You’ve probably heard that you can build a website for yourself, but even if you have, you might be wondering, “What does that mean?” There’s a lot of jargon involved in the word “website” that can make it seem like an inaccessible process.
Well, nothing could be further from the truth!
With a little bit of patience and hard work on your part, anyone can create their own website. It may take some time to get started, but after that it’s easy-breezy lemon squeezy.
There are some steps however that need to be taken care of when starting off-
- Finding the right platform.
If you want to create your own website, there are many options available.
- If you have a limited budget and time, WordPress is the best way to go. It’s free (you just need to pay for hosting) and easy to use.
- A domain name is the name of your website, e.g., www.example.com or someotherawesomedomainnamehere.com
- Hosting providers provide servers where your site files will be stored so that they can be accessed online by anyone with an Internet connection and web browser such as Firefox or Safari (in this case).
- Registering the domain name.
Your domain name is the web address where your site will be hosted. It’s a little like a phone number, in that you need to have one in order to get people to call you.
Domain names can be registered for free or for a fee, depending on who you use. There are many different companies offering domain registration services, and all of them have different prices and features.
Some offer more than one type of domain name (such as .com and .org), while others only offer one kind of generic top-level domain name (gTLD).
- Choosing hosting provider.
When choosing a hosting provider, make sure it’s reliable, secure and fast. And last but not least: affordable!
- Reliability is vital in order to ensure your site stays up when people need it most. Your readers will become frustrated if they can’t access your content or get an error message when clicking links or buttons.
- Security is also important so hackers cannot tamper with your content or steal personal information from visitors. Some hosts offer additional security measures like two-factor authentication for logging into their dashboard and automatic backups of data stored on their servers (i.e., databases).
- Speed means everything when customers want an immediate response from any device connected to the internet—and that includes mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets too!
- Selecting a theme
Themes are the templates that you can use to create your website. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they contain a header, body and footer. This is what makes up every HTML website. There are also some extra elements like menus, blog sections and contact forms that can be added to any theme you choose from the WordPress repository if you want them on your site.
Choosing a theme should be done by looking at what type of site you want to build first (e-commerce store? Blog? etc) then considering which plugins will work with the platform before finally making sure it’s compatible with your hosting provider (i.e., Bluehost).
- Creating pages and writing content
Now you’re ready to create some pages and write content.
- Create a blog:
A blog is where you write about what’s happening in your life, or why you believe in something. Blog posts are usually short and sweet—they can be as long as 1,000 words but many people space their blogs out over several shorter articles.
- Creating a contact page:
You don’t want to send people who are interested in contacting you on a wild goose chase! Make sure they know how they can reach out with questions or comments by creating a contact page that includes all relevant information such as your email address and phone number, along with links to other important areas of the site (like an FAQ section).
- Installing plugins.
Now that you have a website, the next step is to make it more functional by installing plugins. Plugins are like apps for your website. They add functionality to your site and allow you to do things like:
- Add a contact form
- Add a newsletter signup feature
- Add an online store or shopping cart
- Create a blog
- Integrate social media into your site
- Going live.
Once you’re ready, click the GO LIVE button. This is a big moment! You’ve taken on a lot of information and hopefully learned how to build your own website.
Now that your site is live, it’s time for promotion. There are many ways to promote your site including social media, search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing and more.
- Register the domain name.
- Select a hosting provider.
- Choose a theme and create pages using the drag-and-drop editor.
- Install WordPress plugins to add functionality to your site (e.g., social sharing buttons).
- Go live!
So, we hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know the basics of web design and can now create a website. There are many sites that also provide paid classes & tutorials to teach wordpress website development.
Learnwithnkm is great if you want to take control of your own online presence and build something that reflects who you are and what you do. It’s also important to remember that while creating a website can be daunting at first, it gets easier with practice!