How To Create A Website
Do you want to learn how to build a website for yourself?
Just follow these 4 to 5 simple steps to learn to create a website for yourself:
1- Register A Domain Name
2- Host Your Website
3- Change Name Servers At Domain Registrar
4- Use Pre-Installed Basekit Site Builder or Install WordPress CMS In Just A Few Clicks
5- Configure WordPress and Publish Your Website (Not required if you use Basekit Sitebuilder in Step 4)
Yes, it’s that easy. Just follow these 5 given steps, and you can learn to make a website in no time.
1- Register a Domain Name
A good domain name(www.yourname.com) is a must for any business, or even if you are creating a personal website.
If you have a registered a firm with a name say Stigma Solutions then register a domain name like stigmasolutions.com or stigmasolutions.net
If those names are not available then you can use some stop words like global, online, etc.. Therefore, you can register domain name like stigmasolutionsglobal.com or stigmasolutionsonline.com, etc. You can even add City or State names at the end like stigmasolutiontexas.com. There are a lot of ideas, and you just need to think over what suits your business. You can even register an unrelated name like mycoolwebsite.com
Check our Domain Name Selection guide for more information on how to select a good domain name.
To register a domain visit GoDaddy.com as its the best and most reliable domain registrar in the world, and you can easily register domain name under $12. We register all the domains for our clients through GoDaddy only as we know that our domain names are fully secured with them.
Here are a couple of Godaddy Screenshots showing How to Check Domain Name Availability & Start Domain Registration Process
Screenshot 1 – Check Domain Name Availability at Godaddy Homepage
Screenshot 2 – After you click on GO button as in Screenshot 1, you will get this screen on next page to complete your order
2- Host Your Website
After you have registered your domain name as in Step1, you need to host your website.
In order to publish your website on WWW(Word Wide Web) you need to purchase a web hosting account so that you can upload your website online. You can even create professional email ids like firstname.lastname@example.org through a web hosting account.
A Company that provides you web hosting service is known as Web Host or Web Hosting Company.
Do check our Web hosting tips page to learn more about web hosting.
HostGator.com is one such web hosting company, which is very reliable and offers hosting plans to all types of users. It’s very important to choose a reliable hosting company as if their hosting server goes down then your site will also become offline and your visitors would not be able to open your website which seems to be very embarrassing. So never go for cheap hosting companies as at first it sounds good but in a long run, you will only lose time and money with such cheap hosting companies.
Therefore, we highly recommend HostGator as its trusted by thousands of website owners, and they have a very strong server uptime record, and their support staff too is very friendly and fast.
If you are not comfortable with Hostgator than you can use Bluehost.com instead as it is also a very reliable web hosting provider.
However if you are looking for low cost option then go for TheWebBrains.com.
We even managed to get a Hostgator25% Discount Coupon Code for our readers.
Just use the coupon code “traffictools” during the checkout at Hostgator and you will get 25% discount on web hosting.
Images Showing How to Order Web Hosting at Hostgator
Screenshot 1 – Click on Web Hosting option at Hostgator Homepage and you will get the screen like above.
You can select from any of the plans given there.
Screenshot 2 – After you click on Order Now button as in Screenshot 1, you will get this screen on next page to complete your order.
Enter your domain name and click on Continue To Step 2 to make the payment and complete your purchase.
Tip 1 – You can also use the Coupon Code “traffictools” during the checkout process at Hostgator to get 25% discount on web hosting.
Tip 2 – Purchase hosting for 2 years and you can additionally save more than $35.
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3- Change Name Severs At Domain Registrar
After you have purchased Web Hosting Account you need to modify Domain Name Servers at your domain registrar who in our case is GoDaddy.
Once you get Hosting Account Login Information email from Web Hosting Company, i.e. HostGator in our case than in that email you will also find the name server details like:
NameServers usually start with letters ns like ns1 or ns15 or ns3233, etc and should be two or more NameServers in number. If you are unable to find it then contact your web hosting company through phone or email, and they will inform you the name servers being allotted to your hosting account.
Once you have the Name Servers then login to your GoDaddy Domain control panel from www.GoDaddy.com
1- After you are logged in Go to an option on top menu named Domains–> Domain Management
You will get list of all domain names you have registered with Godaddy.
2 – Click on your Domain Name there.
3 - Then on next Page Click on Option Nameservers–> Set Nameservers
4 - There select the Last option i.e. “I have specific nameservers for my domains.”
Enter the 2 nameservers you got from your web hosting company e.g. Hostgator.
5 - And on next page you will get a confirmation message like:
“Your changes have been submitted.
These changes usually take 2 hours. However, it may take up to 48 hours for these changes to take effect. These time frames are estimates and not guaranteed.”
