The complete guide to creating your own website. How to Make a Website: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners including Domain Registration, Setup hosting and Installing WordPress. This guide is for the complete new comer, if you don’t know things like cPanel, FTP, and domains and you want to create your own website this guide is for you. This guide will be broken down in steps from registering your domain name, setting up your hosting account and installing WordPress. We will be releasing follow up guides on the next stages on creating your social media accounts and optimizing your website to work together with marketing your website.
This guide is going to be structured so you can follow along and create your own site and not miss anything.
Basic info before we start.
The first thing you need in order to get your site online is a domain name and a hosting package. A domain name is your online address eg. www.gsvr.com.au. This is simply an address and nothing more, think of it as your street address for your home. You need a house at that address, this is what your hosting is, a space for your website to live. GSVR web hosting provides affordable hosting packages for new users like you for only $2.20 per month and domain names for as low as $12.50 per year. Web hosting packages come in all different shapes and sizes. We will be starting with the introduction size hosting for this guide to keep pricing to a minimum. Hosting plans are scalable and you can upgrade to a larger and more powerful package when you need to. GSVR will take care of that for you!
STEP 1: Registering a Domain Name
If you want to follow this guide open a new window and navigate over to GSVR domain registration page here. You will then be asked to type in the domain you would like. If you scroll down on the registration page you will notice there are some helpful tips on selecting the right domain name for you.
For the purpose of this guide, we will register a domain also. We are going to register UNIGAT.com.au
Once you have selected your domain name hit the “search domain” button, this will now take you to another page, this will display available domain TLDs. TLD is short for top level domain which is basically .com .net .org etc. The screen will look like the following:
For this guide, we will be registering the .com.au version of the domain. Australian domains can only be registered for a minimum of 2 years. There is no limit to the number of domains you can register, you can select as many as you like.
Once you have decided your exciting new domain name click the Add button, the “Add” button will then turn into a “check out” button, go ahead and click the checkout button. You will then need to fill in your details. When registering a “.au” you are required by Australian law to provide a valid Australian Business Number or ABN. You can find your ABN on the ABN Lookup website. If you do not have a ABN you can either register a .com or any other TLD that does not have a .au prefix. If you would like to register an ABN so you can have your own .au domain head over to ABR website or simply Google register for an ABN this is run by the Australian Government.
You only need to complete 2 sections of this form.
- Registrant Name – YourName on your ABN number
- Registrant ID – Your ABN Number
Remember you can get this information from the ABN lookup website and doing a search for your name.
At this stage, we want to create a hosting package first so you can click the [No Hosting! Click to Add] at the top of the page.
Once you have clicked the [No Hosting! Click to Add] link you will then be taken to the hosting packages page, for the purpose of this guide we will be using “The Beginner” plan. This is the entry level hosting plan which allows you to install WordPress and create an email account. Click the Order Now button on The Beginner plan.
Once you have selected the Order Now button you will be taken to the next registration page. Hit the Use button to get to the next step.
This will then ask for the billing cycle, you can pay monthly or yearly. You can choose by selecting the drop down menu at the bottom of the screen. Once you have decided just hit the continue button on the right hand side of the screen.
Next step is to confirm your domain registration details. If you have been following correctly you should see the following page with [Has Hosting] at the top of the page like below. Now click Continue.
You are now on the last stage, confirm everything is correct and click Checkout.
The last stage of the process is to fill in your billing details and complete your order.
Once you have completed this process you should receive 5 emails. They will contain information such as invoice, confirmations and the most important account information. Your account information email will have all the info for your control panel, mail servers, and FTP details.
You have successfully secured your domain name and created a hosting package so you can get started on installing your very own WordPress website.
Step 2 – Installing WordPress
The first thing you will need to do is log in to your member’s area. You can login via GSVR Members here. Once you are logged into your member’s area you want to click the Services tile at the top of the page.
Once you are in your services page select your hosting package. This will also have your domain name below the hosting package.
You will then be shown your main hosting package page. Once there select cPanel on the right-hand side.
Once you are in your control panel “cPanel” scroll down until you see WordPress under Softaculous Apps Installer.
You will now be on the WordPress installation page. Click Install Now
You are now setting up your WordPress installation. The following can be changed at a later time but these are required to get to the next steps. Do not leave the admin user name as Admin, change it to something unique.
Now click the advanced options and follow the image below.
Now that you have filled in all the required info it is time to click “Install” you will see a progress bar and once it completes you will receive a message like the following:
You can check your website by navigating to your domain www.yourname.com. To login to your WordPress dashboard, you need to go to www.yourname.com/wp-admin and log in using the details you used in the WordPress setup stage. If you do forget you can always hit the Reset Password link and WordPress will email you a link to your email.
Now you have finished setting up and installing WordPress you can now move on to choosing a theme and plugins and start building your own successful website.
We will be following up with guides to selecting and installing your theme. Customization and installing plugins. You can then move over to the marketing section of GSVRLaunch and start your social media setup and marketing.
Good luck and if you have any problems just open a ticket over at GSVR and we will be happy to help.