How To Build a Website Online
Your own website or a free website?
When it comes to online success, you will have a massive competitive advantage by having your own domain name. However, not everyone needs to have their own site, so they can opt for a free one which would be hosted on a third party server.
There are many places offering websites for free, so I am going to outline the requirements for building your own site, and will also include information helpful to newbies wanting to go the free route.
What you need for a website:
1) Domain Name
3) Blogging Platform (WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr)
1) Getting a Domain Name
You don’t have to have your very own domain name as there are dozens of places which offer a domain free of charge, as long as it’s hosted on their servers. WA offers TWO domains for FREE, which will have a siterubix.com extension (subdomain).
It would be advisable to choose a name connected with your niche:
“LG Flatscreen TV” would appear as lgflatscreentv.siterubix.com
There are numerous other platforms where you can sign up for free and write anything you like. WordPress, Blogger, and Hubpages are a few of the popular ones. You name your site, and your domain name will be prefixed by the parent site, e.g. www.hubpages.com/your-blog-name.
Free Domain Name Advantages & Disadvantages:
- Don’t have to buy a domain name
- Don’t have to buy hosting
- Can still earn money from them as an affiliate
There are no limits as to the number of articles/lenses you can write.
- Don’t have your main keyword as your URL for SEO purposes
- Don’t have access to fine tuning the site via HTML and CSS
Paid domains are highly desirable when it comes to branding your site, and they also make it far easier for people to remember the URL address. However, they do cost money, in the region of between $8 and $35 per year.
How To Setup Your WordPress Website in Wealthy Affiliate
This is a useful video which may help you in setting up a WordPress site. There are also many tutorials and lessons to assist in the whole WordPress experience. It is the preferred platform for millions of bloggers and professionals alike.
2) Hosting for Paid Domains
You can build a website on your computer, but once built how can the world get access to view it? So, web hosting is a very necessary part of the process of owning your website.
There are a few different hosting options available:
1) Standard hosting
2) Dedicated, Virtual, or Shared Hosting
For now, we’ll just stick to the standard option, which is the basic and most popular method. There are many providers offering this service, so you the choice is yours.
Here are a few well-known ones:
All you have to do is find the one that suits your needs and budget, then sign up with them and pay for the service, which can be as small as a years hosting up to 5 years or more!
Once you’ve got your hosting organized, they will give you details of their servers where your site will reside (activation usually takes anything up to 24 hours). Once active, you are ready to access them via an FTP program (FileZilla) or through cPanel (available from your host).
3) Planning Your Website
Now you have chosen your URL – with the help of a keyword tool – and also have your domain, you can begin to plan your site.
What you must decide:
- The type of site – whether it’s an information, product, reference or news site. Each type would have a different focus and attract a different sort of traffic.
- Site navigation – The navigation layout will affect the information architecture of the site.
- Layout – Is it to be a single column or two column with sidebar or something else?
- Content – Plan your content carefully as to the pages and posts you’ll be creating.
- Theme – Choosing the best theme can make a huge difference. The two popular WordPress Theme Frameworks are Genesis and Thesis – you won’t go too far wrong by having one from here.
4) Build Your Website Page by Page
As you progress and become more familiar with your writing platform, you’ll want to investigate all that it has to offer in the way of plugins, tools, widgets and more.
To build your website online you should be familiar with the following:
- Basics of Design – Understand the elements of good design and how to implement it on websites.
- Learn HTML – A web page uses HTML as its building blocks. If you have little or no knowledge of the HTML language, don’t worry you’ll still get by, but if you comprehend it you’ll be at an advantage.
- Learn CSS – CSS (Cascade Style Sheet) is the language responsible for the look of your site. Knowing a bit of CSS will allow you to tweak any part of your site to make it unique to you.
- Code Editors – Finding a good code editor will help you learn about the structure of both HTML and CSS. I recommend SublimeText, which is free!
In no time at all, you will have discovered how to build your website online, and now it’s just a matter of getting traffic to visit you!
If you have any difficulties with building a website, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you shortly, thank you for your interest!
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