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How To Start A Website Without Coding Experience

Updated on December 30, 2012

You don't need a web-designer any more

The days are gone when anyone who wants a professional looking website has to go searching for a web designer who they might end up paying thousands. Now you can set up and maintain your own website without knowing any html or css (website coding languages).


So how do you get started?

Step 1: Buying a domain name:

Buying a domain name is the first stage to create a website. This domain name is where your website is going to be found on the internet. For example HubPages is http://hubpages.com.

You need to put a lot of thought into your domain name because once you have brought it you cannot change it!

Where do you buy the domain name from?

There are hundreds of website hosting companies promising the best features, pricing and service on the internet, and this makes choosing one very difficult. I recommend personally joining a well known service. (You might want to spend a little time researching the best ones)

Step 2: Buying a hosting plan

A hosting plan is needed to upload all of your website content to your domain. Without this your domain name cannot 'host' anything.

The likelihood is that when buy your domain name the company will offer a hosting plan as well, and sometimes with a hosting plan you will get a free domain name.


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As you can see the higher priced monthly deals offer a free domain name as well. Keep this in mind if you need a slightly more expensive hosting plan.

Using Wordpress

Wordpress is a free Content Management System that has proved to be extremely popular due to its advance functionality and vibrant community.

To connect your hosting account to Wordpress you can either do this manually or by a one click application:

This is one of the best articles I have found on doing this manually: http://wpcandy.com/teaches/how-to-install-wordpress

However most of your hosting accounts will offer a one click installation process which will do all of the hard work for you. Check that your host is Wordpress friendly and includes a one click instillation if you are not confident doing it manually.

Here is a list of hosts Wordpress recommends

After you have activated Wordpress on your website you will be able to access your dashboard. To access this all you need to do is add /wp-admin/ to your domain name.

www.mydomainname.com/wp-admin/

This will lead you to your log in page, enter your username and password that you would have set up in the one click set up stage or manually earlier. From here you can run your website.


Turning your website into a quality website

Wordpress will offer templates that you can use, however investing a small amount of money into a professional theme is what will divide you from the crowd. There are also lots of different Wordpress theme developers.

Here is one of the best out there, they offer amazing themes for a very good price and have excellent support. Take a look.

It seems a daunting task to set up a website but it is a lot easier then it looks especially with Wordpress and a one click installation on your hosting account. Just don't tell anyone!



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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Nice overview of the process. I'm not sure that for someone who doesn't yet know how to get a domain setup is quite ready for Wordpress, though. Perhaps you will do a follow-up hub on that? Nice job.

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      nightnight 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the feedback. :) Yes I think that might be a good idea.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Very good information; I've been considering getting my own website, domain, etc. in a way that is inexpensive and easy. But I have some things to learn first.

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      nightnight 4 years ago from UK

      Glad it helped! Once you familiarise yourself with the process it's very easy to do the second time round. Any problems you have let me know :)

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