A lot of people are interested in making their own website but have the fear that it is too difficult to create one. This is false. Anyone can make a website if they follow this simple step by step guide. Creating your own website gives you a sense of empowerment, whether it’s just to express your views and opinions in a blog or if you want to start your own internet business. The possibilities are endless. Back in the earlier years of the internet age, creating a website required writing code and much more time and skill. Today we have several different platforms that help creating a website an easier process. The platform that we will be discussing is WordPress. WordPress is by far the most popular of the site building platforms with over %50 of all the sites on the internet running off this remarkable tool.
Step 1 – The first step is to choose a domain name. A domain name is the website’s name. The most popular Internet domain registrar and web hosting company is “GoDaddy.com”. Another option is a website called “Sedo.com”, this website is very useful for buying and selling domain names. When selecting a domain name, you are going to want to keep several things in mind. It is important that you keep the domain name short and simple, this prevents users from mistyping your website address. Avoid hyphens and numbers within your domain name. Be sure to select keywords that are relevant to your business or services. For example, if you want to sell sunglasses online, you may want to choose a domain like buysunglasses.com. This will increase your ranking on the major search engine websites. Be sure to research your desired domain name first to avoid selecting a name thats has already been trademarked. The top three extensions for a domain name are .com, .org, and .net. This is something to consider when when creating your domain name. The most popular search engine “Google”, views these three extensions equally. Selecting one of those three extensions will increase your chances of ranking high on search engines.
Step 2 – Once you have selected your domain name, you are going to have to install WordPress. This is a very simple process that we will go through step by step.
1.) First you are going to log into your GoDaddy account and make your way to the homepage. Then you are going to want to click Hosting. A dropbox will appear with several options, you are going to want to choose WordPress Hosting.
2.) This will bring you to a page that displays several different packages with different features and pricing. Click Configure on the package you desire.
3.) You will be directed to a page that gives you the option to add some additional features. If you would like to add these features, simply check the box of the desired feature and click Continue.
4.) You will then be offered a free domain name but only if you select a plan that is a year or more. If you would like to take the offer, search up a desired domain name and add it to the purchase. If you would like to skip this offer, click No thanks, I’ll pass on the freebie.
5.) Next you will arrive at the checkout page. Select the number of months you would like for the term of your plan. Once you have selected the term, you can view the total to the right. If everything looks satisfactory, click the Proceed to Checkout button located in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.