Websites are very common in this day and age. Should you build a website for your business or for your personal brand? This is the Big Question. The simple answer is yes. I will Make this simpler and as easier to understand as possible. What is a website? I would personally say it is a page, specifically a webpage, that contains information in words and or images available for use to the whole world through the internet on their computers, phones or any other devices that can access the internet. This, therefore, implies that having a website exposes you to the whole world for a personal website and if it’s a business website, then it is an added advantage as well.
Basic Requirements to build a website
- Domain Name
First off, you will need a domain name. A domain name is simply the unique address where internet users can access your website. For this blog, for example, the domain name is ‘technologysage.com’ and users can land on this site by typing this in the address bar of their web browsers. You can acquire a domain name on domain providers such as GoDaddy or NameCheap for an estimated price of $11 per year.
Secondly, you will need a web hosting plan. A web host is simply the provider of the cloud storage platform where your website files will be stored and made available to anyone visiting your website URL (Domain) This also comes at a cost. There is no standard website hosting cost, the cost varies depending on the requirements of the web developer. Many factors come into play such as disk space, Uptime guarantee, customer support, the speed of the servers among others.
A computer is simply necessary to aid in the whole process and so is the internet connection. Note that you will need a domain name to purchase a web hosting plan. Assuming you have them both, you are now set and ready to become a web developer/ designer.
How to Build a Website
Bear in mind this is just basic web design tutorial, we won’t go into the nitty grittys of codding a website from scratch one code at a time. We will capitalize on the already available CMS (Content management systems). CMS makes it easy to launch a website in seconds. There are various CMS for various types of websites but the most popular one is WordPress. WordPress seems to have a theme/script for every type of website. Be it a professional website, personal website, college website, name it.
To get started, log into your web hosting account. What we are logging in is commonly known as the CPanel. This is the back end of the website and you can access, edit, upload, modify, delete, download or even rename website files here. You can as well create custom company email addresses bearing your domain name.
Once you are logged in and are at the Cpanel, You will be able to install WordPress on your domain. There are other CMS as well, you can experiment with them later on once you are comfortable here, but we will do WordPress for now. The Content Management Systems are usually under ‘installs’ in the Cpanel.
Once you have installed WordPress on your domain name, you will be able to login to your WordPress site using the credentials you created during installation. Within WordPress, you can then install the desired theme for whichever website you are intending to come up with. If it’s a personal website, use the appropriate theme. Same applies to other kinds of websites.