In my previous post, I talked about 7 steps how to start planning your own website. Now, it’s time to take first steps in creating your dream website.
Are you excited?
In this post, I will dive into how to buy a domain name and hosting, add an SSL certificate, create your business email, use WordPress dashboard and get ready templates that have the functionalities that you want to have.
If you didn’t read my previous post, I recommend going back and go through all the points, in that way you can prepare yourself for the below steps.
1. Buy your domain and hosting
How can I get a domain?
To have your own website name (domain name), you need to buy it. When selecting a domain name, pay attention to the price. Some domains can be extremely expensive! Below I will share with you a website where you can get a domain – I truly recommend this company.
Besides your new domain, you have to purchase a hosting.
Ok, but what is web hosting?
Web hosting, its invisible space where all the websites’ files are saved. No worries, you don’t have to create any files (if you follow my steps), it’s done automatically for you. These files are not visible to your visitors, it is something to make sure that your website can run.
This online space can be bought from many providers. I use TransIP for hosting and domains, and I like they are transparent, the customer service replies on time and everything on their dashboard is clear.
1.1. Buy domain and hosting
Go to TransIP, and follow these steps. Click on the Domain & Web hosting, then WordPress hosting.
I do suggest starting with the core package. You can always upgrade it. Click “to order”.
Type your domain name and click on the button.
Now, you get results together with prices next to it. Choose if you want to go with .com, .nl, .eu, .net and click select.
You will be redirected to a checkout page, where you will pay for the domain and hosting. For the domain you pay once a year, for hosting you pay every month.
2. SSL certificate
You might ask yourself what an SSL certificate is?
A website needs an SSL certificate in order to keep user data secure, verify ownership of the website, prevent attackers from creating a fake version of the site, and gain user trust.Description take from CLOUDFARE, https://www.cloudflare.com/learning/ssl/what-is-an-ssl-certificate/
When purchasing your domain and hosting on TransIP, you get this certificate for free but you still need to add it manually by clicking on the button (see below). Encrypted connection for your website – click on ADD.
3. Create e-mail address
If you are within the TransIP dashboard, you can immediately add your business e-mail address. You can think about a general email such as info@your domain.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do it immediately, there is a high probability you won’t have to come back to TransIP any time soon.
Under email column, click on email boxes!
Next, click on create email box.
To login to your email, go to https://transip.email/ or you can add your e-mail in Outlook under your personal email.
Yes, we are getting there! Check your email, you supposed to get a link to login to your WordPress where you can activate your account and follow steps to set up your website. You can already use your business email for your WordPress account that you created!
4.1. What is WordPress
Simply, it’s the most popular place (open-source content management system) where you can create your own website for free, without knowing anything about coding. WordPress can be used to build a blog, a website or even a webshop. The free version has, of course, limitations and if you need a web shop in several languages and currencies you need to be ready for additional costs. But still, it’s much cheaper than hiring a company to build your website from scratch.
4.2. Username and password
This is extremely important part, thanks to a simple username and password, you just open the door for hackers! When thinking about username, don’t use your name, your website name or “admin”. I recommend LastPass, a free tool to generate difficult and safe passwords. You can get a free extension and use it for you logins and passwords management.
5. Find your theme – a ready design for your website
ALMOST! We are getting there, really soon you will see the first results of your work.
In the last post we talked about design and functionalities of your website. Now, it’s time to find a “theme” – a designed website that you can buy and install on your WordPress account. You will have to only replace it with your images and content.
5.1. Find your design
Once you log in to your WordPress, go to appearances and themes. Here you can upload a theme or find a free theme. I do recommend finding a theme that meets your all needs, it’s a one time cost (the prices start at 15$) but can save your time, energy and you get a website that you wish to have.
All themes that I use, I search here. I already selected for you, the best themes with WP Builder (it is a great tool on the market that allows you designing your website) and Woocommerce (to build a shop).
If your theme has a slider revolution as well, it’s great! You can create wonderful responsive and interactive banners.
5.2. Upload your theme
Once you purchase your theme on theme forest, go to Download click on the button and download the file for WordPress.
Then you go to your WordPress – appearance – themes – add new – upload themes. To make it easier for yourself allow all templates to be uploaded, so you can check what you exactly want by checking every page template.
5.3. Manage your theme
To manage your theme, I recommend finding guidelines how to use the theme. You can google it or email support (6 months of support team is always included in the price) and ask them for a guideline that can help you adjust your website.
Some things you should remember:
- if you uploaded all templates, it means you have to decide what templates you want to use, the rest delete
- adjust your footer
- create a menu
- make sure the contact form is connected with your business email
- use images with no copyrights, for example, you can find images here -> https://pixabay.com
- check your website on your laptop and your phone – make sure that your design is responsive
Make sure to have a ready design, written content and uploaded images. Next post about plugins is coming next week.