Some of the most popular questions I get about this are ‘how do I build a website?‘ and ‘how much does it cost?‘
The truth is there are lots of ways you can go about building a website these days and many reasons for doing so.
Maybe you want to start a blog, create niche websites of your own, or even for a local business or client. Whatever your reasons, the easiest way to build a free website guide will show you how to do just that.
To have a working website there are four important things you must have.
These four things are the building blocks to every single website on the internet today.
I’m not going to go crazily in depth for each of these things. However, I will outline what they are and give some important information about each of them.
Domain names are essentially the website’s public address, for example in my case my domain name is affiliatemarketingkings.com.
Picking a good domain name is important. This will affect your rank in search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Keep it relevant to what your website is about unless you want to make your own brand e.g. Amazon, BMW, Microsoft, Nike, etc.
You should try your best to avoid using numbers and special characters in your domain name.
Also you’re typically better off going for .com if possible or .org / .net if the .com is unavailable.
Web hosting is a service provided to you by web hosting companies where they store all the files and information for your website.
It’s important to have a solid web host so your website will stay online and if you do run into a problem there will be good support to resolve any issues.
If you have a bad web host or the support is lacking, your website could go offline frequently and you could be waiting days or even weeks for a response.
Also it’s always a good idea to do a little research on them beforehand. As a result this makes sure you are looked after and the support is available when you need it.
There are many options for web hosting varying in price, from a free service, to a few dollars a month, or even a few hundred dollars a month.
It all depends on your own specific needs but today we will focus on the free services.
These are the platforms that help you to actually build and design your site without manually editing the code (unless you choose to do so).
There are a lot of options for this both free and premium but I recommend SiteRubix because it uses WordPress, you can have your website fully operational in seconds, and is arguably the easiest way to build a free website in my experience.
A content management system is the software that lets you create and manage the content (posts, pages, etc.) for your website.
I recommend WordPress as it is very user friendly, versatile, and has a myriad of options of free themes and add-ons available to you that will give you the edge and make your life a lot easier.
Buying your domain and the price of hosting can end up costing you a pretty penny, but I have seen many sites become successful even without a dedicated domain on a free platform like SiteRubix.
However, it’s always a good idea to get a dedicated domain later down the line like I did with this site.
It’s likely a lot of you have already heard of WordPress, and that’s not surprising. It is the most widely used website framework in the world.
The very site you’re on now was built with SiteRubix and WordPress!
Over the years a lot has changed and now anybody is capable of building a website and succeeding online.
Just ask! If you find yourself stuck, confused, want to leave me feedback, or simply need a hand with anything that I have discussed here, leave a comment below or you can get in touch with me inside of Wealthy Affiliate through my profile there.
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