It is easier than ever to create and manage a website, even if you have limited technical knowledge. The process of publishing a website can be broken down into three simple steps: finding a Web Hosting provider and registering your domain, setting up your website and publishing content.
Step 1: Finding a Web Hosting Plan
The kind of Web Hosting your site will need depends on certain considerations, such as its functionality, the amount of visitors you expect to receive, and how many pages it will comprise of.
Unless you expect your website to receive thousands of visitors each day or plan to create a website with high demands, you can most likely get by with a Web Hosting provider that offers either Shared Hosting, also known as Cheap Web Hosting. You can quickly compare some of our best value options displayed on the right side of this page, or hit the button below:
With Shared Hosting, your site will share server resources with other websites on the same server as you. Because modern servers are incredibly powerful, multiple websites can reside on one server without creating performance issues.
Hosting providers monitor Shared Servers extensively. If a website is using too much resource from the server, providers take the necessary steps to ensure the stability of service. All providers aim to offer as close to 100% uptime as possible.
Using WordPress (Recommended)
A WordPress hosting plan – allows you to easily install the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) with a single click. Depending on the complexity of your website idea, you may be able to simply select a theme defining the appearance of the website and start publishing content immediately.
WordPress is, for good reason, the most popular CMS in the world - it is flexible, user-friendly, and responsible for running over half of active websites on the Internet today. If you haven't yet started building your website, try our step-by-step tutorial:
Often, the Web Hosting company will even take responsibility for keeping the CMS, plugins and themes up to date - ensuring constant stability and security for your website.
The Domain Name defines the address that people use to find your website - for example, the Domain Name of this site is webhostingsearch.com. Most Web Hosting companies offer to register a domain on your behalf when you buy a hosting package with them. It is usually simplest to register a Domain with your hosting company, as they will then automatically link the Domain Name to your web server.
If you prefer however, you can also purchase a Domain Name from a 'Domain Registrar'. To register your Domain this way, you will need to log in to your account on the Domain Registrar’s website and link the Domain to your website's DNS address(es). These can usually be found in the email you get from your hosting company after you sign up.
Our Domain Search tool can help you to decide on the best Domain Name for your website, check its availability, and help you to register it. Simply specify a few keywords, and it will provide suggestions based on those and similar words, including synonyms and related expressions.
Automatic Application Install
After creating your Web Hosting account and registering your Domain Name, you can log in to your hosting account. Most Web Hosting providers utilize control panels with intuitive graphical front-ends such as cPanel or Plesk.
Here you will be able to customize your hosting plan and install software applications, including Content Management Systems such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.
Step 2: Setting Up Your Website
Before you start, consider whether you want to create a dynamic website by using a Content Management System (CMS), or a static website by using a website builder or your own handwritten code.
In general, maintaining a large static website requires more effort than maintaining a dynamic website powered by a CMS. However, if you just want to create a small website with a few simple pages, a static website may be worth considering. Although they lack the functionality provided by CMS plugins, they are generally quick and cheap to develop.
Web Design Software: Creating a 'Static' Website
If creating a website this way is not an option for you, there are numerous WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Website Builders which enable you to create a website with all the necessary functions, even if you have no technical knowledge.
Content Management Systems (CMS)
Installing a CMS onto your Web Hosting plan is usually a simple process, thanks to one-click installers built into modern hosting control panels. Once it is installed, you can easily add and modify the content, design and functionality of your website by logging into the CMS from any Internet browser.
If you want to change the appearance of your website, you can simply change to a new template or theme. Templates dictate the different types of pages available to you. These usually share some elements but differ in a crucial ways – for example the contact page, home page and article page will look different from each other due to their conflicting intentions. You can change templates and themes whenever you like without altering your website’s content or taking it offline.
Setting Up a Content Management System
Installing and configuring a CMS is a very simple process if your Web Hosting company offers automatic CMS installation.
After you install the CMS through your hosting company’s control panel, you will receive instructions via email explaining how to log in to the CMS. For example, with WordPress this is accomplished by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your website’s URL.
After entering your password, you will see the main menu of your CMS. You will most likely want to install a template first, as the design and functionality of the site may dictate the content you place within it. On WordPress, you can choose a template by selecting the 'Themes' option under the 'Appearance' menu, and adapt it to your preferences by using the 'Customize' feature.
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Once the theme is sorted, we recommend adding some useful plugins. All-in-one SEO for example, is very useful for analyzing your content and suggesting how to rank higher in search results. You can also find plugins which increase your website’s security. When installing plugins, be careful to not add too many at once – occasionally plugins do not work well together, or significantly slow down your site.
Step 3: Publishing Content
Now you've got the Web Hosting plan set up and the design and functionality of your website decided upon, it's time for arguably the most important part; adding content. Without quality content, your site will not be found by your target audience, regardless of how good it looks.
If you opted to create your website using a WYSIWYG editor or your own handwritten code, your website will be available to the public as soon as you upload the files to the server. Although your Web Hosting provider likely has a file management solution for this purpose, these systems are often slow and unreliable, even sometimes disconnecting unexpectedly in the middle of large transfers.
Instead, we suggest using an open-source File Transfer Protocol (FTP) tool such as WinSCP or FileZilla, which connects directly to your server. If the connection is terminated, it will automatically try to resume it and continue your file transfer, saving you time and frustration.
If you opted to create your website using a dynamic Content Management System such as WordPress, you can add new content by clicking the ‘Add New’ link under the ‘Posts’ or ‘Pages’ menu section on the Dashboard. Pages are for content that rarely changes, such as ‘About Us’ or ‘Company History’. New pages will usually appear in your website’s navigation bar, which can be further customized in the ‘Menus’ section.
If your website is a blog, most of your content will be Posts. Each Post that you create will be dated, and the front page of your website can be configured to display your most recent posts. Remember that blogs are not exclusively personal; many business websites have blog sections for news updates and other time-sensitive information, and for letting search engines know that the site is being actively maintained – which can contribute to improving your ranking.
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