Step-by-step guide to creating a website

Step 1

Register a Domain Name

Domain name is a "unique" human readable Internet address. To setup a website, you'll need a domain name. Choose a domain name that is easy to remember, and the one you can match your social media accounts such as Twitter, YouTube or Facebook page.

To register a domain name, you'll have to pick a name that suits your purpose. A domain name can consist of alphabet, numbers, and - (dash). The name cannot start with a dash. The iplocation.net is the domain name we used to publish this website. You may choose to find one that meets your personal or business needs. You may register a domain name online from Us, a deeply discounted ICANN accredited domain registrar. The cost of domain name registration is less than R75.00 per year for {.co.za}. To learn more about domain names, please visit our Domain Names section of this website.

Step 2

Setup Web Hosting from a reputable web host

Web hosting is known as providing storage space for websites, and delivering contents stored on the server to the Internet users when requested. A web hosting provider, also known as the web host, is also responsible for providing databases, email services, and other value-added services for publishing a website. No website can exist without web hosting. Since your website needs to be up 24x7 and you need uninterrupted email services, it is important that you find a reliable web host. Moving a website from one web host to another can be tedious and troublesome, so finding a right web host the first time will save lots of time and hassle.

As with the domain name, there are many reputable web hosts that you can choose from. Managing your domain name and web hosting service together from a single vendor makes it easy to manage your web properties. please visit our Web Hosting section of this website.

Step 3

Choose a platform (i.e. Wordpress, Drupal or HTML)

A website is comprised of many web pages, and each web page is made out of a HTML (HyperText Markup Language) document. Think of a web page as a single page document, and a website as a book containing documents comprising of sections of a book. You may create static web pages to create a website, but use of a content management systems like Wordpress, Drupal or Joomla will ease your construction process.

Of all website exist today, 22% of them are created with Wordpress. Wordpress is one of the most popular content management system existing today with 68% of market share with very large support community. If you're just starting out, choosing the Wordpress as the platform will not disappoint you later.

Most web hosts including Skyraisen offer cPanel, which you can use it to install Wordpress. Or, you may select a web master who will install Wordpress on your website. To learn more about content management systems and their advantages, please visit our Web Design section of this website.

Step 4

Choose a template (or design a website)

Whether you chose to use Wordpress, Drupal or Joomla as your web platform, you will want to style your website to your liking. The advantage of using popular CMS such as Wordpress is ease of styling your website with Themes. There are thousands of Free and Commercial themes available which you can install to create a professional looking website. For more information about Themes and Templates, please visit Web Design section of this website.

Step 5

Publish your website and drive traffic to your website

Once you've designed your website with a new Theme or Template Builder, you'll have to add content to your website. People visit your website with an intent, and as a webmaster of your new website you must fulfill visitors' intent.

With contents added to your website, you're ready to go live. Let your friends and acquaintances know about your website, and gather feedback on shortcomings and improvements you can make. Once you're happy with contents and presentation of the website, let the world know about your website by submitting your website to search engines. The best way to drive traffic to your website is by adding good contents, so continue to add valuable contents as well as promoting your website.

Step 6

Monetize your work!

How do you make money online? Making money online is easier said than done, and over 90% of all website owners give up before making sizable income. Depending on the type of website you own, you'll choose different method of making money. For ecommerce websites, you'll advertise your products on shopping engines and make profit by selling products online whereas bloggers will earn money by selling advertisements or affiliate marketing. 



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