How to create a website for beginners
I still remember how clueless I was when I decided to start my first website. I didn`t know anything about web hosting options, website builders or what these even mean. Fortunately I know Google, so I started some research and quickly realized that there are many sites specialized on this.
So if you don`t like my guide below (and I know I am speaking against myself), you can search for the usual “how do I create a website” on Google.
The Free Option
If you only want to be a casual blogger, or simply try if it is something for you before making any investment, you are lucky, because there are some options.
You can create a free website in a couple of minutes. Usually free website builders are is a hosted websites, so you will have to compromise on the functionalities a self-hosted site can provide.
Probably the most noteworthy is WordPress.com (do not confuse it with WordPress.org). If you go with WordPress, your domain name will include “wordpress”, but for beginners is the perfect playground as it is free, incredibly user friendly, suitable for almost any type of website and has a huge user base, which means it is a very mature website builder.
If you don`t like WordPress for some reason, simply search for free blog sites on Google.
The Paid Option
In case you are serious and need the customization options a self-hosted domain can provide, you will have to spend some money.
You should be able to get some basic hosting with a domain registration for about $100. The below steps should help you to get the site set up:
1. Domain Name
Quite obvious but first you have to decide your domain name. I am not very creative, so for me this is one of the hard ones. I usually used GoDaddy to check if the name is available and what the approximate cost is. You can buy the domain directly from GoDaddy, or when registering at the web hosting company, which is a bit easier.
I suggest that you think of 4-5 domain names, note them down and sleep on it, only start the purchase process afterwards with no regrets.
2. Web Hosting
Choose a web hosting company. You might want to read some reviews which sounds the best for you. To be honest, I don`t think there is much difference, my first site was hosted at Bluehost, this one is at A2 Hosting and I can`t report any major difference.
It is very important that you only buy those additional features that you really need. Probably during the purchase process you will be prompted a lot of options you haven`t even heard about where a good rule of thumb is not to buy them unless they sound completely essential for you. First of all most of those can be purchased later on, and some of them are for work you can do yourself within a couple of.
3. Website Builder
Once your web hosting is in place you should choose a website builder. I don`t have experience with anything else than WordPress, but you can Google for all the option and choose whichever you prefer. If you are a beginner – like me – probably WordPress is your best choice as it is intuitive, requires no programming knowledge at all and is free.
Usually there will be an option at your web hosting profile to automatically install WordPress and other website builder softwares.
4. Design and style
Next you should decide on the design and style of your site. This step is something you should not rush! Nothing is worse than having spent dozens of hours customizing your site and realizing that you don`t like the look and have to change it completely.
I suggest that before your first post you come up with a template which you can use for your upcoming content.
Now you can start creating content. If you think the above part was the hardest, then you are very wrong, this is where you will spend all your time. Actually planning and deciding on your content should be the very first step before you do anything else.
Naturally the above is just the basics that should get you started. If you get stuck at any of the steps, just search for your issue. The biggest truth is “Google knows everything”.
Editor`s note: No, unfortunately I did not get paid by any of the above companies. But if you hear that somebody wants to pay me, you know how to contact me.