In case if you are unable to change the Name Servers then just contact GoDaddy, and they will provide you instructions on how to do it.
However, after changing the NameServers, you still need to wait for 24-48 hours for Name Servers to propagate around the world and then only your site could be published online.
4- Use Pre-Installed BaseKit Site Builder that comes free with Hostgator Web Hosting account to Create your Website
Click on above image to VIEW HostGator’s pre-installed Site Builder Demo
If you have purchased web hosting from some other company or if you don’t want to use Hostgator’s BaseKit Site builder then install and use WordPress and its tutorial is given below.
Install WordPress CMS In Just A Few Clicks
WordPress is a CMS and also a Blogging Platform through which you can easily select design/theme for your website and then create pages for your website and publish it online very easily. In order to install WordPress you need to visit cPanel of your hosting account.
After 24- 48 hours since you have changed Name Servers at your Domain registrar as in Step 3, you would be able to open your cPanel hosting control panel through URL like www.domainname.com/cpanel
In above example replace your domainname.com with the actual domain name you have registered for yourself.
If Name Servers are propagated successfully then you would get a popup at above URL, which will ask for username and password for cPanel.
To get Username and Password check the Account Information Email sent by your web hosting company.
1 - Once you are able to login to Cpanel through www.yourdomain.com/cpanel go to option named Fantastico De Luxe and click on it.
2 - And on Fantastico page, you will find an option named WordPress under the option “Blogs”.
3 – Click on WordPress and then click on the link named New Installation that appears thereafter.
4 - And on Next page select your domain name on which you want to install the WordPress and enter some strong password, your email and other requested details there. You can change those details anytime later too from your WordPress Admin control panel once the installation is complete.
Click on “Install WordPress” button to get the final page.
5 - Finally click on Finish Installation Button and WordPress will be completely installed on your domain.
So now when you will open www.yourdomain.com then you will find a default WordPress blog page with a text like “Hello World!”, ‘Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post.”.
If you see that then it means you have done everything correctly and WordPress is successfully installed.
Sometimes you would be able to see default WordPress page on www.yourdomain.com after a delay of 15-30 minutes or even one hour or more as it depends on hosting company’s server configuration. However, in HostGator accounts, we usually find it immediately after installation.
You may also try to clear your browser cache and cookies if you are still unable to see default WordPress page on your domain.
5- Configure WordPress And Publish Your Website
After installing the WordPress you need to Configure WordPress, Select Design, input Content for your various Pages and Publish.
- To Configure WordPress you need to login to WordPress admin area from www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin
Replace yourdomain.com with the actual domain name on which you have installed WordPress.
There you can login and configure various settings for your website/blog using Settings option there.
- To Select a design go to option Appearance-> Themes -> Install Themes
In install themes option you can select options like Colours, Design width, Subject, etc. and click on FIND THEMES option to get some cool free themes.
Just select the desired theme and click on Install button and after its installed, just activate it.
If you don’t like the newly installed theme/design then install more themes using the same way.
You can manage(activate/deactivate/delete) all your themes from Appearance-> Themes -> Manage Themes option.
- To Publish: Once you have settled with your dream design then go to option Pages -> Add New
There you can give a Page Title/Heading name in First Box and Page Content in Second Large Box. You can change font, colours, etc. from the toolbar in that box. E.g. your first page can be named as Home that you want to display when someone opens www.yourdomain.com.
Once you are satisfied, you can click on Publish button on the right side to publish that page on your website.
In the same way, you can create other pages for your website like About us, Products and Services, Help, etc.
Once you have created your pages then go to option Settings -> Reading
Under option, Front page displays change the Radio button selection from Your latest posts TO A static page.
In the Front Page option select the Page Name, that you want to display as your homepage i.e. the first page that you want to display when someone opens your website at www.yourdomain.com
And click on Save changes button and Congratulations your site is online at www.yourdomain.com
You can do as many numbers of changes as you want to your website like changing designs(themes), adding, deleting, editing pages, etc.
Everything is under your control, and you can update your site as often you wish.
Remember WordPress is a very popular and vast platform that has thousand of designs, plugins and features so just keep on playing with it, and you will learn at least a new cool trick every single day.
Here is a small and simple video demo of how you can easily create pages for your website after you have installed the WordPress on your hosting account.
This is a very simple tutorial. There are tons of other things you can do in wordpress admin area like changing theme/design of your site, posting to blog, installing extra plugins etc. If you face any difficulty then just post it here in the comments section and we will reply back to you with the solution. Check more WordPress Tutorials.
So here comes the end of a basic tutorial on building a website.
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We wish you best of luck!