How To Start A Website

How to start a website in 10 minutes or in 5 simple steps..

The question that people have asked me most at my seminars over the last 11 years is 'how to start a website' and 'how to start an online business'.

I think most of these people feel I know a lot about running websites since I registered over 2000 participants for my soft skills seminars and hundreds more for my counseling cum allied services through my online business. And they are right!

In this article I will answer that question about the process of starting a website and I will answer the question as to how to start a profitable website in the near future.

You can start a website of your own in less than 10 minutes using these 5 simple steps.....

Step 1 - Register A Domain Name.

Step 2 - Modify the Servers To Reflect Your Hosting Servers.

Step 3 - Sign Up For A Hosting Package At HostGator (use coupon code ENOMA252525 to save 25%).

Step 4 - Design Your Website And Upload Files (Or Start Your Free Blog).

Step 5 - Check Your Website And Update Your Content.

Step 1
Register the domain name of your choice at a domain registrar like GoDaddy, Domain, Moniker, NameCheap, etc. Sometimes the domain name you want may not be available since it registered by someone else. In such cases you can search again and again till you find an available domain name and then register it.

Keep a list of 15 to 20 possible domain names you want and make sure that the list does not contain a list of any domain name which is copyrighted, branded or the like. Try to register a DOT COM rather than a dot net or dot org as the dot com is the real king of domains. A typical domain name costs $7 to $12 per year to register. You can also search Bing for good offers on domain name registrations by typing keywords like "cheap domain registration" or cheap domain name registration". Taking these simple precautions while registering your domain name can save you a lot of money and time later.

You will need to register for a free account at the domain registrar when registering your domain name for the first time. You can then use the same account ID and password in the future to register more domain names. Once the domain name is registered then you can log into your account there and move forward to step 2.

Step 2
Configure your domain name servers commonly called 'DNS' to align with your name servers at your hosting platform. The DNS will be supplied to you by your web host which is explained in Step 3.

Step 3
Start an account at HostGator for a hosting package with them. You should probably take the hosting package that costs the least to start with (Baby package is the best) and you can always upgrade later if your hosting needs change or bandwidth requirements increase. You get 25% off on your hosting charges when you use the coupon code ENOMA252525 so make sure you use this special discount coupon so that you save big on your website hosting charges.

Once you sign up for a hosting account the web host will give you a control panel which you can log into and add the domain name you registered. You can also add in more domain names you register in the future here for free if you take up a 'baby' hosting package at HostGator.

The most important thing to remember here is your DNS which will be mentioned to you in your hosting activation email as well as in your hosting control panel once you've logged in. You can write the DNS down safely and enter them in exactly as mentioned there into your account for that domain at the domain registrar. Once the DNS changes have been made at your domain registrar then you are ready to move to Step 4.

Step 4
Design your website now or if you have already got it designed then it is time to upload the pages and files to your web server at your web host. You can design your website using free website templates available online. HostGator also provides you with tons of free website templates when you sign up for a hosting account with them. Further, you could also outsource the designing aspects of your new website to websites such as odesk.com and fiverr.com.

You will need to upload your files using FTP software such as "Cute FTP' or can do so directly through your 'file manager' in your hosting control panel at HostGator. If you wish to start a blog, forum, shopping site, etc. you can directly start it for free in your hosting control panel. HostGator offer free services such as blogs, forums, and other varied scripts, programs and software to install on your website. The best blog platform to start off with is Wordpress, and the best forum is Simple Machines Forum.

Once the uploading is done or the blog, forum, etc. is installed you are finally ONLINE with your new website.

Step 5
Check your new website on the web and make sure it looks exactly the way you want it too. Check your entire website for any broken links, incompletely uploaded pages, etc. Also, ensure that you keep your website updated on a regular basis. If your website is content driven then make sure that the content is fresh and regularly updated.

You are now full and completely online with your new website. This is how to start a website in less than 10 minutes or in 5 simple steps.

Congrats! You have taken the first big step towards building your online empire.

Let us summarize the 5 steps involved in starting a new website....
Step 1 - Register A Domain Name.

Step 2 - Modify the Servers To Reflect Your Hosting Servers.

Step 3 - Sign Up For A Hosting Package At HostGator (use coupon code ENOMA252525 to save 25%).

Step 4 - Design Your Website And Upload Files (Or Start Your Free Blog).

Step 5 - Check Your Website And Update Your Content.

I have reached the end of this article on how to start a website. I am certain it will help you get online with your own website.

By Savio D'Silva - 1043 Words - October 17, 2013.
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