Before you start thinking about colour schemes, domain name and web hosting, you’ve got to decide what platform you’re going to build your website with.

Back in 2004 when someone got started with web development, most sites were built using

  • HTML (code)
  • CSS (code)
  • PHP (code)

These took a lot of time to learn and were tricky to master (still are).

I don’t recommend learning coding from scratch as it could take months, if not years to fully master.

And even then, you’re probably still not satisfied with the end result of your website. Adding content through HTML and PHP pages would be time wasting and really complicated process.

In 2017, most people and organizations use content management systems (CMS) to build and manage their websites. I’m recommending it, too.


Most popular and well-known CMS (website platforms) are free.

To put simply, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your website content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML, CSS and PHP pages.

CMS is good choice for many different types for websites, as organizations and individuals can:

  • Copy/paste content into a page and then just update when changes need to be made. (i.e. like copying from Microsoft Word)
  • Don’t need to hire someone to fill a web maintenance role. (nobody likes to spend money)
  • There’s no need to buy expensive software to build out pages.

Using CMS is all very simple and user-friendly.

According to recent statistics, three most popular website building platforms in 2017 are..
  1. WordPress (FREE, 50.07%)

  2. Drupal (FREE, 17.07%)

  3. Joomla (FREE, 6.44%)

As you can see from the above details, over 50% of the top 10 million websites are using WordPress.

First things, first.
Before you setup a new WordPress (or any other type of) website, you’re going to need two things:
  • A DOMAIN NAME (required): A web address like
  • WEB HOSTING (required): A service that puts your website up on the Internet)

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