So you’re thinking of starting your own website but unsure just how to get started? Well it’s a good thing you’ve ended up on my website.
I’m Rhys, a web entrepreneur from Melbourne and I’ve been building and ranking new websites for the last ten years while traveling the world.
Now that might be one of the reasons why you’re thinking of starting a website. Maybe you want to be the next top travel blogger or affiliate marketing guru traversing the world exploring new cultures.
Maybe you’ve been tasked by your boss to setup the company website (finally) or you have other reasons that cause you to start your own website. Over 60% of Aussie businesses still don’t have a website (crazy!)
Before we get started, I should say that if there’s only one thing you take away from this article that is you should not setup your website with Wix, Squarespace, Weebly or any of those other website builders that flood Youtube with ads. Nor do you need to pay a web developer thousands of dollars either.
If you’ve got a spare 60 minutes, go and grab yourself a coffee and we’ll get your very first website up and running within the hour, I promise. And it will cost you less than $50 per year.
I’ll also show you how to get further training for absolutely free too so you can become an expert when it comes to managing your very own website from anywhere in the world.
Ready to go? Let’s get started.
Step One: Web Hosting & Domain Name
To create your own slice of paradise on the internet you need to buy two things, a domain name and a web hosting account.
In simple terms, a domain is your website address that you’ll give to visitors or print on your marketing material that they’ll type into their browser to find your website.
For example my domain is, howtogetawebsite.net.au
You can choose a wide variety of domain extensions however the most common ones are .com, .net, .org and .info. If you want a .com.au you need to have an ABN.
Web Hosting is your own storage space on the internet and is usually a server hosted in a warehouse (datacenter) somewhere in the world. You’re leasing space on a server (with other people) and in return the company will ensure your website is online 24/7 and is secure and fast.
Think of a domain and hosting like a car and a petrol station. You can use your own car but in order to keep it running you need to top it up with petrol. Web Hosting is a monthly fee (or you can pay yearly) and is a requirement to keep your domain running smoothly. Without hosting, your domain can’t operate.
You can buy a domain name from a wide range of places and likewise the same with hosting. You can link a domain from one provider with a hosting account from another however for your first website we recommend buying the hosting and domain together.
The company I recommend using is BlueHost.
You can signup for a 3 year web hosting plan for only $86 and you’ll get a free domain name, instant setup, 24×7 support and guidance. This means you can manage your hosting and domain from the one provider.
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Step 2: Installing WordPress