Build My Own Website

How To Build Your Own Valuable Virtual Real Estate In 2 Days

A website is often characterized as “virtual” real estate. The comparison suggests both a genuine investment, as a popular website is an evaluable and saleable item, and a home or office on the Internet to which you can invite public viewers or private guests. The analogy is a good one to use when explaining what to do for people asking “How do I build my own website?”, especially in the website construction phase.

These are the 7 main steps you take to building a house

  1. You buy a plot of land and make it ready
  2. You make a plan of what you want to build
  3. You register your address with a council
  4. You construct the frame of your building – brick, wood, gyprock etc
  5. You add functionality to your building – plumbing, electricity etc
  6. You decorate the rooms inside with paint and furniture
  7. You go live in it and bring your personal possessions

The 7 steps to build your website the DIY Web way are

  1. You buy web server space or get a hosting account
  2. You make a plan of what your website will include
  3. You buy a domain name from a domain name registrar
  4. You install the frame of your website using a CMS
  5. You add functions to your website using plugins
  6. You customize the look and feel of the website theme
  7. You make it unique by adding your information & articles

Buy Web Server Space or Get a Host

It is possible to host a website yourself by using your own server, but it is impractical for most people, as you need to know a lot. Most people don’t want to know and are very happy to have someone else host their websites, manage the server updates and serve their web pages to the Internet. Whatever other criteria you use to choose a website host, make sure that Cpanel is part of the deal.

Before you get your own host account you need to decide on at least one domain name, as this acts as an anchor for the host account. As most hosts offer one free domain name with the account, you can do this all in one go when you sign up, or you can ask them to use a domain name you already own.

I Use & Recommend These Hosts

Hostmonster – Click for details
Shared Hosting Best For Beginners

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Liquid Web – Click for details
Managed Private Server With Heroic Support

Plan What Your Website Will Include

As you will be paying monthly to host a website you’ll want your basic website plan and some articles and company information and legal documents ready before signing up. You don’t want to be paying for something that is not being used, for a long time, before you go “live”.

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Buy A Domain Name

Your domain name is your identity on the web and it’s brand, keywords, and topic send a message about what your website is about. Your choice of domain name depends on what message you want your website to send. In general terms, pick a domain name that has a main keyword about the topic of your business.

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Domain Name Extensions.
In general the .com is the best extension to choose, as it’s the one most people will assume to be correct. Buying the same domain name with other extensions is a personal choice, not essential, especially for a beginner, but can be good if branding is important. Other extensions like .net, .edu, .org etc have particular meanings.

Locality Extensions

It also matters where in the World your website is. If you are promoting something for a local market, you’ll want the domain name extension for your country. For example in Australia that would be www.domainname.com.au , where the .au at the end indicates to search engines that this website relates to an Australian market.

Click the following link for a list of descriptions about domain name extensions and their usage.

ICANN accredited domain name registrars.

I Use And Recommend These Domain Name Registrars

Domain Registrations starting at $9.98*Namecheap- Free WhoIs Guard

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GoDaddy – World’s No.1 Domain Name Registrar

Both registrar’s domain names are competitively priced. Namecheap‘s interface, (inside the member area), to “point” and manage your domain names is a bit easier to understand and they also offer free WhoIs guard. While Go Daddy sends regular coupons for discounts when renewal time is near to stay competitive.

Note: It may not be possible to get your country extension from them so check the ICANN link above.

I Build My Own Websites With A CMS

So long as you buy a hosting account with Cpanel, you can use a utility inside it, called Fantastico to install a Content Management System or CMS. It’s simple to do by entering a few details in a form. This is the best and easiest way to build own websites.

I Use & Recommend WordPress

If you don’t have Cpanel, you can follow the instructions and install WordPress by downloading the latest version from WordPress itself.

Add Functions To The Website You Build

The old fashioned static information website is still very useful, lightweight, fast and fine for programmers. But an interactive, dynamic website is what people are beginning to expect to find on the Internet. They expect to be able to contact you by email, find a support desk, use a forum, comment on articles, subscribe for news and buy products with a credit card. There are other functions that you will want to build into your own website as well.

You may want to build leads and reward customers with a newsletter, offer RSS news feeds of new products, product recalls, twitter feeds or industry news articles. You might like to build forms that customers can fill out and submit to you. You may want maps, videos or audio on your website.

These functions are not easy for amateurs to build into static websites. But when you use a CMS there are addons, called plugins, that are like modules that you add to your content management system. You configure these to easily display specific types of content in a particular way that you define.

Some plugins you will want to include with every new website. Other plugins will be good for some websites and not for others.

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Designing Your Website Theme

Just as functions are modular, so is the design, or the theme of your website. Change your theme and you change the whole look and feel of your website.

WordPress comes with a default theme, so there’s no need to rush out and get a different one. You can just use the default theme until you have some content and figure out how you want it to display. Then you can try out different new themes.

I Use and Recommend This Flexible Theme.

Flexible WP Theme

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The Flex Theme makes it easy to change every aspect of the look and feel of your website by just saying yes or no to the options, entering some measurements and following the very simple instructions. You may think it is expensive to buy a theme, when there are so many free ones available but what is your time worth? I value my time and looking for, trying out and customizing themes is very time consuming.

With the Flex theme every site I make looks unique, and as I am licensed to use it, I am not compelled to advertise someone else’s website in the footer link. The Flex sales page concentrates on targeting this premium theme to marketers, but honestly, I rarely use these aspects of it.

I use Flex like a theme engine, to control the display of the various parts of my website, like the sidebars and feature areas, and to change the colours and font sizes that I want to. No other WordPress theme I have ever used has this type of flexibility. This theme works for me, it doesn’t make me work.

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Update Your Website and Go Live

Well you made it to the end of the page and building your own website has got through the construction phase. It’s time to move in and truly make your domain your own. You will make your website unique by adding your information and articles to it.

If you collected information and wrote articles during the planning and creating a website stage, then this is like having boxes all over the place with nothing yet unpacked except the kettle. This part of building your own website however, is the part where it gets really interesting.

You’ll login to your WordPress back office and wonder where to start.

Don’t panic!

Just explore a bit and experiment. Building your own website unique is a journey. You may feel like you have just run a marathon during the construction phase, but you still have a long way to go.

You can do it!

First thing – go to Settings/Privacy and tick the box to say you don’t yet want search engines to see the website. While you are under construction, it’s best not to be open to the public. You can change this setting back when you are ready to go “live”.

Go to Post or Page and start with Add New. Enter some text in the editor and save it. Look for a preview button. Right click this and choose open in a new tab. Your site will display. See what changed. Leave this open, but click back to your “admin” area.

Find the post or page again and edit it. Create a new post or page. Return to your preview page. For each change use the two circular arrows icon on your browser to “refresh” this page and see your changes. Delete these pages if and when you don’t want them anymore. You’ll learn by DOING. The more you do, the more quickly you’ll learn.

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