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How To Create a Website or Blog - Introduction

Updated on November 7, 2014
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Overview

Introduction

  1. Register a domain
  2. Get webhosting
  3. Upload your site files to the webhosting server


Ways of creating your website or blog

  1. Learn HTML and CSS
  2. Content Management System
  3. Online Website Builder
  4. Blogging Platform

Introduction

Creating your own website or blog has become quite easier than it was several years ago. I remember the time when a good friend of mine told me she was creating her own website which took many days because she did it all from scratch with HTML. She had to change the codes many times because she could only see the results when uploading the pages to her domain. Very time consuming and annoying.

Nowadays, there are so many tools with which you can create your own website or blog very easily and quickly.

In this hub I would like to share with you the necessary steps you need to go through for creating your own website or blog.

The three basic parts that are needed for creating your website or blog are:

  • Domain Name

  • Webhosting Server

  • Site Files

Register your domain name
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1. Register a domain

A domain is your address on the web. When people want to visit your website or blog they need to know your domain name.

When a visitor types your domain name into a web browser it will be translated into your server IP address. The server then sends the visitor your site files and the visitor sees the website or blog you created.

Watch the video below to learn how to register a domain name with Namecheap, my recommended domain registrar. I created this video myself together with my son. It was funny.


How To Register A Domain Name With Namecheap

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2. Get webhosting

Registering a domain name is not enough to run your website or blog because you need a space where you can upload and store your site files and to make your website or blog available to the public 24/7. Therefore, you need a webhosting service or a server.

How To Set Up A Webhosting Account With Hostgator

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3. Upload your site files to the webhosting server

The site files are what people actually see when they visit your website or blog. They can be html files or PHP scripts, for example. Your webhosting server is able to read these files and make your website or blog look like you created it.

Ways of creating your website or blog

Several years ago you had to learn HTML, CSS or other programming languages, buy a very expensive website builder software or engage a web designer to create a website. This would cost you a lot of money or time.

Fortunately, this belongs to the past because there are so many tools you can use for creating your website or blog like the following ones:

  • Learn HTML and CSS
  • Use a content management system
  • Use an online website builder
  • Use a blogging platform

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1. Learn HTML and CSS

Though there are many tools, even for free, which make website or blog creation so much easier, web designer still have to learn HTML and CSS or other programming languages. Of course, nobody asks you to become a web designer but you may create a simple web page using HTML and CSS. Even if you decide to use one of the other options for creating your website or blog there is nothing wrong with learning basic HTML and CSS to customize your website. Alternatively, you could also use a website builder software like Dreamweaver or NVU to create your website. If you want to learn HTML and CSS you don't need to purchase an expensive course as there are many free tutorials on the Internet.

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2. Content Management System

Nowadays, most people create their website or blog using a content management system like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or TYPO3 because they are more user friendly and flexible. You don't have to learn HTML or other programming languages when using a Content Management System.

Most of the content management systems have an open source license which means you don't have to pay a fee to use them. They are actually free.

My recommended Online Website Builder

I love and use Weebly to create websites because it is so easy to use and has many great tools.

3. Online Website Builder

A much easier tool for creating your website or blog is a so called online website builder. Like the name indicates you build your website in your browser and actually see what your website will look like because most of the online website builders have a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. They also have a very friendly user interface that makes you create your website or blog within minutes. A great disadvantage is that in most cases you don't have access to the whole source code, only to parts of it. So customizing it to your own liking is very limited.

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4. Blogging Platform

If you are solely interested in blogging rather than creating a website you could use a blogging platform. Most of them are for free like Google's Blogger Platform. In contrast to websites blogs consist of regularly published posts normally showing the latest post at the top. The posts are classified according to categories which the blogger may assign. Blogs are the most used form of web presence nowadays.

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This was just an introduction into website and blog creation. I will provide more detailed information in one of my future hubs.

About the author

Hi, I'm Janet. I'm happily married, mother of two amazing children, working as an educator.

I love writing, reading, creating websites and blogs, crafting, Social Media and Internet Marketing.

To know more about me, you can visit my website Writing Webworking Mom.

© 2014 Janet Giessl

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      DDE, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you found my hub informative and helpful.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and so helpful about webpages. I have tired and stopped for a while.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Conservative Lady, thank you for your wonderful comment. I'm always happy when my hubs are useful to others.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for your nice comment, Michelle! I'm glad my hub is useful.

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      Sheila 2 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      This is exactly the information I have been looking for! Very useful, well organized, and great video additions. Voting Up, sharing, and ready to start my own Blog - terrific Hub!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful for those who have yet to venture into this. sharing!

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Hi Thelma! Thank you for stopping by and for your positive feedback. I'm glad you found my hub useful. Your comments are always greatly appreciated.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Great hub! A very useful and well detailed article for us who will like to create a blog or a website. Thanks for sharing. Well done.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      poetryman6969, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you to hear a positive feedback.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Cool, detailed information. I think you have done a service here.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      travmaj, you are absolutely welcome. I come from a very technologically interested family. Many of my paternal relatives are into technology. I always appreciate your comments.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Janet, thanks for all this valuable information re websites and blogs. I am technologically dysfunctional but am willing to learn. I shall certainly be referring to your hub in the future. Thank you for this.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Eddy, thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate your comments.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      How useful so many will find this great hub Janet. Voted up, across and shared.

      Eddy.,

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Hi Victoria,

      about one year I ago I suddenly showed interest to learn HTML and CSS, I don't know why. So I started to do a distance learning course about that. Thank you for your kind comment.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Hi Suzie! Nice to see you on my hub. I'm glad you found my hub useful. I hope your surgery wasn't because of something serious. I hope and wish you will recover soon.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you, BlueOceanView, for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. Yes, HostGator is really great.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've been trying for a while, but I'm still a novice. I don't find the need to learn HTML or CSS with my website. (although it might not hurt--LOL!) Great hub. I look forward to more on this topic!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      What a great intro for someone like me who needs this help! I am a novice where blogs and websites are concerned but want my own site or two.

      Thanks for this well explained and laid out article, delighted you are still writing. Apologies for my absence I have been having surgery and still recuperating now but want to get back to HP. Up+++++ all the way!

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      BlueOceanView 2 years ago

      I love Host Gator! Very good customer service, great tools, and they take very good care of their server and networking equipment. Good recommendation. :)

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