Welcome to this WordPress beginner’s guide.
You are about to join thousands of other webmasters who have used this book to build
their own WordPress websites, from scratch, even if they were complete beginners!
Before we start, let’s make one thing quite clear. This book is deliberately short. That’s
because I want to take you through the basics of building your own website in the quickest
I want you to learn speedily without getting distracted by non-essentials or trivia. Sure,
you can buy a 1,000-page bumper WordPress guide that will turn you into a worldauthority(!)
but it won’t help you get online any quicker.
What I will promise you is that, if you follow along the lessons in this book, do exactly as
I tell you (yes, Ma’am!), step by step, then you’ll end up with your very own website that
you built yourself, even if this is the first time you have ever ventured into the online
Why should I build my own website when I can easily get online for free?
Having your own web presence is now pretty much essential in today’s online world. Even
teenagers have their own pages on sites such as Facebook and many other social
networks. But the problem is that these free site-building services can come and go,
change the rules without notice, and impose restrictions. Some free services can shut your
site down if they don’t approve of your content.
Many will clutter up your site with trashy ads and your free site can disappear overnight if
the service goes bust or gets taken over. And they offer little or no technical support when
you really need it.