If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own website but not sure how to make it happen, you are in the right place. This step-by-step guide will show you how to create a great looking site without the needing any knowledge of coding or HTM
1. Choose a Niche
The word niche means topic or field. So choosing a niche basically means what do you want your website to be about. It can be a personal website or blog, it can be a business website, it can be an educational website where you teach your readers about something or it can be a website dedicated to one of your favorite hobbies. The possibilities are endless.
This is the first step to building your website and it is a very important one. Take some time to really reflect on what you want your website to be about.
2. Choose a Domain Name
Once you’ve decided what your niche will be, the next thing you need to do is get a domain name. A domain name is the address where people can access your website and it will usually be the name of your website. That’s why it’s important to choose your niche first, because your domain name will be related to whatever your niche is.
A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used with different domain extensions, such as .com, .net, .org, etc. However, I strongly recommend to go with a .com extension as this is by far the most common and the one that people are mostly used to.
For example, the domain name for this website is www.chasingthatdream.com
I’m sure you’ll come up with a few different cool names but you’ll need to make sure they haven’t been taken already. You can check whether your domain name is available and purchase it at one of the following domain registration sites:
Several of these companies offer special discounts and deals. For a complete breakdown, check out the 10 best domain registrars for 2019.
3. Find a Host
To create a website, you’ll need to find a place to host it. This is the place where all your files will be stored.
Some people confuse domain name and web hosting but these are two different things and it’s important to understand the difference. A good way to think about this is if the domain name was the address of your house, and the web hosting is the actual house that the address points to. All websites on the internet need web hosting.
In most cases you can actually buy your domain name and web hosting from the same company and it will actually be cheaper and more convenient this way. Some web hosting companies such as Bluehost will actually give you a free domain name if you buy your web hosting with them.
However, some prefer to keep their domain separate from their hosting. One of the reasons is that if in the future you are not happy with your host and decide to move your site elsewhere, you won’t also need to move your domain which can be more complicated.
If you do decide to buy the domain name separately, then you’ll need to connect your domain name to your hosting company. This is not very difficult, and the support team at either company should be happy to help you figure it out.
Check out the best web hosting in 2019.
4. Choose a Platform
Once you’ve registered your domain name and hosted it you are ready to start building your website. There are a few different options and it all depends on what kind of website you want to build.
Here’s a little breakdown of the most popular options.
WordPress – Best for writers and bloggers
There are two versions of WordPress available and people often confuse them. There is WordPress.org and WordPress.com. So what’s the difference?
WordPress.org (also known as self hosted WordPress) is the world’s most popular website building platform. Over 34% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.
In a nutshell, WordPress.org is open source and 100% free for anyone to use. All you need is a domain name and web hosting. This is why it is also referred to as self-hosted WordPress. With WordPress.org you have full control of your website and you are free to do anything you want and customize it as much as you need.
WordPress.com is a hosting service and is a good choice for writers and hobby bloggers. It’s free for up to 3GB of space. After that you will have to switch to a paid plan for more space. With WordPress.com you won’t have to worry about updates or backups as they will take care of that.
Check out WordPress.org vs WordPress.com comparison for more details.
Wix – Best Overall
Wix is a great option if you want to get a great looking website online with a minimum of effort. They offer hundreds of templates for specific businesses and other uses. The only thing they require for you to get started is an email address. However, if you want your site to be ad-free, then you must upgrade to a paid account. These range from the $5 per month to the $25-per-month VIP plan.
Weebly is an easy-to-use site builder with a free option. It lets you create and publish attractive, responsive-design sites, blogs, and online stores. You can start building your Weebly site for the price of an email address and password. That gets you a site with a generous 500MB of storage, though your free site will include Weebly ads. For $8 per month, the Starter account removes the Weebly branding and adds a custom domain name, unlimited storage, and a 10-product store.
GoDaddy’s new website builder is easy to use and delivers good-looking responsive-design sites, but it doesn’t allow lots of tinkering with page design.