Web Building For Beginners

 

Web Building for Beginners 

Welcome back folks.  I’ve got another computer theme for you today with a focus on websites and how to build your own, from scratch.  You’ll also be surprised to learn that you don’t need to actually be a web developer or coder to accomplish this, as long as you have a good general understanding of computers you’ll be fine.  I’m going to keep things relatively clear, simple and concise and talk briefly about only three things: domains, hosting and a wonderful piece of software called wordpress.  I’m confident that in a very short time, you will be able to build your own website in just a few hours. 

Building a Website

If words like domains, hosting and wordpress still seems too daunting, or you just don’t have the time, you could always take a huge shortcut and have a look at some used website packages online, which are basically all set up, you just simply customize them to suit your project. 

For those who have more time or who are willing to take the plunge then this may be of use to you. 

Registering a Domain Name 

Domain name registration is an incredibly competitive market these days and there are literally hundreds of companies offering special deals and other perks to get you to sign up.  What’s most important here is that you get full security and support with every domain name you register.  One of the best and most renowned is a company called go-daddy.  Just be hooping over to their website you can input the domain name of your choice and it will tell you immediately if your chosen domain name is already registered or not.  If it is, then it’s best to choose another, unless you want to make an offer to whoever the current owner is.

Domain Name 

Registration typically costs around $10US for the first year, with appropriate discounts for longer commitment.  Once it’s registered, it’s yours.  For $10 per year you can sit on it for as long as you like.  

Signing up for a Hosting Package 

In order to have your website available on the internet for the world to see it needs to be hosted somewhere, and once you own a domain name you can choose at anytime to have someone host it for you.  This is the place, the very servers, where your eventual website will be held.  Again, as with domain name registration, there are many companies offering all kinds of added services, but to give you a good reliable one I’ve used in the past for many years I would suggest a company called hostgator.  (So you know, Go-daddy also offer hosting along with domain name registration.) 

As soon as you opt for hosting you’ll be given login credentials to something that is known as cPanel.  This is a standard control panel for all websites, which allows you to set them up and change settings and other important attributes depending on your preferences.  It is from cPanel where you enter the server names that your host provides you with.  As soon as that is done, you’ll be ready to create your website usually within 24 hours.  This of course is a great time to fire up your Bluetooth headphones and listen to some of your favourite tunes.   

Once this is complete, you’ll be able to install wordpress, joomla or any of the many content management systems (CMS) that enable you to build your own website from the back end. 

Installing Wordpress

Wordpress 

So, you’ve waited painfully through the 24-hour window and you’re ready and raring to go.  From cPanel you simply install the latest version of wordpress, which takes minutes.  This process, in turn, will furnish you with another set of login credentials once you’ve specified you wordpress login name.  You need to be aware at this point that whatever you choose as your login name will be used if you want to add a blog post or add a comment to anything or your website, so choosing something like your own name or simply ‘admin’ would be a good idea here.  And hey presto, that’s about it.  Simply open your browser and type in www.yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin and you’ll go straight to the wordpress dashboard.  From there you can create menus, pages, add images and all kinds of very easily laid out facets to build your site with.  

I hope that’s helped to explain that it’s not really too impossible to build your own website, in the next blog I’ll expand a little on wordpress and talk about some cheeky shortcuts that will save you hours of time.  Until then, happy building..