How to setup a website!
This is the third article in a series on starting your own website and why you should create a website or blog, and sell online.
Read the first two articles if you haven’t already
In this article I will by discussing how to setup a website. This will include choosing a domain, purchasing hosting, throwing together WordPress and some important plugins to make your website or blog functional and user friendly.
Look for posts in the future on:
- Different ways to earn money online
- How you can start writing website content
- The secret to increase website trafficIf you’re ready to get right into building a website, head over to Web Hosting Hub to get started now!
Choosing a domain name
No stress, but this tiny little aspect of your website or blog is very important. It’s how people will find you, and remember you. Likewise, if you choose incorrectly you can miss organic traffic, lose people to similar named sites and turn people off.
Those are just some necessary precautions on making a choice. Don’t overthink it – maybe hard now after those warnings – and let a silly name get in the way of building your site. A good name executed is better than a great name procrastinated upon, every time.
A few tips to remember when making your choice on a domain name:
- SKIP the ‘domainname.wordpress’.com or ‘domainname.wix’.com baloney. That is embarrassing. Pay the $50 or $60 a year to get your own dedicated website name.
- Choose a ‘.com’ domain. This is becoming less important and it’s not the end of the world if you choose a .edu .co .net .org. But ‘.com’ is still the benchmark
- Don’t make it too long. Short and to the point is best, if people can’t remember your website name, they can’t reach it.
- Leave out the hyphens. People forget them. Though it doesn’t affect SEO that much if you do include them.
- Use your niche word, or one closely related. If your niche is hunting, try using ‘hunting’ in your title. If you can add a keyword in your domain name that you plan to speak to or use often, it will help get you more traffic.
- Memorable and pronounceable. Make it something simple and that is easily remembered by people so they can come back again and again.
Now that you’ve got a name for your website, you’re ready to figure out how to setup a website. I’ll assume you’ve decided to get your own dedicated website name. To do that you need to get hosting for your website. You don’t need to pay absurd amounts of money for hosting. You can find cheap hosting everywhere.
I use and recommend WebHostingHub.com as a hosting company. They are super affordable, have great customer service and tech support, and have tons of features.
I will now show you how to purchase and setup your hosting through WebHostingHub. This link is an affiliate link so this blog will earn a small commission if you go through WebHostingHub. It does not affect your price and because I work with WHH you actually get a cheaper deal than retail!
Step 2 Scroll down until you see the part with the plans in the photo below. I would suggest the Spark plan as that’s the one I use. It’s the cheapest and you can host 2 websites on it. Upgrade later if you want to take it to the next level. Click ORDER NOW
Step 3 Pick your domain name! Above we discussed how to choose a domain name. With this yearly hosting plan you get a free domain name (regular $15). Don’t pick a name before clicking on the plan of your choice. As you will have to pay for it then.
Step 4 Add in your account details. Add in all your personal info, they will try upsell you a few things, you can choose if you need those or not. What you do want to do here is click to install BOLDGRID. It’s an editor that makes designing your website real easy. See photo below of getting BOLDGRID.
Then choose how long you want to purchase hosting for. I personally just chose 1 year of hosting to test the waters. In the future I will do multi years at once for the discount.
How to build a website
Congratulations! You are now a website owner. Excited? Nervous? Overwhelmed? Don’t be. I will now show you how to get started setting up a few important pages and aspects of your website or blog.
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Conclusion on how to setup a website
So that wraps up this section of how to setup a website. You now either have the tools to begin your own website, or you’ve already got one! It’s really not that hard.
In the next section we will discuss how you can begin creating content for your website. See you then!
Onwards & upwards,