If you’ve already purchased your domain name which we described in our post How to Register a Domain Name you may be wondering now how to make a website with your own domain name i.e what do you do next now you’ve actually got it so that you can get people to actually view your content. Many business select a domain name, some even go as far as purchasing their favored domain to protect them from someone else, you know the ones, the ones that relate to their business niches, the ones no one else would ever think of unless they were in the same industry. But they then do nothing with them, they might think I’ll build my own website to save some money but they don’t go forward with it or even consider consulting with any internet marketing expertise to help them.
This is a shame as your really great business website opportunity could be going to waste, gathering dust. Many people mistakenly feel that if they have already purchased the dream domain name but do nothing with it; then they are still protecting their idea and their little bit of internet real-estate. This is not always the case unfortunately as someone else can purchase a similar name and come at it from a different angle. Consider this say for example you are a specialist in your area of expertise and you know of some really fantastic opportunities to promote some concept or information that you’ve never seen online before. So you purchase a website domain name that would be just right for this and one day your going to spend some time and sit down and write it all out and get a website online for all the world to see. While you ponder on this and going about how to make my own website another expert in their field very similar to yours; in another state or even another country has the exact same idea as yourself but the difference is that they are not hanging about thinking how to create a website they believe there’s gold in their idea so they register domain name;
They even purchase the exact same domain name that you have purchased but theirs has a different domain extension. No matter there was no competition and the beauty of their idea is that they get it all down in writing and they don’t worry about web site hosting as they search Google get a guide online to help them and they get a WordPress blog up online with all their information listed on it. They even write an eBook all about their information and they get to sell it all online and make a nice living. So really the only way to protect your online dream is to get going with it to create ur own website and get there first. I like to think of the internet much like the gold rush of old, everyone looking to stake a claim to their little piece of real estate with their own little plots and this is a good comparison I think. You don’t need to be first, don’t need to be unique, but you certainly have to show up. There is gold everywhere on the internet, but not just financial wealth; there are treasures of all sorts, access to information, services and products but to be involved you need to stake a claim with your own website and domain name.
Choosing your Website Hosting Service Provider
In order to make a website with your own domain name it is important to realize that the domain name that you have registered is only part of the equation and this represents your site name on the world wide web the name that people use to search or find your site but the other part of the equation which in our example above many did not follow up with is the actual detail of hosting websites as this is where our actual content will sit and be served to customers or visitors to your site. This is not a great cost and averages from $5 to $10 dollars a month for hosting. There are numerous hosting providers online; these are the companies that actually own the servers and networks that our webpages will actually sit on when the pages and posts are created. Our general recommendation to customers is to use either Host Gator or Host9 as they are very cost effective, they provide all the website hosting options you will need, they are very well known, lastly they have excellent support and service reliability.
Setting up WordPress on Your Site
In between the hosting of the site and the domain name someone will have to put the content together and know how to create own website but this no longer needs web design consultants when you are starting off. If you utilize one of the above web hosting providers (Host9 or Host Gator ) they will be able to offer WordPress software for no extra cost and a WordPress blog is easily customized and very easy to be updated. The beauty of WordPress is that once its installed everything else just plugs in to it without screwing everything else up, its so easy. WordPress blogs are renowned throughout the web for ease of use and flexibility. You can do create these sites yourself if you know how to type and you have basic word processing skills you are good to go; making my own website and your little bit of internet real estate just got a little closer.
These are some great step by step guides for installing WordPress and setting up your first posts:
New to WordPress Where to Start and Make Your Own Blog with WordPress Don’t be frightened of jumping in trying this, remember the worst thing that can happen is the site doesn’t respond and you screw something up when you are learning; so what amend it, fix it or if you have to scrap it all and reinstall WordPress again. It’s your site so who cares, you can do what you like. Don’t like the look of it change the themes, there’s thousands available for free and they plug right in. Keep adding to and tweaking it until it’s the way you want it, learn on the way it’s not a big deal but just get going with it.