How To Set Up Your Website In One Day

Yes, it is possible to create your website and be up and running within one day. But don't worry if you can't do it that quickly. Take your time and make sure you get every part of the process right, and give yourself some time to think through each step and understand it.

In this article we will go over 3 things to set up your site:

1) GUIDE TO CHOOSING A DOMAIN NAME

The best kind of a domain name is something like www.yourBusinessName.com. That looks most professional and later in this guide we will show you how to get it for free!

You need to check which domain names are available. The tool I use to check available domain names is at GoDaddy.com which is the biggest and most reputable site where people buy domain names. Just enter the domian name you want and they will tell you if it is available for purchase.

Tips to choosing a domain. Make sure your domain has the followings:

What mistakes to avoid:

2) GET HOSTING AND A FREE DOMAIN NAME

Hosting is the web server that serves up your site when people visit your domain name. If you get a domain from Wordpress, your hosting will be free. But if you have your own domain name, you need your own hosting. Hosting is also only a few dollars a month.

A reputable and professional hosting company is BlueHost. They also have very good phone and online tech support. When you sign up with them, they give you a free domain name! Sign up for web hosting with BlueHost to get a free domain name. Once on their site, just click the "get started now" link and follow the few steps to get your domain name and hosting, and you are done!

Other hosting options are eApps and HostGator. I personally have been using eApps for over 5 years and am 100% satisfied. If you are budget-conscious, try HostGator because it is a slightly cheaper option than BlueHost or eApps. But I am not sure if the quality of HostGator is equal because I have not personally used that service. Here is the link to eApps and here is the link to HostGator.

FEW CONFIGURATION STEPS TO CONNECT YOUR DOMAIN TO YOUR HOSTING

Once you have a domain name and a hosting server, you need to point your domain name to get served up by the hosting server.

  • Congradulations! Your domain name will now be pointed to your web host. It may take a few hours for this to go out on the internet, but you can still work on setting up your blog. Now your site is live. But it has nothing on it. The next step is to put things on it like a nice design and create some pages.
  • TO CREATE PAGES, INSTALL WORDPRESS ON YOUR HOSTING

    NOTE: This is in order for you to use Wordpress as your CMS (content management system). It is how you will add pages to your site. Don't confuse this with hosting on Wordpress or getting that name.wordpress.com domain name that we discussed earlier.

    Congradulations! You have just installed WordPress CMS to your site which will make it very simple for you to add new pages to your site.

    4) LAST STEP: DESIGN

    Wordpress has many free design templates. They are usually not bad. But if you would like to have something a little extra that looks beautiful and professional, you can buy Wordpress themes. They are usually much cheapere than hiring a designer. And they tend to look great. Wordpress themes are typically in the $30-100. By the way, the word theme is what they refer to as design in the Wordpress world. Just think of theme and design as the same thing.

    Take a look at some beautiful templates from Elegant Themes (a theme is the term for design in the Wordpress world)

    Here is how to configure your theme once you chose one:

    Congradulations, your theme is now installed and your site is live with nice design and ready for business.

    LOGO DESIGN

    For great and affordable logo designs, check out 99Designs where you can get affordable logo designs.

    Troubleshooting: If you run into problems or errors, here are 4 resources where you can get help:

    Article by Alex Genadinik