How to Set Up Your Website

10 Steps to Building Your Own Website in One Day

Ready to build your own website?  Setting up a website doesn’t take that long, nor does it cost a lot of money.

  1. Create your Niche. – First you want to decide what you want to make your website about.  This is called your niche.  A niche can be anything you want it to be.  You will need to do some brainstorming about your passions and intersests, the things you are good at, the things you enjoy doing to find your niche.  I find making a list of these things is helpful. Research your interests to find what you have to offer that people are searching for.  Skills, knowledge, inspiration, community, support, etc. Maybe some of things people are willing to pay for??Then, narrow that list down to two or three topics and find a creative way to make them work together.  The best advice I was given is:  Just get started.  Don’t overthink this.  A niche will grow and evolve with you.  It will never be perfect.
  2. Now, come up with a name for your site. www.yourownwebsite.com or (.net) or (.org)or (.uk), etc.  It is better to find a .com marketing wise, but hey, it’s yours, you can name it whatever you like!  It’s best to have a name relevant to your niche, but you can be creative and have fun with it, too.  Don’t get stuck on a name for your website. Find one that fits best and go with it.  You can always start as many sites as you like.  It’s important to keep moving forward.  So what if it’s not perfect.  It never will be, but it can be wonderful and fun.
  3. Register your domain name. Once you a have a few names in mind you are ready to buy a website and register your domain name.  This does not have to cost you an arm and a leg.  I used Namecheap.com via Bluehost (a hosting company) to purchase my domain and cost me, in the fall of 2015, a whopping $12.  Now, I use  SiteDomains on SiteRubix.com at Wealthy Affiliate.  Their link will walk you through the process. Some hosting companies also sell domains or will direct you to a site to do so. These type companies offer a variety of services.  A hosting site is where your files will live in cyber world.  Similar to when you go out and buy a computer and you buy a certain amount of memory space and the amount of processing speed, as well as a variety of support for your site.  The more memory and speed and the more support you require the more the computer costs.  Well, the same is true when you have a website, just on a larger scale.  And typically a new website does not have a lot of traffic or content at first.  That is something you can worry about as your site grows.  Usually host companies have a basic plan for new sites for less than 5 bucks a month, however you usually have to pay for the whole year (or two) up front.
  4. Downloading WordPress would be your next step, assuming you will using WordPress as your platform, which I do and I highly recommend.  WordPress is what you use to make your site look like you want and do the things you wants.  It is simple to use and they have YouTube tutorials that walk you through any step if you need it.
  5. Now your site is ready to design.  You will pick out a theme (free or paid for) and activate it. Themes are designed to give your site a certain aesthetic look and there are thousands to choose from.  WordPress makes it simple to preview a theme on your site and you can change your theme at any time, however they all work a little differently.  Changing your theme not only changes the colors and the fonts, but it can change where and how your menus, posts and images are displayed, too.  Most of themes have some customizing options built in, as well.
  6. You will need a few recommended plugins, next.  That is an option on your WordPress dashboard menu.  It will take you to a library of thousands of plugins, some are free and some are not.  You only need the free kind that will stop spam, and such.  I’ll update these shortly, as I want to verify the names and functions first.
  7. At this point, I suggest you learn to use WordPress by playing around with the options, adding some legal jargon to cover your @&&.  There are some free copy and paste options on the web.  A few common ones are a privacy policy which states that you will not sell or spam your followers emails, a disclosure which states that some of the content they interact with on your site pays you a commission at no extra cost to them.  A disclaimer claims you are not responsible for their actions (basically).  And if you have digital content to sell such as digital images, ebooks, downloads then you will want a copywright page.  I suggest making each of these their own page and link the page where needed throughout your site as well as somewhere on your home page or landing page.
  8. Now, you have the option to launch your site and let the world watch your site grow or some people prefer to build their site first and launch it at some point they are more comfortable with being exposed to the world.  It is sometimes recommended that you have atleast 10 posts and 3 pages before you launch.
  9.  Add Content.  So, build it and they will come!!  Have fun, don’t stress, make an outline of your content structure, make a list of post ideas, make a plan with several different deadlines throughout the next year, and get busy!  It is said that it takes about a year or so to create a decent amount of content for a site.
  10. You still have MUCH to learn and do at this point.   You can learn to monetize your site, use Google Analytics software to learn what works and doesn’t work on your site to bring in traffic, you can set up pages on social networks for your site to network all your content and get more readers.  I have found that having a site with enough content to share on several social medias first before you can do any of this in step 10, otherwise you look like a spammer to Google if you don’t know what your doing.  Google is key if you want to monetize your site.  We are all trying to do the things that makes Google like us.  And Bing and Yahoo, too!  Those two still get, I think 30%, of search traffic.  That is called SEO or search engine optimization. There are tons of websites out there that teach this stuff.  I use Wealthy Affiliate, they are a all-in-one-build-your-own-website site.  They are an all-in-one because teach how to build it, monetize it, and have the tools to do it.

It all starts with an idea.  Play around with some ideas.  Maybe you’ll find your niche, too!

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