Creating a website used to be very costly for someone with no experience in coding. Nowadays you no longer have to spend a great deal of money to have one. You can easily build powerful websites using WordPress, a free web software, without learning a lot of coding. In fact, 27.5% of websites globally use WordPress.
In this article we aim to teach you how to build a website from scratch. There are a couple of things you should know if you are thinking about building your own website.
Choosing and Registering Your Own Domain
First of all, choosing a domain name, by other words the name that you will give to your website or your identity on the web, requires a lot of thought. You need to make sure that it fits what you are doing, that it is simple, short, memorable and that you use keywords that describe it. You can begin by searching the web for its availability just by doing a quick Google search. In addition, remember that domain names have extensions, such as .com or .net and it might be challenging to find your favorite domain name available with these extensions.
Once you choose your domain and extension and checked their availability, you can proceed to registration. Registering or buying a domain name is simple. Nirvaris can either do this for you or you can do it yourself on namecheap.com. When you register your domain name you are securing that it is yours and no one else can have the same domain name as you. Remember that if you register mywebsite.com for example, you will not own mywebsite.net. For that, you will have to register the same domain with the extension .net.
Webhosts: What Do They Do and Why Do You Need Them
Now that you have created your first website, you need a hosting space. A web host is basically where your website will live, a space on a server where everything is stored, so you better find a trusted web hosting that gives you the support that you need. Web hosts not only provide space, they are also responsible for the connectivity and general performance of your website.
If you have already navigated through our website you probably noticed different plans for hosting according to your needs. I’m not going to lie, you could find free hosting on the web but then it could come as disadvantage. Let’s say that you are running a successful business on the web and that you are renting free space. When you begin to get complaints from your costumers, the host will end up protecting themselves, meaning that your website might end up not receiving the right support and even get shut down for a long period of time.
Choosing between a free web hosting and a trusted one can cost your business. You have now decided to buy a plan with Nirvaris. During the purchase steps you probably noticed what I mentioned before about Nirvaris registering your domain name or you doing it yourself. Assuming that you have already done it, you will be asked to provide your domain name. Once the purchase is completed you should check your e-mail for some really important information.
How To Update Nameservers
You should have been sent an email with instructions to update your nameservers on the registers website (namecheap.com). Namerservers are provided by web hosts and they are essential to your website being visible on the web. Most nameservers look something like ns1.yourhostdomain.com and ns2.yourhostdomain.com. To complete this step you will have to login to your namecheap.com account and go to Domain List and click on Manage. You will then see the nameservers section where you have the option to add the nameservers provided to you by Nirvaris in the e-mail section that says Server Information.
Accessing The Control Panel and Installing WordPress
You will also be given a temporary login details to access your control panel on the web host until your website becomes visible on the Internet. The process of making your website visible is known as propagation and it might take up to 48 hours until it is propagated. Once your website is propragated you should change your login details. The control panel allows you to manage and see certain aspects of your website. For example, you can add e-mail addresses, subdomains, check how much space you still have available, etc. When you first access your control panel you should install WordPress onto your website. To do so, you should scroll down to the section that says Softaculous Apps Installer and click on WordPress.
Once this process is completed WordPress would have have installed on your domain and you can start playing with it by accessing the website www.mydomain.com/wp-admin. Assuming that you are a beginner in WordPress, there are thousands of websites that explain how to become an expert in it. You can quickly learn just by following a (good) tutorial on the web. Finally, in order for you to control your billing or submit any supporting tickets to your webhost you will have to login to https://www.nirvaris.host with the same login details you used when buying your Nirvaris plan.