For anyone who is not well versed in the concept of web design, owning and managing a website can seem daunting. Where do you start? For many users a free web hosting alternative like WordPress.com seems like the best option, and the question of self-hosted vs privately hosted domains remains a big one.
But with such a range of user-friendly CMS systems and “how-to” guides out there, it is increasingly easy to own, manage and understand your own site, and even to contribute to its front-end design.
Not only that, but it is cheap – a domain name can cost as low as £6.99, and web hosting ranges from around £1 to upwards of £100 per month depending on your demand. In today’s globalised and technologically empowered age, literally anyone can own a slice of the World Wide Web.
This article will take you through the very first steps of setting up your website, from the basics of what web hosting is to domain names and how to register a domain along with advice on finding the best web hosting company for your requirements…
You need 3 key things to get going:
- A hosting plan
- A domain name
- And a CMS (Content Management System)