🌐 How to Build Your First Website

I have decision paralysis when choosing a website platform too...

πŸ’Ό Why Have a Website?

Websites are the resumes of 2023. If you don't have one - you should start. It should be where you store your most important work. A hub for your professional life.

πŸ’Έ Platforms

There are countless platforms to build a website and that is usually what stops people. Plus the upkeep, domain confusion, and money.

🌐 Google Domains

You first need to buy a domain that you like. I own my domains through a domain provider called Google Domains. Once you own it you can connect it to your website provider. This costs $12/year to keep.

πŸ‘» Ghost

I am currently using Ghost along with a theme I bought on Gumroad. It took less than 30 minutes to set up the template and newsletter. If you want something quick and easy - this is the site to use. I pay for the Creator plan which is $25/month. But if you use their standard templates you can use the $9/month plan - which is just as good!

Ghost: The Creator Economy Platform
The world’s most popular modern publishing platform for creating a new media platform. Used by Apple, SkyNews, Buffer, OpenAI, and thousands more.

πŸ’¦ Webflow

For those of you wanting more customization - you can build your website using a low-code tool like Webflow. You also can publish your website for free if you don't need a custom domain. I just finished a basic tutorial for Webflow - coming out in a few weeks πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Webflow: Create a custom website | No-code website builder
Create professional, custom websites in a completely visual canvas with no code. Learn how to create a website by trying Webflow for free!

β˜‘οΈ Framer

Another customizable website builder is called Framer. Now I have been checking out their templates - and they are super impressive. I am working on a basic tutorial for this site over the weekend 😎

Framer: Ship sites with style
Go from design to world-class site with Framer, the web builder for creative pros.

πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’» Brute Force Code

Now there is another option. But you would have to learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You would build the website using VS code, upload it to GitHub and then host it on Netlify. Yes - sounds intense - but that's how I learned how to code! I think everyone should at least take one web developer class in their life. This is the one I took:

Coding Workshops for Women
SheCodes teaches coding skills to women.

🎬 Related Videos

I have filmed several in-depth tutorials on using Ghost so if you are interested in using that platform this is a good start.