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How to Code a Website from Scratch (Beginner’s Guide)

how to code a wordpress site

Want to code a website from scratch? For that, you might feel intimidated by the thought of mastering tedious coding languages to design a site that functions as well as it looks.

Luckily, WordPress offers a lot of flexibility to anyone who wants to build a website that looks great, has powerful features, and doesn’t require complex coding knowledge.

So if you want to code a website from scratch but aren’t a master at coding, this post is for you. Because after reading this tutorial you’ll know how design a website like a pro in less than a day.

And not only will this guide teach you the easiest way to design a website, but it’ll also save you hours of time, energy, and headaches.

But if you’re still unsure about whether it’s better to code a website from scratch or build one with WordPress, here are some points that’ll help you make your decision.

Should You Really Code a Website?

Coding a full website can be a difficult task for beginners. Here are a few problems that new coders face when trying to create a website:

  • Learning New Languages Is Time-Consuming : There are several programming languages that you might need to learn to build your website. HTML and CSS are two basics that you absolutely can’t ignore. And if you want advanced options, you can add more languages to your list, like jQuery, JavaScript, and PHP. This means that you need to master several languages to bring out your final product. Unless you have a lot of coding knowledge under your belt, your website could take months to build rather than days.
  • Finding the Right Resources Is Tricky: What’s more challenging is that the internet is loaded with information. This increases the chances of you becoming more confused as you try to learn new coding languages. This leads some new coders to enroll in guided courses, which can be expensive.
  • Planning for Unexpected Problems Is Impossible: Even if you overcome all those challenges and finally create a beautiful website, more challenges might show up with time. For example, if you want to add a sidebar to your site or change your site’s background for certain pages, you may end up wasting days of your time learning the solution.

With so many obstacles to overcome, only you can decide if you want to code a site from scratch or not. If you’re like many website builders, you may consider other options.

What’s an easy alternative?

The best answer is to code a website with a WordPress website builder.

What Is a Website Builder?

In WordPress, a website builder is a visual editor that lets you create a website using its drag and drop interface. So unlike pure coding, you have all the elements added to the visual builder. Then you simply drag and drop the elements you want to use to create your site. The best thing is that you have a real-time preview of your design while you’re working on it.

WordPress has several great options for you to pick a good website builder. Here are some good page builders that you can check out. For the sake of this tutorial, however, we’ll use Beaver Builder and Constant Contact’s Website Builder to create your website.

Let’s start with Beaver Builder.

Method 1: Coding a Website with WordPress + Beaver Builder

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Step 1. Installing and Activating Beaver Builder

To code a website with Beaver Builder, you’ll first have to install WordPress. Then from your WordPress dashboard, install and activate the Beaver Builder plugin. Once that’s done you can start using it to design your website.

Here’s how that works:

Go back to Pages » Add New in your WordPress dashboard. You’ll now see the Gutenberg editor gives you the option to launch the Beaver Builder plugin.

Beaver Builder

Click on Launch Builder Beaver.

This will launch the Beaver Builder visual editor where you can work on your design. To your right, you’ll see the options to add rows, modules, and templates. It also has a tab called Saved where you can see all of your previously saved templates.

Beaver Builder, how to code a website

Step 2: Selecting a Template for Your Website

The next step is to create a template for your design. You can select a template by clicking on the Templates tab on your right.

beaver builder templates, how to code a website

Here you’ll see various pre-built templates being displayed. You’ll also have a blank template option that you can use to create a more custom look.

By selecting one of these pre-built templates you can get started right away. It only takes a few tweaks to customize different elements like the text, logo, tagline, and so on.

Step 3: Adding Rows and Modules to Your Layout

This step is essential if you want to build your design from scratch. Or, you can add rows and columns to a pre-built template, too.

To add rows to your design just select the Rows tab and select the number of rows you want to add. Now drag your rows and drop them to your left. You can click on each of these tabs to customize their appearance.

Beaver Builder Layout rows

Using these customization options you can easily move your columns, duplicate them, adjust the row width, or work on each column individually. To edit your columns, click on the column where you want to make the changes. Then click on the Edit Column icon to get started. Now you’ll see the Column Settings option.

Column settings beaver builder

Here you can add text, links, background-colors, add borders, animation, and many other elements to your columns. Now that the rows are added, it’s time to add different elements like buttons, image galleries, maps, testimonials, contact forms etc, each of which is called a module.

Adding modules is as simple as adding your rows. Just go to the Modules tab, drag the module you want from your right, and drop it on your left.

adding Modules to beaver builder

You can also customize each of these modules. For example, if you want to work on your heading, all you need to do is click on your heading module. You’ll see a popup appear on your screen with 3 different tabs.

  1. General
  2. Style
  3. Advanced

In the General tab, you can edit your text, add a heading tag, add links, add a “nofollow” tag, or let your links open in a new window if you want.

