Best tools to make a website

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Hey guys, I'd like to make my own website, but I honestly don't know much about the process of making one (and more importantly how to make it good).
Any useful resources out there I could use to learn (preferably free, but I don't mind to pay if it's worth it)?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      1. Buy a domain. ($2 at register.com with code Reg2mc.)
      2. Get hosting.
      3. Install WordPress (free) through your cPanel.
      4. Start typing.
      Voila...now you have a site.

      -- j
      You only need to follow above formula..

      There's also tons of tutorials online on how to use wordpress.

      Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author denysapu
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      1. Buy a domain. ($2 at register.com with code Reg2mc.)
      2. Get hosting.
      3. Install WordPress (free) through your cPanel.
      4. Start typing.
      Voila...now you have a site.

      -- j
      It's pretty simple scooby23, JaRyCu said is true!
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    • Profile picture of the author outNabout
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      1. Buy a domain. ($2 at register.com with code Reg2mc.)

      -- j
      is the buy domain at $2 still available i went to register but the prices are different seems like the promo code is no longer valid
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    • Profile picture of the author secretforce
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      1. Buy a domain. ($2 at register.com with code Reg2mc.)
      2. Get hosting.
      3. Install WordPress (free) through your cPanel.
      4. Start typing.
      Voila...now you have a site.

      -- j
      I would agree with these steps. But, also, can you confirm if the reg2mc promo code is still valid? It sounds like a great deal
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  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    Check out wordpress, has a ton of customization so you can pretty much turn it into whatever you want.

    Has tons of free themes great paid themes awesome plugins it's amazing for someone whose just starting out and pros alike

    Really saves you some time
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    Can you be more specific to what type of website you would like to create? Blog, sales page, membership, etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert H Cwik
    You need a domain name and hosting to start with.
    Then you should decide whether you want to create a website from scratch or use WordPress for that purpose with an appropriate theme.

    There are tons of free HTML tutorials if you want to build your website yourself, and tons of WP tutorials, too. Google search results can give you a headache.

    Don't worry if your first creation isn't perfect. Just do it. Set up that site, and improve it later on. Are you bad at it? Then be bad at it! You don't have to be perfect!

    Have a look at sites that deal with the same topic as you would like yours to deal with. Look at their layouts, find out what theme they use if it's a WordPress site, and build yours mimicking theirs first, and customizing it and personalizing it as you progress.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Once you have a domain name and hosting I would suggest that you use WordPress. They have thousands of themes from free to premium and it is easy to use. Good luck.
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      • Profile picture of the author easternodyssey
        Most of its down to having the time to design the website. Most CMS or HTML editors are freeware along with most of the components that come with them, so you dont have to pay anything in order to produce it. My first website was made with Joomla which i am not to sure, but i think people find it a little harder the Wordpress. However, you just have to attempt to give it a go as soon as you learn the basic level of layout and functionality its all quite straight forward.
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    • Profile picture of the author Quickhelper
      Originally Posted by Robert H Cwik View Post

      Have a look at sites that deal with the same topic as you would like yours to deal with. Look at their layouts, find out what theme they use if it's a WordPress site, and build yours mimicking theirs first, and customizing it and personalizing it as you progress.
      This is the best tip I think. Look at what other people are doing. You can often view their page source and see if they are using wordpress or some other cms which you can easily copy.
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      • Profile picture of the author fizamalik
        After domain and hosting Word Press is the best option at all. Install your theme and now you are ready
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  • Profile picture of the author mbreezy
    Everyone has already said it but I'll still chime in and say Wordpress is very easy to learn.
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    • Profile picture of the author chiu563
      Originally Posted by mbreezy View Post

      Everyone has already said it but I'll still chime in and say Wordpress is very easy to learn.
      i agree with this.. and of course if you want to know something about Wordpress, simply google it..
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    • Profile picture of the author jackgym
      I'm living proof of that !!
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  • Profile picture of the author Keen F
    I'd say start with creating one of the web 2.0 properties like Wordpress.com. Once you gain more experience, you can just sign up for hosting like at hostgator baby accounts, they'll pretty much guide you through the rest of the process.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ethan Zammit
    Here is the best way to start a website hands down.

    1) Godaddy.com for a domain easy to use great support
    2) Hostgator for hosting, I use the unlimited domains and bandwidth
    3) Point Domain to your hostgator name servers
    a) get your name servers from hostgator
    b) call godaddy up and have them help you set up the nameservers
    4) Login to your cpanel on your domain and install wordpress with QuickInstall.

    Wordpress is the easiest way to make a website, there are so many free plugins,

    Some plugins I advise

    Yoast SEO
    No comments on Pages
    Contact me

    I use elegantthemes.com for my sites
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    • Profile picture of the author robgee123
      Wordpress is definitely the way to go!

