It is so easy and fast to create a website from scratch. If you’ve never done it before, watch the video below. It is so much easier than you think!
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Hello. David here from mybesthostingreview.com, and this video is a quick start guide for creating a website from scratch. I don’t have a domain, nothing. I don’t have a hosting account, and I’m pretty sure I can get something up real quick. I think the limiting factor is actually how fast A2 System automatically sets it up, which sometimes is nearly instantaneous and other times there’s a queue, and so it can take maybe like an hour or so.
At least right now, I’m on my let’s see, the URL, mybesthostingreview.com/best-hosting-company-favorite/. I’ll usually have a link here in the sidebar. You click on that, and you click on A2 hosting.
And I’m going to create a new one, we’re going to go to; so you want to do shared hosting and click here. And I’m just going to do hosting versus hosting dot net. Alright, so another kind of hosting comparison site. Alright, it’s available. I already knew that.
Okay, so I’m gonna do twelve months, even though for three years, seventy-one dollars is really good, because the price does go up after the second year. But I’m just gonna do this right here. So, we’re not gonna select this. You know, you might want to select this, if this is a serious website, if you plan on taking shopping cart stuff then you might want to do that, but no I don’t need that.
This is kind of silly because their support is already so good. Let’s choose, this is fine, USA. Nope, definitely don’t want that. Let’s encrypt?
Railgun, no, no. You don’t really need anything else. So thirty-five dollars, that’s a pretty good deal. Let’s go ahead and continue. No, we don’t want any more add-ons. Almost, almost had that checked.
Fifty dollars. What was the domain registration? Huh, I thought, sometimes it comes with free registration, maybe it’s because their a, the coupon is so far off. This is still a really, a really good deal. I wonder if this has, comes with, oh ID protection. Yes, we definitely want that. We don’t want any spammers, or anything on that sort. Add to cart. Continue.
Okay, so sixty dollars, and actually almost half of it is the domain registration. And I think you get. There’s some way to get a free domain, but I think with such a deep coupon, where you’re getting like seventy dollars off. That you don’t, you don’t get a free domain registration. I think that when you pay this annually, you should get a free domain. I bet if you message them, they would give it to you.
Okay, so we are gonna check out. Let’s see. Use default contact. Add new contact. Okay, I’m gonna fill this out. I’m gonna pause this real quick.
One quick tip on a, making a password. The security. I never trust these passwords strength estimators. Really when you want to do a password, you want it to be as long possible. I basically just mash the keyboard, and make sure I have a, characters, upper case and lower case, and numbers. And really a, twenty As is more secure, then a seven random characters. Because, with each additional character, it becomes exponentially more difficult. So, that’s a really quick tip. Or, if you really want to remember the password. I copy and paste it somewhere else. If you want to remember the password. Smash together like three or four words, that normally, would be, not not go together pretty, very commonly. So that’s a quick tip there.
Okay, so I’ve filled out the credit card information, and I clicked order, and then I’ve ordered. And, so I actually had to change. I wanted to, I didn’t want them to think that I had used my own. Cause that’s a, this is an affiliate link, when you click on this, I do get some credit. I didn’t want them thinking that I’m trying to, you know, get my own. Get credit for my own account. So, I went back and they wouldn’t let me use the same one. So, I got a slightly different domain.
So, it looks like there’s already a C panel login. So, we can login here. Oh, this is great. Okay. And, so we’re gonna install Word Press. Install. And I’m not gonna do the [inaudible 00:04:47]. I’m just gonna do [inaudible 00:04:49]. And we’re just gonna do posting versus posting. Oh wait. No, we want this directory to be blank.
Posting. Host company comparisons. Okay. I’m gonna put in a user name and password, and I don’t want to show it in this video.
Okay, so I went ahead and put that in, and I’ve got an email. I’m gonna show you how to set up and email it. Again, really quick. This is the beauty of C panel. I’ve got advanced. I do like to do automatic backups once a month. And let’s go ahead and do two. And then we click, install.
Alright, and this is actually really quick. Okay, so we want to go ahead. This happens all the time, it’s I don’t. Oops. Hopefully we can edit out that password or I’ll change it. Let’s install again.
This is really quick. So, I’m, I don’t want to pause the video, because I want to show you how quick this typically is. It says this may take three to four minutes, but in my experience, that is on the high end. But we’ll see. Does look like. [inaudible 00:06:03]
I’m just gonna let the clock get ticking. Oh, notice I’m at six minutes and we. Oh, it’s got a unique. I’m going to go ahead and copy this. Cause that’s a unique login. Which is secure. It looks like they installed something, but actually let’s just click through to here.
So this, the site is not up yet. It takes some time for the domain registration and everything to come through. So, be come through I mean propagate the internet.
So, Word Press is actually installed. And at this point, we’ve spent really probably less then ten minutes of time, and we’ve already got a Word Press site up. So, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna pause this video, and then I would recommend you go do something else for a little bit. Maybe just wait to the end of the night or something, and then wait till the next day. But notice again, we’ve bought a domain. We’ve bought hosting. We’ve gone into the C panel, and we have done, and we’ve installed Word Press. All in less than ten minutes.
Actually, let’s go back here and I’m gonna show you how to do the, the email. So, we’re gonna set up an email. [inaudible 00:07:27] If you can’t find it, you just go “email.” Email accounts.
So we’re just gonna do contact. I’m gonna do generate, but I’m gonna pause, cause I don’t want someone hacking my email. Okay, that took all of ten seconds. I’ve created this. And if you want to set up an email client, you can do that. Another thing that I often do. We’d go back here, and you type in “Forward.” If you want, what you can do is you can add a domain forwarder. So, we’ve got contact at and then put like your main email address there. I went ahead and did that so it’s going to my personnel account. So, now I don’t need to, I can put this email in wherever I want.
