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How to Design A Site Being a Noob: Authority Journey Episode 5

If you have followed the authority site journey till now, you know that we chose a topic, we bought our domain and hosting & we went live with our website before. It is time to design the website.

I will confess.

I hate designing websites and I am not good at it. Or probably, I am not good at it and that’s why I don’t enjoy designing website. Whatever it is, I recommend you not to take design advice from me. Having said that, I am not that bad and you can probably create a basic layout of a website with my help.

Our site is live here: StudentsInDublin.com

I am not linking to it as I do not want that site to have a backlink from this domain. We will talk more about that when we discuss SEO.

Let’s get back to work again.

Designing a website has become super easy over the years. Especially with the penetration of WordPress, it is dead easy for anyone to build a website. This website that you are reading the article on is built using WordPress and I highly recommend WordPress to everyone.

Why?

It is free. It has a lot of plugins and extras that will help you to better manage your content and media & it is easy to sell a website built with WordPress.

Having said that, there are some other platforms that you can look up to if you are building a special kind of website.

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For example, if you are building an E-commerce website where you will sell products, Shopify is probably a better option than WordPress. I would strongly recommend you not to go for those page builder type solutions such as Wix, Squarespace and etc. They do not offer a lot of options and they are mostly for one-two page sites. Our goal is way bigger than that.

The first thing that you will require to design the website is a theme. When it comes to themes, I recommend Themeforest with all I have. They are cheap, they have a great support and they have a LOT of OPTIONS.

Simply type the topic of your website and do a search. I am sure you will find a ton of great themes that you will like. Choose one of those and buy it.

Now Install it on your website and you are done.

I am not going to give you a detailed guide on how to design a website. Simply because, it is not possible to teach someone web design with a blog post. If you want to know more about web design or if you are stuck here, I recommend that you do a YouTube search with “how to build a WordPress site” and you will receive more than enough tutorials.

What next?

Now that our site is ready (you can see it live), we will start focusing on content. Content is the only variable that makes difference on Google’s eye and if you do not have quality content on your website, you are never going to get ranked, no matter how strong your SEO game is.

That’s it for today. When I will post another update of authority journey, I will talk about content.

Cheers

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