If you just started a new blog but it doesn’t look the way you always imagined it, then this post will help you learn how to design your blog or website without knowing any code.
Despite what you may think, you don’t need to know any code to design a stunning website or blog. I created this website without knowing any coding, and you can do it too!
Congrats on setting up your blog! If you’ve come to this post and don’t have a blog yet, that’s okay!
Check out this step-by-step tutorial that explains everything in detail on how to start your blog!
To do use the themes I suggest, you’ll need a Genesis Framework which is explained below.
Step 1. design a blog with no coding: Install a theme framework.
“What the heck is this?!”
Yeah, I felt the same way when I started this blog. I didn’t know about theme frameworks, child themes or anything.
You need a theme framework as the foundation for your blog for many reasons; it speeds up your site, keeps your work safer and allows you to have greater control over customization.
Studiopress, the makers of Genesis, use this metaphor to help us understand how this framework thing works,
A website framework (ours is called Genesis) is a powerful type of WordPress theme — a “supertheme”, if you will.
A child theme sits on top of that framework and handles all the design and layout aspects of your website.
In talking about all this, it helps to think of your website as a car.
WordPress acts as the engine of your car.
Genesis (the framework) is the frame and body of the car, and is the basic design, security, and SEO foundation of your website. In handling all the core code, Genesis also helps to “future-proof” your site, so all your customizations won’t disappear when it comes time for your one-click software upgrades.
Lastly, a child theme is the pure design element that rests on top of your framework — the cherry red paint job on that car. Or blue. Or black. Pink. Green. You get the idea, whatever works for you …” – Source: http://www.studiopress.com/faqs
I hope this clarifies it for you. Thesis is also recommended by many but I chose to use Genesis as it has more child themes available and in my research more people recommended Genesis Framework over Thesis.
Cost: One-time cost of $59.95. You can use it again on other sites if you choose to build more than one.
Step 2. Do some research and find a Genesis child theme you like.
If you don’t know anything technical like coding, then your goal here is to find a theme that you really like the design of and will only need to make very limited changes to it.
If you find a them that you like but you want to change too many things and make customizations, you’re better off going with a different child theme.
This is the secret on how to create a blog or website with no coding – using child themes.
The reason I like child themes is that all of the coding is done for you. It’s literally like buying a dress for your site. You upload the child theme and then use plugins and widgets where it says to.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the themes they offer:
Honestly, I cant explain enough how invaluable their support service is. When starting a blog, everything is completely overwhelming.
Looking back, it feels very unfair and misleading that no one really explained how difficult just setting up your blog would be. Sure they say making money will take time etc. but no one tells you that there will be days when you want to write an awesome post, only to be held up for HOURS trying to get one thing to work properly.
The hours you’ll spend googling how to do this, that and the other will be cut in half when you get a theme from Restored 316. They supply in-depth tutorials on WordPress, setting up your blog, FAQs that really answer your burning questions and also tutorials on other things related to blog design with no coding needed.
You can also email them specific questions and their team is SO helpful. They won’t CUSTOMIZE your site for you, that is an additional cost but the themes are so complete you really don’t need further customizations at this point in your blogging journey.
I did absolutely no coding to make this site. Check them out, you won’t regret it! I truly believe in this company and probably would have given up on my blog before even starting it without their help.
Their assistance and resources they provide cost less than hiring a web designer and give you the tools and support to confidently do it yourself!
Bada bing- bada boom!
Your site looks like a professional made it, even though it only took you a few minutes.
If the feminine themes of Restored 316 aren’t your jam, you can also buy themes from Studiopress (the makers of Genesis Framework). There is even a bundle package with Genesis and the child theme included at a discounted price.
That’s it! You can have a website that looks like you spent hours coding on it, without knowing any code in just a few clicks of a button.
Hope this helps! If it did, please leave a comment/question below 🙂
Hang in there, it’ll get easier.
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