You’ve chosen a niche (your business direction), created a domain name (your brand), and found web hosting (your personal space on the internet). What do you do now? Now you build your website!
That may sound a little intimidating, but it really isn’t. Don’t think about a completed, fully-functioning, content-rich website. We haven’t gotten there yet.
Right now the goal is to get the basic framework for our website set up so we have a place to start working.
Putting Things Together
Our first step is going to be creating the space for our website. In order to do that, we need to connect our domain name with our hosting.
If you purchased your domain and hosting together, your web host may have already done this for you.
If they didn’t, or you purchased your domain and hosting separately, you will have to do this manually.
Don’t worry. It’s very straightforward.
The process looks like this:
- Log in to your domain provider’s site
- Find the “Domain Management” tab (it may be called something else, but it will be similar)
- Select the domain you want to work with
- Go to the “Nameserver” tab
- Select “Set Nameservers”
- Fill out the 2 nameserver fields
The only part of that process that may need a little explanation is filling out the nameserver fields. This simply tells the domain where it will be hosted. These fields will generally look something like this:
The numbers may be different, and you will replace “hostingservice.com” with the name of your hosting provider.
You don’t have to guess what the numbers will be, or worry about any other differences from this general layout. Your web host will provide you with these nameserver ID’s, and help you set them up if you need it.
Some people say it could take 24 hours before your domain goes live. Sometimes it only takes as little as 20 minutes.
You can check at Whatsmydns.net. Simply type in your domain, select “NS” from the drop down menu, and click “Search”. If you get a list followed by green check marks, you are all set and ready to go.
Now We Build A Website
Once your domain and hosting are connected and live, you can start building your site.
There are two ways to build your website.
Yeah… Don’t do that!
Okay, you can if you really want to. But it’s time-consuming and labor intensive.
There’s a much easier way…
I love WordPress. I know a fair amount of HTML (the structuring language for a website) and CSS (the styling language of a website). But I don’t really use them anymore. I might alter one or two style elements, but other than that I let WordPress do the work for me.
And it’s very easy to do once you have your hosting setup with your domain. Simply log into your hosting account and access the domain you want to work with. Your web host should offer a “Quick Install” option (or something similar). Inside that you click on WordPress, fill out the text fields, and click “Install”.
Your framework will then be live on your site.
Pretty easy, right?
Well, if you’ve been following along with these lessons, you’ve seen me mention Wealthy Affiliate. Building a site there on their SiteRubix Platform is even easier.
Check this out:
- Click SiteRubix
- Click SiteBuilder
- Click on “A Domain I Own” (if you already purchased your domain)
- Fill in your domain name and site title
- Choose a theme
- “Click here to build this site”
If you haven’t already purchased a domain, you could instead click on “Register a Domain”. Then you’d be able to buy the domain, and carry on exactly as described above. It can all be done in one place. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Building A Website Is Simple
That’s all there is to building a website!
No, we haven’t added any content yet, and the site is pretty basic and boring. But it’s a website. It works. And it’s live on the internet.
Whichever hosting option you chose (Wealthy Affiliate or somewhere else) it only takes a couple minutes.
I still suggest Wealthy Affiliate if you are just starting out. You can get help with every step of the web building process, and so much more. Like training on turning your website into a real business. If you seriously want to work from home and make money online, Wealthy Affiliate is the place to learn how.
Take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate Review to see everything they have to offer.
Now that you’ve got your website up and running we’ll start looking at how to build it up, give it some content that people want to see, and how to get traffic.
Our next lesson will be all about getting organic traffic to your site. Traffic refers to visitors to your site. Organic traffic refers to getting visitors naturally, without paying for ad space.
It would be great if you could rate this article, and let me know what you thought in the comments below. Ask questions. Tell me what you would like to see added to the site!
As always, thanks for reading, and the best of luck on your journey to financial independence,
If you ever have any questions, you can contact me here.
P.S. We’ve talked about domains, hosting, and web building over the course of the last three lessons. If you want a place that offers all of that in one convenient package, and so much more, you should really take a look at my Wealthy Affiliate Review. I love their hosting, and their web building platform is great. I hope to see you there!