Starting your website is no longer an expensive or geek ridden event. The whole process has been simplified so that even people with little or no knowledge can set up their website in a matter of minutes.
In this guide, we will show you how you can set up a simple website at a small budget.
Your website needs three important things, a domain name, a hosting service and a content management system.
- Once you finalise the name of your website, go to a domain registrar like GoDaddy and purchase the domain name. The cost of a domain name varies from $10 to several hundred, depending on the extension.
- Next, get a hosting account to store your web pages. For a small website, a deal at hosting services like Bluehost or Hostgator could cost as little as $3 a month. Always opt for a service that offers SSD hard drives and unlimited bandwidth. This way, if there is an unexpected upsurge in traffic, your site won’t go down.
- A content management system will help you simplify the task of publishing your site. Most service providers offer one-click solutions like WordPress to help you install and manage the CMS. WordPress is by far, the most popular CMS in the world. Once installed, you can change the themes to suit to your liking and voila, your site is ready to be published.
The beauty of today’s consumer market is that you can accomplish all of this without knowing how to write code or design. Turnkey solutions exist everywhere and with a few small changes, you can give your own flavour to the site. If you want something more unique, you can even spend a $10-$30 on a hiring a freelancer at Fivver to customise the template for you.