Decided that you’re ready to take the plunge and create your own website for your business or personal use? Within half an hour of reading this informative how-to, you should be able to start your own website!
Your Glossary of Terms
Here are some website terms you’ll need to understand in order to get started.
Domain Names: A domain name is the actual address of your website, such as “MyOwnWebsite.com” or “MySite.org.” A “URL” is the same thing as a domain name.
Subdomains: When you get a free website, such as a website with WordPress.com or Blogger.com, your website name will appear first, then the main domain name, as in “MyOwnWebsite.Blogger.com.” – this is called a subdomain.
Web Hosts: Alternatively, you can pay for your own domain name and pay a web host to host your site. Some web hosts are very inexpensive, charging as little as $10 or less per month.
WordPress: If you don’t know how to program a website, a content management system such as WordPress or Typepad is very helpful for managing your content. You can set up a free WordPress site at WordPress.com, but if you would rather have your own unique domain name, you’ll need to purchase a domain name first then find a web host that offers WordPress. (Hint: The majority of halfway decent web hosts will make it easy to install WordPress at no extra charge.)
What else can I get for free?
As already mentioned, Blogger – which is Google’s answer to WordPress – also offers free websites. Just go to Blogger.com to get started. A unique feature of Blogger is the template designer, which allows you to mix and match styles and colors until your website looks the way you want it to.
Another site to try for free websites is Weebly.com. Weebly offers a drag-and-drop website builder if you want to create your own layout, plus hundreds of profession designs to choose from.
What if I decide to purchase a domain name? Where do I get one?
Excellent question! There are a number of places where you can purchase your own domain name, such as 1stdomains.co.nz. Some web hosts will also allow you to purchase your domain names through them. This can be helpful, because sometimes web hosts will give you a good deal, such as “Free domain name when you sign up for two years of web hosting!”
Ok, so I decided to go with WordPress like you suggested and even wrote my first blog post. But yea-gads! — the website is so ugly!
Uhuh, so you’ve met WordPress’s default theme?!
Not to worry, you’re not stuck with it. In fact, there’s a great quantity of free WordPress themes you can find for your new website if you look around a little bit. WordPress themes are not hard to install; in most cases, you can change your WordPress themes with a few clicks. If you are the kind of person who is always rearranging your furniture, then you’ll love the versatility of style and design that the various free WordPress themes have to offer.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and get started building your website! Or, better yet, get your website built for you!