There are thousands of good reasons why you should have a website for you, or your business, or maybe for your company. But still, you and your deep inside may say - "I'm not quite a tech-savvy'; 'a website is quite expensive to build'; or maybe - 'I don't really need a website."
But the reality is you don't need to be tech-savvy or spend thousands of bucks to make and maintain a website. Rather, nowadays, if you're able to use the internet and have a computer, then it's enough to build a website. And making a website is pretty cheap and easy.
So, ultimately with the help of the right tutorial and guidance, and without any prior knowledge of coding, you can easily build a website. But on the internet, as a beginner, you won't find that many optimal, complete, step by step and from beginning to end tutorial on how to build a website.
And that's why we had first decided later produced a complete A-to-Z tutorial – a whole series of articles on how to build a website.
So, this one is the first on the list and gives you a deep insight into web hosting, domain, and all other things that are concerned with website building.
Table of Contents
The Build Process
How the website build process works
Let's imagine you want to build a house. Then what will be the first step to do it? Of course, first, you need a piece of land & you buy it from a landowner. Then after having the land, you start building the house. You then through the entire building process – that includes the complete house build, exterior design, interior design, and so many other things complete the build.
And once you're done with all of it, then you bring various living things in it.
Now, once you are in your house, then there is a unique thing or identifier for your house. And that is the house address. No other person in the world has the same house address as you. Everyone in the world carries a distinct house address.
So, now let's think of building a website. First, think of building a website as building a house.
Therefore to build a website that means home, you need a 'Hosting' or land in the world of the internet. After having the hosting, then you move on to build the website or the entire house. And the process of building the entire website is termed web development and web design.
So you're done with building the whole website, so it's time to bring in the living things or contents for the site.
Finally, your website should have a distinct address and that is called the domain name. Every website on the internet has it. And it is unique and doesn't match with any other.
Determine the purpose of the website
Now the very first thing before you start the process of building a website - is to determine the purpose of the website.
Let's say you want to build a personal website, so the name and design of the website will be quite different from a company website. Therefore, if you have the purpose at the very beginning, then it will help you in deciding the domain name and later on building the website.
So, now determine what kind of website do you need? A personal blog site, your business site, or maybe a portfolio site? What is it?
Choose a domain name
To build a website, the very first thing you need to have is a domain name or an address to your website.
Visitors use the domain name to find your website through their web browsers.
The domain name of this site looks something like this – Rainastudio.com. Now, your domain name can be anything.
Now for the cost – domain names can cost anywhere from $10-$50 a year.
Before you buy a domain name, there are certain things you need to look for in order to get the perfect domain name. For example - your domain name should match your company name if you're building a website for your company. Then use a "generic" domain name extension like .com, .net or .org. Now there are several certain things that you need to consider before buying a domain name. So check this article of this series to get a deeper insight - How to choose the right domain name.
Now, thousands of domain name providers sell the domain names. But among those, there are quite a few that sells domain name with outstanding support and features.
And among those quite a few - Hostgator.com is a reputed and popular one that sells both domain names and hosting.
So to build a website, first, you need to have a domain name from Hostgator.com.
Choose a hosting from a provider
In addition to having a domain name, you need hosting or land on the internet to store the whole website. Hosting/host is actually a server that stores the whole website that includes all your data and makes it available for the public to access at all times.
Now, depending on your budget, there are several options. The most popular is the shared host, which is comparatively a less-expensive option. And it means you'll share a server with other websites. Another of the popular options is dedicated hosting, which costs a bit higher than a shared plan. And it means that you get your very own private server and you won't have to share it with other websites.
Now again just like the domain name providers, there are thousands of hosting providers.
Before you buy hosting from any of the providers, you need to be aware of certain facts. You need to consider several facts like space, uptime, server speed, server location, support, and so on.
Now, based on all the facts, only a few web hosts meet the standard. And Hostgator.com is one of them.
To get deeper insights on what hosting you need to choose, follow this article - Comparison of Different web hosts.
So, to conclude, the second step to build a website after buying a domain name is to buy a host. So follow the next articles to know how to buy and set up a domain along with hosting.
Build the website
After getting the domain and hosting, it is now time to build the whole website.
Now to build a website, there are two options, a static website, and a dynamic website. A static website is such a website - that cannot be updated extensively. So if you need a website that requires no updates at all then you can go for it.
On the other hand, a dynamic website is one that gets updated frequently or most of the time. But nowadays, if people need a static site, they even move towards making it a dynamic one. Because while you have a dynamic one, you can anytime anywhere update anything you want with no extra hassle.
Now, there are several ways to build a dynamic website. But the easiest, the most convenient, and most advanced way of building one is to use a CMS.
A CMS or content management system is a web application that enables you to install on your hosting and later that enables you to publish and manage content on the web in an intuitive fashion. For instance, imagine you have a drag and drop board, that enables you to design and publish a website only by dragging and dropping.
Now, there are several CMSs and among those WordPress is the most renowned one. And the reason is - WordPress is beginner-friendly and is quite easy to handle every single thing of it. That's why thousands of people around the world prefer building their website on it.
So, to build your website we are going to use WordPress.
Add contents to the site
After building the whole website, it's time to bring in content.
You'll add posts, media files, and all other required information.
Through the admin panel of the website, you'll add all sorts of content to your website. And your content will be the showcase for your business or company.
Build social media presence
After building the website and completing adding content, your website is ready to go.
Now, it's time to bring in an audience to your website. The first method to bring in people is through social media. Social Media like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc are the best way to increase your reach and connect with potential customers.
So, whenever you update anything on your website, post about it on social media outlets. But keep in mind to balance genuine and non-promotional engagement.
Besides, open up social profiles for your company and include the website link there. And through those profiles try to engage with as many people as possible.
Submit your website to major search engines
The final component in building a website series is to submit your website to all major search engines. So through all those search engines, you will get direct potential leads. And by deploying a strong SEO strategy you can increase visitors, customers, or potential leads to your website.
Now, to get more on this, follow the series.
Wrapping up but not going away
Now you know all the process of building a website from scratch. So follow the whole series to learn building your very own website.
Next on the Line – How to set up your website through Hostgator hosting