As a website developer, my clients often ask me what resources are needed to create a website. A lot of people want to make a website themselves, but don’t know what they need to do it. In this article, we cover the 4 resources needed to create a website.
Resources Needed to Create a Website
Resource #1: Domain Name
A domain name is your address on the internet. This is the thing people type into their computer to go to your website. I wrote an article covering everything you need to know about domain names. The quick version is:
- Make a list of names you want to have. They can end in .com, .net, org. It’s up to you.
- Type them in this domain search tool to see if they are available.
- Buy the shortest and most catchy one you can get. Should be around $14 a year.
Resource #2: Website Hosting
Hosting is where your website lives. Your website needs to be on a special kind of computer called a server. What you need is a “hosting company”. This is a company you pay monthly or yearly to store your website. It should be around $5 a month. I use KnownHost, and they have the best hosting I’ve ever had.
Resource #3: Content
You need stuff on your website! Pictures, text, videos, whatever. It’s totally up to you what’s on your website, but you need to figure out what you want, how many pages, and what the point of your website is.
Plan all this out ahead of time. Use a text editor Like Microsoft Office, or Google Docs to write out everything you want. Figuring this out before you set up your website will save you time in the long run.
Resource #4: Content Management System
The most popular and the most free CMS is WordPress. It has all the tools you need to create a website.
You need to install WordPress on your hosting company’s server. After you buy hosting, you can follow this guide to do it, or call your hosting company, and they will walk you through it.
If you don’t want to set anything up, or if technical stuff makes you pull out your hair, use the hosting company WP Engine. They do all the technical stuff, install WordPress for you, and also take care of the hosting and domain parts from steps #1 and #2.
Summary of resources needed to create a website
So you need a domain, hosting, some content, and a CMS. Do your research and find the best hosting company you can. The cheaper ones will cost you more money in the long run, trust me, I’ve learned that the hard way. With all the resources needed to create a website in one place, you can build your website.
If you want help every step of the way, I’ve made a free, detailed tutorial on how to set up all the resources needed to create a website. Good luck out there, and please share your website you make in the comments below!