In one of my previous articles, I wrote about First Steps To Making Free Money Online and I said that I’ll be talking about both steps much more detailed. So here’s my Complete Guide to Starting a Website. This is a simple and easy guide for creating a blog using WordPress. You could use other CMS (like Joomla, for example), but I’d rather stick to WordPress. Let’s get started!
Registering a Website Domain
Your domain plays a very important part in Search Engineering Optimization. One should pick his domain name very carefuly, because it has a big impact upon SEO and future visitors. Here’s what you have to take in consideration when picking a domain name:
- use short domains. The shorter the domain, the better.
- pick an easy to rember name. A domain like learnhowtoplayfootball.com would be way too long, even though it is right to the point. Something like learnfootball.com would be much better.
- I’d recommend using a .com or .net domain, they’re better for SEO.
- your domain should contain your main keyword(s).
- use delimiters if needed. experts-exchange.com would be much better than expertsexchange.com, for obvious reasons.
- check if your desired domain name is already available
If you are going to make a website and try to rank it only for a specific country, then domains like .co.uk (for UK), .in (for India), .fr (for France), etc. would make best choices. That means that you would only try to rank and target google.co.uk, google.in, etc. Depends on what country public are you targeting. But, if you’re making a website for worldwide traffic, then .com or .net would be best. If you are not willing to spend any money, then there are several solutions like free hosting and domain from freehostingeu.com (recommended for Europe), or biz.nf. WordPress also offers free hosting and domain .wordpress.com but you are not allowed to put ads on it, so I wouldn’t really recommend that. If you are not planning to use WordPress as CMS, then Blogger might be what you are looking for. They’re offering free hosting and .blogspot.com domain.(or .in, .fr, etc. )
If you do want to buy a domain, here are the registrars I used and had no problem whatsoever with them:
Personally, I prefer GoDaddy because they always have Coupons with great discounts. I will make a post only for coupons from many Hosting and Domain Registrar Companies. For now, I could present you a small list from GoDaddy for those who are interested.
- WOWifree35 – 35% Discount on your order
- 1.99$ .com Domain – Link Here
- 2.50$ .com Domain - Link Here
- 5.99$ .com Domain - Link Here
Prices are different for domain extensions and also depending on Domain Registrars.
- 1.99$/month Hosting - Link Here
For those who do not know, web hosting is simply where your website’s files are being stored and it is absolutely necessary for a website. Do net get scared by the word “files”, you don’t really need to have any knowledge about coding or designing a website, most hosting services have Fantastico, that allows you to install with 1 click many programs such as WordPress. If by any chance it doesn’t, here’s how to manually install WordPress.
If you are looking for a paid host (which I mostly recommend), I’ve made a Top 10 Best Web Hosting article which also provide a free .com domain. From my experience, the best Web Hosting for WordPress has to be WP Engine, even though it’s pretty expensive. If you are all about quality and don’t mind spending some extra money, than WP Engine is the right choice for you. If not, other Hosting Companies offer excellent and cheap hosting, take a look at the top I’ve made here.
I really recommend using WordPress as CMS (Content Management System), it’s easy to install, easy to use, it has absolutely great plugins, some cost money but there are many good and free ones. As for design, WordPress also has thousands of themes, many which are free. Premium Themes are a bit expensive, but trust me, it’s money well spent.
For beginners I’d recommend to start with a free theme, and in the future if the theme doesn’t fulfill his needs anymore, he can change it at anytheme. Another advantage of using wordpress is that switching between themes doesn’t affect the posts/content of your website, and you can try as many as you like. Plugins are also very easy to install/uninstall and activate. Here’s a list of plugins I use and find them really useful:
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Share This
- W3 Total Cache
- SEO Friendly Images (for Image/Picture based blogs)
- WP Auto Tagger
- Google Analyticor
- Auto Post Thumbnail
- Broken Link Checker
- Contact Form7
- All in One SEO Pack
If you ask me, the last plugin is probably the most important one. While the free version is absolutely fantastic, it really makes wonders for SEO, if you really want to get ahead your competition then I’d recommend you to Upgrade to PRO Version, link here.
Let’s not forget about the themes. Here is a list of websites where you can download free WordPress Themes, some even have Free Premium Themes.
Make sure you check the second part of this tutorial, about Content and SEO for your website.