Does your business need a web presence, and you don’t know a true experienced professional to help guide you? I have prepared a simple-to-follow article that will teach you how to create your website for just $20. YES! …. You can create your website for only $20! Let me show you how by following the following three simple steps.
Step 1: You need a domain name.
A domain name is the website address that people type into a browser to visit your site, such as www.acdesigner.com. A domain name is a requirement for a website, as that is how people will find your business page online. You must register your domain before you begin working on your website. A domain name must be unique and available for registration. The cost of a domain name is around $12 to $15 per year. There are multiple companies where you can register your domain name, but I recommend that you register your domain name with the same company you get the hosting. If your domain name registration and your hosting are with a different company, you will need to link/connect both services for your website to display live on the internet. Hosting is another tool that you will need. I will explain it in the next step.
TIPS: Save money by extending the amount of year you register your domain name. The longer you register the domain name, the more you will save. Also if it’s your first time registering your domain name with a company the first year it’s usually cheaper. One with the best 2020 ratings in tech, price, and easy to used are BlueHost. You can learn more about BlueHost using the following link: www.bluehost.com
How do I choose a domain name? Your domain name must be a reflection of either your business name or what your organization does. Simple, easy read, and shorter in character length is the key to a good-quality domain name as it will be easy to remember.
Here are three tips when choosing a domain name:
- Keep it short and recognizable
- Build trust with a .com, .io, or .co
- Get a private domain registration to reduce spam (This is a paid option available with any web hosting company)
Step 2: You Need Web Hosting
Hosting is another tool that you need to get to build your website and have it live on the internet. As previously mentioned, you can get the hosting and the domain name with the same company. I do recommend doing it at the same location, as you do not need to be transferring and connecting your domain name with your hosting services. What is hosting services? Hosting is a technology server platform where all your website files live to be able to display on the live web. The price for a hosting service varies depending on how advanced and large your website will be. If you are looking for a small WordPress website it cost around $4 to $6 per month. For instance, BlueHost hosting cost starts at $3.95 for small sites. Most hosting companies offer different price packages, you can always start with the lowest package and increase it as you grow your business/blog. You do not need to be tech Savvy to get a hosting service. Hosting platforms are very straight-forward to purchase and use. Of course, the more advance you want your website to be, the more tech-savvy you will need to be. But once again, do not worry because if you grow bigger, then you will have money to hire a professional such as ACDesigner.com to help you with your successful online business.
How to choose a hosting company? Multiple companies offer the service. I recommend you to compare prices, see if they have good customer service, and if you know your company will grow big, find the service that will support large website projects.
TIP: Make sure you get an SSL Web certificate for your websites. Some hosting companies offer it for free, and some others you need to pay extra. BlueHost offers it for free, take advantage!. The SSL certificate is very important because if you do not have it, your site will be vulnerable to hackers and Google will warn visitors that your website is not secure.
Step 3: You need a WordPress template
The last tool you need to set up your website is WordPress. Don’t worry WordPress platform is FREE! and can be easily added within your hosting package. Once you have your hosting account, the hosting platform has it available for easy installation. BlueHost hosting services have a one-click WordPress set-up. You do not need to be a tech-savvy, simple click on the installation link and you follow the steps until its install. Once you install it, WordPress will give you their default website templates. You can always search for new ones within the WordPress platform. There are a lot of free cool templates you can choose from and others that you can purchase. If you have no budget to pay for a template, simply utilize the free ones.
Do you need to know how to code to put content, images, and video to a WordPress site? You do not need to know how to code, if you know how to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Facebook platform, then you will know how to add content to your WordPress Site. Many templates have dummy text and images in all the sections of the pages for you to simply replace it with your content. Do not underestimate WordPress, as the application it’s powerful. You can build advanced websites if you are tech-savvy. I recommend you educate your self to apply advanced features on your business website as you grow.
I hope this article was helpful. Enjoy the journey of your new business website. Reach out to us if you have any questions or need our digital graphic design services, simply fill the form below.