Creative Child with Google – Registering a WordPress Website for Free
So you have finally decided to become a full-time freelance designer; packed your bags and said goodbye to your family, friends and pets. Congrats! You have reached the big time, but this newfound success comes at a price. While you will be making great money, you will be all alone at the office (well, not really – you will have your smartphone, laptop and a few good books to keep you company). You need a way to establish yourself as an expert in your field, and fast, so here you go – register a website for free using this handy guide to do any business online without costs. You will learn how to create a professional website without any prior design experience and, most importantly, will not have to pay a single penny for it.
WordPress is the most popular platform for creating a website because it is extremely versatile and can be edited by anyone with basic HTML knowledge. If you are looking for a free, open-source solution that is easy to use and customize, then you should give it a try. It is definitely a content management system that allows for greater flexibility and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications. When choosing a content management system for your website, you need to bear in mind that you will be hosting and maintaining the website yourself, so make sure that you are comfortable doing so.
Step 1: Choose a Name For Your New Website
The first step is to choose a name for your website. This is an important decision because your website’s name will be what people think of whenever they think about your website. You want to pick a unique and catchy name that will stick in people’s minds. Ideally, you should choose a name that is both informative and memorable (e.g., “How to design a shirt”).
If you want to create a professional-looking website, then it is essential that you choose a unique, catchy name immediately. If you are stuck for ideas, then you can take a peek at some of the other websites in your niche to see how others are branding themselves. You can get inspired by the logos and names used on other websites to give your own product its own identity.
Step 2: Install WordPress On Your Server
Having a content management system installed on your web hosting account is essential for a professional-looking website. Even if you are using a free hosting account with a content management system installed, you should consider investing in a domain name and purchasing a premium plan to give your site a professional touch. The benefits of having a content management system installed on your website are numerous. It will make keeping track of what is changing on your site much easier. It will make updating content on your site simpler, as you will not have to hand-code the content yourself. It will also make creating and publishing new content much smoother, as all you need to do is click “Publish” to get the page up and running online. Having a content management system also makes creating a style guide for your product or service much simpler, as all you need to do is add the appropriate information and you will have a fully-functional style guide in no time. Finally, having a content management system on your site will allow you to connect with other users and experts in your field, as you can use the site to promote yourself as an expert in your niche. You will find that once you publish your first post, the comments will start flowing in. This is great for building your professional identity as a designer.
Step 3: Design Your Website’s Front Page
The front page of your website is the first impression that your visitor will have of your website. Its purpose is to draw the visitor in and keep them engaged with your content. As a designer, you will naturally want to put your own spin on this page to make it look different from the usual plain white background with a photo of a white square or a simple text-based design. Remember: first impressions are everything.
If you are a beginner, then I would suggest starting small, simple and, above all, uncluttered. Use things like white space to your advantage and make the most of the space you have. The fewer distractions, the better. Having too much going on can make a person lose interest in your site very easily. Keep the content simple yet fascinating. Make sure to use high-quality images for the text as well, as people want to read about your work and see your work but do not want to get distracted by pixel-level formatting details. Ideally, you should use a graphic designer to help you put the finishing touches on your website. If you are comfortable doing so, then DIYing the design of your site can be a great way to save money while also gaining an in-house graphic designer’s help. You can also find plenty of free stock photos and vectors on the internet, which you can easily integrate into your site’s design. Be careful not to go overboard with the design and make it too flashy or complicated, as this will only end up distracting people from what you are trying to promote.
Step 4: Customize Your Site’s Header And Footer
These are the two simple yet important elements at the top and bottom of each page on your website. The header is what you see at the top of the page before you get to the content, while the footer is what you see at the bottom of the page once the content has been consumed. You will find plenty of free templates for headers and footers that you can use to easily replicate the design of other websites in your field. Be careful not to go overboard with the designs and make them too distracting or complicated as with the header and footer, your goal is to create a simple and clean look that draws the reader’s eyes to the content.
Step 5: Create Your Website’s Interior
The interior of your website is where you will be spending the majority of your time. This is where you will be telling your visitors what you have to offer. You will want to make sure that everything is aligned and that the colors, typefaces, styles and, above all, the content are consistent throughout the site. If you are planning to use a theme for your site, then make sure to download the entire theme and not just the basic layout as you will need all the elements in the template to achieve your goal. If you are not sure where to start, then it may be a good idea to hire a freelance copywriter to help you with content for your site.
Step 6: Publish Your Website
Once you are happy with your website’s design and content, you can publish it. To do this, simply click on the “publish” button on the WordPress dashboard or visit your site’s URL in a web browser to see your new website live. Remember: you will need to have a content management system installed on your server to be able to do this. Make sure to check the theme’s sample HTML to see how it is laid out and how you can edit the content.
This will be the starting point for your new website. From here, you can continue to build out your site with more content and additional features.