How to create your own website: 3 easy steps to begin with
Several years ago creating the website was a real problem, but today you are lucky to have a lot of tools to create a web resource easily. We wrote a beginner-friendly manual for a fast setup: spend only one hour and express yourself with your own website.
One of the most important questions that you have to solve before the start is what platform you choose. Use one of the popular CMS and you get a multifunctional tool for website building. Use one of the popular CMS (Content Management Systems) and you get a multifunctional tool for website building.
Have a look at the picture below to find out what CMS is the most popular in 2016:
As you can see, WordPress is the most popular CMS. Wanna know why? Keep reading!
You will understand all WordPress lovers after reading this:
- Free. TOTALLY FREE!
You do not need to spend money to install WordPress and you get all necessary themes, templates and plugins to run your website.
- User-friendly and easy.
You do not need any additional experience to upload content. The principle is similar to MS Word, you open a new page, type the text, upload pictures or videos and press «Save» button. Thanks to different plugins you may install contact and subscription forms on your website, add photo galleries and like/share buttons.
You may use WordPress for different purposes and build everything from a simple blog to a huge business resource or an online store.
WordPress plugins are perfect for creating responsive websites, that look good on any device.
WordPress is an open source, the community is very big and spread all over the world. You may get support via forums and different tutorials available on the Internet.
You may also choose Drupal or Joomla. These CMS have their advantages too:
- Drupal is awesome for creating different types of content like videos, polls, user management, texts, blogs, podcasts, statistics, and others. If you choose this CMS remember that you get a good tool, but it is not as user-friendly as WordPress. Scalability and efficiency are Drupal`s week points, so if you are going to build a big web resource do not rely on this CMS.
- Joomla is a good decision for those webmasters who build online shops, corporate websites, news portals and other big web resources. Joomla is oriented on huge projects, but it is not so easy to deal with all functionality. In addition, some plugins are paid, unlike WordPress’ ones.
When you have chosen a platform, you should think about a domain name and web hosting. Domain name is the name and address of your future website. Web Hosting is a service that makes your website available on the Internet.
If you start a corporative website think about yourbrandname.com.
If you are going to run a personal blog use yourname.com.
Why? This is the easiest way to make your domain name remarkable. Users remember your brand or your personal name and search systems will find your domain easily.
The most demanded domain zones are .com, .org, .net. You may also choose geographical zones like .asia, .co.uk, .eu etc. It can be a name that will be suitable for your professional sphere (like .agency, .bar, .computer, .media and a lot of others).
Choosing a domain name, keep in mind that it should be:
- brandable (e.g., webmasteracadamy.com is better than best-site-for-webmasters.com);
- memorable (users remember short and clean names);
- catchy (your domain name must be unforgettable!).
Choosing the Web Hosting:
Choose a reliable company that provides high-level service. For 15 years Unihost made millions of websites exist and prosper and today you may be sure that it has enough experience to serve the most demanding projects. Moreover, choosing our web hosting will get you a domain name without any extra charge. Yes, absolutely for free! MikeTheBoss.com or SandyHugeSomething.net – sounds good, huh?
We offer a special plan for WordPress Web Hosting. Choosing it, you get a 24/7 support and consultations from the best experts in the field. Remember: they are always online to help you!
Step 3: Install WordPress
Good news for you: Unihost web hosting is equipped with an auto installer. It means that you log into your control panel and install WordPress CMS in 2 clicks.
What should you do after ordering web hosting and logging into your control panel:
- Look for the «WordPress» icon in the cPanel.
- Choose the domain for installation.
- Click the «Install Now» button to get access to your new website.
Time to make your website fancy!
The basic view of your website is not bad, but you may improve it changing the theme. Go to a dashboard (Appearance — Themes) and make your choice. Be ready to spend a lot of time for this part, because there are hundreds of free themes that you may search by using special filters or simply keywords. Note! You should choose a responsive template.
Install the theme by clicking «Activate» button. Do not worry to make a wrong choice. You may change themes as many times as you want. All your content will be saved.
When your template is installed create a Menu of your website (using an appropriate item in the dashboard), add categories to make an easy navigation. After doing this, fill all categories with posts.
Do not forget about “Settings” item. Here you may change a page title of the website and taglines of your posts (Settings – General).
Think if you want your website users to comment posts (this function is activated by default). If no, go to “Settings – Discussions”.
To make the first page of your website static, go to “Settings -Reading”. If you do not make changes, you will have a classical blog, where new posts are displayed on the front page.
To edit a sidebar go to “Appearance – Widgets”.
Plugins are special extensions that allow you to add functionality to your website. Plugin installation is easy and can be done in the “Plugin – Add new” menu.
First, install Contact Form 7 plugin. It is a very helpful form that your readers will use to send you emails. This contact is important for you because you will get a feedback and will be possible to understand needs of your audience better.
The second “must have” plugin is Yoast SEO. This plugin is an indispensable assistant in editing title tags, meta descriptions and other items important for inner SEO.
Congratulations, you are now a successful website owner! Hope Unihost can bring you to your best achievements and successes!
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