How to Create a Website: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Whether you want to create a personal or professional website, it’s good that you know that the process is quite simple and, therefore, affordable. In this comprehensive guide, we will accompany you throughout this process to make your life much easier. We will also take this opportunity to advise on how to improve your website following the creation and publication.

Is it necessary to have the computer knowledge to create a website? Absolutely not. In 2021, there are straightforward ways to create a website even if you don’t have the slightest knowledge of computer science, development, or web design.

However, if you like difficulty, you can still create your website by coding it by yourself.

To make it clearer about this process, we suggest you discover without further ado the 4 best ways to create a website… more or less easily and quickly.

 

Best 4 ways to create your website

Creating a Website

In writing this guide explaining how to create a website in 2021, we wanted to do things in the best way. That’s why we didn’t want to limit ourselves to presenting 1, 2, or 3 different ways that will allow you to create a website.

As a result, we will present 4 different processes that all meet a variety of needs. So you’ll find a method that’s right for what you’re looking to do.

 

1. Create a website with WordPress

Create a website with WordPress

According to our teams, this is the solution that goes everywhere to create a website. What exactly does this mean? Simply that going through web hosting and installing WordPress on it is both a simple, fast, economical and complete solution.

We mention WordPress but know that it is quite possible to use another CMS (Drupal, Joomla, etc.). However, it is worth noting that WordPress is the benchmark in 2021: its technology powers no less than 60% of websites. This puts it far ahead of its direct competitors Joomla (5.2%) or Drupal (3.4%).

To go back to the simplicity of installing and creating a site via WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, know that a host like Hostinger will offer you an automatic assistant. Therefore, you only need to provide some information so that your site is installed and ready for use. Further down this page, we have created a step-by-step guide to create his WordPress site.

You can then focus on the visuals of your site, as well as the writing of content. In terms of personalization, we find that creating a website with WordPress is very convenient.

With many plugins and the ability to change the CSS/HTML code, it will be straightforward to modify and improve your platform. Provided, of course, you also have some knowledge (if you want to touch the code).

 

2. Create a website with a website builder

Create a website with a website builder

The simplest solution to creating a professional or personal website is clearly going through a website creator. But what exactly is a website creator?

It’s actually a platform that will allow you to create, customize and manage your site with just a few clicks. Everything will usually be done by clicking/sliding, which is very interesting for those who really have no desire to bother or do not feel comfortable with a more technically complex solution.

If that’s what you want to create a website, we recommend three names: Wix, Jimdo, and Site123. These solutions turn out to be complete, easy to use and offered at affordable prices globally. Below, the links refer to our various tests.

However, we should warn you if you want to make a website via this type of platform. It’s not always the least economical solution (unlike taking a host and installing a CMS), and you may be a little limited about the features offered.

Also, these all-in-one solutions do not meet the needs of all projects. Using a website creator to create a personal blog or showcase site is entirely feasible. On the other hand, if you are looking to create a more complex professional site that requires, for example, the use of databases, this will become very complicated.

So be sure to assess your needs before you start. It’s important if you don’t want to have any regrets afterward. In any case, if you want to launch a site quickly and effortlessly, we recommend Wix, which offers a very intuitive web editor suitable for all profiles. To learn more about the features offered by this provider, please see our review on Wix.

 

3. Create an e-commerce site with a site creation tool

Create an e-commerce site

Instead, you want to create an E-Commerce website? It’s all to your credit. In this case, solutions such as those offered by Shopify or WiziShop should be preferred. In this regard, we strongly recommend that you read our guide on how to create an online shop. In this one, we detail A to Z’s creative process for people wishing to create an online shop.

Opting for such a solution will allow you to create an online sales site quickly. Whether it’s the management of appearance, orders, products, means of payment, everything will be done very easily. On the other hand, it is important to know that a transaction fee will be levied on each sale. A point to take into account when calculating your profit.

