3 Steps to Starting a Site on the Web

These instructions are easy to follow assuming you have some knowledge of how to use a web browser, which I imagine you already know since are reading this post.

Okay, take a deep breathe, this is going to be EASY!!!

Well…. let me set your expectations a bit. These instructions are easy to follow assuming you have some working knowledge of how to use a web browser… which you clearly have… since are currently reading this post. It also presupposes that you are looking for a simple site with maybe a blog or you are going to sell some product or service.

STEP 1: Buy a Domain

What’s a domain? A domain is the name that people will use to find and get to your website. For example; hover.com is the name of the website that I would recommend you use to buy your domain name. They have an easy to use website and they provide exceptional customer service. Visit Hover.com today to get started.



Find and buy a domain at Hover.com

For a more detailed and technical look at the domain naming service visit ICANN’s beginner’s guide.


STEP 2: Pick a Provider

What is a website provider? A website provider is a company that will host your website on their servers and provide a way for you to update and maintain that website. For example; WordPress.com is a website provider who will host your site and provide their software for you to edit the content on the website. You don’t need to know how to use clunky control panels (ahem… cpanel) and take care of all the little details like Content Delivery, Secure Socket Layer and all the technical jargon you don’t have time for.

Some of my favorite providers are Squarespace, WordPress.com, Duda and Weebly. They all have reasonable pricing for a basic website and all offer Business upgrades for those wanting a more robust version of their solution.

Hover.com has a great integration with several website providers so it’s easy to quickly point your domain to that website provider. See the screenshot below:



Hover Connect Control Panel


Once you have selected a service you simply connect Hover to it and now when someone enters your domain name in their browser, they can visit your website.

For a more detailed and technical look at content management systems and web builders visit The Next Web’s, 3 of the best Website Builders and how to choose the right one for your needs.

STEP 3: Build the Site

Okay, so this last step is by far the hardest. No matter what web provider you choose, this will be a challenge because building a website is a lot like writing a story. For most people, it’s hard to put your thoughts on paper and express what it is you are trying to communicate. This is where content creators, web designers and developers are an invaluable resource.

Hiring someone like me is also an option but sometimes doing it yourself and seeing what it takes can help you learn something new and save you money. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know HTML, CSS or JavaScript which are the languages that websites are written in. However, you will need to know what you want to communicate, and you will need to learn the software of that particular web provider.

For a more detailed and technical look at how to code a website visit Codecademy’s list of courses.

In Conclusion

It is not difficult to get started building your own website, however, it is a time commitment. And once you start, you will likely find yourself enjoying the process and the technology.

I hope this little guide helps you get started. Please let me know in the comments below if you purchased a domain, what that domain name is and what service you chose to build the website with. If you need help choosing, just ask in the comments below as well.

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