How to Create Your First Website & Opt-In Page in 1 Hour

I see so many aspiring entrepreneurs frustrated and confused over how to get their first website and opt-in page up and running.

The good news is that when you’re first starting out, this need not be complicated.

Read on for my simple method for setting up your first website and opt-in page in 1 hour using free or inexpensive tools!

(If at any point you find yourself wanting more details, just scroll to the bottom of this post and click the link to check out the step-by-step video training and the detailed PDF guides.)

Part 1: Setting Up a WordPress Website from Scratch Using BlueHost Web Hosting & the Weaver Xtreme Theme for WordPress

  1. Sign up for BlueHost web hosting. (That’s an affiliate link, meaning I’ll get a commission if you click on it and then purchase. Thanks for that!) I recommend the “plus” plan.
  2. Install WordPress in the cPanel of your BlueHost account.
  3. Log in to your new WordPress dashboard.
  4. Install the (free) Weaver Xtreme theme for WordPress.
  5. Install the 3 recommended plugins to enhance the functionality of the Weaver Xtreme theme.
  6. Add a header image under Appearance.
  7. Add your site title and general information under Settings.
  8. Select the way you want your links to look under Settings.
  9. Add your home page under Settings.
  10. Remove the site title/tagline at the top of the home page AND all other pages under Appearance -> Weaver Xtreme Admin.
  11. Remove the “breadcrumbs” line that shows the path to the current page under Appearance -> Weaver Xtreme Admin.
  12. Remove the title of the homepage under Per Page Options.
  13. Remove the sidebar from the homepage under Sidebars & Widgets.
  14. Add any other pages you would like under Pages -> Add New.
  15. Delete the sample page that came with your WordPress installation.
  16. Add a blog page with a feed of your most recent posts. Pages -> Add New -> Page with Posts as template.
  17. Delete the sample blog post that came with your WordPress installation.
  18. Add your first blog posts under Posts -> Add New.
  19. Remove the navigation links and top/bottom post info from all of your blog posts under Appearance -> Weaver Xtreme Admin.
  20. Change the order of your menu items (if desired) under Page Attributes for each page.
  21. Add some drop-down menu items (if desired) under Page Attributes for each page.
  22. Center the menu and change its colors (if desired) under Appearance -> Weaver Xtreme Admin.
  23. Change the favicon (the little square that appears in the visitor’s browser tab when viewing the site) under Appearance -> Weaver Xtreme Admin.
  24. Edit what appears in the sidebar (if desired) under Appearance -> Widgets.
  25. Add legal links in the footer. Create a page for each legal document and add HTML in the footer to link to them. Appearance -> Weaver Xtreme Admin.
  26. Add a horizontal sign-up form for your email list under the menu/header. Use my tutorial for this.
  27. Install helpful plugins. I recommend Yoast SEO, WP Backup to Dropbox, Google Analytics, Magic Action Box, Tiny MCE Advanced, and WP Simple Paypal Shopping Cart.
  28. Publish the site.

Part 2: Setting Up the Technical Components of an Opt-In Offer With AWeber & WordPress

  1. Create the image that will be shared on Facebook when the sign-up page is shared. Use Canva.
  2. Create the sign-up page in WordPress. Pages -> Add New. You’ll come back later to add the sign-up form.
  3. Hide the site title, menus, info bars, and sidebars on this page. Also, hide the page from the site menu. Do all of this under Per Page Options and Sidebars & Widgets.
  4. Edit the meta description and the Facebook sharing image. Do this in the Yoast SEO settings for that page.
  5. Create the thank-you page in WordPress. Pages -> Add New.
  6. Add a title, welcome message, and social sharing on the thank-you page.
  7. Add your actual offer to the thank-you page. If it’s a PDF, upload it to your media library, copy the file link, and paste it on the thank-you page. If it’s a video, upload unlisted to YouTube, copy the embed code, and paste it on the thank-you page. If it’s an audio, upload public to SoundCloud, copy the embed code, and paste it on the thank-you page.
  8. Prevent the thank-you page from coming up in Google searches. Do this in the Yoast SEO settings for that page.
  9. Hide the site title, menus, info bars, and sidebars on this page. Also, hide the page from the site menu. Do all of this under Per Page Options and Sidebars & Widgets.
  10. Sign up for AWeber. (That’s an affiliate link, meaning I’ll get a commission if you click on it and then purchase. Thanks for that!) I recommend “first month free” and then when that month is up, switch to the annual billing.
  11. Create a new list in AWeber. Do that under Manage Lists -> Create a List.
  12. Add the link to your thank-you page under List Options -> List Settings.
  13. Create a sign-up form in AWeber. Do that under Sign Up Forms -> Create Your First Sign Up Form.
  14. Add the link to your thank-you page in Step 2 of the sign-up form setup process.
  15. Add the sign-up form to your sign-up page. Do this by copying the Javascript Snippet in Step 3 of the sign-up form setup process and then pasting it onto your sign-up page in WordPress.
  16. Create a welcome email in AWeber. Do that under Messages -> Legacy Follow Up Series. Include links to your thank-you page in the welcome email.

Want ALL the details and a video demo of how to do each step listed above?

Check out my video training and step-by-step PDF guides that break down each step in such detail that you can’t mess it up! :)

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