      Just do a Google search & watch some youtube video's & you'll be up & running in no time.

      TBH - when I first tried to use WP I found it really difficult & I gave up, then when I realised what you can do with it, I stuck at it until I learned all I needed to know.

      It is now the foundation of my business!

      Good Luck & DON'T GIVE UP!
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  • Profile picture of the author maywebdesigns
    I wrote a FREE eBook that is geared for beginners. It shows you how to
    build a Wordpress website from the ground up. Give it a try.

    http://maywebdesigns.com/make-your-o...e-for-free.pdf
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  • Profile picture of the author tmoby
    If you're actually wanting to learn how to build websites, lynda.com is actually pretty useful tutorials for that. If you just want to toss up a site and get rolling with IM, Wordpress hands down!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bloom1
    Hi,
    Word press and Jumla are good platforms for cms but if you want ecommerce systems then after buying domain and hosting install oscommerce or mgento, first read the system requirements for any system of your choice then buy hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author John J M
    Clearly, most everyone agrees WordPress is the easiest way to go.

    I would just add that if you want really professional looking themes, themeforest.net is probably the best place to find them.

    If you plan to build a lot of sites and have a very low spending budget, I'd say go with elegantthemes.com, which gives you access to tons of themes for a low price. I don't like these themes quite as much in terms of style (as the ones I can find on themforest), but they do the job.
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  • Profile picture of the author PsycFa
    I would go for lynda tutorial... follow them religiously for at least 2 weeks.. trial and errors.. Trust me you will be proud of what you can accomplish after getting at least the basic knowledge. Any issue you get; just google it and you will find the answer as chances are that you are not the only new person using wordpress and some might have already encounter such potential issues.

    READ READ READ...WATCH...WATCH...PRACTICE...PRACTIC......
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  • Profile picture of the author outNabout
    Originally Posted by scooby23 View Post

    Hey guys, I'd like to make my own website, but I honestly don't know much about the process of making one (and more importantly how to make it good).
    Any useful resources out there I could use to learn (preferably free, but I don't mind to pay if it's worth it)?

    Thanks!
    we on the same track here.Am using wordpress, its amazing the plugins and numerous plugins,you need very little information on webdesign and html.Although you may need a little bit of knowledge on CSS to modify the themes.You can google and get info or visit the w3schools or csstricks websites
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  • Profile picture of the author easternodyssey
    I think you should just have a look around at different CMS programs and find what suits you best. Maybe play around for a bit and then by a domain name. You can only learn through trial and error.
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  • Profile picture of the author dadhere
    Wordpress is easy but there are tools on the WF that are 1 click installs
    that will save you tons of time as well!
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  • Wordpress is better done sooner than later. Starting a website with wordpress is a LOT better than having to convert your 300 page website from "normal" to wordpress and all the while sending out apologies to your regular customers when it gets messed up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Use Yahoo Sitebuilder. It's a good one. To make your website go live though you will have to sign up for their $9.95/month webhosting plan. Worth it though.
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  • I have a love/hate relationship with Wordpress.

    If you choose Wordpress...

    Don't go plugin crazy. Some plugins are poorly coded. And plugins can break when you update Wordpress and can then wreak havoc on your site in all kinds of unpleasant ways.

    I've had plugins bring down my site, force me to update all of my posts, suspend my account because of eating up my disk quota, bring the ire of my hosting company for using too many resources, and even break my affiliate money links.

    And since so many plugins are free, there's not a lot of motivation for the author to rapidly issue a fix.

    I'm not saying never use plugins. Just don't go crazy with them. Use only a few which are reputable and updated frequently, and then keep an eye on them.

    Be on top of Wordpress' security updates. I've had all of my sites hacked because I was lax in updating them with security updates.

    Believe me, it's a headache recovering your Wordpress site after it's been hacked. And it's an absolute nightmare if you have a slew of sites that have been infected.

    And if you haven't been regularly backing up your database and files, you could be screwed and lose your site.

    For me, every time I start a new website, I ask myself if I can get away with doing this site as a flat file site, not a database driven one. I like the speed of layout and page loading, alone, when I design my website on my computer rather than online through a CMS like Wordpress.

    But there's no doubt that Wordpress is one of the easiest way to build a website without needing any html skills.

    Consider paying for a theme that converts. Always remember that Wordpress is primarily a blogging engine that is not very well optimized for conversions. There's too much going on in the top and sides of Wordpress layouts.

    You've already got a great free CMS platform, and there are a ton of attractive free themes available, but consider for your free platform paying for a theme optimized for conversions.

    If you're monetizing your site with AdSense, consider buying a theme that will give you a higher click-through-rate like CTR Theme.

