How to Set Up a Website � The BasicsIm Daniel Piechnick, a professional web designer.I wrote this beginners guide to help the large number of people who want to set up a website,but have absolutely no idea of what to do.In Website Setup Guide, I show you exactly how to set up a proper, normal website with a .com(or other) domain name, from start to finish.Creating a website and running it this way will cost you about $4-5 per month in total (�3 ifyoure in the UK). The information in this site is all free.Thousands of people from all around the world have set up successful small business websites,personal websites, and blogs, by following these instructions. Its easy to create a website byfollowing this guide, but if you ever get stuck, you can email me, and Ill let you know what youneed to do.Setting up a website � An overviewTake note of this overview. Its important.To set up a website, you only need to do these two things: Sign up for website hosting, and choose a domain name (i.e. something.com). Create your website.I will explain web hosting and creating a website to you, in the next two steps. Step 4 (ExtraInformation) provides lots of general information related to setting up a website, and Step 5(Start Making Your site) covers the actual instructions you need to follow, to set up your site.Click Here to Continue to Step 2 � Web Hosting >>What is a domain name?A domain name is the internet address of a website or blog. (For example,websitesetupguide.com is the domain name of this site.) Youll need to choose a domain name.A domain name will cost around US$10-20 per year.If you already have a domain name, thats fine. Ill tell you how to use that.Some domain name advice Your domain name should be simple, obvious, and as short as possible. Its more important to make your domain name memorable and speakable than it is to make itaccurate. Dont stuff your whole business name into your domain name. (e.g. Maude SmithersLandscaping & Gardening should use smitherslandscaping.com, not maudeslandandgdn.com) Dont use numbers or dashes (without very good reason). They look gimmicky.What is web hosting?
Web hosting is where your website (or blog) actually sits, on a computer, in a buildingsomewhere, when you put it on the internet. It doesnt matter where in the world youre located,or where your web hosting is located.Web hosting (and a domain name) are the only things you have to pay for, to set up a website.Everything else can be done for free.Likely Cost: Up to US$10 per month.My recommendation for web hostingChoosing a web hosting provider is not easy. Theres a huge number of very similar web hostsout there, and 99% of the information about them is from dishonest "review" sites.Feel free to do your own research into web hosting, but I think youll find it mind-boggling.After investigating all the major hosts, reading countless discussions, and doing my ownresearch, Ive chosen to recommend HostGator for web hosting. Their prices are very good,their tech support isnt outsourced, and they just seem to be be a high-quality and ethicalcompany. I could go into the pros and cons of different hosts, but readers of this guide typicallyjust want me to recommend a web host to them, so I recommend HostGator.Also, if you use HostGator, the instructions on this site will show you exactly what to do, to setup your website or blog.Signing up with HostGator takes about ten minutes. (This is fully explained in Step 5 � StartMaking Your Site, but heres a link to their site, if you want to visit them now. If youd like a 25%discount off the price of HostGators hosting, just type in WebsiteSetupGuide when youre askedfor a coupon code, if its not already written there.)Next step: Creating a website (or blog)Now that you know what a domain name and web hosting are, the next step is to learn how youactually make your site.Click here to Continue to Step 3 � Website Design >>WordPressWordPress is the system I recommend you use to design and manage your site (or blog). Its avery popular completely-online system that lets you build a professional-looking website and/orblog without any technical know-how. WordPress is ideal for people who know absolutelynothing about web design. You go to a "Control Panel" page on your website, and from there,you can create pages and make changes to your site.There is no additional cost to use WordPress.Setting up WordPress on HostGators web hosting is very easy. Full instructions are in Step 5(Start Making Your Site).Overview of WordPress
WordPress handles the whole technical side of your site for you. In WordPress, all you need todo is type in the text of your pages, and (if you like) add some pictures. WordPress will createthe pages, apply your sites layout to them, and add a link to each one from the menu bar. Ifyour site is a blog, you can easily make new posts. WordPress will add them to the top of theblog page for you, and manage visitor comments (if you allow comments.)In WordPress, you dont design a layout. You just choose one. You cant edit these layouts, butyou can very easily change major features, like the background colour and header picture. Thismakes things very easy.WordPress operates from the internet, through your browser. Because of this, it works on anycomputer (PC, Mac, etc), and any browser or operating system. If you can browse the internet,you can use WordPress. It even works on smart devices (smart phones, iPhone, iPad etc.)What a WordPress Website Looks LikeThis is a screenshot of a typical WordPress website, using the default TwentyEleven graphicaltheme. Its very simple and professional. You can change the header picture and backgroundcolour.You can very easily choose a much fancier theme if you like. There are thousands to choosefrom.+ More THEME SCREENSHOTS (CLICK here TO SHOW / HIDE)How WordPress WorksThis is a screenshot of WordPresss Control Panel. You get here by clicking a little "log in" linkthat will be on your site, and then typing in a password.Everything in WordPress is done from this Control Panel. At the left is a list of all the settingsyou can change, and things you can do. Its all very simple.Next Step: More InformationYouve now read through the important steps of making a website. However, there are lots morethings you might want to know about, before you start work on your site. The next sectioncovers a variety of topics you may be interested in.Click here to Continue to Step 4 � More Information >>Articles & Extra InformationReady to begin making your site? Continue to Step 5 � Start Making Your Site >>General Information Making Money Online � The Reality What is a Blog? Do I Need One? I Want to Make a Website that Does X. Can I? Set Up an Email Address at Your Domain Name Copyright, Privacy & Other Non-Technical Issues
Building a successful information site or blog (An information site is any site or blog that doesnt sell anything.) Make Money by Putting Advertising on Your Site Get Links from Other Sites Write ContentSteps to a profitable business site (A business site is any site thats selling or promoting a product or service.) Sell Things on Your Website (Via PayPal) Get More Visitors to Your Site by Advertising on Google Include Important "Keywords" on Your SiteContactEmail Daniel PiechnickHelp Website Setup GuideIf youve found WSG to be a useful source of information, please help WSG, by putting a link toWebsite Setup Guide somewhere on your new website. This will increase WSGs ranking withGoogle, as well as provide a useful resource for your visitors.Every link helps, and is appreciated.OverviewWebsite Setup Guide (WSG) was created and is maintained by me, Daniel Piechnick, a webdesigner from Adelaide, Australia.WSG was launched on April 19th 2009, and is currently visited by thousands of people eachday.My aim with Website Setup Guide is to provide a guide that is succinct, honest, complete, andeasy to follow.Statement of PrincipleWSG is supported by commissions from the sale of some of the products/servicesrecommended on the site.You can be assured that all the information and recommendations on WSG are genuine, andthat the product/service being recommended is the one that is believed to be the bestvalue/quality by me (Daniel Piechnick.)Thanks! :)Thank you for using Website Setup Guide. Good luck with your new website. :)- Daniel PiechnickWebmaster