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How to Create a Website

In 2020, anyone can build and design a website without knowing anything about web development, design, or coding.

Whether you want to create a website for yourself or for your business, you can easily do that by using the right tools and resources.

This step-by-step guide will help you create a website from scratch without having to spend money for freelancers, agencies, or website builders.

All you need is 1-2 hours of your free time to complete the guide and set up a website.

Things You Need In Order to Build a Website

  • Domain name (your custom web address, www.YourSite.com)
  • Website hosting (service that hosts your website)
  • WordPress (free, commonly used website platform)

To build a fully functional website, you’ll need to secure a domain name (web address) and a web hosting account. These two make sure that your website is fully accessible to others. Without one or another, you will be unable to set up a website.

Once you have a domain and hosting, you can create a WordPress website. WordPress is the most popular website building platform that is being used by 30% of all the websites on the Internet.

Setting up a WordPress site is usually a simple, one-click process through your web hosting service.

Once you’ve finished the guide, you’ll have a fully working website online, on a custom domain name, and fully accessible by others.

Ready? Let’s get started…


Table of contents (steps to launch a website):

  1. Choose a domain name
  2. Register a domain and sign up with web hosting
  3. Set up a website using WordPress (through web host)
  4. Customize your website design and structure
  5. Add important pages and content
  6. Set up a navigation menu
  7. Add an online store (optional)

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If you get stuck setting up a website using this guide, we offer free help through this contact page.

Step #1: Choose a Domain Name


In order to build a website, the very first thing you’ll need is a domain name.

The domain name is your website name and address. That address is used by visitors when they try to find your site through their web browsers.

This website’s domain name is websitesetup.org. Yours can be anything.

Domain names can cost anywhere from $10 to $50 a year. The usual price tag is around $15.

If you haven’t registered or chosen a domain name for your website, here are some tips to help you out:

  • If you’re making a website for a business, your domain name should match your company name. For example: YourCompanyName.com
  • If you’re planning to set up a personal website for yourself then YourName.com can be a great option.
  • Use a “generic” domain name extension such as .com.net or .org if your goal is international visitors. Use a “local” domain name extension such as .de.fr, or .ru if your goal is country-targeted visitors.

Don’t worry if your preferred domain name is already taken. There are more than 300 million different domain names registered, but there are a billion other possibilities that are still available.

If you don’t have a domain name yet, there’s no need to register one.

I’ll show you how to get a domain name for free for the first year (step 2):

Step #2: Get Web Hosting and Register Domain


In addition to having a domain name, you’ll also need website hosting (web hosting).

Web hosting is a service that hosts and stores your website files (content) on a secure server that is always up and running. Without a web host, your site will not be accessible for others to read and browse.

Affordable and reliable web hosting for new websites costs usually between $3 to $10 a month. Less than a cup of coffee, but an important investment for your website success.

Whichever web hosting company you sign up with, make sure it has the following features:

  • FREE domain name with SSL (for security)
  • One-click-install for WordPress (free)
  • Custom email accounts
  • Unlimited or unmetered bandwidth (no traffic limitations)
  • Customer support, preferably 24/7 live chat

If you find a website hosting that offers all of the things above, you’ve likely found a good provider.

We recommend using Bluehost.com for web hosting and domains. They offer free domain registration for the first year and getting a domain name and hosting from the same company saves you some time and money.

Bluehost hosting plans start from $3.95/mo ($2.75/mo with our discount link) and offers all the essential features for setting up a website.

1) To get a web hosting account, simply visit Bluehost and click on “Get Started Now”.

Bluehost

2) Next, choose your web hosting plan (choice plus is fully unlimited, while basic is best for new sites):

choose web hosting plan

3) Next, choose and register a domain name (free for the first year):

register a domain name

Keep in mind that Bluehost doesn’t offer country-specific domain endings, such as.de.fr, or .ru. If you need them, you can buy these from Domain.com or GoDaddy.com separately.

If you already have a domain name that you bought somewhere else, Bluehost allows you to hook it up to your new hosting plan. Some additional steps will be needed here – like updating your name serversHere’s a guide from Bluehost on how to do that.

4) Once you’ve completed your registration process it will take a few minutes to get instant access, so you can start building your website right away.

Bluehost welcome screen

Step #3: Set Up WordPress Website (Through Web Host)


Once you have your domain name and web hosting ready to go, you’ll need to choose and install a website building platform (also known as CMS).

We recommend choosing WordPress since it’s easy to use and comes with thousands of free designs and add-ons that make your website look professional and unique.

Setting up your WordPress website is easy, and your web host mostly does it for you, so you don’t really have to get your hands too dirty.

If you don’t use Bluehost as a web hosting, don’t worry. Many web hosting providers have “WordPress install” located somewhere in the hosting cPanel. If you are dealing with a web host that doesn’t provide “one-click installs“, try setting up WordPress manually.

1) Installing WordPress Website on Bluehost

  1. Log in to your Bluehost account
  2. Click on “My Sites” and then on “Create Site”Bluehost My Sites screen when learning how to create a website
  3. Provide some basic information about your site, and the WordPress installation will start. It will all happen on autopilot.
  4. When the setup is done, Bluehost will show you the installation and login details. Be sure to save this information somewhere safe.

Bluehost Installation Details

2) Test Your Website By Typing in Your Domain Address

With WordPress installed, what you should do next is test if everything works.

The easiest way to do that is to type in your domain name into the web browser.

With WordPress correctly installed, the thing you’ll see is a very basic website like this:

How to create a website: Fresh WordPress Install

If this doesn’t look too attractive, don’t worry, you’ll soon learn how to change the design to something more appealing.

3) Verify SSL/HTTPS Settings

In short, an SSL certificate makes sure that your website is delivered to your visitors securely.

Bluehost automatically adds an SSL when you create a new website or install WordPress. To check your site’s SSL status, do these steps:

  1. Log in to your Bluehost portal
  2. Click on “My Sites”
  3. Find your site and click on “Manage Site”
  4. Go to the “Security” tab
  5. Under “Security Certificate,” you will find your “Free SSL Certificate” status

If everything went well, you should see a lock icon next to your domain name in the web browser.

It may take a few hours before the SSL is set up completely, but that shouldn’t stop you from continuing to build your website.

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