This is going to be one of those no nonsense guides to demonstrate how easily and quickly you can get a website up and going yourself. You can easily start a website. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying your website is going to magically appear out of thin air. But with a little time and effort you can get a stunning amazingly affordable website launched that will make people says WOW.
Everyone Needs A Website
If you're running a business it's a given today that you need a website for you business. Everyone knows that! And if you don't, reading my article Why Do You Need A Business Website? may enlighten you. But it's not just limited to business owners, Bloggers are leading the charge and by definition you can't be a blogger without having a website. Club, social organisations, welfare organisations in fact any organisation you can think is doing harm without a website.
I've seen a hundred and one in depth how-to guides on just about everything regarding building a website yourself, but not on what happens BEFORE you start building. How do you even get to that point?
How Do You Start A Website
You know you need one, but isn't it complicated? I'm here to tell you that it's not. I'm going to show you how you can get a website for your organisation in 3 easy steps.
Step 1) Find A Reputable Web Hosting Company
A web hosting company is a company "hosts" your website and email etc. For an explanation on how web hosting works check out my article How Does Web Hosting Work? There are literally hundreds of thousands of web hosting companies out there. Some very good, some good and many not so good. And there are even the ones you should avoid like the plague. Your website is valuable and whether or not it's for your business doesn't diminish the importance of having the very people looking after your website.
I can't stress this enough. This is the most important step. Don't mess around with your web hosting provider. To help you find a good web hosting company my article How To Find The Best Web Hosting Company will give you the lowdown.
Step 2) Choose A Platform For Your Website
I love WordPress so it's not surprise that I'm recommending it. Over 20% (and climbing) of all websites on the planet now running WordPress. There must be a reason for that, and there is. WordPress is easy to use, easy to install, easy to upgrade and yet powerful enough to build a beautiful, powerful, functional website. Whether you want a simple blog, a beautiful business website or a powerful ecommerce website, WordPress does it all. And best of all, it's FREE!
Step 3) Build & Launch Your Website
Once you get to this stage you won't have a problem finding documentation to help you along. WordPress has a big of a learning curve (like anything good in life). It's worth spending a little time getting to know WordPress and what you can do. I recommend WP101 for WordPress Video tutorials.
It's easier than you think. Get your website today up today!
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