Starting a New Website

There are a large variety of options to choose from when you are planning to launch a new website.  However, assuming you want to do it yourself, there is a simple process everyone should follow:

1. Choose a domain name

Choosing a catchy, descriptive domain name is paramount to your site’s future success.  Spend some time searching for available domains before deciding.  You can change your domain name in the future, but it can have some big downsides, so it is better to get it right the first time.

2. Select a web host.

You want a high-quality affordable web hosting company.  Most of the larger companies like GoDaddy, HostGator, and BlueHost will fit the bill here.

3. Choose your site builder.

If you are an expert at HTML and CSS you can forego this step.  For the rest of us, we need to select a solution that is feature-rich and easy to use.  For most people this means either WordPress or Joomla, with the former being the more popular solution.

4. Create your content.

Now that your site is ready to be built, it’s just a matter of configuring things, writing your content, and creating/editing any images or videos you want to add.

For a more in-depth guide to this process we recommend Scott Chow’s SiteStarter guide to creating your first website.