So you want a web page, don’t you? But do you want to make it yourself or have it made for you? Let’s say that you are self-taught with no experience in web page creation, but you have some time and some more interest in designing it yourself. Then, what I will tell you (with no digression at all) is what I would have found useful for me when I decided to start this very web four weeks ago.
If what you want is a free blog, go to WordPress.com (the site) and sign up there. If you want a web more functional than a blog, your needs will be different and you will have to pay to satisfy them. But it will be worth the effort.
You will need a domain, a hosting plan, and WordPress (the language to create webs, not only blogs, located at WordPress.org). Yes, those make the Holly Trinity of web making.
- A domain. A domain is a name (or an internet address) for your web, such as cocacola.com. Choose a name that represents well your web. Go to a domain registrar. For instance dondominio.com, hostsuar.com, cdmon.com, sites that I know, directly or indirectly, to be really serious. If you know others, go for them. There you can learn whether the domain name that you have chosen is already in use; if not, you can buy it for some 10 euro a year. As long as you pay that yearly fee, the domain will be yours.
- A hosting plan. All of the three domain registrars that I’ve suggested offer also hosting plans; your web will be well tended in any of them. There are a lot of options and prices, but a shared hosting plan will suffice for a good start. It will cost you 50 to 80 euro a year. It is important that the host offers php (programming language) and MySql (database), so that WordPress can be used. It is also interesting that it offers CPanel to manage the services and space in the server. WordPress installation should be automatic or nearly automatic. Regarding the hosting plans that I have recommended, only hostsuar.com offers a multidomain option (you can host there more than one domain if you own them). Domain and hosting can be from the same or different companies; all the rest being equal, I prefer different companies so as not to put all the eggs in the same basket.
- WordPress. If I tell you that 80% of the webs are created with WordPress, I’m giving you a figure that I have read repeatedly on the net. I have not checked that percentage, but it seems true. WordPress lets you to create a simple functional web in a few hours, and investing more time (a few weeks), a complex and professionally looking web. This program is intensive in the use of themes (the look of the web) and plugins (its functionalities), and quite a lot of them, themes and plugins, are free and downloadable from WordPress.org. I would suggest to start with the Twenty Fourteen theme and try and learn what you can do with it. You could also search for themes or actual webs devoted to the type of activity or business of your future web. Suppose you are a photographer, then you could restrict the search initially to the themes for photographers’ webs. Eventually, with what you learn about the Twenty Fourteen and what you find in your search, you will decide if you need something more than free themes. If you do, it is time to think about DIVI.
- The DIVI theme, from Elegantthemes.com, and the rest of the themes and plugins offered by that company for 80 euro a year in their developer’s subscription (or 280 euro for a lifetime subscription), is the most comprehensive set of look and feel for webs on the market. More than 300.000 designers, including me, use DIVI.
With what I have told you, in four weeks and without previous knowledge, you can design a web as professionally looking and usable as you can imagine it. If your are reading this post, you know my web, and that is the time I have spent as to the 11th October, 2015, including three posts and selection and edition of all its contents.
And I am sure you are smarter than me. In the end, I’m only four weeks ahead of you!
Greetings and good luck!
PS: Two details. First I have not mentioned the big monsters of hosting, such as bluehost.com, hostgator.com or navegalia.com (in Spain) and others, because I have read quite a lot of awful opinions on their services. The most common complaint being that they offer quite a lot, give quite less, and don’t help you when in need. Second, I have not commented on the use of php, SQL, html and CSS to be a proficient web designer, but you don’t need them to make your web.