Customizing your heading

The Style tab lets you work on the color, font, style & spacing, and more.

Beaver Builder customization

Finally, there’s the Advanced tab. Under this tab, you can add spacing, customize visibility, add animations, insert HTML elements, and export or import your layout as well.

Beaver builder style options

Just don’t forget to click on the Save button if you don’t want to lose your settings.

You can repeat the process with all the modules added to your website so that you can customize every aspect of your website. You can also add sidebars, pricing tables, and other elements to your page with Beaver Builder.

Then all that’s left is publishing your site.

Step 4: Publishing Your Website

Once everything has been properly added and customized, it’s time for you to Publish your site. For that, you’ll see the Publish button on the top right corner of your screen.

publishing beaver builder layout

And that’s it! You’ve now built a custom site with Beaver Builder that didn’t require expensive coding courses or long sleepless nights sifting through coder forums.

We’ve gone over the basics of what you can do with Beaver Builder, but you may be interested in diving deeper. If so, you’ll find this article helpful on creating a custom layout with Beaver Builder.

Now that we’ve covered our first method, let’s check out another WordPress site builder you can use: Constant Contact website builder.

Method 2: Coding a Website with Constant Contact Builder

The next method is to code your website with Constant Contact’s website builder.

Constant Contact is an email marketing service provider that streamlines your email marketing strategies.

But it also offers a website builder that lets you create professional websites for your business without using a single line of code. Let’s check out how to use this builder to create your site.

To begin the process, go to the official Constant Contact website builder page and click on the Create your free site tab on your screen.

Constant contact website builder

You’ll now be on a new screen where you’ll be asked to assign your website to a category.

Constant Contact builder

When you’ve done that, you’ll be on the builder where you can start creating your website. On your left, you’ll see a field to add your website’s name. On your right, you’ll see the real-view of how your website will appear.

Constant contact website builder

If you scroll down, you’ll get a global view of the site. You can add your website’s name and click on the Continue button below it. Then it’s time for one of the most important aspects of your site design: choosing a background image.

Constant Contact will display a few options of stock photos you can use for free based on the category of your site. If you don’t want to use a stock photo, you can use the Upload button to add an image of your own.

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Once you select your background image, click on the Continue button to go to the next step where you can upload your logo.

Click on the blank area where you see the option to click to upload your image and upload your logo from your desktop.

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Then hit the Continue button to go to the next step. Now you get to choose your site’s color scheme. You have several options, all starting with 2 themes: Light and Dark. You can choose whichever you think would be best for your website and brand.

Constant Contact colors

Again, hit the Continue button to go to the next step. Next, you can select your navigation style.

navigation, constant contact

You can choose from 5 different navigation styles. Once done you can click on the Continue button just below it and move on to select your font.

Constant_Contact fonts

Once they’re selected, you can update your contact details in the next step and click on the Finish button below it.

Constant_Contact finish

You’ll see an overview of your homepage, gallery, and other pages to confirm that you’re satisfied with the overall look. If everything looks good, you can go ahead and hit the Publish button on the top right corner of your screen.

Constant Contact site preview

And that’s it. All that’s left is to get familiar with your Constant Contact website builder settings.

Constant Contact Website Builder Settings

If you need to make any changes to your site, you’ve got loads of simple options for doing so. Using the tabs at the top of your website builder editor, you can change your theme or work on other settings, too.

Constant Contact site preview

For example, if you click on the Settings icon you’ll see various options for improving different aspects of your site’s performance.

Constant Contact settings

With these setting options, you can change your name and domain, logo, favicon, and even work on your site’s SEO. You can also update your contact details under the My Business tab on your left.

If you want to add your social links, click on the Social Accounts tab.

Constant Contact social

This lets you embed your social media account links to be displayed on the footer of your site. You can also track your website performance under the Tracking & Analytics tab. All you need to do is add your Google Analytics tracking ID.

Here’s a helpful article if you haven’t set up your Google Analytics account yet.

Finally, under the Legal tab, you can add your terms and services. You can also add custom HTML with the HTML injection tab, but this is less important for beginner site creators.

And there you have it! Now you see how easy it is to create a custom website with a website builder. The best thing is that it doesn’t involve writing or learning any code.

Using a site builder allows you to get the same result in a fraction of the time.

Not convinced by Beaver Builder or Constant Contact’s website builder? Don’t worry. We have more website builder suggestions for you that can simplify the process of designing your website.

But if you still determined to code your site from scratch but don’t know how to get started, we have the solution for that as well. Try out Codecademy. It’s the best starting place for anyone who has the time and wants to learn coding with a guided step-by-step course.

Once you’re done learning how to code, and you’re ready to build your first website, you’ll need to pick a domain name and choose a good web hosting where you can host your site.

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