So, you want to learn how to build a website! That’s great! Building a website when I began my online career meant a lot of coding but not any more. Today content management systems, CMS in short, like Joomla or WordPress are the foundation of hundreds of successful websites you visit each day. And they are too easy to master too! You can have your website running in a couple of days with minimum coding required.
They won’t cost you a penny, either! That’s correct, Joomla and WordPress do come for free and are very easy to use.
But that’s just a couple of reasons why I recommend building your website using a CMS, preferably WordPress as you are starting out. Before you go on and install a CMS for your website though, you have to take care of other stuff.
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Picking a domain name is the first step of building a website
Registering a domain name for your blog or business is one of the key elements for your website’s long term success. As a beginner you must feel impatient to start designing your website and adding content. I know that, because I had felt just the same! Quite often new bloggers buy a domain name in a hurry and not until they have written tens of useful posts, do they realize their voice isn’t heard, because of a badly chosen domain name.
Don’t make that mistake!
Make a great start online by putting a lot of thought when picking a domain name for your blog. Think of your audience, of the products you are marketing and of the content you are going to create. You do have chosen a niche for your blog, correct? You do know what you are going to talk about in your blog, don’t you?
On the other hand, if you are building a website for your established business, the domain name is usually very similar to your company’s name, so your work is pretty much done there.
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Read my own views and tips when it comes to picking a name for your domains.
Choosing the best web hosting provider comes next
Selecting a web hosting provider is the next step when building a website. Before you ask yourself how to build your own website, it’s wiser to think about where to host your website.
You can host a website in your personal server at home, but I will take a wild guess here and bet that you don’t want to leave your own computer online 24 hours a day! Let alone security issues, bandwidth requirements and server loading times! Besides, you do need to be an expert when it comes to server technology and since you are here, this is something you certainly lack of. That is most probably why you need a web hosting provider in the first place. In fact, you are buying their knowledge and support with the money you spend buying a hosting plan.
My recommended hosting company is HostGator, where most of my blogs are nowadays hosted.
Read my most recent posts about blog hosting.
This is the only money you are supposed to spend when you begin building a website: domain name registration and website hosting. This process will most probably set you back about $100 for a year or even less depending on the registrar and hosting company.
Installing WordPress as your blogging software or Joomla comes next and you are ready to start building your own website for free! You still have a lot to learn in order your website to become successful. Rest assured though that most tools and help come for free. Like my own tips about domains you will find in this blog!
Now you know how to build a website and not breaking the bank!
Building your own website shouldn’t be hard or expensive. There are many free tools online that can help you build a website from scratch. I regularly share my tips showing how to build a website effectively, cost-free and securely either with the ease of WordPress or by utilizing more complex content management systems like Joomla. You might learn some basic programming skills while you keep improving your website, but not before you welcome your first visitors in your website!
I hope you find web design a creative hobby, while building a website for your business or personal blogging, like I have!