While for some it might just look like something impossible to achieve, you must find out that setting up your website and getting it running is way easier when you plan everything correctly and you are using the right tools. Following up, you will learn how to start the base of a website and make it go live in only a few hours. It is simple to do it, so it can be done by anybody that has basic internet knowledge.
Getting everything ready – Domain, Hosting
The first step into creating a website is choosing its theme, a domain, and also a place where you will lay it, a hosting server. First of all, you will need to select a theme that your website will feature in its content. For example, you can choose photography if you are an artist that wants to expose his works, or you can choose software, if you want to post your developed applications.
Either way, you will need a domain name, that users will type in the address bar and use it to access your website. Domain names vary in price, but most of the time you can look for .com domain name at prices around 10$. If you are paying using PayPal or credit card, the domain will be instantly transferred to your account.
Now it is time to choose a proper hosting server from where it will be accessed by visitors. In order to choose a proper hosting company, you need to look for the following aspects:
Hosting features (web space, traffic, databases, security, software, backup etc.)
Hosting uptime represents the overall time in a month that the server is actually able to present your website to the visitors. Normally, every web hosting provider will pump up the numbers when it comes to its server’s uptime, so it is best to search for reviews on the hosting companies first. At first, it is best to choose a smaller hosting package for your website, as you won’t have a lot of visitors and space needs.
However, make sure the server you will be hosting your website on is as close as possible to the country from where most of your traffic will come from. This is vital as most visitors will close the page if the website takes more than 2-3 seconds to load. If the server is closer to them, the loading time of the pages will be lowered considerably.
Building up the interface and customizing the source
Once you gained access to the hosting account, it is time to point your domain’s nameservers towards your hosting package. This is done by accessing your account on the domain’s registrar and changing the nameservers to the ones provided by your hosting company. Once that is done, it will take between 30 minutes and 24 hours for the changes to propagate.
In the meantime, you have to select a CMS for your website. A CMS or content management system is a script or a web application which you will use to build up your website. The two most known CMS are WordPress and Joomla. No matter which you choose you will have to upload the source files onto the hosting server using a FTP client like FileZilla or by the web client if there is any.
Then, access your website (through a temporary IP, if the domain hasn’t propagated yet) and follow the simple steps on installing the CMS. Once the installation is done you will prompted to log in to the administration panel where you will be able to customize every aspect of your website by just a few clicks: changing the interface, adding content.
The only thing needed now is the nameservers to be propagated, and so, here it is: your live website in just a few hours.