    Or if you're building an affiliate site or selling your own product, consider paying for a theme that's optimized for creating landing pages, like Optimize Press, Profits Theme, or Marketers Delight.
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  • Profile picture of the author therichb
    People today trust a lot on Wordpress as it gives a lot of options to create what is in your mind !!!

    Take help of video tutorials from youtube / online resources & you can create a website with something new in it
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  • Profile picture of the author pranta
    I use wordpress to build my sites, because it is easy to use and have tools that make more easy to design the site according to your mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author LukeDavenport
    I agree with most posts...Wordpress...The End.
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  • Profile picture of the author John J Brown
    wordpress is the best way to go
    google loves it
    you will rank high
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Chakma
    Wordpress is the best if you are a newbie. Just get a perfect theme for your niche and get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author igoogle
    wordpress is best for starting easy to manage
    there are a lot of theme and plugin available for wordpress that help you to easy your task on your website
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I use Wordpress. In fact I swear by it. All of my sites have been created with the CMS platform and I absolutely love it.

    I use Namecheap for domains and get hosting through Byet Host a reseller of Secure SignUp.

    Best tool of all? Imagination.

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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    Ok, I would start with this question:

    What is the purpose of creating the website? Do you want to make money with it? Do you want to sell it afterwards? Will it be a free/personal blog?

    If you want to monetize your site, you have to decide where to get traffic, that's an essential part.

    These are some traffic generation methods to consider:

    SEO
    Video marketing
    Forum marketing
    PPC
    PPV
    CPM
    Blog commenting
    Guest posting
    and many others

    Then you have to decide how to monetize your traffic.

    Consider the following:

    AdSense or a similar platform
    CPA offers - either rebills/high-payout offers or low payout offer, such as zip or email submits
    Amazon marketing
    Clickbank

    What you should also do is build a list along the way, so when getting the traffic, try to build a list of subscribers that you can market to for life. That's probably the only way to build a sustainable business online.

    As you can see, it's not as simple as it might seem at first glance. The important thing is to find a targeted traffic source and connect the traffic with the right offer/product.
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    Dreamweaver would be the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnGood
      Clearly, most everyone agrees WordPress is the easiest way to go.
      WordPress is *not* the way to go!
      Unless you want your site to disappear in the depths of the search engine results. Please see this post:
      warriorforum. com/ adsense-ppc-seo-discussion-forum /167383-what-better-search-engine-optimization-blogs-non-blog-websites-test-results-here.html

      May I be the first to shout that WordPress is the Emperor's new clothes!
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  • Profile picture of the author HansDavid
    If you don't mind paying, you can hire Verena at BlogPainter

    I recently ordered a website from her and she finished it in 10 days. The website is very well designed plus she is very professional. Always ready to answer to your questions within 24 minutes.

    On that site, she sold her service for $197, but you can get a $50 discount if you are a Warrior Forum member.

    Go contact her or look for her WSO thread here. Believe me, she won't disappoint you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lyfe Lyte
    youtube ....you can have your site up and running within a day for sure...I would recommend hostgator hosting...and wordpress...both very user friendly....

    In youtube lookup how to install wordpress on hostgator...that will get you started!
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    this is one of my favorites sources for building websites... they also have built in hosting and autoresponder... FusionHQ Internet Business Platform

    Has a sweet drag and drop editor, hosting from the cloud, built in a/r, and built in membership/download protection that integrates with DigiResults, WSO Pro, Clickbank and others...

    It's pricey - but worth it
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  • Profile picture of the author PopOn
    In my opinion the best tool to make website is Notepad++ but you need to have skills for using it. Offcourse the easiest way is to make your first website with some ready to go scripts. I recommend wordpress or some blog network.
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  • Profile picture of the author utalert
    I vote for wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author Arief Ramadhan
    Like most of guys here said, WordPress is the best tool to make a website. It supports many cool plugins and themes. So you can setup any website type you want. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author DDavisDesign
    I totally agree with Wordpress, I took a year to learn Joomla, and ya great tool lots of advanced options, BUT Wordpress is by far one of the best tools of the trade. Not a huge fan of GoDaddy unless you absolutely have to have someone help you from them, I have had way too many issues with GoDaddy because not one to take 10 min on a 2min fix on InMotion Hosting. NOW for all those newbies whom have no idea how to build a site, I always point them to Weebly.com for free sites, if you want more advanced options then WORDPRESS all the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author ewebmaster
    I agree that wordpress is easy to learn and good to make your website
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  • Profile picture of the author Nexstair
    Yes, wordpress is great to go with but I would suggest you to think and react.There might be few appealing things which worth nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigLife
    Wordpress is very easy to learn
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