How To Build a Website For Cheap
Beginner Niche Marketer's Guide Vol. 3
Building a website is certainly not as hard as it used to be. In fact, it can be done in less than a minute, and with just a few clicks. That of course will not get you the next Facebook or a fancy-schmancy done-for-you finished product, but it will build the basic framework, and allow you to start writing content to get indexed in Google. Writing content for your website is what you should concentrate on at this point, because people can forgive a bad-looking site if it has the information they want.
People will not forgive a beautiful site that's does not provide them with the information they are looking for. Helping people is the fastest way to profit, and quality, informative content is an easy way to help people. BILLIONS of searches are performed every day by people looking for information. If you can capture just a few hundred of their eyes each day, you will have a money-generating business.
For the newbies out there, I want to explain two things that can really confuse you. One is domains, and one is hosting. Skim this page for a general view of what you are going to do in this lesson. The make sure you read read Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of the Beginner Niche Marketer's Guide below. If you need help, leave me a comment below.
Domain Names (Quick Review)
The domain name is the address of your website. Once you decided on a domain name and buy it, you now own your own virtual real estate. This is address of your new online business. A domain name can cost anything between $5 and $15 dollars, depending on where you by and what sort of other features you get. I typically tell people to expect to spend $11 for a .com. Other domain extensions are not worth considering IMO, but some people do well with .org. If you want a country specific domain (only plan on marketing in your country), that's an option too.
I recommend Namecheap for domains because they're pretty simple to navigate, and cheap.
Hosting (Quick Review)
Hosting is where your website files are stored. The domain is the address, the hosting is the office.
With shared hosting, you can usually get a beginner package for about $8-$15 per month depending on how long you sign up for. 1 year packages are advertised as $5-$8 per month, but you have to pay 1 year up front, so $60-$100. Monthly recurring fees are also possible, but will be more expensive.
Connecting your domain with your hosting can be a challenge for newbies, but it's not impossible. It's something ever new online business owner must do, and there are lots of resources to help you get this done with minimal tears. (Videos below)
You should choose a topic for your website before you go and buy a domain name. Lessons 1-4 are a bit jumbled in my BNMG series because there's a lot to learn, but the main thing you need to keep in mind is that there are 3 steps to complete to get your business off the ground.
- 1. Choose a topic for your website
- 2. Choose a domain name
- 3. Choose a host
Before we get too deep into building your online business, know that there's support available to you at Wealthy Affiliate. This is a membership website where you can talk to other people, including myself, about building an online business and making money from websites. Free hosting is included with your membership. It's made for newbies, so don't be shy.
[Video] Building Your Website Pt 1
Assuming you have your domain and hosting, we can start to build your website. First, we need to connect our domain and hosting. If you want to make things even simpler for yourself, you can create a free website on Siterubix. No worries about connecting domains and hosting, and you can get started building the ‘meat' of your website in the next few minutes.
Now that we have a those things, we need to tell our domain name where it can find the files. This can be done by “pointing” the domain to the host's servers. Your servers will vary based on where you host, but they will usually look like “ns1.hostingservicename.com” and “ns2.hostingservicename.com”. I'll show you two versions below.
[Video] Building a Website Pt 2
Now that we've got a domain name and hosting set up, we need to build our website. You will be very happy to know this can be done by pushing some buttons. Watch me push some buttons below.
Now you need to write something people want to read! If you are looking to profit from your website, I suggest you read about 3 effective online business strategies.
If you want personal help from me while building your website, I recommend you read up on the online business training community where I learned the basics of niche marketing. They have incredible training, very newbie friendly support, and if you sign up through my links you will get 1-on-1 assistance from me while you build your business.
Let me know if you have any follow up questions here in the comments!
In case you missed 'em
- Vol. 1 : How to Choose a Good Domain Name
- Vol. 2 : Best Hosting For Newbies
- Vol. 3 : How to Build a Website for Cheap
- Vol. 4 : Choosing a Profitable Niche