There are a lot of people that want to create a website, but simply do not know how to. This tutorial will show you how to create a website from start to end, from registering a domain name, to uploading the site online.
Creating a website isn’t difficult & can be done in various ways. You can choose to create a website completely from scratch. This does mean that you need to learn some HTML, CSS & PHP programming, to understand the structure of your website. Learning how to program is not easy, but it is very fun.
If you don’t like programming, there is also the option to use an open source Content Management System. These systems are creating throughout the years, with hundreds of professionals working on it. They are mostly available for free, and are very easy to install on your web host.
However, before we start creating a website, there are a few things we need to do first. They are very important, so don’t rush through the following part of this tutorial.
Choosing & Registering your domain name
Every website needs a domain name, so you should start with thinking about one, and registering it with your favorite domain registrar. A domain name is like the address of your home. It tells people where your home is, and a domain name tells people where your website is located on the internet. A simple example of a domain name is www.domainexample.com. This is what you or other people have to type into the URL bar in order to access your website.
We advice you to read our guide on Registering a domain name. We teach you some things about domain names, and show you the right way to pick a great name for your website. After you have read the guide, you can proceed with this one.
Now that you’ve decided what domain name you want, you’ll need to find a domain name registrar to officially register and purchase your domain name. By doing this, you’ll have your own unique name, and other people can’t use that name. To avoid being ripped off, look for a reputable domain name registrar with good reviews.
Choose a Web Host
After you have registered your domain name, you should then find a web host. A web host is a company with many servers that will give you the space you need to store your website. They also connect your website to the internet so everyone can access it day or night. We recommend Hostgator Web Hosting. They have very fast servers with unlimited Bandwith & Disk Space. They are also very cheap & offer a top notch customer service.
Create Your Website
Now that you have a web host, you can start creating your website. There are 2 ways to go about this. You can either create a your website completely from scratch & code it yourself, or use a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress or Magento. We will go through both ways in this tutorial, so you can decide which one fits you best.
Before we get to that, you need to think about the concept of the website. What will it be about? There are thousands of subjects that you could create a website about. Think of a subject that you have a lot of knowledge in & that you like. If you create a website about a subject that you don’t like, its never going to work out. You’ll be bored by the time the site hasn’t even launched.
The second thing you need to think about is the type of website yours is going to be. Is it going to be a Blog, E-commerce site, Form, Social Network or a Marketplace? Think of everything you need to create a site like that. If you want to make an E-commerce website, do you have a Paypal Business account to process customer payments? Do you have a good return policy? These things might seem not so important at first, but they will be the keys to success later on.
However, the most important thing you need to think of is: will my website be unique. If an idea already exists yours is not going to be a success. Do not re-invent the wheel, create a new, fresh one. For example: If you are going to create a forum about pets, consider rethinking your strategy. There are hundreds of forums about pets, what makes yours stand out from the crowd, and why should people join yours? There needs to be a good & clear reason or incentive for people to visit your site, so keep that in mind.
The same goes for creating the site itself. If you are going to make a blog or portfolio website, is it really worth it to re-invent the wheel & to create a custom CMS which will probably cost you hundreds of hours before it is finished, or would it be wiser to choose an open source CMS like WordPress to save you tons of time. This is a decision you need to make for yourself. Do you have lots of time on hand? Then create one yourself. If not, go with an open source CMS.
Now that you have decided some key points for your site, you can continue with the creation process.
Creating a website from scratch
If you have decided to create your website from scratch, there are some requirements you need to meet. You need to have some time on hand to learn a few programming languages like PHP, HTML & CSS. These 3 are the programming languages that you will need to most when designing & creating a website.
We have written a guide that teaches you how to start learning computer programming. That tutorial should get you started in the right direction. Further we advice you to follow one of our many guides on the various programming languages in our Programming section.
When you have some knowledge about HTML, you can start by creating the framework for your website. If you need a HTML template, we advice you to checkout Themeforest. They have a big variation of HTML templates that can be used for any purpose. If you want to have a more advanced element on your site like a Login & register function, you will need to do some PHP programming. We have a few tutorials available for you that teach you the basics of PHP in our programming section.
Create a website by using a CMS
If you have decided to create your website by using a CMS then time to take a step back & remember what kind of website we are creating. This is vital because for every type of website, there is a different type of CMS available. If you want to create a blog, news/magazine or portfolio website I advice you to go with WordPress. If you want an online webshop then you should definitely go with Magento. If you are creating a forum then MyBB seems a good fit.
As you can see, its vital that you choose the right Content Management System from the start, so that you don’t have to change later when you realize your CMS has some shortcomings. It also isn’t very logical to use a forum CMS if you want a blog ;). When you have installed your CMS of choice on your web hosting, you will quickly notice that most of the default themes you find on these Content Management Systems isn’t going to cut it for you. You want to have a theme that fits your site’s subject, and that has an appealing look to visitors. Themeforest has a big selection of themes for almost any CMS you can possibly imagine, so choose one from them!
Because setting up a website with a CMS is very easy, you can almost directly start with adding content, pictures, tutorials, products or anything else you want to offer to your visitors. Write engaging & unique content that your visitors will like & do it regularly, so they will keep coming back to your website over & over again.
Creating a website is very easy when you have the right tools and knowledge at your disposal. We hope that this guide has given you some inspiration & knowledge to create a website!