Create your website

Step 3: The Best Way to Create Your Website

You have successfully completed Steps 1 and 2 and now it is time to begin to create your website:

To create my website, was my software of choice. Check here for the Additional Resources I Used to Start a Blog.

I highly recommend WordPress as you begin to create your website.

And it is free!

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Be sure that you choose and not

The difference between the two is that is self-hosted—you have full control and are able to customize and create your website as you wish.

With, they host the site and offer a few pre-selected themes on which to build your create your website or blog.

For me wasn’t any different than my family blog on Blogger, and I wanted more freedom to create my website as well as to monetize my blog.

So, let’s get started on how to create YOUR website.

Steps to Create Your Website

Be sure that you pick both a user name and password that are unique and safe as you create your website. I use LastPass [affiliate] to store all of my password information. LastPass can also generate a password for you using numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters and special characters.

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I also Use LastPass as the Best Way to Securely Store Travel Documents. I recommend reading this once your create your website to learn strategic ways to keep your online footprint secure.

Check here for detailed instructions from on how to install WordPress.


This takes you to the WordPress dashboard, and this is where the magic happens. Here you will design pages, create your website, and publish posts. Think of it as Command Central.

Login to Dashboard

Login to your WordPress Dashboard.

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I found it very confusing when I logged in after my site timed out because I was given the option to login with or to login with an email and password. Until I realized that it was asking me to log in with and not, I kept requesting and changing passwords because my access was denied.

I know, user error. But in case you wonder why your password isn’t working, that could be the reason.

Just login in with the login and password option versus logging in with when given the choice and you should be fine.

Choose Your Theme to Create Your Website

To choose your website’s theme (the look of your site) as you begin to create your website, go to your Dashboard > Appearance > Themes and then click on “Add New”. You will find a lot of themes, but not all have a long-standing reputation, not all are well-coded, and not all will be around in two to three years.

Choose a theme that is well-coded, reputable, has longevity, and many active installations as you create your website. I opted for the OceanWP theme, but I also found that Astra was highly recommended as well in my research.

“Install” and then “Activate” and you have now installed the framework for your site.

There are a lot of paid options as well for you to create your website. For me, as I was just starting out, “free” sounded like a good option. home page design basic Home Page Design

Since then, I have invested many hours in learning and designing. If you don’t have the time for that, perhaps choosing to have someone create your website for you is an option. Or you could purchase prebuilt platforms that you customize to your site.

Add Plugins

Once you have installed a theme, build on that theme by choosing plugins to create your pages. Install and activate each plugin. Many of these are free as well. I chose the Elementor (affiliate) page-builder plugin and then upgraded to the PRO version (affiliate) for additional functionality and creativity. (After creating a login on the Elementor website, you can activate the Pro version.)

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Plugins add various features to your site, ie., creating headers, adding sidebars, building commerce sites, etc. They are easy to install and activate. First, go to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New. Search for the plugin by name or possibly by function. Make sure that the plugins you are choosing are well-rated, in use by many users, and supported by the theme you have chosen.


Now, if you are as new to all of this as I was in the beginning, you might want to search for some YouTube tutorials to guide you through the process to create your website. I started watching this one, Elementor WordPress Tutorial 2020 by WebYoda, to begin to get an idea of how to design a site. It was my first introduction to WordPress and Elementor.

I have watched a lot of Ferdy Korpershoek YouTube tutorials as well to create my website. I appreciate how he explains the steps to create a website.

YouTube and Google might just become your new best friends in trying to understand how to create your website masterpiece. Take your time and do it right.

Final Thoughts on The Best Way to Create Your Website

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There has been a huge learning curve for me in building my site. In fact, when I told my husband what I wanted to do, he said, “I don’t think building a website is in your wheelhouse.”

I decided that I was going to make it part of my wheelhouse of skills. (And I am still learning.)

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1 year ago

This is a really helpful guide. I wish that I had seen this a few months ago when I first started blogging. I might have to try the Astra theme, as I don’t particularly like my current theme. The Ocean WP theme that you have is really nice too. I might have to try that one out as well. Look forward to reading more of your posts.