3 Easy Steps to Build a Professional Website
Today, it is not needed to be a developer to be able to build a simple but professional website. There are many tools available that makes website building so easy, that anyone who can write an email can basically create a website. If you choose to build your site with WordPress or other similar content management system, you can forget the programming, the interface of this software is extremely user friendly, and there are hundreds of articles and videos you can learn WordPress from. In this article I will walk you through the simple profess of website building from domain registration trough to publishing your first article.
Registering a domain name
Domain registration is a very simple process, where you search for available domains and pick one that you like the most. You can search for domain names at Name.com, NameCheap, GoDaddy and other registrars. Most web hosting providers will also offer you the possibility to register your domain, but in this case we stick with the option to have our domain separated from our hosting provider.
Depends on the topic of your website, you can choose a keyword or a brand domain. The domain name can contain letters, numbers, and dashes and must have an extension. The most popular domain extensions are .com, .net and .org, but there are lots of other extensions you can choose from. So you found a domain you like and you want to register it. The process of registering a domain does not differ much from buying a product online. You will need to add your contact and payment details to a secured form and hit the finish order button; as simple as that. After successful payment, you will receive an email with the confirmation of your order and will be able to access and manage the domain you registered. This will be needed later on, when you connect the domain with your hosting account.
Buying reliable web hosting service
You will also need a web hosting plan, a web server, where you can upload and store the files and database of your website. Web hosting is crucial, picking the wrong hosting provider you end up having a slow, unreliable website. Probably you don’t want this, so I suggest you to pick a plan from iPage, BlueHost or InMotion hosting. There companies offer top level hosting service along with professional online support. If you are a beginner you should choose shared hosting, and upgrade to VPS or Dedicated hosting later on, when your website is using too much resources due to high amount of visitors. If you choose to sing up with other hosting provider, make sure they allow WordPress hosting, if you really want to create your site using this great tool.
After you have your hosting account, you will need to connect it with your domain name. To do this, you will have to go to your domain registrar and set up the NameServers of your newly registered domain. The name servers are provided by your hosting company, and you should be receiving all these information by email after purchase.
Building and Publishing your Website
Once your domain is pointed to your hosting account, you can start building your website. With WordPress you can get your website up and running within minutes. Most hosting providers, such as iPage or BlueHost, offer one click installation tool that enables you to automatically install the software to your website. It will take only couple of seconds to get it rolling. After the installation is done, you can login to the administration area, where you will be able to change the design, add custom plugins for additional website functions like slideshow, contact form, social profile icons, newsletter subscribe form, basically anything you can think of. Here you can also change the design of your website, choosing a theme you like from the hundreds of available designs. Last, but not least, you can add content: images, text, videos, customize the layout of the pages and with a click of the button you can publish it to your website.
WordPress is very popular software, more than 75 million website use this content management system. If you have any questions or need help with your website, there are lots of tutorials on the web to help you get started.
Hope, this guide helped you to realize how easy is to create and maintain a website with WordPress. Now go, get a domain and a hosting account and start building your own website. Good luck!