Build Your Website in Five Steps

Great, you’ve registered a website on Now what? Whether you’re building a small business website or a personal portfolio, these five steps will get the framework of your new website all set up, leaving it ready and waiting for your great content.

Create a site for your small business, non-profit, portfolio, resume, and more.

Create a site for your small business, non-profit, portfolio, resume, and more.[1]

1. Outline your site's content.

Before you start, take a minute to sketch out the important pieces of your site, like the critical information and the pages you want to include.

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2. Create pages.

Add the basic pages you’ve sketched out, inserting any content and images you have. (It’s okay if you don’t have everything!) Be sure to create one page to be your site’s home page, and one blank page to house your blog; you’ll need those in the next step.

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3. Configure your site to use a static home page.

A new website defaults to a “blog” view. Tweak the site’s settings to create a regular home page instead, using the home page you just made.

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 4. Pick a theme you love.

Now that you have the basics in place, choose a theme you love. It may sound backward, but having pieces of your website set up first will make it easier to see whether a theme works for you.

Learn how to browse and activate themes


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 5. Create a menu.

Finally, create a menu of all your new pages so visitors can navigate your site easily.

Learn how to create your menu


There’s lots more you’ll do to tailor your website — you might find these tips helpful — but you’re off to a great start! Continue fleshing out your content, add your logo or branding, connect your site to your social media presence, and more.


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