name and web hosting, you have got to decide what platform you are going to build your website with.
What do I mean by platform?
Well, back in 2013 when I got started with web development, most sites were built using HTML (code), CSS and even Flash. These took a lot of time to learn and were tricky to master.
That’s why most people still think creating a website from scratch is difficult or requires a lot of coding and design skills – but that’s no longer true!
In 2017, content management systems (CMS) like WordPress have made creating a website accessible to everyone.
To put simply, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML pages.
Most Popular Site Building Platforms in 2017
Image and data credit: OpenSourceCMS.com
As you can see from the graph above, nearly half of the websites on the Internet are running on the WordPress website platform..
Why WordPress and not website builders?
Because at this point there are no better/easier ways to build a website… But more importantly:
- #1. It totally FREE, with many layouts/themes to choose from.
WordPress does not cost a dime to download or install, and there’s a huge community who have designed beautiful themes and templates, making it easy to get going fast. You will never run out of uniqueness
- #2. It VERY beginner-friendly.
If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you already know how add your own content. WordPress can be expanded with free plugins to handle just about any site you can imagine from gorgeous business pages to social networking sites. With plugins you will be able to add contact forms, subscription forms, image galleries and so on for your website pretty simple, huh?
- #3. Small or large site? Great for both.
From basic blogs to beautiful business sites and online stores, WordPress can handle just about any kind of website. WordPress is used by eBay, Mozilla, Reuters, CNN, Google Ventures and even NASA.
- #4. Your site will be responsive. Meaning it will work on mobiles & tablets, too.
The website you build will instantly be responsive, looking great on every mobile device, smartphone and tablet. No need to hire a web developer for that.
- #5. HUGE support and developer community available to help.
With so many people using the platform (Webmasters, Bloggers, Theme developers and Plugin creators), it’s easy to find QUICK help when you need it. In addition, WordPress has lots of free resources both available on Youtube and their support forum.