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I create my own website from scratch.
It’s really easy given the tools that are available at our disposal today.
Gone are the days when you need to write complicated HTML codes to create a website.
Today, with only mouse clicks and some personal information, you’ll be able to create a website in a matter of 10-20 minutes!
Blogging has never been easier!
When I create my own website, I usually create a self-hosted site.
A self-hosted site simply means that you purchase a domain for your new site and host it on a web host for a fee.
They are not free, but you own the website and will have total control over how you want to customized your site as well as the content within it.
The good news is:- they are not expensive either.
There are also many web 2.0 sites that offer free website builders. They allow you to create a website for free.
In one of my articles, I go into more details about how you can create your own website using the free services these web 2.0 sites offer. So I shall not go into the details here…
If you are like me who create my own website or rather a self-hosted website, then this is for you. 😉
How To Create My Own Website in 4 Simple Steps
Easily put, a self-hosted website can be created in 4 simple steps.
Step 1: Find a Reputable Domain Registrar and Purchase a Domain of Your Choice from the Registrar.
A domain registrar is simply a place where you can purchase domain of your choice, provided it has not been registered by someone else.
For example, if you like to own the domain Google.com (fat hope…:P), you cannot purchase this as this is already owned by Google Inc. You will need to find one that is still available; the registrar will tell you whether the domain is available or not.
There are several reputable registrars that I used such as GoDaddy.com and eNom.com. Both offer web hosting as well so you can grab a package from any one of these registrar and skip to Step 3.
When you purchase a domain, unless you don’t mind other people knowing that you own it, consider purchasing a “Private Whois” along with the domain.
A private whois add-on will hide your personal details. Otherwise, anyone who performs a whois check on your new domain will quickly find out that you own the site.
[For fun, you can type in www.whois.com/whois/anydomain.com to see who owns that domain. You will see the particulars of the owner if he/she has not included a private whois.]
Depending on which registrar you buy your domain from, a .com domain usually costs somewhere around US$10 a year.
Attaching a private whois to the domain will require an additional charge anywhere between $5 to $10 a year.
That’s considered fairly cheap given that the cost adds up to only 3-4 cups of Starbucks coffee.
Save up by bringing your own 3-in-1 coffee mix to the office for the next 3-4 days.
Now, I’m going to let you in my little secret…
You can purchase a domain with private whois for as little as US$12 a year.
Many savvy Internet Marketers already knows this but not all beginners will know about it. This offer is not easy to find and it is not obvious.
When I create my own website, I go to Google to purchase my new domain. Yes, you’ve read it right…Google. 🙂
Google has partnered with GoDaddy.com and eNom.com to offer domain purchase. The best part is you don’t have to pay any extra money to include a private whois.
I have a tutorial and video on this to show you how to purchase your own domain on Google for $12. So don’t forget to watch the video after reading this.
Step 2: Find a Reputable Web Hosting Company to Host Your New Domain.
When I choose a web hosting company to host my own website, I don’t go for the cheapest deal out there.
Instead, I go for web host that has a long standing record of high reliability or better still, one that offers a 99.9% up-time guarantee. What the guarantee means is that the web hosting company will ensure that their servers will not be down 99.9% of the time.
If you are running a website for business, you want to make sure that your website is not affected by any downtime too often, as this can impact your revenue.
The cost for a web hosting service is usually charged per month. Different web host companies will have different rates, but reputable and affordable ones usually go for between $7.95 to $15 a month.
If you pay a lump sum for a 1 year subscription, the company will usually offer you a substantial discount.
Also, a webhost account usually allows you to host more than 1 website. So when you create more websites, you don’t have to purchase as many web hosting services. You can host all your sites on the same web host.
Having said that, if you are running multiple online business, the best practice is to host your sites on a few different web hosts. You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket – when the web host server is down, all your sites will be down too.
Some of the reputable and affordable web hosting companies include Hostgator.com, Bluehost.com, GoDaddy.com and eNom.com.
Step 3: Install WordPress onto Your New Domain.
Once my domain and my web host have been set up correctly, I am ready to create my own website.
You can write your own HTML codes and create a website from scratch.
Otherwise, you can install a content management system onto your site. If you are wondering what a content management system is, this is how Wikipedia defines it:
A content management system (CMS) is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance from a central interface.
Don’t worry if you still don’t quite get it. You’ll get to understand better how a CMS work after seeing my videos.
There are many different content management systems such as Joomla, Drupal, TextPattern, etc., just to name a few.
Most of these computer program or rather software are made available to you via your web host cPanel so you can just install one of these on your new site through the cPanel.
The most popular and the one I used almost exclusively to create my own website is WordPress.
For beginners, WordPress itself can cause some confusion. There’s 2 “versions” of WordPress, if you will.
- One is a free web 2.0 service catered under wordpress.com. This site allows you to create your blogs for free but your content will be published on a subdomain of WordPress (i.e. Your website address will look like yourdomainname.wordpress.com).
- On the other hand, wordpress.org is where you will find the free content management system also known as WordPress. The WordPress installer can be downloaded at wordpress.org for free and is also available through your cPanel. Install WordPress on a domain that you own.
To learn how to install WordPress on your website, see the tutorial and video by clicking on the link.
In that article, I’ll share more about why I choose WordPress to be my ultimate content management system. You’ll also realize why when you see how easy it is to install WordPress in the video.
Step 4: Publish Your Content Right Away.
After Step 3, your website is live! You can commence blogging right away.
Don’t worry so much about people seeing an empty blog. Chances are they are not going to find your new site through any search engine just yet since your site is so new.
Instead, concentrate on publishing unique and engaging content on your website. You’ll also need to apply some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques to get your website ranked in Google. But that’s another topic for another day…
In my subsequent posts, I’ll be creating more WordPress tutorials. The tutorials will teach you in detail how I use WordPress to create my own website with ease.
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Hope this article helps! 🙂
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