How to create your first website
This article will help you to create your first website. No matter if you plan to create a blog or a discussion board our guidelines will help you achieve this easily.
- Pick a domain name
Try to choose a domain name that is unique and descriptive. If possible choose a .com domain name if you plan on building a successful website in the long-term. Other domains will also do fine, but .com domain should be preferable choice.
Google will like you more for having a .com domain name. Domain names with .com domain look more professional than other like .net and .org.
Have in mind that you should choose a domain that is easy to remember and keep the name as short as possible. Use a website with a domain checker tool to check for domain name availability: https://domainr.com/
- Choose a hosting provider
Since you’re just starting your site, there is no need to spend money on VPS, semi-dedicated or dedicated servers. You will do just fine with a shared hosting server for a bargain price.
Nexus-Hosting for instance offers Essential shared hosting package from $2.00/month. For a start this option will suffice and you can easily upgrade to Flexi or even Premium shared hosting package if you require more disk space or even a SiteLock service that is included in more expensive Nexus-hosting packages.
- Install WordPress or Joomla CMS
Once you have bought a server space it is time to decide what you will use for your first website installation. The easiest way to start is to install CMS or Content Management System like WordPress or Joomla. Wordpress and Joomla are free CMS systems that are easy to install and configure.
There are two ways to install WordPress CMS. WordPress can be installed using Cpanels Softaculous application wizard where you will have to enter basic details for your website like website name, database name, database prefix, administrative credentials etc. That is the easier way and installation is pretty straight-forward.
If you want to do it manually, you will have to create a database and a user for the database manually, upload and extract the latest version of WordPress installation package into your public_html folder or in any sub-folder, depends where you want to install it.
Once you have completed installation steps of WordPress CMS you will be able to login with your admin credentials and instantly start writing. You can also customize your site by installing some of the free WordPress templates available online or you can even buy a premium template.
Please note that Security and SEO optimization is a very important part of your CMS installation.
For that reason we recommend the following plugins:
All In One WP Security – A comprehensive, user-friendly, all in one WordPress security and firewall plugin for your site.
Yoast SEO – Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.
Take your time to get familiarized with both of these plug-ins since they’re essential for every Wordpress installation. All In One WP Security has to be properly configured after initial installation.
If you have any questions or you need help regarding your WordPress installation feel free to post your comments below.