The downside of this type of solution is that it is more complicated to create a blog simultaneously or a website and then start the e-commerce process a second time. Indeed, these creators are only specialized in the field of online sales, which can harm the variety of your content that will be oriented to e-commerce.

 

4. Create a website by Custom Coding

Create a website by Custom Coding

The last way you can create a personal and professional site is to code/develop it.

In this context, you will have two choices. The first is that you feel able to program yourself a website. The second will be to hire a company specializing in the creation and development of websites.

Depending on your choice, the costs are going to be very different. You have to know! And even if the first solution turns out to be less expensive budget level, it will prove costly in terms of the time spent developing your site.

If you start from 0, we can recommend sites and tutorials like those offered on OpenClassrooms. This will allow you to put both feet in the dish very quickly.

In short, the advantages of creating a website are flexibility and unlimited possibilities in terms of functionality on your site and its design.

What about the drawbacks? The biggest thing, of course, is that you will have to have (or acquire) web development skills. But that’s not all. The time to spend on your project will necessarily be more substantial than if you go through WordPress or a website creator.

And in any case, even if you create your own website, you will still have to find a host to make it accessible. As a result, the costs will inevitably be higher than those estimated by going through a host to install a CMS like WordPress. Among the big names in the market, we don’t miss Hostinger. You can find out our review on Hostinger here.

 

Tutorial: How to Create a Website on WordPress

Now that you know how we are creating a website, we will deliver our tutorial to create a website in 2021.

As the title above indicates, we will base this tutorial on using a host and WordPress. For us, this is the best compromise of the 4 solutions listed above. In a maximum of 2 hours, your personal or professional website will be ready to use. If you’re interested, read carefully what’s to come!

 

1. Choosing a domain name

The first step before thinking about creating a website is choosing a domain name. The domain name is the name of your website, as well as its address.

For example, the domain name waitasec is waitasec.in. It’s up to you to find the one that pleases you the most, and that will be mostly speaking for future visitors to your online platform.

In general, a domain name costs between 5 and 15 euros per year. This will depend greatly on the domain extension you are going to choose (.com, .net, .info, .co, .in, etc.).

Haven’t registered a domain name yet? If so, we will allow ourselves two tips:

  • If you want to create a professional website, your domain name should match as much as possible on behalf of your company.
  • Regarding the choice of extension, it will depend on the market and the audience you are targeting. For a local site, it is more interesting to leave on the .fr. While if you want to attract foreign visitors, choosing a .com or .net will be wiser.

To ensure that the domain name you want to register when creating a website is available, use the domain check tools offered by some hosts. All you have to do is fill in the domain name you want, and click “Search.” If the domain name were to be used already, the tool would offer you other alternatives:

 

2. Purchase of domain name

In step 1, we didn’t talk about buying a domain name. What for? Well, because it is better to wait to choose a hosting package. Indeed, many hosts offer a free domain name with their hosting offers. This will save you a few euros a month.

You will have to subscribe to a web host to create a website on WordPress. Without it, your site will never be accessible to the public…

To create a personal or professional website, we highly recommend the Hostinger. According to our teams, it offers excellent value for money and is currently the best web host.

For less than $5 per month (with the Starter offer), you will be able to benefit from quality accommodation, all with a domain name and an SSL certificate offered! Also, by applying our promotional code “waitasec10,” you will benefit from an additional 10% discount.

Once you’ve chosen your accommodation, all you have to do is fill in the domain name you want to register.

Go to the payment, and you’re done! Your accommodation is now available and ready to use. You will now be able to create a website.

 

3. Installing and deploying WordPress

To bring your website to life, you’ll need to install and deploy WordPress. In our case, we chose this CMS but knew that Hostinger (as well as other hosts like PlanetHoster offers the possibility to install other CMS.

To create your site and install WordPress on it, simply go to your host’s dashboard (Hostinger in our case). Then look for the “Auto Installer” menu and search for “WordPress”:

Click on the WordPress logo and then enter the listed fields (language, username and administrator password, email, site title, etc.). Once it’s done, all you have to do is click “Install” to create your website!

