You have decided to launch your own website, and regardless of the niche and reason, it is important to consider all the relevant aspects. A website basically contains a collection of files that are stored on a remote server for accessing on the internet. It is easy to understand that your website must have a host, a name, and a platform where you can edit, change, and manage the contents. We are referring to hosting provider, domain name and CMS (Content Management System) respectively. Like most people, probably you want to create a free website, but before you go ahead, we recommend that you check our tips for these basics.
Always buy the domain
Domain name never really comes for free. Yes, many website builders do provider ‘free’ domains so to speak, but it usually includes their extension. For example, you may have come across websites that read www.website.wordpress.com. This simply means that the domain name is provided by WordPress. This just promotes the host, and while you get a free domain name, there is no professional aspect to it.
Beware of free hosting
Unless you are opting for a service like WordPress or are using website builders like Wix and Weebly, hosting is never really free. There are ‘free’ web hosting services for sure, but these have too many limitations when it comes to storage and bandwidth, which is why eventually most website owners end up buying a hosting plan later. As such, always select a hosting provider that you can rely on, and the provider should assure 100% uptime, unlimited bandwidth, 24×7 customer support, and unlimited storage.
Try and find a relevant theme
If you don’t want to hire a developer for the theme, most website builders and CMS like WordPress, Wix, an Weebly will offer free templates and themes. Some of these are free, while there are likely to be premium themes. Even with premium themes, you can save a considerable amount of money compared to what is usually paid to a developer. To give credit where due, developers are still critical when specific features and theme designs are required, but for basic websites, managing with ready themes is easy.
Finally, do consider the features you need for your website. The CMS or Content Management System has a big role in that, and if it is a blog or a simple website, we recommend that you stick to WordPress, which is fairly easy to use.