Sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be. Making a website doesn't have to be difficult: we'll show you how to make your own website, step by step.
Before you get started, you should ask yourself a few questions: what do you want to do with your website? Are you interested in making a business website or a personal website? Do you want a website just to showcase your content, ie, photos, texts, and videos, or do you want a blog and even an online store? Take heart: there is an easy solution for most everything you want to do with your website.
This is actually the most important step of all: some website builders are easy to use and reputable, and others are unnecessarily complicated, too expensive, or just plain not very good. Here's a hint: go with a company you trust, one that has been reviewed in the news and which has a lot of users; chances are they are reliable and will be in business for the long run.
Jimdo is a website builder that has been in business since 2007 and has already helped people create millions of free websites. We pride on offering the easiest way of making a website, hands down. Jimdo also offers detailed tutorials and webinars to walk you through how to make a website.
If you're looking at several website builders or web hosting companies to make your free website, ask yourself the following questions:
Jimdo offers the complete package, including free website hosting, for people looking to create a website, starting with instruction on how to get started making a website all the way to support when you have a question you can't answer yourself.
See that sign-up box at the top of the page? That's where you type in a name for your website, enter your email address and tada! You now have a new website.
Check your email for the confirmation email and password, then log in to get started making your site.
An attractive header photo at the top of your website serves to help brand your website (if you're a business) or just to introduce visitors to you and your personality (if you are making a personal website).
The video on the right shows you how to upload a header photo and adjust it, how to add a title, logo and more.
Not every website is the same. Some sites are best with just a page or two, others require at least four main pages to say everything they have to say. So it is with your website, too: after learning how to make it, you probably want to decide which pages you'll need.
Navigation is a word for 'all the pages on your website' and how visitors can get to them. Your navigation is the buttons at the top of your website, linking to a page about you or your company and one on your online store.
Now you've learned a bit about how to create a website and what makes your website look good to visitors -- great! But the last step is not the least, by any means. For a great website that attracts people's attention and keeps it, you need great content. That means good-looking photos and videos, and texts that people will want to read and share.
Have a lot to say? Create a blog. It's great for SEO, and if you write well and frequently, you can draw people back to your website and keep them there. You can make a portfolio website, a personal website, or a photographer website—whatever you want your free site to be, it can be!