Building Your Website – Step 1

by Charlotte Colmon

domainnameI'm almost ready to start putting up the In A Good Way website (just waiting for some content and images), but I realized that the very first steps in getting your own website up and running were not covered – registering your domain, securing hosting, and changing nameservers.

So, I've put together three short videos on how I would handle this portion of the process.  I use www.GoDaddy.com to register all of my domains, and I use www.HostGator.com for my hosting.  In the video, I'll show you how to find a domain name, and once you have registered, what  you need to do to have your hosting set up at Host Gator or GoDaddy.  There are other domain name registrars and hosting companies (including GoDaddy.com's own hosting), but since I can't show every option, I'll show you what I use.  Then, I show you how to change the Nameservers so the Internet can find your site.

Here are links to all three videos:

Here's what I think will be the flow of tutorials for building your website:

  1. Register your domain and set up hosting – done!
  2. Set up your WordPress installation
  3. Pick a theme and apply it
  4. The right plugins for your website
  5. Getting a Google account
  6. Settings, settings, and more settings
  7. Creating a graphical header
  8. Setting up an email subscription system
  9. Organizing  your site – writing pages
  10. Writing posts and adding images
  11. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  12. Wrapping it all up

Watch your email for notices of when new tutorials are available.  In addition, I'm going to be announcing a service to create your website for you at a very reasonable price.  The announcement is coming soon!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

nan sims December 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Hi, I really appreciate that you are trying to teach us how to set up a web site. I apologise for even having to ask this question but I couldn’t receive the videos–where do I get active movie control. I don’t believe I have that. Thanks for any help you can give me. nancy

Chuck Smith December 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Hi Nan,

I did the videos in QuickTime, so you should be able to go to http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ and download the player for Windows or Mac. If you use Internet Explorer, you may have issues with the movie file playing in the browser. The best thing to do would be to right click on the link and download the movie file to your computer. Then, you can use the QuickTime software player to view the movie.

If you use a web browser like FireFox (www.firefox.com) or Google Chrome (www.google.com/chrome), you won’t have any problems.

Good luck, and let me know how it works out.

Thanks,
Chuck

Linda Jeter December 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Hi Chuck,
Thanks so much for posting these videos,, seems so easy to follow and makes a person feel like jumping in with both feet. But, I shall wait and see what other videos come next before I jump in…

Take care,
Linda J
VA

Annie December 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I can’t see the video also. Sorry I think I would like to try in January. Don’t have the time right now to go into this right now.
Thank you.
Annie kaczmarek

Cindy Richard December 23, 2009 at 3:24 am

Hi,
Thanks for this invaluable information. It’s great.
I must admit I dabbled in WordPress and found it hard to use.
I have in mind what I want to create. I want a home pg with tabs that drill down to pages with images. I want to be able to open each page containing these images, click on an image and see an enlarged view of the image with a description of the image.
I want a banner of a quilt on the home page. I am not looking for “fancy” but I need to know what tool will best suit these requirements. I am not looking to create a blog. I want static pages.
Having said all this, what do you think?
Thanks again for all your help and attention.
Happy Holidays.
Kind regards,
Cindy Richard
cindyrquilts@gmail.com

Chuck Smith December 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Hey Cindy,

The nice thing about WordPress is that you can set up a static website that is easy to update. I have done this with a couple of sites – http://www.PepperellMusicCenter.com and http://www.MillbrookLabs.com, and use a static home page for my site, Life Is Local. Even if you never decide to blog, WordPress has plugins that make it easy to have tabs, picture galleries, a shopping cart, and more. And, the search engines love WordPress.

I’m behind on my tutorials, and I’m working on something to provide a low-cost alternative, but there should be more up soon.

Thanks,
Chuck

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