Week Four: Design Your Own WordPress Website (Without Design Experience)

by Gigi Griffis

Welcome to the Free Online DIY Website Workshop—a seven-session course that’ll help you launch a website (even if technology baffles you). If you’re just now joining us, I recommend starting at week one.

Welcome back!

This week we’re tackling design. By the end of the below sessions, you should have a design that you love (though it won’t yet be online and editable) and that fits with your overall strategy and content.

(Psst, this post may contain affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of my links, I get a commission at no extra cost to you.)

Session One: Defining Your Design Needs

Session Two: Sketching Your Design

Session Three: Choosing Your Theme

:: Download: What’s easy/difficult to change in a WordPress theme?
:: Download the theme comparison document
:: Theme Forest

Session Four: Gathering Photos

:: Flickr
:: Canva
:: How to Find Creative Commons Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide with Screenshots


If you run into a question or need clarification along the way, stop by the Facebook group. And don’t forget to pay it forward – if someone else helps you, try to help others along the way if you can.

For Individual Feedback…

If you would like some one-on-one consulting, feel free to reach out anytime! Hourly consulting costs $100 per hour and if you need a little more help, I’d be happy to send you a fixed bid based on your specific project.

Coming Up Next Week…

In the next session, we’re taking the design you’ve chosen and making it live. You’ll set up hosting, install WordPress, and put a private version of your site online. And don’t worry, no tech experience is required!

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