 

4. Personalization of site design and identity

The creation of the site is progressing rather well. Now that WordPress is installed on your hosting, you’ll be able to access the WordPress ad administration panel for the first time.

Through this interface, you will be able to manage your site in its entirety (whether it’s a showcase site, e-commerce, or a blog). To get to the administration interface, go to http://domainname.com/wp-admin/.

 

Then go to the “Appearance” and “Themes” menu to see all the themes made available.

 

You’ll be able to easily preview and install any theme until you find the one that’s right for you.

After you can create your website and choose a theme, it will be possible to customize them. This applies to the site’s overall identity, widgets, the addition of additional CSS, and menus (we’ll go back to that aspect a little later).

 

5. Installing plugins

Once your personal or professional website is created, it will be important to install several plugins from your WordPress administration panel.

Indeed, plugins will make your life easier in many ways. This applies as well to the referencing of your site, its design, security, cache management…

So you don’t feel too lost in the ocean of plugins made available on WordPress, we want to offer you a recap. You will find a list of plugins that we consider to be the most useful in their respective fields:

  • SEO: Rank Math or Yoast SEO
  • Cache management: W3 Total Cache or LiteSpeed Cache (For Paid: WP Rocket)
  • E-Commerce: WooCommerce
  • Security: iThemes Security OR Wordfence Security
  • Page creator: Elementor OR Oxygen Builder
  • Contact form generator: Contact Form 7 OR WPForms
  • Image optimization: Smush OR Imagify
  • WordPress Editor Improvement: Classic Editor OR Gutenberg (Pre-installed)
  • Managing affiliate links: Pretty Links

 

Don’t hesitate to research each of them for more information on what they offer. We have also made a ranking of the best plugins that will allow you to find more information about each of them.

Can’t find the place to look for and install these WordPress extensions? Don’t panic; here’s a screenshot of what to do:

In the menu on the left, simply click “Extensions” and then “Add.” As a result, you’ll see WordPress’s own extension catalog. You can either search or sort them (by popularity, recommendations, etc.).

Once you’ve found the desired extension, all you have to do is click the “Install” and then “Activate” button. And lo and behold, you now know how to create a site and, above all, how to install a WordPress plugin. All you have to do is select the ones that seem to be the most interesting to you.

 

6. Adding and writing important pages and articles

We soon see the end of this tutorial explaining how to quickly and simply create a WordPress website. If you’ve followed everything so far, you’ll now have to consider creating as well as writing pages and articles.

The first thing you need to focus on is creating the pages that are essential to any website. What are they?

  • Home
  • By the way – to present your site or yourself.
  • Contact page – to allow your visitors to get in touch with you.
  • Legal
  • Blog page – so everyone can easily access articles on your site.

To create a page on a WordPress website, you’ll find “Pages” and “Add” in the menu on the left. You will find yourself facing this interface:

Fill a title for your page, add content, an image, and then click Publish. You’ve just created your first page on a website; it’s as simple as that!

For the creation of articles, the process is the same. You will have to go to the “Articles” tab of the WordPress menu with the only difference.

 

7. Setting up a navigation menu

Creating a website is good, but organizing it with menus that make sense is even better!

As a reminder, the menu is what your visitors will use to go from page to page on your website. To customize it, go again in “Appearances” and then “Menus.” Once here, click “Create a new menu.”

Managing your site’s menus © Press-Citron

All you have to do is add pages but also articles to your menu. It’s up to you. Just don’t forget to validate the set by clicking “Save the menu” and then check down the “Primary Navigation” box. Otherwise, your menu won’t show up on the website you just created.

And that’s where our tutorial on how to create a website in 2021 ends. We hope you have followed our advice in the letter and that your site is now fully functional.

 

Why Having a Free Website is a Bad Idea?

Creating a website for free may seem like a good idea. But in reality, the flaws of such a solution are so important that it is quite the opposite.

