You’ve picked a name for your site, and claimed it (unless you’re waiting to see if you can get free registration with hosting). Now it is time to pick a home for your website. You will have to make a few decisions before you can actually host your website (which we will cover in step 4).
First, do you want to go with a “drag and drop” solution? Or do you want a “content management” platform such as WordPress?
Here is a simple way for you to choose: Do you want to have a blog on your site? If the answer is yes, then I recommend you go with WordPress.
Except if you already have an established blog and you don’t want to move it over. Then go with whatever you want and just link to your existing blog. Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to do that.
So let’s say that you don’t want to blog. Here are your options for easy to use interfaces for building your website:
(Yes, WordPress is still on there because you do not have to use the blog on it, and it still has a good interface for building a website.)
These are the most popular/easy to use platforms available at the time I am writing this article. There are others out there. And most hosting services offer a “website builder” for an additional charge.
If you are not sure what route to look at, I would suggest looking around on each of the websites. (For WordPress look at WordPress.org for themes.)
Weebly, Wix, and Squarespace all offer free plans. They are limited in features, but you can still run your website on them if your budget is tight. (If you choose a free plan make sure you still register your domain name as described in step 2.)
Here are the things you should consider:
- Do you like the themes available?
- Is it easy for you to use?
If you pick WordPress, you also have to choose where to host it. There are a lot of WordPress hosts out there. The most popular one being BlueHost. But I personally use SiteGround. Their customer service is excellent and their pricing is better. Elegantly Self Published is a WordPress blog hosted on SiteGround. Make sure you look at their “WordPress Hosting” plans. You can also host for free at WordPress.org.
After you decided what site you want to go with, then you also need to decide which hosting plan to use. For Weebly, Wix, and Squarespace: Will you go free or purchase a plan? For WordPress, will you go with BlueHost or SiteGround?
In the next step, I’ll go over the basics of how to get set up with hosting.