We all have seen and heard how our current world is changing. More and more people are out of work, businesses have shut and social distancing is the new norm. If you have ever thought about building a website for your blog or business then now is the time to do it, and I will show you how to do it on a budget.
I have absolutely zero experience in Tech, and website building and for my business website, Reef Skincare we paid a local company to do it for us. I was terrified to do it myself and I’m not known for my patience so avoided even the thought of building a website myself.
When it came time to speak my truth, and start writing my experiences I asked my sister Zoe how she set up her blog with zero experience. Once she gave me the basics I was on my way, and within 3 days I had a functioning website. Now it’s your turn.
In Part 1 I’ll show you how to set up your domain name (who you are.com) and register with a Site Host (the people who will make your website accessible on a little thing we call the Interweb).
There are plenty of web hosting companies out there but I am sharing about Siteground which is who I am currently using. It’s simple, easy and affordable. If at the end you want to use them too then click here.
Step 1: Choose a Hosting Plan
SiteGround has three plans. I chose GrowBig.
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now.
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves website speed.
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like more server resources and GIT integration (whatever that means).
Step 2: Choose a Domain Name
You can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain. For example, I created www.honestlysarah.com but if you have a business name already registered then you are going to want to make sure they match. No point your business being called Blue Shoes, and then having a website called RedFeetPurpleToes.com if you catch my drift.
They offer a wide range of domain extensions at a small cost too so if you want .com, .org, .blog, etc you can reserve multiple.
Step 3: Review and Complete the Order
Unlike many other hosting providers, the advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign up process. So you don’t have to sign up for 3 years for it to be cheap, in fact you can choose only 1 year for it to be cost effective.
You will get a reminder when you are due to pay again.
Congratulations, you now have a website domain and a site host. Check out Part 2 for how to actually create a functional website.