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[FREE TUTORIAL!] How to Make a Website for Your Home Business in 8 EASY Steps


Updated: January 27, 2016

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  1. This post is fantastic! I’ve read a lot about creating a blog/website, but this is the first post I’ve ever seen that clearly addressed every question/topic I was curious about. Looking forward to putting this all into practice soon! Thanks again!

  2. Wow, Caitlyn! Thank you so much for all of this great information and for the time and effort you put into helping others’ success, not just in proofreading, but any small business startup!

  3. I have not finished the course work yet, but I am trying to do a little planning ahead for when my marketing time comes. Is there anyone who would be willing to leave a link to their website? I have no idea where to start when it comes to building content. Any extra help would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Caitlin,
    Excellent!! If this is any indication of your thoroughness as an instructor, I can’t wait to start your course.
    Thank you!
    Julie N.

  5. Caitlin, Thank you for writing this awesome post. This was great and much needed information. I can’t wait to put it to use. Keep up the great work.

  6. Thank you for this fantastic information. I’m talking the course and trying to come up with a name. I already own the domain with my name and I may use that, so I can add services at a later time. I will probably switch to Bluehost too. My current provider took away my free email and the monthly charge is not worth it. I haven’t mastered WordPress, but this makes it seem less daunting. Thank you again!

  7. Thank you, Caitlan. This post is full of helpful information that gives me confidence to start my own website . . . sooner than later!

    1. Oops! I’m typing on my iPad, and hit an m instead of an n in my email address. I caught the mistake, but the message was already zooming into cyberspace. Lesson learned: slow down and proofread!!! ? Ramona

    1. Hey, Shaurya! The SEO plugin will help you with that. SEO stands for “search engine optimizer” and helps you target the right audiences, including potential clients. And, of course, your website is just one tool in your marketing toolbox! Good luck!

  8. Hello Caitlin Pyle

    I must admit that these helpful tips can not be found in free places. Just few paid courses may teach you this kind of info.

    Thanks so much for sharing this guide
    Omar

  9. Thank you SO much. This is the first complete and understandable post I’ve EVER read on setting up your website!

  10. I find this lesson on website development inspiring. It is a step to in right direction. At what stage of biz set up is it needed?
    Wadanya

    1. You should definitely wait until after your training is complete in whatever you’re doing before you set up your website. After that, it’s up to you. Most people like to have a website set up right away to refer people to when they start marketing. Others will wait a while, and some won’t create a website at all.

      1. Excellent point Amy. My main focus is deciding whether I will move forward with the program. I’m not the best proofreader but I am persistence. Today I listened to a Grammar Girl podcast and found it extremely helpful. I’ll deal with marketing and websites after training.

  11. Hi Caitlin,

    Thanks for the very helpful article! I just wanted to let you know that I’m going through the process of setting up a new website using the Bluehost + Install WordPress process… but found that the “Install WordPress” option is NOT free 🙁

    It’s $99 for their cheapest option. Which is a bummer, as I wasn’t expecting to have to pay more than the Bluehost fee… just wondering if I’m missing something, or if the article perhaps needs to be updated? Just wanted to check!

    Thanks and best,
    Johanna

    1. Don’t forget step 8! : ) The option to install WordPress is still free. You definitely will have options to pay more and upgrade, but if you follow the steps and click on Install from Mojo Marketplace, the option shown above will have WordPress for free!

  12. Thank you so much for your very detailed and informative article. I have attempted Google searches and have asked my LinkedIn connections, but the information has been vague at best.

    I am on Upwork and Freelancer, but I want to build my business and my availability to potential clients. Your information will prove to be very helpful.

  13. Be sure to make your domain private when setting it up or you will receive a lot of spam mail and a ton of unwanted phone calls.

  14. I am so thankful to have discovered your awesome course and tutorials that I am almost in tears. I am an army veteran with disabilities that preclude my working in the fields for which I have been trained. I have 20 years of military service and two masters degrees, one of which I completed two years ago in special education. The other one is in legal studies. I owe $180,000 in student loans. I have been searching and searching for a career that I can do at home – a home business – and had been considering Court Reporting, but I didn’t want to invest that amount of time – or money. Since I love reading, writing, and research, I was looking for something relative to those areas, and your course seems to fit the bill. Your website is extremely professional, aesthetically pleasing, and user-friendly; your instruction is clear and thorough, and your fees are beyond reasonable. Plus you even offer a payment plan!! I cannot thank you enough. May God bless you in your life, work, and all of your future endeavors.

  15. This is true. I set up a website and before the next morning, I had phone calls, voice mails, and several emails asking to hire them to help me with my site. it was all so overwhelming that I cancelled everything and am going to try again in a few months.

    1. Yikes! Definitely a good reminder to pay attention to the privacy settings so your information stays private until you want to share it. 🙂

  16. Wow, such a thorough & informative post!
    Thanks Caitlin 🙂

    I started using WordPress (quite a few years ago)
    but ended up finding Weebly and really like it!
    (I found Weebly didn’t have as much of a learning curve
    and I was able to make my blog look a little ‘prettier’
    than with the WordPress using Fotoflexer, Pixlr & Canva.

    I think there’s a lot more choice now with WordPress
    so I’ve been considering giving it another try
    (seeing how it’s considered
    ‘The Most Powerful Blogging Platform in the World’!)

    Note: the weebly website I’ve indicated is given just as an example!
    It’s on temporary hiatus… 🙂

  17. Heads up, team! It’s 2018 now (do a find and replace for 2017). Also, you can purchase your own domains on Weebly now. I ended up going that route after reviewing all the comments in the PA Grad group about WordPress difficulties and Weebly love. Someone even posted a comparison chart of the two which I found helpful in selecting a hosting and website option. I think it might be a different lesson that this one, but there’s a comment about Weebly being a subdomain option. Might be time to update in case there are others that would prefer that option.

  18. Thanks for posting this tutorial! I personally decided to buy my domain from Name.com in case I ever want to change hosting provider. Usually your name is a good domain name, but I just had the experience of not being able to contact someone because I misspelled their surname which is in their domain name. (Was that one ‘n’ or two?) Also, I Googled and found another person with my surname doing similar work, so I want to be different enough yet easy to remember. Oh and another reason to buy the domain right away is that coming back later you may find the price is higher because other people (you) are searching for this! Take it from a major procrastinator!

  19. This is exciting, and scary at the same time hehe. I feel like i would so lost with words the minute I create my own website. I wouldn’t know what to type about myself. But I truly feel it’s worth the shot.

  20. Great info! Thanks! However, I do have a question. I already have a website as a novelist, but I’m not real happy with it. Should I repurpose it into my proofreading website?

    1. That’s completely up to you. You could repurpose it if you don’t have too much content uploaded already. It might depend on what your goals are for your website. Do you want to attract proofreading clients or market your books?

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