The internet is a limitless platform that reaches all people, near and far. A website opens the door to this world of communication you only saw from the outside. The possibilities are limitless when you have a website: you can share your passion with others, promote your business, sell your products, etc.
A website is an excellent tool regardless of your intentions with it. And the best part is setting up a website is simple. All you need is a web hosting plan, a sitebuilder, and a writer’s mindset. Here’s a step-by-step plan on how to make a website in just 5 minutes.
Setting Up A Website From Scratch
You want to create a website, but you don’t know where to start.
All of the sites you’ve visited in your lifetime have a website hosting provider. This is because your website has to be stored on a server allowing it to be reached by Internet users. This allows everyone in the world to connect to your website and access its content. It is necessary to have a web host provider in order to make a website. You can think of a web host like a telephone provider.
A professional web host provider is key to creating a successful website. You need a reliable provider that is able to get your website on the Internet. A good web hosting provider will also prevent website crashes, help with SEO, backup your website, and other nuances. Even the Huffington Post says that having a good hosting provider is essential to create a website.
Bluehost is the most popular website hosting service and allows you to create a website with little effort. It comes with the sitebuilder WordPress, so you don’t need any coding experience to make a website. Their customer support is top-notch and they are available 24/7 to answer any question on how to create a website. Their professional experience includes over 2 million websites that choose them as their hosting provider. To begin setting up your website, make your Bluehost account now.
1. Getting Started
You are on your way to creating your dream website! To begin, click get started now. Next, you will be asked to choose your hosting plan. I recommend the Basic plan if you are new and just experimenting with your website. It still has all of the features to create your website and comes with 24/7 customer support.
However, if you are more serious about setting up a website, consider the Prime plan. This is a great option for both casual and professional web developers. You can have unlimited websites, unlimited storage, $200 ad credit, and more. It comes with countless benefits and is the ideal plan for a serious web developer. However, both plans work great, and if you just went to get your website up and running, choose the basic plan.
Then, choose your domain name. Your domain name should not be taken lightly. It is an extremely important factor, because it is the first impression your readers get of your website. For example, if I was creating a website about health and fitness, I would not pick the domain name getgainztoday542.com.
Advice: Don’t pick anything unprofessional or get too creative as readers will be put off by it. If your website is for professional use, make your domain name the same as your brand name. I would also suggest sticking with the .com extension as it is more recognized by readers.
Once you complete that, you will be asked to fill out your account info. Fill in basic information such as your name, address, phone number, and email address.
You also have the choice to customize your package information as well. You can choose how long you want web hosting and add customizable add-ons. I would suggest keeping the Domain Privacy Protection selected as this keeps your personal information secure. Once you are all set, hit submit.
2. Install WordPress
WordPress is an excellent sitebuilder that allows you to create beautiful websites with ease, and because they are partnered with Bluehost, you get free access to it. It is a nice addition to setting up a website. In your cPanel, click on MOJO Marketplace. Then select One-Click Installs. This will then take you to a page that looks like this. Select the WordPress icon under Blogs.
From there, click start to begin installing WordPress.
Next, connect WordPress to your selected domain name. You may get a warning, but this is just a precaution for if you have another website already created. Check the box and continue.
You then create a username and password for your WordPress account. This should be different from your Bluehost account info and be sure to have a strong password. Also, enter your site’s name and the email you want to use for your account. Make sure Automatically create a new database for this installation and the terms and condition boxes are checked and click Install Now.
You will have to wait for WordPress to install. Once it is complete, you will get your website URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. Make sure to keep this information somewhere you will remember. An email will also be sent out with this info.
Go to the admin login Url and enter your info. Congratulations! You have now completed setting up your website. At this stage, you have a user-friendly sitebuilder and are free to customize your website however you want. If you haven’t signed up for your web hosting plan yet, make sure to sign up now.
3. Customizing Your Website
You should now be on the dashboard of WordPress.
You have the freedom to customize your site however you want. There are numerous themes to give your website that unique look. Thousands of plugins to help the functionality of your website. The possibilities are endless with this sitebuilder. Here are just a few tips when creating your website:
Find themes by scrolling over the appearance button. You want to choose a unique theme that helps your website stand out. Before all of your posts and all of your content, this is by far the most important thing to consider when creating a website. You want to make sure it is aesthetically pleasing and improves reader experience. These are some of my favorite themes:
- Twenty Seventeen
But feel free to check out and test out the thousands of themes available until you find the one that is perfect for your website.
Plugins increase the functionality of your website. Say you wanted to boost the SEO for your website. Or better protect your website from hacks. Or even block spam comments. There is a plugin for just about anything you can think of. Here are just some of the basic must-haves when starting your website.
- All In One SEO (helps with SEO)
- Wordfence Security (firewall for your website)
- Jetpack (adds more functions to your website)
- Askimet-Anti Spam (blocks spam comments)
There are thousands of plugins free for you to use. I would recommend sticking to these basic ones and only installing others when you need them. Don’t jump the gun when selecting plugins, otherwise you will have a bunch of them you don’t really need. Also, try install plugins with a lot of ratings. This way you know they are reliable.
When posting, be sure to write useful content. Really put yourself into the perspective of your readers and ask yourself what they would want. Once you are able to put your readers first, everything else will follow.
Stay concentrated on the topic of your website. If you’re writing about health and fitness, don’t just wake up one day and decide to post about Sundays football game. Stay relevant to your topic and build an audience that comes to your website for the focused information you have to offer. Setting up a website requires you to be true to your website’s topic and write relevant posts.
If you don’t want to write long, tiresome posts you can also outsource the work. iWriter brings together bloggers and writers alike. As the owner of a website, you can put in a request for a 100-3000 word post and a writer will get back to you with a sample that you can choose to purchase or not. If you don’t want to waste time writing posts consider using iWriter.
If you want more tips on creating your website, check out this Youtube video to better understand the basics of WordPress. It basically guides you through the essentials and makes WordPress a little easier to understand.
I wish you all the best!
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