Do you want to start a website? A Content Management System or CMS, specifically one for websites, is the one tool you need. This article will discuss some of the many tools available to help you get started. But some of the best options you have include Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, Jimdo and WordPress. When it comes to designing the site and building the content, there a few things you need to consider.
Registering a domain
The first step is to register a domain name. So you will will need to choose a domain registrar and domain host. Often these are conflated, especcially since most services offer both. However we recommend that you choose a seperate registrar and domain host. Choose a reliable host that charges a fair price for the services required for your website. So think about what your needs are, before you deicde. Which one is gives you the best value, for the best price. Hopefully, its also within your budget. Once you have picked out a good host, sign up and you can start searching for a domain name.
Time to find a domain name. There are in total, around 350 million registered domains. .com (short for commercial) is by far the most common and popular root domain, and makes up about half of all the domains. It is probably your ideal choice, but of course the domain you want is less likely to be available. Or it is only available for a high price. .org and .net are both also popular root domains you are familiar with.
Alternatively, you can register a domain under the root domain for your country. The most popular of which include, .cn for china, .de for germany and .uk for the UK. You are much more likely to be able to find a good domain name in these root domains. You can search for and buy domains from registrars like Bluehost and GoDaddy. What makes for a good domain is really up to personal preference. Of course, if you are selling shoes in Canada, then shoesforsale.ca is not bad. However if you care about building a brand we’d suggest a domain that can indentify that.
Hosting your website
You can now move onto the next step of creating your first website. The next thing you need is a web host. You can actually host your website yourself. You can even create your own name server. However we don’t recommend this, unless it is purely a personal project. A personal computer and home network simply are not up to today’s web hosting standards. It will give you with a whole new range of issues to deal with. You should definitely go with a dedicated webhost. For a simple website, it will not add much expense.
Decide whether you want a dedicated or shared server for your hosting company. A dedicated server will provide you with the largest number of options and the greatest control. If you do not know what this is, you should ask your hosting provider. It is important to know what plan you are getting so that you will know what to expect after registration. Depending on the plan you have, you may be able to install your own software packages to your server. This is most common with dedicated hosting.
Building your website
After you have chosen the appropriate plan, you finally have everything you need to put your website on the internet. All you have to do now is build one. If you are not familiar with the website buildig process, then we suggest starting with a website builder. We’d strongly recommend using WordPress. It allows for quick and easy website creation, with an abundance of freethemes and plugins. However if you are experienced, feel free to create your website from scratch. You can use any framework or website tools you are familiar with. For the rest of this article, we will assume you are going with a CMS like WordPress.
The third step is to choose a template for your page. You should choose a template that matches your website’s topic. There are many themes that you can choose from on most hosting providers’ websites. If you don’t find the one you like, you can always create your own. After this, you can change the color scheme for your header, footer, and sidebar. Elements can be changed to update the website’s appearance and make it more suitable to your content.
Find a tutorial or video showing you how to put together your website. There are many fantastic options for all the popular Website building tools. There are even guides for a large number of popular plugins, especially for WordPress.
You are now ready to get started creating your website. It’s an expansive field and covering it is out of the scope of this article. However if you use the tools that we have suggested here, than you should no trouble getting started.