If you want our opinion: avoid creating a free website at all costs.

The only positive of such a choice is that if you have no experience in the field, it will allow you to acquire some. What’s next? Nothing much… It is impossible to perpetuate a website designed completely free of charge. The limitations are far too great:

  • The unsuitable domain name (no.com)
  • Limited setting and administration (whether in terms of design, content)
  • Excruciating performances, which will put off visitors from staying on your site
  • Seo optimization impossible (this joins the many limitations at the administrative level)
  • Advertisements are often placed in different places on your site, which is not going to make it professional.
  • Non-possession of your site (this will be the property of the platform used to create a free site)

The goal is not to list all the disadvantages of creating a website via a free tool or host; we have retained only the most critical points. And as you can see, there are really many of them.

 

What solution should be adopted in this case?

Well, you can quite go on a cheap web host that will allow you to install, for example, WordPress. This won’t cost you most of the cases, no more than ₹199/month. At Hostinger, 1st price accommodation is available from ₹199 per month.

Plus, you’re going to have the right to a satisfied or refunded 30-day warranty. The latter is unconditional. Suffice to say that you will really have no trouble getting a refund in case of a glitch. We doubt it very much, but we still prefer to warn you. The option is there… just in case.

That said, consider applying our promotional code when making your order at Hostinger. This will give you 10% off.

 

How much does it cost to create a website?

That is an excellent question that we will try to answer in a specific way.

First of all, it is worth noting that the cost of creating a website will vary depending on the method chosen.

If you have the courage to go through a web host and install the CMS of your choice on your own, then your costs are going to be lower compared to using a website creator.

To give you a complete overview of the costs of creating a website, all the annual spending items that will (potentially) need to be considered. Since prices can vary enormously, we have decided to offer more or less large ranges.

  • Domain Name: ₹900
  • SSL Certificate: Free
  • Web hosting: ₹199 to ₹15000
  • Template for your site: Free to ₹20,000
  • E-Commerce features: Free to ₹30,000
  • Writing and managing content: 0 to several thousand rupees.
  • Management of SEO as well as marketing: 0 to several thousand rupees
  • Plugins/Applications: Free to several thousand rupees

Some posts may be ignored if you think you can manage, for example, content writing, design, or SEO/Marketing.

In the end, if you want not to overspend while creating a quality website, you will have to count on an annual budget of about 2500 to 5000 rupees (or even less depending on the accommodation for which you will opt), which is more than reasonable in our opinion.

 

What To Do After Creating A Website

It’s okay, and you were able to make your first website thanks to our tutorial? Perfect!

Now you need to know that having a website available on the Internet is not enough. Once you’ve published your first articles and pages, you’ll have to make your site visible to everyone.

That’s why we’ll explain some of the steps that will be essential to take following a website’s creation.

 

Set up Google Analytics and Search Console

Want to know how many people use and visit your site daily? In this case, you will install and configure Google Analytics as well as Google Search Console.

With Google Analytics, you’ll be able to track precisely:

  • The number of visitors browsing your website
  • How long they stay
  • Which pages and articles are most visited.
  • Where do your users come from (geographically speaking)
  • From which channel users find your site (Social Networks, Organic Searches, Directly)

Google Analytics will also allow you to generate reports to track traffic generated by your newly created website. And Google Search Console, what’s it going to do for you?

To make sure that your pages are well indexed and visible on Google, to notice any problems that might arise, or to suggest possible ways to improve, as well as to see the performance of your website (number of clicks generated, number of times a page has appeared in the results, or the average position of your pages based on searches provided by Google users).

Once your professional or personal website is created, installing Google Analytics will be very simple. You can either rely on a WordPress plugin like MonsterInsights or provide the code made available by Google Analytics in the “Header” of your website.

To make it difficult for you, we highly recommend the first option.

