A Step-by-Step Guide on how to Create your Own Website (Updated 2021)
A lot of people have chosen to create their website. Whether it be for recreational or business purposes, there are a lot of websites that emerge every day. If you’re one of these people, I’m guessing that you are trying to know the process of creating your own website. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. To help you with this process, here is a step by step guide on creating your own website.
YOU NEED TO CHOOSE YOUR DOMAIN NAME
The first thing you may want to consider before building a website is thinking about a proper domain name. It is your website name, including its address. That address will be used by visitors who want to access your site as they search for it through their web browsers. Create yours uniquely from the cost of around $10 to $50 a year. $15 is the usual price most websites use.
If you have not yet registered or have chosen a domain name for your website, check out these tips that might help you in creating one:
If planning to set up a personal website for yourself, com may be a great option for you.
If you are perhaps planning to make a website for a business, make sure that your domain matches the company name and could be shown like com.
If your goal is to target international visitors, “generic” domain extensions like .com, .net, or .org could be your top choices. Then if your goal is country-targeted visitors, you can use a “local domain name extensions like .de, .fr, or .ru.
In case your preferred domain name is already taken, don’t stress yourself too much. There may be more than 300 million different domains that are already registered, but there are also a billion other possibilities that are still available for you.
GET A WEB HOSTING AND REGISTER YOUR DOMAIN NAME
Besides having a domain name, you will also be needing website hosting (web hosting). It is a service that is responsible for hosting and storing your website files or contents on a secure server that is always up and running. Without it, it will be hard for people to access your site, as well as to read and browse.
You can find affordable and reliable web hosting for new websites for as low as $3 to $10 a month. It is sort of cheap but will be an important investment to achieve success for your website.
Always make sure that whichever web hosting company you sign up with, has these following features:
Unlimited or unmetered bandwidth (no traffic limitations)
FREE domain name with SSL (for security)
Customer support, preferably 24/7 live chat
Custom email accounts
One-click-install for WordPress (free)
If you have ensured that the web hosting you found offers all the things above, you can ensure that you found a good provider.
SET UP YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE THROUGH YOUR WEB HOST
Once your domain name and web hosting are already set up, you will now need to choose and install a website building platform (which is also known as CMS). You can consider using WordPress as it is easy to use and comes with free designs and add-ons that will make your website look unique and professional. Setting it up is easy and your web host mostly does the work for you, which means you don’t really have to exert much effort for this part.
Many web hosting providers have “WordPress Install” located somewhere in the hosting cPanel. In case your web host does not provide “one-click installs”, you can try setting up WordPress manually.
YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE THE STRUCTURE AND DESIGN OF YOUR WEBSITE
As your bare website is already set up and is ready to work, it is now time to make it feel like you really own it by choosing a nice design, customizing it, and adding elements that shout your brand.
YOU CAN NOW ADD CONTENTS AND PAGES TO YOUR WEBSITE
Pages play an important part on your website. Can you imagine a website without any pages on it?
From a technical point of view, a web page is just a document on the web. It is not that far different compared to your traditional Word document except for having your website’s branding elements like the header and footer.
Here’s a list of pages that most websites find essential:
Homepage– it is the first page that your visitors will first see as they visit your website.
About page– it is the page that explains what your website is all about.
Contact page– that page that has your contact details in case your visitors may have some inquiries or questions.
Blog page– Here, visitors can find your recent blog posts. In case you are not planning to do blogging, you can use this page for your company news and announcements.
Services page– If the website is set up for a business, you can use this page to showcase your services.
Shop page– This page is for companies that want to launch an eCommerce store.
Most pages above could be very similar in structure but differences will be found on the contents on the actual page. Basically, once you learn how to create one page, you’ll be able to create the rest easy as well.
SET UP A NAVIGATION MENU FOR YOUR WEBSITE
As a range of good-looking pages is already created, the next step to do is to set up your navigation or what we call a website menu. This menu will let your visitors go from page to page on your site.
IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS, FEEL FREE TO ADD IN YOUR ONLINE STORE OR E-COMMERCE
After all the steps above are completed, it is now time to create an online store or eCommerce. This is obviously not done by all websites, so may feel free to skip this step if you are not planning to do this part for your website.
KEEP IMPROVING YOUR WEBSITE
The process does not end here as you must keep improving your site. The next few steps you may want to do for your website is to drive traffic and to monetize your site. Keep it up to date as you may want it to be able to compete among thousands of websites already available online. Start your website now!