CREATING YOUR OWN WEBSITE
So you would like to have a great looking website but have no idea where to start from? No worries! You’re in the right place. A website is a great way to have an online presence and below I show you exactly how you can build your own today. You will be astonished just how easy it is to create your own great-looking site!
The first thing you need in having your own site is a Domain Name. A domain name is the address of your website. This is what people will type in their browser in order to access your site. My website’s domain name is chibsblogging.com.
A few things to consider when picking a domain name.
- Use the ‘.com’, ‘.org’, or ‘.net’ extension. These extensions are easily recognized by many web users and so are preferred over other extensions such as ‘.co.zm’, ‘.jp’, ‘.co.za’, etc.
- Pick a name that people can easily remember. Try to keep your domain name short and ‘catchy’ by limiting it to a maximum of three to four short words.
- Domain names descriptive of what your website is about are a good choice. For example ‘chickenrecipes.com’ tells people immediately that your site is about chicken recipes.
- Avoid using punctuation marks or hyphens within your domain name. If your site address is ‘quote-inspire.com’ then people might unintentionally type ‘quoteinspire.com’ which takes them to another website, leading to lost traffic for your site.
To ensure that your site is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you need to register with a hosting company. A hosting company provides the space required to place files that are needed to setup and keep your website online.
There are a number of hosting companies available online. Reliability is one important aspect you need to consider when selecting a hosting provider. I personally use a small orange to host my websites. They have a powerful and reliable website hosting coupled with exceptional customer service. A major advantage of hosting with A Small Orange is the ease with which you can install WordPress (don’t worry, I’ll explain what WordPress is all about) with just one click.
How to register your domain name and host with A Small Orange.
The first thing you do is access asmallorange.com through any of the links on this page. Once you’ve accessed the A Small Orange website click on ‘My Account’ at the top of the homepage in the header area (or at the bottom in the footer). Then click ‘ACCOUNT’ and select ‘REGISTER’ from the drop-down menu to create your account (creating an account is ABSOLUTELY FREE!).
Once you setup your account, you will be able to register your domain name and choose a hosting plan that best suits your needs. Still need more info? Sign up to my Free Guide and I’ll be more than glad to help you.