The Website Creation Process
Now if you choose not to use a website builder, you are probably curious to know what is involved in making a website. Here I explain the three main steps of creating a website.
Creating a website basically involves the following 3 steps:
|STEP 1 >>||STEP 2 >>||STEP 3 >>|
|Register a Domain Name||Get a Web Host||Build your Website|
|A domain name is the thing that looks like mysite.com. You register these on an annual basis.Domain names can cost anywhere between $10 and $50 per year. I’ll show you how to get one for $1.99 (below).||A web host is a company that enables your website to be viewed by the rest of the world, 24/7.A good hosting plan can be anywhere between $10 per month and many thousands per month. Below, I’ll show you excellent hosting plans starting from around $5 or $6 per month.||You can either build it yourself or use a website builder.Below, I’ll show you an online website builder that includes templates and hosting. And the great thing is, it’s cheaper than most hosting plans!|
Step 1: Register a Domain Name
Before you even think about building your website, you should register a domain name. A domain name is the thing that looks like this: “yourdomain.com”.
Your domain name represents the URL (or permanent web address) of your website. Therefore, when anyone types in “yourdomain.com” or “www.yourdomain.com”, they will see your website.
You register your domain name through a domain name registrar or hosting provider. You simply check that your preferred domain name is available, then register it (online).
Domain names are registered on an annual basis, and you can usually register it many years in advance (or set ‘auto-renew’).
Prices can range from between $10 to $15 up to as much as $35 or even $45 (this is for the same product!).
If you don’t have a domain name yet, get your domain name now (before someone else beats you to it!)
Step 2: Get a Web Host
A web host (or hosting provider), is a company that makes your website available for the world to see. They have the equipment and technical skills to make sure your website is available to the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Choose your hosting provider carefully – a good host will have excellent support. A bad host can have almost no support at all! If you’re new to creating websites, good support can reduce the stress that comes from doing something for the first time.
Also, some web hosts have an online website builder. A good website builder can enable anyone to make a website – even complete novices.
If you like the idea of using an online website builder, check out the website builder. This enables you to build a website virtually within minutes, and hosting is included (as well as plenty of other extras).
If you don’t need a website builder (i.e. you prefer to build your website by yourself), you can find some great hosting plans here. Once you’ve built your website, simply upload it via FTP.
Step 3: Build your Website
Image of a website . This part can be as easy or as hard as you like it to be!
The easy way? The easiest way to build a website is to use your web host’s website builder (assuming they have one).
The hard way? OK, if you think a website builder sounds too much like cheating, you probably want to learn how to build a website the way the pros do it – by coding/programming. If this sounds like you, then see this introduction to making your own website.
Website Design Services
As easy as it is to create your own website, some people prefer to leave it to the experts. And there can be benefits in doing this too.
A good web developer can create a website uniquely branded to your company.