How to build a website from scratch in 2019
Are you a new business owner, church or band that is looking to take your online presence to another level in 2019?
Well in this blog I am going to show you the steps that you need to take to get your own website for your business, church, or band. It is probably a little bit easier than you think.
There are many different types of businesses many different churches and a lot of music bands that need a website today. The cool thing is that WordPress websites are simple to make and have made having your own business so much easier and more profitable.
Business Websites can rage from selling art work, selling your latest eBook, selling your latest food recipe, offering web hosting and domain names, teaching someone a new skill, selling your latest t shirt that you designed, selling your latest photos that you took, and the list goes on and on.
There are so many opportunities on the web to do business, as a matter of fact the opportunities are more to mention in one blog, but without your own website you can be missing out on these opportunities.
Church websites can range from putting a flyer for your next church event, having contact form for visitors, a live chat button to take prayer request or chat with potential members, having a form to book a room on the campus. online giving option whee church member can pay their tithe or give an offering, all the way to broadcasting your Sunday Morning Service live online
Band Websites can consists of announcing your next concert or gig, pictures of your latest event, a place to buy an .mp3 of your latest music, a contact form to book your for a concert, and an online store where we can purchase your latest project These are just a few things that you can do with a website for your band or music group. Let alone post videos of your latest concert and show us how well you rock the mic.
IT'S 2019 AND YOU DON'T HAVE A BUSINESS WEBSITE?
The opportunities that come with you having your website are pretty much endless, but if you don't have an online presence in 2019 you can be missing out on all these opportunities, that having your own website presents. I mean lets really look at it.
A lot of business happens online today and the opportunities of promoting your business, growing your church and present your music to the words are endless.
If you have something to share with the world, let me show you how to do it through your own web page. You don't have to miss out on these opportunities any longer, because in this blog, I will show you how you can build your own website from scratch.
Why should you build your own website?
How Popular is the Internet?
Let me ask you a question: When you want to find out information about something, such as a restaurant, web hosting, headphones, a church, or something that you would like to purchase, what is he first thing that you will probably do?
The vast majority of people now a days will try to find their answer by searching on google.
That being the case, shows you and I how many people are actually using the internet to answer their questions and go give them more information about a topic. Not only that but the majority of people now a days communicate through email, blogs, forums, and social networks, which is pretty much done online.
These are all good reasons of why you should have a website for your church, business or band.
Having a website will allow you to bring more people to know about product, your church or your music. WordPress Websites are simple to make, very cost effective and are really good at getting the attention of those who are online.
So let me walk you through the steps of how you can build your own website from scratch.
1. Create a domain name:
Your domain name is what people will type into the search bar when they are looking for a website. A few domain names that you may be familiar with are:
These are what you call domain names.
Tips to choosing a great domain name:
Keep it short
Keep it simple
Don't use number like 1 or 3 in your domain name
Make it memorable
Try to be Unique
Have 2 or 3 ideas in case your first choice is not available
Describe your business, church, or band as best as you can
2. Register your domain name
The next step after you have your domain name ideas is you want to check and see if your domain name is available. You can do this by going to www.domainpricedcheap.com
If you domain name is available you want to purchase it right away. The reason is because domain names go fast and there is no guarantee that you domain name will be available later on.
How much should you pay for a domain name?
You can get a domain name anywhere from $8.00 on up to $25, but I wouldn't pay no more that $25. (even $25 is a little high)
It all depends on the extension of our domain name.
Example: There are different extensions when it comes to domain names such as:
www.houseofpraise.church and on and on.
The reason the www. is at the beginning is because that is required for all domain names.
CLAIM THAT .COM DOMAIN
.com is one of the most popular domain extensions. So if your choice of domain name for your business, church or band is available in the .com extension, I would claim it as soon as possible.
YOU CAN GET A FREE DOMAIN, BUT IN MY OPINION IT IS NOT WORTH IT.
TOO MANY LIMITATION AND OTHER THINGS
I WOULD PAY THE $8 OR SO TO GET MY OWN DOMAIN NAME
Another Reason to get your own domain name: You own the rights to your domain name and I also forget to mention that once you pay for it, that domain name is good for an entire year. So you only have to pay the $8 or so once a year. It is worth it...
3. Find a place to host your website
ok good stuff. Now you have chosen a domain name for your website and you have registered your domain name. The next step is you want to find a place that will host your website for you.
What that means is this. When you make your website it consists of files, pictures, audio, information and folders. Now you need a place that will store all this information for you.
The place that stores all the information of your website, is known as your web host.
Keep in mind every file that you upload to the webhost also known as a "server" has a certain size.
Example: Like gas has gallons, distance has meters, money has dollars, rand, and euros and mass has weight. Well the size of the file for the internet is measures in megabytes.
mp3 Audio File
TIF - uncompressed - 24 bit RGB
50 - 60 KilyBytes
Depending on your website needs and how much space you think you will need, will determine the type of hosting package that you should consider.
A band website which has a lot of .mp3's and music may need more space than a website that only has a few pictures and some text.
Here are a few things that you want to consider when you are looking for a place to host your website:
Amount of space your host will give you
The Speed of your web hosting computer
Are you going to go with shared or dedicated hosting -
(I have a blog that gives you the details of what each one is and the difference between managed and shared hosting. If you are barely beginning shared hosting should be just fine.)
Decide On Your Web Hosting Company
Now that you understand how web hosting space is calculated it will help you make a better decision when it comes to your web hosting needs.
I would say if you are barely starting out you should be able to get by with a package that I have listed below:
Starter Pack - $1.49 month
( if you order a years worth of hosting you get a FREE domain name for a year)
If you would like more advanced web hosting packs - Here are a few that you can choose from:
The Business Plan
For those that are creating a website for your small business and need speed.
Only $12.30 a Month
The Blogger Plan
Are you a WordPress Blogger? Then this is your WordPress Hosting plan.
Only $7.50 a Month
Awesome!!! Now that you have your domain name, you have registered your domain name and you have a place to host your website.
Now you need to build your own website.
3. Build your own Website
ok now comes the fun part. This is the part where I show you how to build your own website. Yes you can do it. Let me put it to you like this, if I can build a website from scratch, then I know you can.
I don't have any html knowledge, I don't know any coding and I haven't been to web design school, but I have built many websites. I have built websites for churches, I have built websites for businesses and I have even built a personal website.
If you would like to take a look at a few websites that I have built, here are a few links:
Let me say it again. If I can build a website, then I know you can.
ok instead of my trying to walk you through the process of how to build your own website in this blog using text. I thought I would give you FREE ACCESS to my online course that teaches you step by step on how to build your own website.