A Step-By-Step Guide To Setting Up Your First Website
Did you know there are now more than a billion websites on the internet? That’s a staggering number, and yours could be next! It’s easier than you think to build a website in 2015. Most beginners still think you need lots of coding knowledge and tech skills. The truth is much simpler than that. There are lots of modern platforms that take you through the process step-by-step. It means that everyone can create their personal website. Whether it’s a portfolio, an online shop, or a personal blog, it’s easier than ever. Here’s how you do it.
- Choose a domain name
Your domain name is the address people will type in to find your website. Ideally, you want something simple and straight to the point. But, remember, over a billion have already been chosen! The best domain names are your business name, ie. www.your-business-name.com. Find and register your domain name as soon as possible. They’re usually quite affordable, and you’ll get access to it for a year’s contract.
- Web hosting
The next step is perhaps the trickiest aspect of building a website. It’s called web hosting, and it’s a vital part of your site. It’s best to think of it like this. To set up a website, you need to rent or buy a portion of the internet on which to build your site. Web hosting companies are like internet landlords. They sell you a space of web space for a monthly fee. In some cases, you’ll share that space with lots of other websites. Or, you can pay to upgrade to a nice quiet patch of internet land all by yourself. In many cases, you can buy the web hosting at the same time as your domain name to simplify the process.
- Choose a CMS platform
That might sound like a foreign language, but don’t worry, it’s easy enough. CMS stands for ‘content management system’. It’s the most popular method of building a website these days, and requires almost no coding. The best platforms are WordPress, Tumblr, and Drupal. You simply register an account, and they’ll help you set up the website. It’s a step-by-step process, and you’ll get your site up and running in no time. They’ll even help you choose a theme. Adding website content on a CMS is like typing into a word processor. They then do all the tricky work of turning it into a real site.
- Create a design
Last of all, you need to choose or create a design for your website. If you’re using WordPress, Tumblr, or Drupal (as we mentioned above), they give you all the tools you need. In fact, all you have to do is choose a template you like the look of. Some premium ‘themes’ or templates come at a cost, but there are thousands of free versions. Once you’ve chosen your favorite, you can tweak it to suit the marketing and brand of your business.
That’s all there is to it! Now, you just need to press ‘publish’, and your site will go live to the world.