When you sit down to think about building a website, do you get stuck on the challenges and roadblocks? Do you think things like:
"I wish I could start a site, but I do not know how to code."
"My website just is not going to be that pretty."
"I need to find a professional programmer to help me build my site."
These assumptions are simply false. There is a reason everyone has a professional looking website these days: it's because building your own website is easier than it has ever been.
Namely, it is easier than ever to make not just any website, we are talking about really beautiful websites. Not some 90s looking one pager that is as ugly as that old Christmas sweater you do not even want to wear to the Ugly Christmas sweater party.
And to make a website these days, you do not have to know a single line of code. All you have to do is be able to point and click, and learn a few functions of the WordPress dashboard, which is pretty intuitive already. Millions of people are already using WordPress, so you know it's good.
If you are looking to start a website but are not sure where to begin, here are a few tips:
1) Try out a WordPress.com domain for a little while and see how you like it. It is 100% free, and it will allow you to get used to all the same functionalities of the WordPress dashboard. You will see just how easy it is to make a website with zero coding knowledge.
2) When you are ready, sign up for a hosting company. If you are not sure what hosting is, a great place to start is checking out comparison reviews of different companies. Companies A hosting company is paid way to build your own website with no coding necessary.
3) Once you familiarize yourself with WordPress and are possibly ready to take the next step, you may consider buying some paid themes. Thesis and Themeforest are good places to start. Both offer very attractive templates for a one time price. They may seem a little expensive at $ 70- $ 100, but good themes include lifetime upgrades as well as extensive professional support.
As you can see, for a very minimal amount of money, you can build a beautiful website. We are very lucky to live in a world where a beginning writer can have a blog that is as attractive as a professional site. So the only thing left to do is to start your site! Good luck!