Options For Building Your Own Website

If you have looked into options for building your own website, it’s possible that you are overwhelmed.

Don’t worry, this post will help simplify your options and give you a clear understanding of what is available.

Things certainly have changed from the days of coding & HTML. There once was a time when you had to be extremely knowledgeable about technology to build a website. Not so much anymore.

The options to build your own website seems endless. Before we discuss a few of them, let’s start at the beginning.

Steps For Building a Website

Here’s a quick overview for you to get your website up and running in no time:

  1. Choose & register your domain name.
  2. Direct your domain name to the website builder of your choice.
  3. Choose a template that matches your business or hobby.
  4. Customize the template with all of your information, services, etc.
  5. Be sure to view your site on several devices, browsers, etc.
  6. Remember – Google places a high ranking value on the mobile-friendliness of your site.

The most popular DIY website builders are known as ‘drag and drop’ platforms. Sites like Wix.com , Squarespace, Weebly & Jimdo are well known to offer a fairly user friendly experience. Unfortunately, they lack the true feel of a professional website.

Let’s Be Fair…

I’m not trying to pick on these site-builders by any means. For many people, they are the perfect option to build a simple, low cost website for their business. In fact, for many years, I used Yahoo Site-Builder to build by own websites. Although the sites were nice, I never felt like they were the same quality as what a professional website designer could build.

I Hired a Professional…

I decided that I really needed a professional to build a new website for a new division of our company. Using a referral from a friend, I reluctantly paid $2,000 to a freelance designer. He built an amazing site!

A few days later, I needed to make a few changes. I could not reach him and I was getting frustrated.  I was at his mercy and I hated it!


I decided that I would never be in this predicament again. I knew that a content management system like WordPress was the best option, but I had tried to learn it and became frustrated.

While searching the web for options on building my own website, I came across Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate seemed too good to be true, I was impressed initially by the community and support they offered.

The focus for WA members is to build a website based on a hobby or passion that they have. How do you make money doing that? It’s called affiliate marketing and it’s very popular. There are thousands of companies that allow you to promote their products or services on your website.

After you join an affiliate program, the company provides you with custom links, banners and ads you place on your website. When a visitor from your site clicks on one of the links and makes a purchase, you receive a referral fee.

Sound Easy?

It’s not! In fact, it’s like any other business that many try and few succeed. With that being said, there are many success stories at WA and there’s no reason you could not be the next one.

Why I Joined:

Honestly, I had no interest in affiliate marketing at that time. My main goal was to learn WordPress and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Over the past two years, I have become a self-proclaimed WordPress expert thanks to much of the training and community at WA. While I like their training, I wanted to create something different that’s aimed purely at people wanting to learn WordPress.

I’ve created a course that makes learning WordPress easy. Having recently learned it myself, I remember all the places along the way where I got stuck. My course covers that. I remember little things that I discovered on my own, my course covers that too, and much more!

You can check out my course here 

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Scott Gibbens

Scott Gibbens has been a small business entrepreneur since 1988. Scott enjoys helping people from all walks of life achieve true business success.

2 Responses to “Options For Building Your Own Website

  • Hey Scott,

    I know what you mean about hiring someone else to build your website. I once hired a “pro” and by the time he was done it looked nothing like what I wanted and I paid out the nose for it.

    Is your course long? I don’t know if I have too much time to put into this?

    • Scott Gibbens
      4 weeks ago

      There are 20 sections and the average time required is about 20-30 minutes each. Figure 8-10 hours minimum and then time on your own to practice building a test site.