Website Essentials – What You Absolutely Need to Have a Website
The two things that absolutely have to be in place, on some level or another, is a place for the files on your website to exist, and a means for your website visitors to find those files. Â Your traditional set up is going to be a domain name (www.yourname.com) and hosting (which you can purchase for as little as $3.95 a month at a site like BlueHost.com). Â You technically can have a website without owning hosting or registering a unique domain, depending on your purposes. Â So for example, I just set up my Twitter page. Â I can give you an address to a page on the internet that I have control over. Â If I want to spout my crazy opinions about gluten free living or why concrete is better than tar for your driveway I can do so. Â I can send tweets and links. Â Does anyone take me seriously? Â Probably not. Â But it’s on the web, I control it. Â I guess I’m just trying to prove a point here.
Barriers to Entry Matter. Â Especially on the Web.
Do you ever look at Facebook and think, “Wow, I’m friends with some amazing people”. Â I genuinely hope that you do, but the fact is, most of the time I’d bet like me, when you scroll through your Facebook feed your rolling your eyes at the d-baggery of your stupid friends. Â Facebook is a really good example of an extremely low barrier to entry, meaning any idiot can get on Facebook. Â While it’s markedly harder to get a wordpress.com blog up and running, the same issue with barrier to entry is true. Â There are a bunch of wannabe entrepreneursÂ and high-school students that want to start their million dollar blog. Â So they go to wordpress.com and start it, and no one really ever gives a shit. Â Look, even if you build our the full version you’re still going to need to decent plan of how you’re going to get people interested in your website. Â But if it’s at wordpress.com/i-didn’t-care-enuff-to-buy-a-domain people aren’t going to take you super seriously.
Buy a Domain Name. Â Even if you Only Have a Total of $12 To Invest in Your Business
That’s first. Â Buy your domain name. Â It’s your email (which costs extra) and your website (which is going to cost extra to host) but if you have $12 total, buy your domain name. Â Want to read more about domain names? Â Do that here.Â Want to search for a domain name right now? Â Do that right here:
See If Your Domain Name is Available Now!
This is the place where your website lives. Â I have tried to publish a website without buying a decent hosting plan, but it just doesn’t work. Â Your internet provider (Comcast, or maybe Centurylink) maybe even told you that you have free hosting. Â Trust me, it might work for some little Microsoft FrontPage site, but it’s gonna choke to death on WordPress. Â Wordpress sites need a certain type of hosting.
Hosting that can actually handle WordPress.
When I first started with WordPress, it was a ton of work to just get the files up and running in the right place. Â Now with Bluehost’s easy install, that’s not an issue, but if you’re working on GoDaddy or another host and you’re just uploading WordPress to a folder on your existing hosting, be careful. Â You’re not going to break anything, but your website might be slow…like really slow, like takes 12 seconds to load the homepage. Â I had a problem with GoDaddy and read around a little bit and realized that all of the experienced bloggers are, or at least seem to be, on Bluehost. Â What’s different about WordPress hosting? Â Click here to learn more.