This quick guide is to show you how to get a website live on the internet within 10 minutes. This short video is extracted from a 3-part video series all about creating an affiliate website that generates money online. Get this free video series here if you’re interested.
STEP 1. Register a domain name.
STEP 2. Sign up for web hosting.
STEP 3. Install WordPress
STEP 4. Configure WordPress.
This guide will get you from nothing to having a website live on the internet. I won’t go in to any styling and things like that but I will cover all the steps that will get you up and running.
How does it all work?
If you want a website on the internet it works like this. You sign up with a web host who will take care of all your website files and ensure that your website is visible on the internet 24/7. Basically web hosts have lots of high powered computers (servers) that are connected to the internet all of the time and it is on these special servers that your website files will be held. You don’t need to worry about how it all works and instead just sign up to a web host and let them handle it all.
Below is the exact process I used to create the website barbequesuk.com, which is an example website I created during my free video series about how to create an affiliate website.
STEP 1 Register your domain name.
Not sure what a domain name is, skip to this section.
Go to a website DreamHost and click domain names at the top of the screen. Now enter your domain name into the box to see if it’s available. In this example I register (for free) the domain name barbequesuk.com, which is the website I create from scratch in my free video series here.
Note: When you register for web hosting with DreamHost you get a free .com, .net, .org, or .info domain name.
STEP 2 Signup for web hosting.
When you find the domain name you want click on the Register & Host button, as shown above. This will then take you through the setup stages and you will get your domain name for free if it has a .com, .net, .org, or .info TLD. By default you will be on a shared hosting plan, which is what you want to be on. It is the lowest cost hosting plan and it is perfect for your first website.
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After you have paid for your web hosting you will finish on a ‘Welcome to DreamHost’ confirmation page. Go ahead and click the blue Continue to Your Web Panel button.
After you click the blue button you will be taken to your personal dashboard. This is where you install the special software that you will make your website on. This is called WordPress and DreamHost makes it very easy to setup.
STEP 3 Setup WordPress.
DreamHost has a One-Click WordPress install. In the top right corner of your dashboard is a yellow menu area, and in this menu there is the option ‘One-Click installs’. Click this and you are taken to a new page with a whole host of install options.
Click the WordPress option and a window will popup (the One-Click Installer). Choose your domain name where it says ‘Install to:’ and leave the option ‘Select Database:’ to ‘Automatically Create Database’. Un-tick the ‘Deluxe Install’ box and then click the Install it for me now! Button.
That’s it, WordPress is installed. You’ll be taken to a success page and it tells you that it may take a few minutes to fully sort everything out for you. Also you will get some emails from DreamHost about this. Look out for an email from DreamHost titled IMMEDIATE VERIFICATION. This will contain a link so that you can verify that you actually own the domain, which of course you do.
STEP 4 Configure WordPress.
After a few minutes your WordPress website will be ready to go. Type your domain name into the address bar in your search engine and you will be taken through a few configuration steps. The first is to select your language, so I chose English (UK).
The next step is to set up a Site Title, which is basically what your website is called. You can change this later so do not worry too much about it. Here you also setup a Username and Password. These are what you will use to log in to your website so you can add content etc. Make sure you keep a record of your Username and Password.
Finally you need to enter an email address. This is where all information about your website will be sent, and also if you forget your password a reset option will be sent to this email address. There is one final option about allowing search engines to index the site. Just leave this ticked.
Click the Install WordPress button at the bottom and hey presto, you have installed your website and you are ready to go.
You will be taken to a Success page where there is a Log In button. Click this and log in to your website for the first time.
That’s it, you now have a website live on the internet. If there are a couple of links (to articles and websites made by me) below that you may be interested in.
Sign up for my free video series. In the final video I setup and style a complete (affiliate) website from scratch.
DOMAIN NAMES: A domain name is your websites address. So for example bbc.co.uk and sky.com are domain names. The .co.uk and the .com part is known as the top level domain (TLD) and you have many options here. You can read more on this here but as a rule the .com is preferred by a lot of people and it is very popular and recognisable. If your website is going to appeal to all countries (especially the US) then .com is a good one to go for. If you are going to be aiming your website at a specific country then you may be better going for a country specific TLD. .co.uk is an example of this, being related to the UK.
Recently many more TLD’s have been made available and when you register your domain name you will see many options. Probably the best advice is to choose a name that you want or represents your website or business best and then see what TLD’s are available to you. This website uses the .me TLD because the .com, .net, and .co.uk were already taken. I wanted to use my name because this is a more personal website about me and what I do, so the name neilcurtis was important, and I ended up choosing the .me TLD. It kind of made sense.
Don’t get too bogged down in this because ultimately your website will be as strong as its content and style. Choosing a good name is important but not the most important thing.
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