- Internet & the Web
How I Started My Website
Why Start a Website?
There are lots of reasons that you might want to start a website - you have a great passion for sharing information and knowledge with others, you need an an online presence for your business, or might want to make a little money online. Or, perhaps you want to start a website for each of these reasons and more.
Whatever your reason, starting a website online doesn't have to be a costly undertaking. In fact, I will show you how I started my website on a very limited budget.
What Is a Domain Name
The first step to setting up your website is securing a domain name. A domain name is essentially the name you want to give your website, such as hubpages.com.
It is the identification of your business on the internet. Most domain names end in .com, although you can also select .info, .net, .biz or others.
Claiming Your Domain Name
There are several companies that you can use to claim your domain name. I have primarily used GoDaddy. You can also use the GoDaddy site to check if the domain name you are looking for is available. Chances are you will have to try several ideas before finding a name that no one is using. There are many strategies for picking a domain name.
Of course, securing a domain name doesn't mean you have a website - it simply means you have a name for your website.
After securing a domain name, the next step is setting up website hosting. You will need to create an account with a web hosting company to give a "home" to your website.
While there are several companies that offer web hosting, I like to use Host Gator. I have been very pleased with their online live-chat support. This was especially helpful since I was very new to the entire process when I started learning.
They offer several packages, depending on the number of domains names you will be hosting. Domain hosting costs can range from $7 to thousands of dollars depending on site traffic.
Creating Your Page
Once you have your website hosted, it's time to get to the fun part - creating the web site itself. If you are like me, you will be doing this step on your own, but you can also shell out money to a web designer.
I really like using wordpress.org as the design template for my website. There are lots of great designs and lots of plug-ins to customize my page.
Quality content is THE key that will drive traffic to your site, so creating quality, engaging content is critical.
Driving Traffic To Your Site
Once you have your site up and running, it's time to bring visitors. There are lots of books, articles and hubs written on generating traffic and search engine optimization (SEO), with lots of theories on the best strategy. I won't go into that here, as this is article is really more about helping you understand the basic steps of starting a web page.
No matter what you decide, know that building a website is a constant learning process. You will always be learning, growing and improving your website.