In this modern globalised world, all the business has shifted online. Almost whole world runs on internet. It is very important to make your presence on the internet to let the world know about you, your thoughts or your business. Having a website certainly boosts your online presence and helps you grow your audience while sitting at home on pilot.
However, in order to one effective and attractive website, you need to know how to make a website. Most of the people try to avoid this and simply outsource the task of making a website. But why to waste money on something which takes just a few minutes to learn. Yes, you read it correct. You can learn to make a website in merely few minutes, in fact you will be able to make one yourself once you complete reading this article.
Step 1: Finding the right name for your website
Though it’s the first but a crucial part of making a website. You domain name should be something different, easy to remember and easy to pronounce so that people can remember it. Hence, it is essential that you spend more time thinking about a name for your website which will go on to develop a brand in future.
Once you’re finalized with the name for your website, you will have to register your domain name on websites like Godaddy, Bigrock, etc.
Step 2: Get your website hosted on server
Hosting is basically buying a server space online where all the data of your website will be stored. Whenever a visitor tries to access your website, this server will serve the request and present your website to your visitors. Choosing a server is very important because any delay in loading your website will repel your visitors.
It is also essential that the server is up most of the time. If the server is down, then your website will no longer be visible. This could make a negative impression to your audience and probably spread a bad vibes. I thereby recommend you to spend some time researching about reliable hosting providers. Some of the eminent in this field are Hostgator, Digital Ocean, GoDaddy, etc.
Step 3: Installing tools on website
For a website to function properly, some tool are required to make it easier to work with. For starter, you need to install a good CMS tool. CMS basically means Content Management System which is nothing but an interface between you and your website. It helps you put some content like articles, videos and other stuffs on your website.
Two of the most popular CMS are WordPress and Joomla. These are so widely used that almost all the hosting providers facilitate installing WordPress and Joomla on their cPanel. Well, cPanel is nothing but a dashboard kind of thing which is offered by hosting providers.
Once you’ve installed either of the CMS, you will be asked to create your profile and manage admin rights. You will have to change the nameservers of the domain with ones provided by the hosting provider you choose. This is nothing rocket science, just a two-step copy paste process. If you’ve chosen the WordPress CMS, then you can login to the WordPress admin account of your website on http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
Step 4: Design your website
Now that we’ve setup the domain and CMS, you need to work on making your website look attractive and user friendly. Design is what keeps your visitors holding to your website longer. If your website is visually awful then it doesn’t matter how good the content is, your visitors won’t enjoy reading it. Hence, you should leave no stone unturned in making your website look attractive. Now it all depends upon the type of website you’re making.
Accordingly, various themes for different types of websites are available online. If you’re willing to spend some money, then I would recommend you to buy a premium theme which will make your website look elegant.
Step 5: Optimize your website with plugins
Basically, we’re almost done with setting up a website for you. This last step is just a closure. Plugins and widgets are usually tweaks which enhance the utility of your website and help in achieving different goals. You can pick various plugins for either enhancing the looks of your website, installing a utility or integrating external functionalities.
For instance, if you wish to track the number of visitors hitting your website daily, then you’ll have to install Google Analytics plugin which will do this task for you.
Well, if you’ve understood all these steps really well then it won’t take you much longer for creating a website. However you can check out the video below if you are not able to grasp the steps listed above. Subsequently, you can ask any doubts you have whenever you get stuck.