Build A Website In 5 Easy Steps

Building a web site of your own nowadays is easy. Compared to yesteryears, designing a web site would take months and an agonizing period of writing codes. Today, even if you are not a programmer, you can build your own web site. Online CMS (content management system) such as Blogger.com and [wc_fa icon=”wordpress” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa] WordPress.com are web builders that you can sign up with and get your site hosted for free for life.

If you want to be in full control of your own site, go self-hosted. You can do it in 5 steps. Download the infographic I made in pdf. Just follow the 5 steps and you won’t be lost. If you need more information, continue reading.

Be ready with your domain name.

Before building your own website, be ready with your domain name. What is a domain name? Facebook.com, google.com, twitter.com and wordpress.com are domain names. Mine is amikvs.org.  As of this writing, there are over 1 billion websites in the world, and growing by the second. (Check live stats here.) That means, whatever domain name you have in mind, most probably it is no longer available. So, be creative and start brainstorming now before you proceed further. Read this article to help you in coming up with a domain name.

Be ready with at least 5 domain names. Then check your domain name’s availability at whois.com. If yourdomain in dotcom is no longer available, don’t try the other gTLD such as .org or ccTLD or a combination, e.g. yourdomain.com.ph. The idea is that if you cannot own yourdomain.com, better not go for yourdomain.org or yourdomain.ph or yourdomain.com.ph. The reason is that to avoid using a domain name that might have been trademarked already by the owner. Another reason is that, your domain in search engine results ranking will be competing against another domain with the same name.

Sign Up For A Web Host – A Green Host Preferably

Once you already have a domain name in mind, you’re ready to register it. You need to register your domain name so that you can own it. You can do that via a web hosting company. A web host is a computer network company that provides shelter to your website. A website comprises data files such as scripts and images. You put these on a web host so that it becomes accessible via the Internet.

You have to have a web hosting account in order to use the services of a web hosting company. The price of a hosting plan varies — ranging form $4 – $15 a month.

I would recommend green web hosting. Green web hosting uses renewable and sustainable energy such as solar and wind. By using a green host, you show care to your environment.

Register your domain name and open a web hosting account via this green web hosting company. If the promo is still open, they usually give discounts if you sign up for 3 years plus a free domain name for life. In my case, I paid $3.95 a month for 3 years, thereafter, I pay $4.95 a month. They register my domain name amikvs.org every year for free as long as I maintain an account with them. That’s a good deal that comes with unlimited bandwidth, unlimited number of websites, unlimited disk space usage, etc.

Login, Open cPanel and Install WordPress

Once your hosting account is ready, go to your web host’s website and login to your account. Go to your cPanel by clicking the button . Scroll down to the bottom of cPanel until  you find a section called Softaculous Apps Installer. Click the WordPress icon [wc_fa icon=”wordpress” margin_left=”” margin_right=””][/wc_fa]. In the next window that appears, click the button . The WordPress installer provides the default parameters. So basically, just accept whatever is provided by default. When done, your website is ready. All you have to do is to enter the contents of your website.

That’s it. If you need assistance, message me via email or through my social media accounts.

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How To Build A Website In Just A Few Days

With WordPress or other CMS applications, a web designer’s job has become easy. If your job is to design and develop a website, you have saved your time doing the design, coding, and debugging parts because it’s like 90% of your job has been done and tested. The only thing left to do is to make some adjustments on the built-in design to suit your requirements; then, populate the site with contents.

Web development is truly a time-consuming job that requires unconditional patience. For an individual, it could take weeks or months to develop a website. It is for that reason why back then, developing a website was so expensive.

The very first (and only but also the last) intranet site I designed and developed for a pharmaceutical company, if I still remember clearly, took me a month or two to complete it. Truly, it was no big deal, because I could straightly write the codes right from my brain without any documented systems analysis. I think, that’s how geeks do programming. As a programmer then for a big holding company, I would just make sketches on paper to gather and contain my thoughts, then I would go right ahead to my keyboard and start typing the codes.

Good for you and me now because we do not have to wait for a month to put your website online. With CMS like WordPress, I could complete it in a week and voila! Your website is up on the World Wide Web.

For the design part, WordPress comes with thousands of design templates. All I have to do is pick what’s right for you. If the design does not satisfy completely my creative palette, then I can just tweak it.

The First Few Steps

So, how do I go about it, just in case, you’d be my client and you are hiring me to build a website for you.

  1. I sit with you so that we can exchange ideas. First, I will listen what’s on your mind. Then, I will tell you what possibly can be done.
  2. I will pick a WordPress design, tweak it according to your liking using my creative energies, then put it online on a temporary host so that you can view it.
  3. If everything looks good, we move on to finalize it.
  4. If your domain name and web host are ready, I will need the technical specs so that I can upload your site to your web host. If you do not have a domain name and web host yet, I would suggest that you pick one now. No idea yet which web host to pick? I would suggest my favorite earth-friendly web host.

In a few days your website will be up and running on the web. All you have to do next is to put in some contents.

If you prefer other CMS applications, I will study one that fits most your needs. If CMS is not what you need, I will make one from scratch. That means, I am going to design one for you, then build it using the latest HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and anything that is currently useful in the web technology.

If the site you have in mind is uniquely a complex one that requires new codes of programming, then I am not the guy for you. 🙂

Feel like discussing your thoughts? You can start by emailing me your queries to amikvs @ gmail dot com.

Build Web Sites With WordPress

I build websites using WordPress because I can get my job done fast and much easier. If I would build a web site from scratch, it would take me months to develop and design it. WordPress and other CMS (content management systems) has made the web development and design process something like 89% completed. For that reason, not only that I save time, I also save money. That benefits you as well because you would not have to pay much. Moreover, with WordPress, your site is up and online within a few days, a week perhaps.

There are other CMS besides WordPress. Whatever you need, I’ll take a look at what’s best for your site. Read more on how to build a web site in just a few days.