Make Your Own Website

So you want to create your own website? Well its not that hard its only a few steps to get this going. All you need is 20 bucks and a bit of patience. So lets dive right into it.

Step 1. – Find a Domain

You will need to go to a domain registrar and find a available domain to use. One very popular one is http://www.godaddy.com. Go on their website and look up a few domain names that you have in mind. If its available choose the .com not the .net .org or the .info. The reason is most often when you tell someone your sites name they will think of it as .com above all the others. You want to make sure your domain name is easy to remember. So don’t make it “mynameistomwebsite.com” unless of course that is what you want to name your website. Make your site easy to remember so people will actually want to come back to it. Domains usually go for $9.99/yr which I think is pretty cheap. Usually along with buying domains from GoDaddy I also like to purchase their Privacy Service. What this does is it makes sure your personal information (like you address and phone number) is not being publicly displayed within their “Whois” database found here:

http://who.godaddy.com/whoischeck.aspx?ci=8926

Step 2. – Find Some Webhosting

So webhosting is a place where the files that compose your site will live so they can be accessed by any person visiting your site. In the very simple world of websites its HTML files that you will use. You can also choose to use something called a CMS (Content Management System) much like this site is using (WordPress). However this is a bit more complicated if you are a first timer on the scene. But there are certainly some tutorials out on the web that show you how to install CMS scripts. But anyway back to finding some webhosting. You can choose to purchase hosting directly from Godaddy. They make this process very easy. There are plenty of features their control panel provides that allow you to make a pretty decent looking website with the minimal effort. Their webhosting plans vary from $6 bucks month to about $16. The more expensive plan has more features and allows for more traffic. If this is the first website you make go ahead and start out with the cheaper plan. Once you start getting more hits on your site you can always upgrade.

If you are looking for something a bit more advanced (and harder to setup too :P) you can look at webhosting with hostgator. Their plans are relatively inexpensive but allow much more flexibility. The control panel they use is CPanel which is industry standard and used by thousands of webhosting companies. If you are a advanced user this will be the hosting for you. They allow you to host many domains for a cheaper price than godaddy.

Step 3. – Add Content To Your Site (Its ALIVE!!!)

So after you have your domain name and your hosting squared away start building your website. If you want something super simple (for 1-2 page website) then look up some tutorials one google on how to make webpages in HTML. This is usually not the easiest way to make sites due to the fact that you have to learn a bit of HTML. But you will be fine. Also the webhosts mentioned above have MANY one click solutions for you to set yourself up fast.

This pretty much a very simple guide on how to make your own website. There is TONS more that can be done to expand upon this post. But this is the general idea. If you have any questions or need a bit of help with your site….1 word: GOOGLE

-Ed

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