How To Build a Website
Building a website entails utilizing: Content Management System software or a preferred programming language to create the structure and design of a website, purchasing a web domain address and then hosting your website on a shared or private hosting service so readers can access your site from anywhere around the world.
Though not to dissuade you from building out your own site, but constructing a website is very time-consuming. If you want a website that reflects your company’s image in a high-quality user-friendly way, understand that you will not achieve this overnight or in a few days.
But, if you insist on tackling this on your own we’ll guide you on the easiest route to achieve your goal.
Choose A Platform To Build A Website
Content Management System (CMS) is a software that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administrative tools helping users with almost no knowledge of web programming or markup languages to create and manage web content.
But if you prefer to use a CMS, please find below a list of the most popular CMS platforms.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server, which would either be part of an Internet hosting service or a network host in its own right.
Shopify is an effective eCommerce website builder that allows merchants to design, develop, market, and sell any type of goods to consumers around the world.
Squarespace is a software as a service-based content management system, integrated website builder, blogging platform, hosting service, commerce platform, and domain name registrar.
Purchasing Your Domain
Usually buying your domain is done first when you set out to build a website. But we just wanted to give you a friendly reminder that your domain will be pointed to a website that will need to be built utilizing some programming language or CMS software. And now that we’ve reminded you about CMS let’s move on; below you’ll find how to purchase a domain for your website.
Where To Purchase Domain
Any domain registrar company is okay to work with. GoDaddy, NetSol, Hover are a few that can help you purchase a domain name.
We suggest Hover, as this company strictly deals with domains and has excellent customer service.
One thing to keep in mind when purchasing your domain is to keep your domain name and your hosting company separate. Reason why not to use same company to service domain name and hosting is: your domain name may kept hostage if you failed to pay them and/or having an issue with hosting service and want to move hosting. Hosting companies that have also sold you your domain name leverage that right to keep domain name until satisfactory on their end – not fair!
Always keep domain name apart from hosting!
Hosting Your Website
Now that you’ve chosen the platform for your website, the next step is to find the right hosting company that will serve your website to your customers.
What you want to look for in a hosting company are the following: 24/7 customer service, CMS dedicated hosting, and fast hosting speed.
If you can manage hosting hiccups (like site downtime, or lagging website speed) then customer service may not be a priority on your list. But if you experience down time, you want a hosting company that can effectively bring your site back up and can communicate the process to you .
CMS Dedicated Service
If you chosen a CMS to build out your site, you need a hosting company that can effectively place your site on a dedicated CMS hosting plan. Which basically means the hosting company will know how many processors and disk usage is ideal for your CMS’ programming language.
Speed time is pretty much critical in all aspects. You need a website that gets rendered in a few seconds not in a minute – time is money!
We suggest: Site Ground, HostGator, WP Engine.
Building your website can be fun and a bit of a headache, but if you have time on your hands give it a shot. And if you have come to a roadblock or need a professional web developer to help build your site for you then seek out a web developer.
Shameless plug: The developer who built this site (VisitKeystoneHeights.com) is me! I’m Mike from GravityGone.co and can help with your digital needs. Drop a note and let’s talk about it.