1st of all choose your Platform,
This is the base where your website will be built on, its your foundation. For beginners, WordPress is one of the most popular choices. It’s a CMS (content management system) platform, free, powerful and relatively easy to use.
Joomla and Drupal are also very functional, with a slightly bigger learning curve. There are also drag and drop options like WIX, SquareSpace and Websitebuilder.com that offer a free version, but do charge monthly fees for fully functional website.
Now you need to buy your domain name. This is the web address (URL) of your site. When it comes to choosing a name, ask yourself these questions:
– What will your site be called?
– What is your website about (your niche)?
– What is your focus?
Write down several and then check online if it is available. You can purchase a domain from GoDaddy, Namecheap or Domaincheap.com. You can also use a domain name generator, that will spin out names based on keywords you type in. Try to keep it as short as possible so it’s easy to remember. Buying a domain name will cost a few dollars for a year’s registration, but it’s worth it to have your own business name.
Your website must have a host. The host service is where your data will be stored.
Depending on your needs, now and in the future, it might be worth a few more dollars a month to ensure that your site won’t crash or get turned off. Keep in mind that there are free web hosting services, which is fine for a personal blog, but they usually don’t provide enough bandwidth for a business website and most of them display ads on your webpages.
Before you begin building your website, you need a plan. Creating a site map can be as simple as jotting down a list of pages you need on a piece of paper. You can also sketch out your pages: headers, content, images and positioning of these elements. Knowing roughly how you want it to look will help the building process go much smoother.
5)Install your platform
For this we are going to assume you’re using WordPress. This can be installed with one-click from inside your hosting account. If you aren’t sure that your hosting has it check with your provider and they should be able to help you.
Once installed you can then log into your dashboard/control center, have a look around and see how to set up pages, edit posts, upload content and more. There are many other options to create a simple website with only a few pages or set up a full-blown e-commerce site ready to take sales.
WordPress offers a variety of options that make your job easier. From free themes for design to plugins and widgets that add functionality. These are all available from your dashboard. Don’t be afraid to click around and test out different themes until you find one that looks good, you won’t break anything.