Have you always wanted to create a membership website but don’t know how? Or maybe you always thought it was too hard? That would need to know programming and learn design?
Then this step-by-step tutorial is for you. It shows a fast and a simple way to create a website without having to learn HTML/CSS coding, or read long, boring tutorials.
In this guide, I will show you how most web developers build their sites and how you can avoid expensive website builders that are often too limited for a bigger site.
I also help you avoid some mistakes that I did when I started out.
Before You Start, Read This:
There are hundreds of different website building platforms and website builders around the market.
WordPress, Wix, Joomla, Drupal… Just to name a few.
You can also code your website from scratch, but I wouldn’t recommend it on mainly two reasons:
It just takes too much time (seriously)
Your end result will be mediocre at its best…
But which one should you choose?
As you can see from the graph above, in 2019, the most popular website builders (or content management systems) are:
WordPress (free) 52%
Wix (paid) 7%
Joomla (free) 4%
Progress Sitefinity (free) 4%
SquareSpace (paid) 4%
Weebly (paid) 2%
Here’s Why Most People Use WordPress to Build a Website
Unlike website builders, it’s completely free.
WordPress is the easiest platform I’ve ever worked with, but it’s flexible enough to suit everyone – small business websites, online shops, bigger organizations and so on…
But more importantly:
WordPress vs. HTML & CSS: Learning HTML from scratch can take 6+ months, let alone CSS and PHP. Having a basic knowledge of HTML can help you gauge things more quickly, but if you want to create a website within a day or two, learning HTML isn’t a viable option.
WordPress vs. Website Builders: Website builders are expensive and often very limited. They are good for one-page websites, but not more.
WordPress vs. Joomla/Drupal: WordPress is just so much more user-friendlier.
If for some reason you don’t want to build your site with WordPress, check out my Drupal, Joomla and HTML5 guides as well. They are all FREE to use.
But for the beginners, I strongly suggest sticking to WordPress.
Step 1 Get Web Hosting and Register a Domain Name
In order to set up your WordPress (or any other type of website), you’re going to need two things:
Domain Name (a web address like YourSiteName.com)
Web Hosting (a service that connects your site to the internet)
In order to store your images, content and website files, you are going to need a web hosting. Without web hosting, your website will not be visible on the Internet.
Owning your own domain name looks far more professional than having your site on someone else’s domain (like yourbusiness.my-free-website.com), and it’s super affordable, too. Most hosting providers offer domains FREE for one year (usually ~$12/year).
In a nutshell – without a web hosting and a domain name, your website will NOT exist.
Where do I register a domain name and get web hosting?
Full disclosure: I earn a commission if you end up purchasing Bluehost through my referral links in this guide. This helps me to keep WebsiteSetup up and running and up-to-date. Thanks for your support.
I’ve mostly used A2host as a web hosting and domain registrar.
Use this link to get a free domain (for the first year) with your hosting.
Their introductory price starts from $2.75/mo and they’re currently throwing in a domain name for free (first year)– so it’s worth checking them out.
They are also one of the most popular hosting providers on the market, so they are definitely well-established and secure enough to host your website.
Although most of their servers are based in the US, they can handle a lot of traffic from across the world. And it’s probably cheaper than your local host. As someone who lives in Europe, I still prefer to use them.
Already have a domain name and hosting? Go ahead and skip ahead to step 2, where I’ll explain how you can set up your website.
Here’s how to sign up with a web hosting provider (and register a domain name if you don’t have it yet).
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(b) it is not possible to test the Service in advance in every possible operating combination and environment; and
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7.2 Nothing in this legal notice shall exclude or limit the Company’s liability for:
(a) death or personal injury caused by negligence (as such term is defined by the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977; or
(b) fraud; or
(c) misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter; or
(d) any liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
7.3 If your use of material on the Website or the Service results in the need for servicing, repair or correction of equipment, software or data, you assume all costs thereof.
7.4 Subject to clauses 7.1 and 7.2, the Company’s maximum aggregate liability under or in connection with these Terms, or any collateral contract, whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise (a “Claim”), shall be limited to a sum equal to the aggregate amount which you are obliged to pay the Company in the twelve (12) month period immediately prior to the period giving rise to such Claim.
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(a) you commit a material or persistent breach of these Terms which you fail to remedy (if remediable) within 14 days after the service of written notice requiring you to do so; or
(b) We have the rights to cancel any license of Magic Members without prior notice.
(c) You cannot use Magic Members on any illegal websites. If we notice any kind of illegal activity, we terminate your license.
8.2 Unlimited license usage is limited to personal sites that you own. If you use the unlimited license on your customers’ sites you will receive additional invoices for the sites that you used. Also your license will be suspended.
8.3 Upon termination for any reason:
(a) all rights granted to you under these Terms shall cease;
(b) you must cease all activities authorized by these Terms;
(c) you must immediately pay to the Company any sums due to the Company under these Terms;
(d) you will not be entitled to any refund or credit in respect of any fee paid by you in advance for any canceled Service; and
(e) the Company may immediately and without further notice delete or remove any content, data or other information submitted by you or your Invitees to the Service.
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13.1 If any of these Terms are determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision will to that extent be severed from the remaining terms, conditions and provisions which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.
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14.3 Neither of us shall have any remedy in respect of any untrue statement made by the other, whether orally or in writing, prior to the date we entered into these Terms (unless such untrue statement was made fraudulently) and the other party’s only remedy shall be for breach of contract as provided in these Terms.
15. REFUND POLICY
15.1 You have the right to cancel your purchase within thirty days of purchase. Refunds will be made in full. To request a refund please create a ticket in the support center with your details and the item(s) purchased and when they were purchased. Refunds will be made to the credit card or PayPal e-mail address you purchased from.
15.2 There is no refund after 30 days. We process all refunds within 30 days.
15.3 License upgrades, commercial licenses and custom service (customization) fees are not refundable.
15.4 Refund process depends on the payment gateway (7 – 14 business day/s). If you contact us directly for refund we guarantee to process within 5 days. But If you choose to contact directly the PayPal or other Payment gateway, you’ll have to wait 15 days.
15.5. There is no refund for the second purchase license.
15.6. When we send you the deactivation steps, you have to complete the deactivation process in 14 days.
15.7. We process your refund within a week.
15.8. If you open a dispute on PayPal or file a chargeback, instead of contacting us, we lock your license and ban you from MagicMembers forever.
16. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
16.1 This legal notice shall be governed by and construed in accordance with US law. Disputes arising in connection with this legal notice shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of US Courts. 17. LICENSING 17.1 We can move your license from one site to another one for free in 3 months. After 3 months, you need to buy another license. 17.2. You cannot downgrade your license 2 times. It’s allowed only once.