If you’re worried about where to begin or intimidated by the complexities of web building, don’t be. We’ll walk you through the process of building your website in the clear and easy steps outlined below. You’ll learn the basic elements of a unique and impactful site for business or personal use.
STEP 1: DOMAIN NAME
Every website needs a domain name. Your domain is like the street address for your house. It will allow people to find your website and link to you.
But what should your domain name be? If you have a business, that should be an easy question to answer, since your website should match your business name. If you’re creating a personal site or blog, though, you can get a little more creative with your name.
How to choose a domain name
A domain name will look something like http://www.yoursite.com. It’s common to use your organization or business name here. For example, if you own a bookstore, you might choose thebookstorename.com. The same format would work for pretty much any other business name.
If you don’t already have a business name, it’s good idea to choose one based on what might be available as a domain. This is a great opportunity to match up your business and online identities from the start.
STEP 2: HOSTING
Now that your site has a name, you’ll need a place to keep all the stuff that’s going to go on it–some “real estate” upon which you can build that beautiful virtual house with all of your photos and stories and products. We call that real estate web hosting.
All web hosting happens on a server, which, in the simplest terms, is a remote hard drive connected to your computer by (you guessed it) the Internet. This server stores all of the documents, images, data, and files associated with your website.
Since the server holds all your important stuff, it’s important to choose a reliable provider that ensures your content will stay live and protected. When you bought your domain name, the registrar (the company that sells domains) may have offered to include a web builder plan which included hosting. Alternately, you can install software, such as WordPress, to help you create your site.
STEP 3: PLATFORM
Site Builders and WordPress
If you’re building your first website, you may not have the time or expertise to create it completely from scratch. That’s okay—we all need a little guidance and inspiration to help us along.
That’s where site building platforms come in. They provide the practical tools and resources used to build and design your site, from layout templates to text editors to design elements. This is a great option if you have limited or no experience with web building and design, or if you just want a quick, no-nonsense setup process.
However, if you want more control over the customization, functionality, and personalization of your site, and you’ve got a little more technical know-how (or even just the time and desire to learn!), we recommend installing WordPress. An entire ecosystem, complete with plugins and add-ons, WordPress offers an all-in-one site creation option