A brief guide to publishing your website

  Whether you’re setting up a website to promote your business or create a blog to share your thoughts with the world and make an extra buck, it’s important to know where to start and what are the main steps that you need to take. Now it’s easier than ever to create your own website, even with minimal technical knowledge. Even so, you need to be careful with each choice you make, as each might determine the future achievements or failures of your website.

weigh all the options carefully

  The entire process can really be broken down into three main steps: finding a web hosting provider and registering your domain, setting up your website and finally, publishing content. Out of all three, the first one is perhaps the most consequential. For small online businesses or personal websites, shared hosting is ideal, as it provides sufficient resources for a reasonable price. For larger websites, or small to medium ones that show a real potential for growth, dedicated hosting or VPS are your best bet. Whatever you choose in terms of web hosting, make sure to do your research beforehand and weigh all the options carefully.

  Most web hosting providers will also assist you with domain registration and will include a free domain in their hosting packages. In case they don’t, there are several websites on the internet from which you can purchase a domain name.

  Next up, you will need to decide whether you want to create a dynamic website by using a Content Management System (CMS), or a static website by using a website builder or your own handwritten code. Generally, a large static website is rather high maintenance, so a dynamic website managed by CMS would be a wiser decision, at least in the beginning.

begin customizing your website as you wish

  Usually, your web hosting company of choice will offer automatic CMS installation, so you don’t have to worry about the technicalities. Once the CMS is in place, you will receive instructions from your web hosting provider on how to log in to the CMS. For example, with WordPress this is accomplished by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your website’s URL. From there, you are in control and you can begin customizing your website as you wish.

  Once you’ve taken care of all these aspects regarding hosting and functionality, it’s time to turn to what is arguably the most important part – adding content. For static websites, this can be done by uploading files to the server. However, the process can be slow and unreliable, so it’s better to opt for an open-source File Transfer Protocol (FTP) tool such as WinSCP or FileZilla, to connect directly to your server. For dynamic websites, things are much simpler. If you’re using the WordPress platform, for example, you can add new content by simply clicking the ‘Add New’ in the menu section on the Dashboard.

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