1. What do you need to build your own website? — 30 Days Of Medium
Welcome to Day 1 of 30 Days of Medium.
30 Days Of Medium is a 30 day challenge where I will be writing a new Medium post every single day for 30 days, to improve my writing and to build my readership here on the wonderful Medium.
You can read the other entries here:
Hopefully this works well, if not I’m sure it won’t be the last writing challenge I undertake.
What do you need to build your own website?
I’m going to keep this post short and snappy and show you what you need to build your own website.
This post is for anyone considering starting a business, running a business, freelancing or side hustling.
A domain name
A domain name is your ‘virtual address’ on the internet and you need one to serve as your websites internet home.
Our domain name for example is — squareinternet.co
Where do I buy a domain name?
Most people push Bluehost, because of their rewarding affiliate scheme. Don’t use Bluehost. Here’s why.
I don’t think it’s right to push a sucky provider just to make a quick buck. Why not push a great provider to make a honest buck instead?
Which is I recommend you get your domain name and hosting from Siteground, who are absolutely awesome.
I use Siteground every day and their platform is great and their customer support is fantastic. The last thing you want is difficulties around your domain and hosting outside of your control (due to a poor hosting provider).
After you’ve purchased a domain, you need to connect it to a hosting plan.
If your domain is your ‘virtual address’ on the internet, then hosting is your ‘website storage unit’.
Your hosting plan stores your website and allows it to be served to visitors across the world. As well as providing you with tools for managing the back end of your website.
Again there’s no reason to use anyone but Siteground if you have a small website. They offer the best value for money, best customer support and have dedicated WordPress hosting plans starting at £2.75 / $4.00 per month
Once you have a domain and hosting, you need to decide on the content management system for your website.
There are three key players in the CMS space.
WordPress, Joomla & Drupal.
WordPress is the easiest to use, most affordable and most scalable.
For a detailed overview of why WordPress is the best CMS to use for your website, read my article — Why WordPress Is The BEST Platform To Build Your Business or Startup Website On
I also wrote a detailed post on How To Use WordPress on my blog for specifics on setting up and using WordPress.
Assuming you made the smart decision and opted for WordPress, you will need a WordPress theme to build your website using a page builder
You can view and purchase tons of themes in all shapes and sizes from Themeforest, the number one theme marketplace.
To save you the leg work, here are the themes that we recommend:
- Divi — one of the most popular themes on the market, with a very easy to use page builder and insane amount of functionality and content. Costing only $29 Divi makes a great starter theme to build from.
- Avada — the top selling theme of all time, with 5 star customer satisfaction, over 400,000 customers and 240 premade website designs, it’s no surprise Avada costs a bit more at $60.
- X Theme — another popular theme with a large following of users. $29.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was a great website.
Don’t lose patience if you can’t immediately master your theme, or the page builder it uses. It takes time.
If you can improve your skills and website incrementally every single day 1%, within 100 days your website will be twice as good as when you started.
There’s a ton of great, free content out there to help you along the way.
Our website has gone through at least 5 different variations, before we settled on a style and layout we liked. And it continues to evolve and improve every day.
For more reading on building and growing your WordPress website, check out these other helpful guides and videos we’ve created:
Check back in with me tomorrow for Day 2 of my 30 Days of Medium challenge.
Each day I’ll be writing fresh content on how to build, grow and scale your WordPress based business and improving my writing skills in the process.
If you’d like me to write about anything particular, leave a comment:)