Just getting started with making your own website seems quite daunting at first, there is a lot and I mean a lot of information out there on hosting, builders, plug-ins, SEO you name it. In this post, you will find an easy guide on how to make a website. And navigating the space for the first time can be quite difficult. I hope that this post will make it easier to build a website.
Depending on what you want to use the website for there are different areas that you will want to concentrate on.
If you are like me and lack the HTML skills to design your own website from scratch, you will likely need a website builder to help you out.
There are really only 3 components to building a website.
- Website: You do need the actual website.
- Hosting: The service that will “host” your website, I.E. something to keep it open online.
- Marketing: If you want other’s to find your website
There are so many reviews and lists of top site builders out there, people sure want to know how to create a site. It can feel a bit overwhelming to pick one to use, luckily if you have the time most of them either have a money-back period or offer a free option. The free options are usually very limited though.
And to be honest, most of them don’t seem that different from one another, they allow you to build a site on your own without needing to have to code. They always offer different starting templates, although some are a bit easier to use than others.
I have scoured the web already to find some of the best website builders, and I also checked to see what the cheapest website builders are. So what is stopping you from making a unique website online?
First things first, you will need to know what type of website you’re going to build.
Searching the web for website types brings forth a bunch of different types, but in my opinion, it essentially boils down to whether you want to sell products of your site or do you want to use it for informational purposes.
True, the information that you want to show can either be in the form of images, videos or words.
Do you want to sell products or subscriptions on your website? Then look at the eCommerce options that the website builders offer.
If you don’t want to sell products, and either want to start a blog, have a homepage for your business, or want to house your portfolio. Then you can go with the cheaper option since you don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles.
What to look for
The choice of website builder will really come down to your own abilities, if you don’t have many tech abilities I’d recommend going with the easiest to use website builders for making a unique website online. Unless of course you are curious like me and don’t mind spending the time to teach yourself how to make something work for you.
When choosing a site builder keep the following in mind:
- Ease of Use: Picking a site builder that is easy enough for you to use, typically the easier it is to use the more expensive it is.
- Trial Period or Money Back Guarantee: This is important, since it’s unlikely that you will find out everything you need to know before actually using and testing out the website builder.
- Templates: If the builder has templates that exactly suit your need then your job will be so much easier.
- General Features:
- Domain: not vital but will cost you a bit extra if it isn’t included
- Bandwith: This is fairly important since it will dictate the amount of times people will be able to look at your website in a month.
- Storage: If you want a lot of pictures this will need to be posted somewhere, so having enough storage space will be important.
- Ad free: Whether the provider will post adds on your site.
- ECommerce Features:
- Number of products: You need to check that you can put all the products you want on the site.
- Product variations: If you want variations to the same products, check how many is supported.
- Shipping: Ideally you want great integration with shipping providers, so that you can get real time rates from shipping providers.
- Payment Options: The more options supported the better
- Fees: Sometimes website builders will have a fee on each item sold, this will of course cut into your profit. So be aware of this.
- Tax: Some website builders have the functionality to calculate the tax on each item for you.
- Price: It of course needs to be in budget.
- Marketing: Some builders will offer some good marketting options, which will allow you to reach a wider audience quickly.
The second core component of having a website is hosting it. There are quite a number of hosting providers out there, all offering various ways of hosting a website, to suit different needs. For small websites you really don’t need anything fancy like cloud hosting, shared hosting will do just fine to start off with.
If you’re going to use a website builder odds are that you will be receiving hosting included with your package, but not all hosts are equal, so you might not be happy with the hosting but love the website builder. The good thing is you can normally switch hosts, but it will likely come at some expense.
With WordPress you actually don’t need to use WordPress.com or WordPress.org, to host your WordPress Website. You can really use any hosting provider and install WordPress for free (You’ll still be paying the hosting fees).
So you can find the website hosting provider that you really like and use them directly if you want to use WordPress. They even offer 1-press WordPress Installations most of the time. You can have a look, where I’ve researched some web hosts
Types of Hosting
There are quite a few types of hosting out there, but for starting out with your new Website I’d recommend sticking with Shared Hosting.
- Shared hosting: Multiple websites are housed on one physical server, and share their resources.
- VPS hosting: One physical server is partitioned into multiple virtual servers so that each website gets more resources and space without committing to a dedicated server.
- Dedicated hosting: An entire physical server, along with all of its resources, is used to house one website.
- Cloud hosting: Similar to shared hosting, except that a network of multiple servers is used to pool resources and maximize uptime.
- Reseller hosting: The owner of a reseller hosting plan can effectively lease out server space to third parties. In other words, you would be the middleman between a hosting provider and a website.
What to look for
Not all hosts were made equal, especially when looking at the prices… But there are some really great affordable options out there, and most hosts have promotional offers, but be careful and look at the renewal prices.
Most of the time their best value offers are for multi-year packages, so cost comparisons are sometimes flawed. I’ve added the monthly option price in my comparisons.
- Initial Price: Promotional offers typically last for the first year.
- Renewal Price: Be sure to check what the renewal price will be.
- Speed: This one is hard to compare based on research alone, you’ll need to test to if the website’s performance is good enough for your needs.
- Number of Websites: How many websites you can build with the same hosting subspriction, if you need more than one website be sure to take note of this.
- Storage: Depending on what you want to do with your website your storage needs will differ, but most things with a lot of videos or images will eat up storage.
- Bandwith: It’s best to have a host that provides unlimited traffic, so that your website is never down. As a start you can consider one with a limit if it makes up with other features.
- Domain: Most will provide you with a domain for 1 year, but check the renewal price.
- Money back Guarantee or a Trial: Important, since you don’t alway get what you thought you will, so choose a host that you can get your money back if you’re not happy.
Marketing – Increasing Traffic
After you made your website, and you’ve added your content, the next thing you want to do is get traffic to your site. You want people to read or see what you have made.
Within about a week, with only posting and using SEO techniques, my site was listed on Google and Bing. But background traffic is still fairly low, at an average of around 20 views per day, which I’m sure most are likely just bots.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be trying different methods of getting traffic, whilst trying to avoid paid advertising. I’ll then post on the success of these methods.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Most website builders do have features for optimizing your website for search engines so that your website can get indexed on the search engine. It means that people will be able to find your website by searching for it on a search engine.
There are sometimes issues preventing your website from being indexed, and it can be frustrating figuring out how to fix this.
You can check if your site is indexed, or if not what issues are preventing indexing by going to:
These tools also give you some good information on how your website has performed in searches.
You can also check out my guide to WordPress Search Engine Optimization.
Here are some other ways in which you can increase traffic to your site, some of which I will be testing over the next couple of weeks. Some of the methods do appear quite daunting for someone who is just starting out, but in the end, I created this blog for the fun of it.
- Paid Advertising
- Guest posts on other blogs
- Social media marketing
- Sending email newsletters
- Reaching out to influencers
- Post content to LinkedIn
These were my Steps To Create A Web Page, I hope you found the information interesting if not useful in your journey in making a unique website online. As you can see, it’s not too complicated to build a website, with a little bit of guidance you can get your website up and running, so give creating a website a shot.
I’d be happy to receive any feedback or tips, so feel free to post it up in the comment section.