How to start A Website:
Are you thinking about starting a website, but do not know where to begin and it all seems rather daunting?
Whether it is for a business or to keep family and friends up to date when you are travelling, it is not too difficult to create your own site.
Prefer to have it started for you? We can establish your website for you, read the information below first, then decide if you want to ‘take the bull by the horns’ and establish your new website on your own or have us do the work.
This is where your website will ‘live’. It is important to choose carefully as not all hosts are equal!
Siteground is our web host of choice, all our sites are hosted with them and they have been the best hosting company ever. Over the past decade, we have used a number of hosts who failed to perform when needed most. Siteground however, has excelled in their consistently fantastic hosting, customer service and professional responses to any questions or problems.
- Superb Hosting & Unrivalled Customer Support
- Free Domain Name with new hosting plans (eg: yoursite.com.au)
- Free WordPress Installation
- Free Website Transfer if coming from another WebHost
We use and recommend WordPress. This is the backbone of your website and where all content is added.
What is WordPress? WordPress is a free, open-source website creation programme. It’s one of the easiest, most popular, and powerful content management systems (CMS) to use.
Step 1. Choose your plan.
The Startup Plan is more than adequate if you are just starting out on your website creation journey. Siteground offers big discounts for the first year of hosting on all their plans. It is easy to upgrade your hosting at a later time if you need more space or decide to add another website to your hosting.
Choosing a FREE Domain Name
What is a Domain Name? A domain name is the URL of your website. Eg: www.yoursite.com
During the signup process for your hosting, you will be asked to choose a domain name to use. You will not be able to register for a free domain name after the signup process, so choose one carefully and add it at the time.
If you already have a domain name, continue to follow the steps with on the Siteground sign up page.
Which is the best domain name extension? If you are an Australian based business and feel your site is relevant to the Australian market mainly, choose the .com.au extension (a valid ABN is needed to register .au domain names).
Siteground offers new customers a choice of extensions (image below).
The .com extension is ideal for personal websites or blogs as a rule.
Read this article by Siteground Hosting about choosing a good Domain name.
Siteground will install WordPress for you with your new hosting plan. Simply follow the prompts as you signup.
Siteground provides a number of helpful video tutorials on how to install Wordpress on your site and the basics of using it if you prefer to install it yourself.
Are you ready to Start your Own Website? Follow the steps outlined to Signup with Site Ground Hosting and they will take care of the WordPress Installation for you, plus provide you with a Free Domain Name (free forever as long as you stay hosted with them).
Do you already have a Domain name registered, but no website set up as yet? – it is simple to ‘Point’ your existing Domain name to Siteground Hosting, they will provide the exact settings you need once you have a hosting plan.
Would you prefer to have a website Established for you?
If you would like a website set up for you, including the first year of hosting, please contact us.
- Hosting Set Up & WordPress Installation
- Domain (website) Name Registration
- Initial Theme Installation & Configuration
- Up to 5 plugins installed and activated. These can include Social Share Icons, Analytics, All-In-One SEO, Caching, Contact Forms etc.
- Help with adding content.
- Usually setup within 7 Days & Ready to Go
$350 for a basic website | $450 for a business site with an online shop
Do you already have a Website and are looking to Transfer it to new Hosting?
New hosting plans with Siteground include free website/blog transfer . They take the hassle and worry of migrating your site. After all the work involved in establishing a blog, it is a relief to know they will take care of your baby for you and make sure it is all intact when moved across.
Siteground provides tutorials on migrating your site if you prefer to do it yourself after signing up for a new hosting plan with them. Personally, I’d trust their experts to do it unless you have experience.
WordPress Tutorials & Help
A quick search for ‘how to use WordPress’ will bring up many results. We have narrowed them down to a couple of the best places to find help with your blog or website.
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