Introduction to Website Creation
If you are not familiar with web development but wants to start a personal branding website or building a brand online, you will most likely come across several barriers. One of the most common ones is – How to create my own website?
It is a very common questions and every time I meet anyone who are looking to build personal branding website, I have to explain to them in layman’s term. Of course not all of their questions have the same exact answer due to different requirements. However, all of them follows the same simple processes, which is exactly what I will be sharing with you today.
No Technical Knowledge? No problem, just know what you need.
If you are not a technical person, this is definitely for you as I will skip most of those technical side of web development and give you the exact steps that you need to start right away. I will make it so simple that you can even start as you go along – in fact, I highly recommend you to do just that so you don’t get lost.
Let’s get started.
A website is made up of 2 things:
1) Domain name
2) Server (Or Hosting)
To create a website, you will need a domain – which is www.yourbrand.com and a web space to store files that you want to show or display when somebody visits www.yourbrand.com. The web space is known as a server or simply just call it web hosting.
Getting Started : Step-by-Step
Picking A Domain
In this tutorial, I assume you already know what you want to call your website or your personal branding website, hence I will not go into what is a good domain and what is not. The only question you should be thinking of is, whether you want to have a .com , .net, .us, .sg , etc. These are called TLDs, also know as top level domains.
.com stands for commercial – it is used for commercial, personal, branding websites, portfolio, etc.
.net is actually for networking and services
Country coded TLDs such as .us or .sg are basically telling users or search engine where your website originates from.
Search engines usually gives better rankings to country coded domains to the searchers residing in the country. From my explanation, it is quite clear that if you intend to create a personal website or personal branding website, pick a ‘.com‘ domain.
Buying A Domain & Hosting
If you are new, I would definitely recommend to buy both the domain and hosting under the same provider. It will saves you the headache of configuring the DNS nameserver and the web host purchasing processes. The most popular providers that you might want to choose are Hostgator, GoDaddy and Bluehost. These are the most popular choices you can use for most websites.
However, do take note about their pricing scheme. They cost $2.75 to $7 only if you were to sign up for 2-3 years plan. For example, if you were to go to Hostgator, their front page shows that their hatchling plan costs only $2.75/mo. But you have to sign up for 3 years plan and after that, you will be paying $6.95/mo. And if you were to sign up for 1 year, you will be paying for $3.95/mo and then $8.95/mo for the following year. Below are the screenshots for your reference. I always share these with my clients whenever they ask about hosting price.
Go for a budget hosting. One of which I would recommend is Hotel web space. There are many other but this is my personal choice. You may want to search for other budget hosting.
Why use budget hosting?
- For a simple personal branding website, there is no need to get an expensive hosting.
- The domains sold by popular providers are cheap only in the first year but it is back to its usual price the next year – which means you pay more in the long run.
- If you are not sure what you want to do other than making a personal website (such as resume website), then get a budget hosting