Website design has long been an interest of mine, it’s been since around 2003 I have been designing websites off and on, sometimes with a good degree of success and sometimes not. After thinking some more about what I can offer people who may visit my website I’ve decided to provide some of the knowledge I have picked up over that time. I will use this site now as the example of what I have learned and hopefully togethor we can achieve successful websites.
So the first thing I learnt was that a website is NOT a subdomain of some website builder. This was where I started learning HTML from a website builder that was only a subdomain but I built what I thought was a good website that was actually total junk but nonetheless I then realised that I had to get traffic to that website which really opened my eyes to things like SEO (search engine optimization) and internet marketing and many other forms of advertising, needless to say I spent a lot of time listening to webinars and reading articles and really got lost in information overload.
Rather than tell you the whole story of my online website design and internet marketing experience I’ll just provide relevant information in a clear step by step instruction to get a website up and running that hasn’t cost you a small fortune and will look good and be functional.
1. Before Beginning Your Website Design Register Your Domain Name
The main thing to remember here is to use a bigger company like Godaddy or HostGator, in most cases you can find a deal to register a “.COM” for around a $1.00 and get hosting for not much more, I usually go for a reseller account so I can add additional websites as I desire, When you register your domain name name it’s best to thing of something that is short and catchy and relevant to the content it’s going to contain for example: A gaming website might be called: topgames.com. By registering a domain name in this manner is your first step in not only building a real website but also it’s SEO.
2. Setting Up Your Hosting
Once you have registered your domain name you need to forward what’s called DNS or Domain Name Servers to your host, most places where you registered your domain will also offer hosting so for the quickest and easiest option to get your website up and running you will find it better to just host with them as well. Your host or domain name registrant will provide instructions on how to do this but it’s usually pretty straight forward.
3. Setting Up Your Website Design
Now that you have forwarded your domain name (can take up to 24 hours but usually a lot faster if you registered your domain with your hosting provider) you can begin to set up your website and for that I highly recommend using WordPress. WordPress started out as a blogging platform but is now a highly user friendly content management script (CMS). Most hosts these days offer auto script installers most common of which is Scriptaculous. Find this in your hosting control panel then find WordPress and fill out the form to install it. I”d would suggest using it in the root directory of your website so make sure that when you fill out the install form to delete the install directory usually called /_wp/ or you will only access your website through a web address like this: yourwebsite.com/_wp. Below is a quick video put out by Hostgator – I’ve skipped to the relevant part for you 😉
4. Customizing Your Website
Once installed the installer will provide you with login details some of which you would of set when filling out the form like password and site or directory address where it’s installed. Login to your admin panel, find different themes that you like and install them, this will show you how easy it is for us noobs to change the look and feel of your website. Next go to your pages and make 2 pages call one Home and the second one Blog then go to your settings and change your page settings so that your blog page displays posts and your home page displays the home page and then save it. Now you can start to add other pages to your new website!
Of course if this all sounds too complicated, you can pay a website design company to do all the work for you, this should include a unique WordPress theme as well as the search engine optimization, internet marketing, social integration and all the rest that goes along with creating a successful website. When paying a 3rd party to build your WordPress website you will get what you pay for so you should research the company you choose making sure they have examples of websites they have done (the more the better). I would expect to pay around $1,000 for a website with at least $500 per year minimum for a 3rd party to create and manage my website possibly even more!
There you go setting up a WordPress website in 4 easy steps! In time as I can I will add some videos of me setting a website up so you can have some visual ques. For now though if you need some advice or want a hand feel free to get in touch or leave a comment. I also aim to provide you with other things to help you make your website successful (I’d also welcome any tips too) as best I know anyway. This website should provide a good example of what’s possible following my instructions at least anyway. these things will include what I know about SEO, Internet Marketing & earning money online if that is your goal.
Some great plugins for helping you to get your WordPress website more exposure on the internet and therefor visitors are plugins that your visitors can use to share your websites content on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. If your willing to provide a link to the developers website you will most likely get the plugins in a free version.