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Free Resources on How to Build a Website

November 13, 2015

6:00 pm

In today’s market, having a website is crucial for business success. It serves as a way to build your brand and communicate your message to your target audience. Whether it is a fully functional e-Commerce website or a promotional landing page, good websites are the gateway to new customers and clients. Building a website is no easy task though. It involves a lot of trial and error to get it just right. Fortunately, there are tons of free resources online to help you learn how to build a website. Below are five notable ones.

How-to-Build-Websites.com – “The easiest web design tutorial on the web”

 This website breaks down building a website into eight lessons:

  1. Basic Concepts
  2. Building a Web Page
  3. Building a Website
  4. CSS Intro
  5. CSS Tutorial
  6. Advanced HTML
  7. JavaScript
  8. Misc.

It focuses heavily on website programming languages. This is good if you are using a software like Dreamweaver or Notepad to build your website. One quibble I have is that the lessons do not include images. If you learn well by reading, this tutorial is good for you.

Tyler Moore – “Make a Website Step by Step” (video)

This tutorial is great for visual and auditory learners. Tyler Moore demonstrates how to build a self-hosted website using WordPress. He walks you through how to add pages, edit the main menu, add images, and much more. The tutorial is just under two hours.

W3Schools – “Web Building Tutorial”

W3Schools deems itself the “world’s largest web developer site”. As you can probably guess, the website building tutorial by W3Schools focuses heavily on programming languages, specifically HTML. If you are looking to develop your coding skills, this is the right tutorial for you. It features interactive widgets that allow you to test out the coding for yourself and see the results.

VisiHow – “How to Build a Website for Beginners”

VisiHow is a wiki website for tutorials on any and every topic. This website building tutorial is truly for beginners. It walks you through making a website with four different website builders:

  1. Wix
  2. Weebly
  3. SquareSpace
  4. WordPress

Each step is illustrated by a screenshot to make the instructions even clearer. Use this tutorial if you have no coding experience and want to build a website using premade tools.

WebsiteSetup.org – “Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners”

This tutorial was created by a web developer for the lay audience. In addition to simply laying out the instructions for how to build a website, Robert Mening defines key terms and provides advice on things like how to choose a domain name. He focuses on three website platforms:

  1. WordPress
  2. Drupal
  3. Joomla

If you have a general idea of what you want your website to look like and just need some guidance on how to go about setting up hosting and installing a platform, this tutorial is the right one for you.

Which one of these resources would you use to help you build a website? Let me know in the comments.

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Aliyyah is a lifestyle blogger who writes about business productivity and life hacks. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and is intrigued by all things related to entrepreneurship.

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