How to start creating your own website

The easiest ways to create a website is to use WordPress or a website builder. Builders like GoDaddy, Squarespace, and Wix are recommended for tech newbies.

Many people create sites using website builders. Over 100 million subscribe to Wix and over 1.2 million to Shopify.

With a website builder, anyone can create a website, even the technically unskilled. Back then, you had to understand HTML to create a site. Things got more confusing when CSS came along.

A builder will free up your time and attention for more important things, like content and design. Some builders achieve this through drag-and-drop interfaces and others through templates. They make it easy to create a website.

Your domain name

This is the entry point to your site. This should help your SEO and make a good impression in terms of usability.

Buy scalable and secure website hosting

Your hosting service provides what you need for people to see your site online. There are different top-tier providers in different countries and regions. For example, Greengeeks is an excellent web hosting provider in Canada.

When someone visits your site, they see what you store on the host’s server. This is because your URL is connected to your hosting provider.

The price of hosting services can vary from a few to a few hundred dollars per month, depending on the type of support and the technology you choose. You might get a discount if you buy an annual plan instead of a monthly plan.

How to Choose the Right Hosting Plan

Shared hosting is the cheapest, but not recommended unless you have a basic blog or hobby site. You share a server with other users and your site’s performance may be negatively affected. You might also have security issues.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are “dedicated servers”. This type of hosting can cost up to $2,000 per month. Most small businesses are not willing to pay that much. You will be delighted with the performance and security of your site if you can afford dedicated hosting.

A virtual private server (VPS) sits in the middle of the spectrum, with access to the best of both worlds. The average cost is around $35 per month, which is a reasonable price for the hosting services you can expect.

It’s in your interest to get prompt support, so make sure your hosting provider offers live chat or phone support. Email support is usually too time-consuming and inconvenient if you have an urgent issue.

Server interface

You need cPanel or another intuitive server interface to access your server. If you can’t afford to hire an administrator, you don’t want to have to view and edit server content through terminal commands. When it comes to security, most website owners need server access through Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

Content management

A content management system (CMS) is an application or software used to create online content. A reliable CMS will help with site maintenance. In addition, little technical knowledge is required to use it.

You need a solid CMS that meets your unique needs. Different people have different requirements for scalability, intuitiveness, budget, etc.

User experience

The most successful websites leave a positive impression. The last section of this guide offers some suggestions.

Find out what your target audience wants from your site and make it available. Make sure your graphics are compressed and can load quickly. If your website loads slowly, it will be pushed down in search engine results.

Use a readable font and nice graphics, if possible. Be consistent with your brand presentation throughout your website design.

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