How to Create a Professional Website? Complete Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners!
In this article I will teach you how to create a professional website in 3 easy steps. You don’t need any programming skills or any experience to get started with your own website. If you have five minutes, please read the entire article and you will be amazed how easy is to make a nice website in minutes.
1. Start with a Domain Name
Having a web address for your website is the very first step. For this you will have to register a domain name. The process of registering a domain is very easy, and takes only few minutes, however finding a good domain may take a lot more. To help you a bit in the process of finding and choosing a good name for your site, will tell you few tips I use:
I always think in long term so I try choosing a domain that can be used for years. For this purpose I either register a keyword domain, that is related to the topic of the website or I go for a brand name that can be easily remembered. Does not really matter what type of domain name you choose, but keep in mind the following things: simple, easy to spell domains are the best; do not use hyphens, numbers or trademarks in your domain name, if available always choose the .com extension; for a brand register all the top level domains.
Now you know how and what, but you may ask where to register a domain name? There are so many companies where you can register a domain, but I will show you how to get on for FREE! Just follow the article…
2. Continue with choosing a good web host
The quality of the web hosting service is a very important factor in building a successful website. Choosing a low quality host could turn into a nightmare if your business depends on your website. Therefor you probably want to avoid bad hosts and go only with the best. I will tell you what are the criteria for me when choosing a web host:
I always go with companies that have been in the business for a while. I never choose a company that was founded yesterday. The 24/7 email and phone support is also a must need for me, as well the money back guarantee. Never choose a hosting company that does not offer 100% customer satisfaction. If it is possible I try to choose unlimited domain hosting plans, because I want to host more than one domain on a single hosting account. If that plan includes unlimited bandwidth and web space, I will definitely go with that. You should not pay more than $3-$8 per month for a shared hosting account.
Of all the hosting providers listed on this website I will highly recommend iPage. As you may notice, our users also recommend this company. Probably it is coincidence but here are some facts why I really like iPage hosting:
- You get a free domain name or you can transfer your existing domain for free
- Top notch North-American support, available 24/7 through live chat, phone and email
- You can host multiple websites and don’t have to worry about bandwidth and web space
- They have a fantastic Anytime Money Back policy
- It is reliable, affordable and easy to use, no experience necessary
3. Finally build your own website
There are many options to build a website: hand code it, hire someone to do it for you, use scripts to make the building process faster, use website building software, etc…
If you don’t want to spend to much time on building your website and want to concentrate more on your business, and sure if you decide to sign up with iPage, there are two methods you can build a professional website for yourself in literally minutes. As I said before, it does not require prior experience or programming skills.
The easiest way to create a web-page is to use iPage’s website building tool. If you want a simple website where you want to upload a couple of pictures, text and probably a contact form, but don’t plan to update the site with fresh content very often, this is the way to go. Watch the video to see how easy is:
If you are planning to build a website that can be extended in the future to a membership site or an ecommerce site, or just want to add more features to it, and also planning to add new content often to it, I suggest to go with WordPress. This is a free, open source software that can be installed to your website from iPage’s control panel easily (one click installation). Please check out the following video to get an idea on how WordPress works.