How to Make a Great Website – Three Great WordPress Themes
It can be a lot to take on. Starting something. Yes, there’s excitement mingled with hope. But when the pen hits the paper, and we all see the work involved in getting something new and worthwhile off the ground, it can feel like a lot.
I am happy to tell you that building the web site you want no longer needs to be overwhelming. The advancements in web design and the fantastic teams behind fantastic themes have made building a site a delightful, code-free, visual, drag-and-drop experience. Thank goodness!
The Formula for a Great Website
WordPress + Dreamhost = A Great Website
WordPress is the leading platform for good reason. You can read our article How to Start a Blog for our full reasoning.
Dreamhost is our web-host of choice as it is one of only three web hosts recommended by WordPress, and in our experience and analysis, it’s the best of the three (the others don’t offer the same features like free email for your site, have the same storage capacity, or offer free domain privacy with every domain — an essential component).
So, the first step is to purchase a web hosting plan. If you’re just starting I recommend a shared hosting plan. You can see the cost and differences by clicking here.
What Do You Want to Build?
Do you want to start a blog, an online store, a digital magazine, company or business site, artist or freelancer portfolio, or maybe try your hand at all of the above?
Here are three great WordPress themes with fantastic tools so you can build professional and stunning websites for any purpose you choose. And it has never been easier!
Let me introduce you to Divi, Ultra, and Elementor.
Divi is one of the more popular, multi-purpose WordPress themes on the market. It has an easy drag-and drop interface, and 800 pre-made designs.
Features include the visual builder, responsive editing so you can see how your site looks on a tablet or smartphone as you edit, 40 module elements (everything from calls-to-action to galleries to contact forms), and video tutorials to show you how to get the most for your site.
With purchase you also get Monarch — their superb social media plugin, Bloom — a leading email opt-in plugin, a year of tech support and, as an added bonus, you also get Extra — their online magazine theme in case you want to try your hand at publishing.
And you can use Divi and all these tools to build as many sites as you like with no added fees.
Themify’s Ultra is a powerfully packed WordPress theme with 60 pre-designed layouts and an easy drag-and-drop interface. This is the preferred theme for designers and developers because of its added customization capability.
Use Ultra to make as many sites as you like. With over 60 pre-made layouts, a 15 colour palette, and 17 header/page styles, you can build your unique and beautiful site with speed and ease.
Features include responsive design, 15 header and page styles, WooCommerce integrations, mega-menu, and section scrolling.
Elementor isn’t actually a theme. It’s a visual drag-and-drop theme builder that can be used with any theme (including free themes) providing deep customization.
Elementor is one of the most robust and versatile WordPress page builder plugins available today. It has an easy drag and drop interface and it’s minimalist aesthetic is a great backdrop to showcase any style of artistic work. And it requires no coding skills!
Features include responsive design, multiple portfolio layouts, powerful 12-column grid and pixel perfect design. If you want a free basic theme to build on you can download Hello Elementor.