How to make your own website How to make your own website

How to Make Your Own Website

A step-by-step guide for real small business owners & entrepreneurs looking to
learn how to make a website and get online without any programming!
How to make your own website How to make your own website
Overview

Intro

Welcome to our online course on how to make a website. In this video series, we’re going to show you everything you need to know on making a website. Just click play and start watching!

Video Transcript

Hello and welcome! My name is Jay Douglas and I’m the founder of How To Get Online – an educational resource for small business owners & entrepreneurs looking to “get online”. In this video series, I’m going to show you how to make your own website, from scratch.

This website will be a fully functioning website, representative of what a real small business owner or entrepreneur might need. I’ll guide you through the entire process and show you the most practical, affordable, and direct approach to build and maintain your own website without any programming.

This guide is meant for REAL small business owners and entrepreneurs who have no experience in web design, yet are looking to make their own professional website and achieve a successful online presence for their business.

For example, meet Sarah! Sarah is a small business owner who runs a local bakery business. She’s been successful so far getting customers to visit her bakery through word of mouth, but now she wants to expand to a larger number of customers in the area. In order to do this, she’s going to need a website – but she doesn’t have the budget to hire a professional web designer. So she decided that she wants to make her own website, although there’s just one problem – she’s not quite sure how to do that.

She’s seen a lot of commercials for making a website advertised by many different companies and even some online tutorials about making a website with WordPress… but she’s still confused about the whole process and doesn’t know where to start.

Now, Sarah may be a fictional cartoon character running a made up business, but her scenario is very real. And in this video series, I’m going to use Sarah as an example to guide you through the entire process and cover everything you need to know about making your own website. To give you a preview of what this series will include, I’m going to cover:

  • The planning process, which will help prepare you for building a successful website. This includes things like:
    1. Determining the purpose of your website and what functionality and features your website will need to accomplish that purpose
    2. Creating a site outline to help you construct the basic layout of all the pages your website will have
    3. Brainstorming ideas for content
    4. And choosing a good domain name for your website address
  • Then I’ll cover what tools you’ll need for building your own website
  • Where to acquire these tools and how to get them properly set up
  • And then finally, guide you through the building process and discuss the best practices for making your website. This includes:
    1. Properly structuring both a webpage and its content
    2. Effectively changing the design of your website to fit your business branding and style
    3. Designing for mobile users
    4. Learning the basics of SEO and how to optimize your site for search engines
  • Plus, I’ll even cover adding an eCommerce store so that you can sell things online
  • And lastly, I’ll show you how to properly manage & maintain your website once its built and then where to go from there

Now, before we continue, I want to disclose that, making a website – A good website – is a challenging task. And it’s going to take some time. It’s true that anyone can make their own website nowadays, but there’s still a lot of work and a lot of planning that goes into the whole process. You can’t just make your entire website all in one day. You should realistically expect to dedicate a couple hours a day for a week or more while applying what you’ve learned from this guide.

To make things easier, I’ve structured this entire guide into 5 main steps, which you can watch, pause, and follow along with. I’d recommend that you watch all 5 steps first before you even begin to follow along so that you can get a better understanding of what you’ll be doing throughout this video series. Then, after you’ve finished watching all 5 steps, return back to step 1 and re-watch. This time, follow along and do the steps. Of course, if you’re feeling ambitious and anxious to get started, feel free to follow along on the fly!

As you can see, we have a lot of material to cover, so let’s get started!