How to make your own website

Did you ever dream of having your own website? If so, stop dreaming and start acting! And if this is not one of your big dreams? Well, get started anyway, I promise you it is good fun. I bet that there is something that you are good at and that you could teach others, that there are things you can share with others. That there is a hobby or a passion and you can be sure that there are other people curious about. Thankful for you to help them. And even if it is none of the above, you can even start a good old fashioned travel blog. Backpacking is a great time and opportunity to get started with your own website.

Especially if you are not living this adventurous life that is often associated with backpacking and instead you find yourself amidst the daily routine of working, living in a hostel and… well, sometimes quite frankly, being bored which is absolutely normal and also quite common if you do some online research.

So if you know what I am talking about and if you can relate to this then it is the perfect time to start trying something new. It could be starting to play a new instrument, some other new hobby or in this case learning how to build your own website.

 

So much easier than you might think

So when it comes to creating your own website or blog you might think of coding, knowing lots about HTML and that it looks something like this.

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You don't have to know how to code to build your own website

Conclusion…

How do you get started

Hands down, Tyler Moore is probably one of the best guys out there to explain in an absolute easy to follow way and in simple terms how to create your own WordPress website.

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Hands down, Tyler Moore is probably one of the best guys out there to explain in an absolute easy to follow way and in simple terms how to create your own WordPress website.

Hosting and picking a domain name

Hands down, Tyler Moore is probably one of the best guys out there to explain in an absolute easy to follow way and in simple terms how to create your own WordPress website.

Getting started with WordPress

Hands down, Tyler Moore is probably one of the best guys out there to explain in an absolute easy to follow way and in simple terms how to create your own WordPress website.

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What is a WordPress theme

Hands down, Tyler Moore is probably one of the best guys out there to explain in an absolute easy to follow way and in simple terms how to create your own WordPress website.

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Elementor - the ultimate page builder

Hands down, Tyler Moore is probably one of the best guys out there to explain in an absolute easy to follow way and in simple terms how to create your own WordPress website.

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How I got started

Hands down, Tyler Moore is probably one of the best guys out there to explain in an absolute easy to follow way and in simple terms how to create your own WordPress website.

My template for a new article when I got started

Tips and tricks

Templates

Content writing and tinkering around

Just to give you an idea. With a tiny bit of WordPress knowledge from my blog that I started with (at that point it had barely any posts and I had no idea about Elementor yet) I was able to set up the basic framework for this website within two days. This time using Elementor. And I definitely didn’t spend hours on end each of those days behind my laptop screen. So, this is something that it possible, for you just as it has been for me.

So then when the scaffolding of your page is done (which can be pretty exciting in itself as you see it grow) there comes a time that I think includes two major tasks. They are content writing and what I would like to call tinkering around.

Content writing:

This is the part where you write down your ideas. At first it is super exciting as you can see your site grow with each and every new page or post you write. After a while, when you have already written some content, you might find yourself less eager to sit down for hours and keep on typing and typing.

Maybe that is a good time to slow down a little bit, so you do it more for the fun of it and don’t force yourself too much. That will never produce great content. I am sure there are lots of people disagreeing on this one, that is just my opinion and you will have to find out what works best for you.

Moreover, perfectionism (and I would consider myself as one) is not very helpful when it comes to writing content. Just keep typing, you can go over it later on again or even discard at some point if you are not happy with it anymore. One of the best tips I ever read was “Don’t write good, write now”! Just have a look what Ed Sheeran says about song writing and I think the same applies here.

But either way, one thing about producing more and more content is that you see something happening. Your website will grow, at the end of the day (literally) there is stuff on your screen you can look at and think “Damn, that was a good day”! But then there is also that other part which I like to call tinkering around.

Tinkering around:

So this is the time when you learn new skills about website design, about WordPress or Elementor or any other aspect that is part of the process of creating your own website. This one can also yield great success, but it can also be quite frustrating at times. There are going to be days where you spend a good amount of time on… nothing!

Let me give you an example. In the early stages I had just simple links on my homepage that led you to the different categories of backpacking. It was just for the sake of making it work, I didn’t plan to keep it that way. So one day I decided to not write any content, but to stop procrastinating on that ‘button topic’ and sort it out.

Pretty soon I turned the simple links into cool images that get you where you want. Now what was missing was the text across those images. So that was all great, but I wanted to have fancier buttons with that overlay effect you see when you hover over them and more.

A fair bit amaount of internet research, lots of watching youtube video tutorials and so on followed. Lots of trial and error, tinkering around, seemingly wasting time. What I came up with was the following. I would either have to get way more into CSS and Co or just leave it as it is for the moment. So I gave up, at least for that day.

As you can imagine this can be quite frustrating and of course I didn’t feel like continuing on that the next day as there was the prospect of wasting another day on nothing. And this is the part I call ‘tinkering around’ where you work on your website, but after a good amount of time you don’t really see big results. At least fairly often.

Sometimes it is also quite helpful to not be too stubborn and just make compromises. Somewhere along the lines of ‘Sure, I could maybe make this work if I put lots and lots of time into it, but maybe that little fancy detail is not that important after all’!

In fact, one of the reasons why my buttons have short descriptions (which I now kind of like) is because I had trouble with adjusting images and sizes and what not when descriptions where longer than one line. There are times when giving in can be a good thing. Even if it is only temporary.

Trouble with text longer than one line; obviously the right photo doesn't exist (yet) as well

To finish this section of on a good note. As you can see, eventually I managed to get those buttons just how I wanted them initially (more or less). So how did I do it? It was super easy and I happened to stumble across the solution just a few days after my unsuccessful ‘image button day’. I ended up watching some youtube video that showed me that I was simply using the wrong widget. Instead of desperately trying to turn an image widget into a button the way I wanted it I just started using button widgets with images as background. So simple!

– Plugins: Yoast SEO (best invention since sliced bread), Wordfence, tinymcespellcheck

                    plugins are updated, etc., ratings are good

– Child theme: Child theme configurator plugin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l0du9I7p2M)

                           Keep amount of plugins low, alternative option

– Image management

– Your productive music

– Getting things right from the start (changing css instead of layout)

– What kind of website: for your friends and mum, for broader audience, make money

– Bit of HTML, CSS and Java Script, PHP

– SEO basics and Co

– Backups: cpanel, updraft plus (automatic), different locations

Conclusion…

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