There is always a time when a business wants to expand or increase profits. This is when they start to look at the idea of building a website. To be able to reach out to more customers and expand their reach.

Where do you start?

There are a lot of factors to take into account when setting up a site and the most successful sites take a lot of time researching and studying various ideas to help get the traffic needed to land a profitable site. If you don’t get it right then you’ll have a good site with no traffic. No traffic equals no profit.

I am going to talk you through all the basic elements you need to learn about in order to create a successful website.

Starting with:

How does a website work?

After all, how can you learn how to do something if you don’t know how it works?

In this post, I cover the basics behind what makes a website function and how we reach this information. This will give you a basic understanding and be enough to get you moving.

How to build a website for free

When you’re ready to start building you first need to decide on how. It’s a lot easier than it used to be as companies started creating software to help with this, they created a way to take the pain away from building a website. You used to have to know all the computer language called HTML to be able to code the pages. The computers then use this code to know how to render the website. Thanks to software like WordPress, life has got a lot easier. Now you just need to concentrate on the content on your website and the quality of the content.

There are loads of companies out there to choose from and all offer different levels of service. I will be reviewing all the offers out there, running through some comparisons and offering some recommendations.

How to get your own Domain Name

You can’t have a website without a Domain name. Domains are a bit like the property of the website. Once you pick one and register it you can’t change it. If for any reason you decide you want to change it you will have to buy a completely different domain name.

You register a domain from 1 year upward. This is then yours, you just need to reregister each year. There are hundreds of different sites where you can buy and register your domain. In this post, I will guide you on best practices and tips for setting up your domain name.

Take your time to decide on a domain name for your site because once you’ve decided on a name and you check to see if it’s available you’re then going to buy the name and register it. Once done it’s yours. So if you decide to change it to a different name you’re going to have to buy another domain name. So make sure you do some mind dumping of names to finally come up with the name so you don’t end up having multiple domain names registered while you only use one.

What is Hosting?

In order for customers to find your website, you need to publish it on the internet. To do this you need to find a service company and rent storage space from them to save your site. These servers are permanently linked to the internet and when someone searches on their computer the servers send them the information for the site they are looking at. When you see a website has gone down, it usually means that the server that the website is stored on has gone down.

If you for example hosted your website on your own computer you would need to leave your computer on permanently 24/7. This is what hosting companies do. they have massive servers that stay permanently connected to the internet and have backup servers too. This was your site is always accessible 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

How to Create a WordPress Website for FREE

Wealthy Affiliate is a great choice for anyone trying to build a website because not only do they give all the training you need, they host your site for you too. It’s all in-house and there are never any additional purchase add-ons it’s all part of the memberships.

What is HTML, try some I find useful

With Software like WordPress, you don’t need any HTML coding knowledge but you can use them if you like. This is because WordPress has two windows, one for typing the content in Visual mode and there is also a Text window. The Text window enables you to add HTML codes to your pages and as long as you have done this write, it will then render the pages correctly.

This is a useful way to put a unique look and style into a template.

Hi, I’m Graham, I’m the founder and creator of grahamhodsdon.com. If there are any elements you would like me to cover or would like some advice on any of the above topics please leave a comment below

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