Regarding the installation of Search Console, we advise you to go through the SEO tool mentioned above in our guide explaining how to create a website: Rank Math. In this way, the configuration will be straightforward. For more information on what to do, visit Rank Math’s website.

 

Look to improve site referencing.

As we have suggested a little above, creating a website is good, but what is the point if no one can find it? Not much, unfortunately.

That’s why your number one priority should be to improve the referencing of the latter. This practice has a name: SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If you don’t want to or can’t afford to pay an expert to improve the referencing of your website, then try to make sure these points:

  • Use a powerful web host (we recommend Hostinger in this case)
  • Be sure to use the keywords you’re aiming for regularly in your articles. For example, if you want to do an article explaining how to walk your dog, you will have to make sure that phrases like “Walking your dog,” “How to walk your dog,” etc., come up regularly throughout the article. At the same time, keeping, of course, the most natural and enjoyable set possible to read.
  • Be vigilant as the item you’re going to choose (use the main query you want to aim for)
  • Also, incorporate the keywords into the URLs of your articles/pages, add alternative text to your images, and make meta-descriptions that make you want to click on your site from search engines.

Just to make your life easier, especially if this is the first time you’re going to create a website, consider equipping yourself with the WordPress Yoast SEO plugin or Rank Math. Both are the same and will assist you in implementing all the best SEO practices listed above.

 

Make your site known on social networks.

Do we need to expand on that? It makes more sense to us that once you’ve managed to create a professional or personal website, you’ll have to use social networks to make it known.

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn are all free! So we have to capitalize on that.

Select the platform that seems to be the most popular with the audience you’re aiming for and create a page there. Then all you have to do is share the content you post regularly on your website.

To get feedback and sharing, try as much as possible to create engaging content, which makes you react.

 

Create a mailing list for emails

Creating a mailing list can be a good idea to maintain a community and regular visitors.

How do I create a mailing list? After you’ve created your website, make available a small form on your homepage offering visitors free to subscribe to a newsletter. That’s one way of doing it.

Each week/month, send the latest news from your platform to get people to come back and read your articles. It takes a lot of work, for sure, but you’re not going to regret it.

 

Update your content regularly.

Search engines like Google especially reward active sites with higher placement in search results.

By regularly updating your site’s content, search engines will consider your site to be active. For this reason, many companies, next to their showcase/shop site, create a blog page.

Having a WordPress blog with lots of articles helps a lot get the word of its site and, therefore, get links that point to it. Giving you the passage even more legitimacy in the eyes of Google.

 

FAQs on creating a website

To make our guide to creating a website even more comprehensive, we suggest that you answer a few questions that are commonly found on the web.

If, after reading the following 4 answers, you still have questions about creating a site, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.

 

Is it possible to create a free website?

It is possible to create a personal or professional website for free. But this is clearly not a solution we recommend if you want to be credible on the Internet. If you still want to try the adventure of creating a free website, then know that the hosting Hostinger offers a totally free offer. Once you’ve tested it, you can easily switch to a quality paid offer.

 

How do I create a professional website?

The process of creating a professional site is no different from the process of creating a personal site. You will have to opt for a quality web host. Then you will have to install the CMS of your choice (WordPress, Drupal, …). Read our full guide on the subject to learn in detail all the steps you need to take to make your own showcase site.

 

What is the best way to create a website?

In our eyes, there is no better solution than the others. They all meet different needs and desires. If you really don’t want to bother, creating a website through a website creator is more than interesting. Want more flexibility, and above all, you want to use WordPress? In this case, choose a quality host from which to install the CMS.

Finally, if you want to put your hands in the mud and are rather resourceful, it is always possible to code and develop your own site. Be aware, however, that this process will take much longer than the other two cities.

 

What kind of accommodation should you choose to create a website?

This will depend on the number of visitors you think you can attract following the creation of your personal or professional website. If it’s a few hundred a weeks, then the choice of shared accommodation seems to us to be the most suitable. If you expect tens of thousands of users per week/month, choosing VPS hosting can be a good idea!

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