If you are thinking about making your own website in 2021, then you are in luck. There are plenty of user-friendly tools out there that can help you get a site up and running in next to no time.
You don’t have to be a coder or a web design wizard to build a website. Even with no experience, you too can build a site that you will be proud of.
WordPress is the most popular option by far, with a huge market share of around 39%. So this guide will use WordPress to build your first website.
Here is a very simple beginner’s guide to building a website in 2021.
Decide on the Kind of Website You Want
You need to have a rough idea of the kind of website you will be running. Will it be a blog? Or will it be a simple portfolio website to showcase your work? Or is it an online store?
Think about the basic design and the type of content you will be adding to it. This will help you with the next step.
Decide on the structure your website will have. This is the sitemap. For example, the homepage may lead to About Us, Contact, Blog, Products, and Services. Products and Services in turn, will further lead to product pages and service pages. So draw a rough plan of the sections and subsections that will be there on your website.
You can write it down on paper or use an online tool like MindMeister.
Choose Domain Name and a Web Hosting Service
Besides WordPress, you need to have a web hosting service to run your site. The site will provide servers, and IT resources to store content and manage networking.
But before that, you need to have a domain name. You may have a name in mind for your website. It should be available so that you can use it. You can use a simple online tool to check for this.
Make sure that you think of a domain name that sounds good and best describes your site. Your site will be known by that name so make sure you get it right.
The web host should be reliable so that visitors can access your site without problems. Some popular options are Hostgator, Dreamhost, and Bluehost.
The estimated cost of hosting the website in the first year is around $60 for these service providers. Carefully check the plan to find out exactly how much you will be paying.
Setting Up WordPress
Popular hosting sites allow you to install WordPress very easily. However, WordPress recommends BlueHost to select this hosting service if you need help deciding the best choice. The benefit of choosing BlueHost is that a one-click install is all it takes to activate WordPress.
First, visit Bluehost.com and find “Get Started Now”. Click on it.
Now choose from available plans. You can start off with the basic plan and upgrade later as your website grows.
Type the website name in the “new domain” field. In case the domain name is available, BlueHost will suggest variations. Or you could think of some yourself.
You will then have to fill out the registration form stating your personal details. Make sure that you do not select extras. They will cost you money. You can opt for them later on when you are sure that you really need them. However, it is better to select Domain Privacy + Protection since it will keep your contact information confidential.
Fill in your payment information. Check the box to agree with terms and conditions. Click “submit”.
When the payment is completed, BlueHost will send an email.
You are now ready to create your BlueHost account.
Create BlueHost Account
Click “Create Your Account” in the confirmation email. Choose your password and follow the instructions to set up your account. When you make your account, select “Go to login”.
Enter your domain name and password to log in. Once you are logged in, you can get started with WordPress.
You can install WordPress in just 4 steps on BlueHost.
The process begins by asking some very basic questions like what kind of site it is. Simply select the right option. Click “Continue.”
In the second step, you have to choose what sections you want to include in your site. Available options are Custom Logo, Resume, About Me, Store, and Blog. Select what you need. Click “Continue”.
The third step also asks basic questions like your website name and tagline. Choose a good tagline since it will display prominently. Click “Continue to Theme Selection.”
In the fourth step, you can select a free or paid theme that suits you.
After this, WordPress will be installed on your BlueHost account.
Go to your BlueHost account dashboard. On the top right, find “Launch My Site” and click on it.
Your website will finally go online. When you enter the website in your browser address bar and hit enter, you will go to your website. If it has the default WordPress, remember, you are free to change it any time.
You can manage WordPress via the front end and the back end. The front end is all that is visible to visitors. You can choose relevant themes, plugins, and features to customize your front end for a great user experience.
The back end is a bit technical, and it involves all aspects of web design, functionality, content management, and more.
Write “websitename.com/wp-admin” in your browser address bar to access WordPress. From here, you can control all aspects of the front end and back end. The WordPress user interface is easy to use and largely self-explanatory. No wonder WordPress is so popular.
You now know the basics of how to build a website in 2021. It is very straightforward and should not take more than half an hour. So don’t wait, start now!