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How to Make a Free Professional Website Part 2

OK. I’ve finally finished my second video on how to make a completely free website. Oh, and I should probably mention that it will look professional. In other words, it will not look like something that an html know-nothing should be able to put together.

This website (the one you’re looking at) was made using the methods I describe in this video (and in my first video). I didn’t spend a dime on this site. And I didn’t need any html knowledge or coding skills to make it. As you can see, I don’t have my own domain name (see the “.wordpress.com” in the url?) but that seems a small price to pay for a professional-caliber website.

The website you’ll see in the video was also made using this method. I also point out another website that I found that I thought was pretty entertaining that uses WordPress. And to further substantiate my claim that WordPress websites not only look professional, but are professional, I’ll note that CNN, Forbes, Reuters, The New York Times, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, GM, UPS, Sony (and many more) . . . all use WordPress for their websites. So you’ll not be alone in your endeavors.

I’ll quit rambling (in a second). I just have to say, one more time, that if you’re thinking you want a website, you should definitely check this method out. Why? Because it’s 100% free. There is no advertising. It will look like it was built by a professional (because all the themes are professionally built–go figure). Your friends and family will think you’re an amazing Internet specialist. You won’t have your own domain and customizations are limited. But if you want a completely free website, that looks (and is) amazingly professional, check this method out! (And don’t worry–if you want your own domain name and the ability to tweak everything on your site–there’s a way to do that too. It’s not free but it’s still pretty easy and pretty cheap. I’ll be covering that in a new video coming in the near future.)

Check out the video.

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How to Make a Free Professional Website

I’ve got this really cool video on youtube about how to make a free professional website. Did I mention that I’m showing you how to make a completely free website that looks really professional? And guess what? I use WordPress to make the very cool free website. WordPress is powerful and it’s not just for blogging, as you can see from this website right here (which is also a WordPress site). In the video I cover the basics: how to sign for a WordPress website, how to create links, how to add pages, etc. In my next video (coming soon) I’ll cover a few more advanced topics, like adding pictures, embedding videos, creating a contact form, etc. From there we’ll advance to how to create a WordPress website using your own domain name. The video will cover significantly advanced topics, e.g., setting up a database, FTP, tweaking themes and more. Keep in mind that using your own domain name means it won’t be free, and right now we’re focusing on how to create a completely free website.

Don’t forget to check out the video!

You Can Start Your Own Website

You’ve always wanted your own website but you think websites are only for tech junkies or super-geeks. Well, I’m here to tell you anyone can do it.

This website, for instance, is completely free. The downside? WordPress owns it and I suppose they could poof it at any time. The options are somewhat limited (only certain themes are available; external plugins cannot be installed). But I’m not complaining.

You may be thinking you don’t want a blog. You want a normal website with static pages. That’s fine. You can set up static pages in WordPress just like in any other website. Check out the front page of this site. Static. Like a regular website.

WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two different animals, however. If you want a free website wtihout the hassles of backing up your database, keeping up with upgrades, owning your own domain or shelling out any money, WordPress.com is the way to go. And like I said, anyone can do it in just a matter of minutes. I set up this site during a PowerPoint conference (don’t tell anyone) in about 15 minutes. Sure, it took time to upload all my pictures, etc., but setting up the homepage and my contact page only took a few minutes (about as long as it took me to write the content).

I’ll give you some simple directions.

  1. Navigate to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Sign Up Now” button.
  3. Pick a username and password then click “next.”
  4. Click “sign up” then check your email, click the link in the email and guess what? You have a blog. Or, a free website. However you want to look at it.

Take a few minutes to try to figure things out. If you can’t, submit a comment here and I’ll help you out.

If you’re interested in owning your own domain name and all your content (you want complete control) you’ll want to look at WordPress.org. You’ll also gain a world of configurability. In other words, you’ll be able to take advantage of a monstrous repository of plugins that add functionality to your blog, and you’ll be able to install any one of thousands of free themes. The learning curve is a bit steeper, but still, anyone can do it.

Again, comment here and I’ll be glad to help you get started.