ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Arts and Design»
  • Graphic Art & Design

How to Design a Website in 5 Easy Steps: Learn How to Build A Website in One Weekend or Less!

Updated on January 15, 2013

Quick Start Web Building Course

Building a website these days has become really easy. With the tools and software available - often for free - anybody can build a website in just a few hours, without any special knowledge of design or programming. Obviously, I'm talking about simple personal sites, niche money making sites, or company sites, not enterprise web applications with sophisticated features and designs.

How To Build A Website In 5 Easy Steps

Most people who can use a text editor and know how to send an email posses enough skills to build their own website from scratch in a matter of hours, or in one weekend. The hardest part is actually knowing what to do; then doing it is easy. That's why I wrote this web design web course - if you follow these five steps outlined below, in just a few hours - or days, depending on your schedule - you will have your first website with your own domain name, on your own hosting account.

5 Steps to Building Your Own Profitable Website

So here are the steps required to build a website. I'm assuming that you are building a website for your business, so you already know your niche.

Step 1. Register a domain name. Go to or other domain registrar's website and search for available domains. Choose a .com domain with keywords that best describe your business and site's content, while providing the most profit potential. Domain registration costs about $10 per year.

Step 2. Set up a hosting account. Select a reliable hosting company with phone and online support, such as Bluehost or Hostgator. I advise you to select a plan that allows to set up unlimited number of domains on your hosting - such plans usually cost about $7 per month, so the expense is not high, and you'll be able to set up more website on the same hosting space.

Step 3. Install WordPress with a one click installation. I recommend Bluehost or Hostgator because they both provide easy WordPress installation. You may be wondering just what is WordPress and why should you be using it? WordPress is a very easy-to-use content management system (CMS) that allows you to build and expand your website without the need of any special tools or knowledge of programming. You can access your administrator's panel from any web browser, and to add a new page you'll be using an editor that looks a lot like your internet email interface. You can just type your text there, add a title, click publish, and voila - you'll have a brand new page added to your website. Cost: Free.

WordPress is an open-source platform that is available free of cost - for more information go to (don't confuse it with, which is a paid hosting platform for WordPress.)

Step 4. Select and purchase a beautiful, professionally designed template. If you want a look is professional and sophisticated, without the high cost of hiring a web designer, then you can purchase a professionally designed theme at one of the following websites: Studio Press, Elegant Themes, or Themeforest. Choose the design that you like and purchase the theme. Read the instructions on how to install it, activate it and set it up. You will need ftp software to upload the theme to your website. I recommend FileZilla software, which is free and easy to use. Cost: depending on the template ranges from about $30 to $100.

Step 5. Optimize your pages for the search engines. There are many methods that you can use to promote your website - pay per click, social media, article marketing, video marketing - and each of these methods can be highly effective if used properly and consistently. However - I advise you start with learning how search engines work and how to attract maximum traffic coming from the search engines to your pages. Whether you are trying to sell something, or just want to spread a word about your business, every web page needs traffic, and the search engine traffic that is targeted to what you have to offer is the best traffic that you can attract.

Obviously, learning search engine optimization is a complicated subject - too big for this hub, so I recommend you visit the Keyword Academy website at to learn how to build websites that make money. Download and watch their videos. Cost: $1 for the first month, then 30 dollars per month. You will also learn how to earn money online with these sites.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)