Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ten Steps To Creating Your First Website

The first section is a summary that forms a solid foundation. You can browse the summary and refer back to it even while you read the details. I have tried to make this guide easy to read, as high level as possible and section independent, so you may skip sections that speak to what you already know. Have fun!

So, the easiest set of steps ever, to get your website up in mere minutes, so people from all ends of the universe can see what content you've got...

Step 1

I'm assuming you already got your content together. That's like your gate pass. Yeah.

Step 2

Decide on a basic layout style that you prefer to use. See some layout samples here.

Step 3

Create some images. You need your logo, a masthead/header image (depending on the desired layout) and images for some of your content pages. A lot of the image requirements will be taken care of for this guide, as you will be using a template-based system. If you don't have graphic skills or you feel kind of lazy, simply hire a graphic designer. It won't hurt.

Step 4

Decide on a content management system (CMS) that you will use. We recommend WordPress, Drupal or Joomla!. This guide will elaborate on CMS for you. Don't worry about it.

Step 5

Think of a domain name that would best fit the purpose of your website (e.g. yourbusinessname.com) and register it at a domain registrar.

Step 6

Choose a web host to store your website's pages on the Internet. After purchasing the hosting service, you will be provided with links (usually 2) that we call nameserver addresses, which you will configure at your domain registrar. They tell the domain registrar where to look for your website when someone types your domain into their browser.

Step 7

After waiting a little while for domain propagation, type your domain into a browser and you should be navigated to your new web host space, which usually either shows a blank page or an automatically created default page.

Step 8

Retrieve the credentials to access your web hosting space. The web host would have sent you when you purchased the service (Step 6 above). Download and install an FTP program to your computer that you will use to push the CMS to your web host space. Trust me. It's like ABC. Just follow this simple FTP guide and you're good to go.

Step 9

Run the CMS installation process. You will need to have a database setup that the CMS can access. Follow this simple database setup guide and you can take care of that. Remember, this guide will elaborate on CMS, but you can follow this CMS setup guide for this purpose.

Step 10

Add your content via the CMS and you're D.O.N.E.

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