Start Your Website

How to Start Your Website


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Before you get started on creating your first website, there are a few things that you will need. Registering a domain name and purchasing a hosting plan are the first two steps in getting your website live.

Once you have your domain name registered and you have purchased your hosting plan you can begin creating your website.

The final step after getting all of your website files uploaded is to drive traffic to your brand new website

Outlined below are all of the steps you will need to take in order to make your website visible on the World Wide Web.

Step 1 - Register a Domain Name

Registering a domain name is the first step in creating a website. A domain name is the name you give your website (yourwebsite.com) and will be your website's new home.

You can choose to go with a free host, but I don't recommend it. With a free host you don't own your domain name or your site. Your domain name is just an extension of their site and would look something like theirwebsite.yourwebsite.com. If you plan to use your new website for business it would be in your best interest to give your site a more professional touch and purchase your own domain name.

You are also very limited in what you can do with a free site. You will find that a free host doesn't offer much for business websites, such as ecommerce options or a professional email address that matches your business. Save yourself the hassle of having to transfer your entire site to a paid host and start your site the right way from the beginning.

Before you decide read this article to find out Why You Should Not Create a Free Website.

Step 2 - Choose a Web Host

The second step is to purchase a web hosting plan. Your web host is where all of your website files are stored. The hosting plan you choose will depend on what you need for your website. If you find at some point in the future that the plan you choose doesn't quite meet your needs you can always upgrade your plan later.

DRC Webs

I would recommend DRC Webs for all of your web hosting needs. You will find that they have everything necessary to meet or exceed your expectations in maintaining a professional or personal website.

If you run into any problems while setting up your website you can call their support line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Register your domain name with DRC Webs and purchase a hosting plan and you will have instant access to my free website templates. Templates are available immediately after purchase.

Step 3 - Create Your Website

If you have any HTML or CSS knowledge you can create your website from scratch using a text editor such as Notepad or NoteTab Lite.

Don't have any web design skills? No problem. There are several web design software options to choose from such as Dreamweaver (paid) or Komposer (free) that don't require you to have any knowledge of HTML or CSS.

WordPress

Another option to use if you have no web design skills is WordPress. WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) for creating a website. Once used exclusively for Blogs, WordPress is now a favourite for creating a website.

WordPress is still used for blogging, but you can now create static pages as well.

Step 4 - FTP - File Transfer Protocol

FTP is what you use to upload your website files from your computer to your web host. Filezilla is my favourite FTP client.

FireFTP is a Firefox add-on that you can install to upload all of your website files.

Or you can use the Uploads Manager available with your hosting plan.

Step 4 - Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics

Once you have created your website and uploaded all of your website files to your web host, sign up for a Google Webmaster Tools account and submit a sitemap. Also sign up for Google Analytics. You will be able to see all of your website stats and monitor how your website is doing, how many visitors your website is getting, what pages they visit the most, etc.

After you have signed up for both Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics link your two accounts together to get an even more comprehensive look at your website stats.

Step 5 - Free Traffic Sources

Now it is time to start driving traffic to your website. Without visitors, who are you going to show off your brand new website to?

Check out my list of Free Traffic Sources - 13 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website to find out how to drive traffic to your website.

Using Social Media for Business is another great way to drive traffic to your website.

More Free Traffic Sources 13 Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Website Part 2


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