Let’s see if, the. [Background awww] So, again this is not to do with A2 hosting. This has more to do with like the internet as a whole, and it propagating. And that’s really the limitation here. And if it weren’t for that, we’d be able to get in and do some basic things with Word Press. Which, I’m going to show in the video.
Again, this is eight and a half minutes from start to finish, and we are most of the way through a simple set up of a website. Again, this is so easy, and this is part of why. Let’s go back to. Let’s see.
Let’s go back to. Why I love the C panel. You see how fast we did that. There’s some advance things that you can do in here, but just email address and Word Press. That’s pretty much all you’ll ever need. You can ignore everything else in here. There’s some other things that you can do, especially if you do hire a website technician. Which I’m gonna talk about in a minute.
So, I’m gonna pause this and I’m gonna come back to it later. And we will take a look at, once the website propagates. I’ll take a look. I’ll show you the back end and some of the simple things you can do. It’s really not, not as bad as you think. And it’s very very simple to get a simple set up, and to start actually building content on the internet.
[The next day]
Okay, this is part two of a quick website set up, uh, guide, and it’s the next day. And the site is up and running, and you can see here. I’m at hostingversushosting.com and you know, I probably could have just waited. Gone and done something else for twenty minutes and then come back, and it would have been fine. Or an hour tops, under most circumstances.
But, here we are in the next day, and it’s pretty simple with Word Press. Just go slash wdadmin to login. I’m gonna pause while I login. Okay, I have logged in for the first time. You’ve got a lot of stuff going on. If you’ve never done Word Press, don’t worry. It’s actually pretty simple.
There’s a lot of stuff you can ignore, but another important point here is that we never really need to go back into the hosting account. Other than to like manage billing. That’s the good thing about Word Press. So all that C panel stuff, you don’t really need to, need to use it. I’m gonna go ahead and dismiss these things. A lot of times, I’ll go in here and I’ll see kinda what plug-ins, and I’ll disable any plug-ins that are already enabled. But the plug-ins are what enable you to do a lot of things really quickly and easily.
You can also go into the themes and there are tons and tons of free themes. So, at this point, let’s say. Alright, let’s say we really like. Okay, we really like this one. Alright, so we’re just gonna go install. Activate. I’m gonna hold control and I’m gonna click on this, so we can keep this open. And you can see, I’ve essentially got a site up now.
And now all you gotta do is add content, which is, you know, I say. All you’ve got to do, that is a, a significant portion of what you’d be working on, but at the same time, in about ten minutes of work, we’ve gone from having no website, no domain. We [inaudible 00:11:15] bought a domain, to having bought a domain, and having a basic website up.
And there are lots of paid plug-ins. Paid themes that you can get. And those tend to be pretty inexpensive. I think that you can get some pretty good themes for anywhere between twenty and one hundred dollars. That will enable you to, give you more options in terms of your design.
I personally don’t like themes that kinda make, make this small post right here. I should be able to go into here. So we’re right, you know, I can customize, and if I had like a different image; I’m sure I could. Let’s see. Logo. [inaudible 00:11:57] You do a logo here, and a header image. I could change this. I could remove the image. Let’s go ahead if we do hide image, you can see what it looks like. I’m not gonna save it. Just cause I want to keep that right there for now.
Let’s, we can go look at some additional themes. Personally I, the twenty seventeen theme is actually not bad. I kind of like it. So, I’m gonna go ahead and activate that one. And I’m gonna customize the, these are default free themes. Again, and there’s some really good paid themes, and also if you want to hire someone to.
If you want to hire someone to create a custom theme for you, or to edit and clean up a paid theme or a free theme for you, that’s really not that expensive, when compared to other websites. Because, it’s so easy to find someone. To find someone to edit Word Press, because it’s the most common content management system, or CMS.
Okay, and so, what I would do if you really wanted someone. If you really a newbie, at managing a website, you can still do a lot in here by yourself. Just watch, there’s a bunch of Word Press tutorials in an hour, you can know the vast majority [inaudible 00:13:21] of the basics of adding content to where you need to add it.
But what you can also do, is you can go to ofwork.com, this is where I would normally go to find someone. This is how I found my long term contractors, who I call my website technicians. They’re not. I separate graphic designers from website technicians. You could also find graphic designers here. I would probably start with a logo. You can hire someone, maybe even on like fiver.com. I wouldn’t do any, anything other than like graphic design with fiver. But, there’s, uh, you can buy logo design. A lot of these, I do have an account. But I’m not gonna login. Actually, here. Let’s login.
Okay, so I’m logged in. We go to graphic design, logo design. This is probably where I would start, if you really are gonna outsource some of this. You can find logos. Fifteen dollars, you know, five dollars, is you know, which is how this website started. It used to be where people could get logos for five dollars. It’s gonna be pretty hard.
So, lets check this guy out. I want. You want somebody with a lot of ratings. And you wanna really read, cause sometimes, you know, the basic. So you kinda, you probably do want the high resolution [inaudible 00:14:37] and it’s a hundred dollars to get the source file. That’s pretty expensive.
I think you can probably find one where you can get the source file. That’s pretty important, for the long term. You know, viability of your business. But, also if you’re just getting started out and you’re trying, uh, go on a budget. Still, just getting the, the basic logo is gonna get you a long way. You can always come back and have it redesigned, you know, a year or two later if things are going really well.
You can also probably get website. Web and mobile design. Let’s check that out. So we might want to search, let’s just search the page for Word Press. And we’ll create a Word Press website design.
Alright, so. And, you know, read different things here. I mean a hundred and sixty dollars is not bad, for getting a legit web design. I mean, it used to be thousands of dollars. I mean this is a premium one. He’s got good reviews. This gig has, it’s only got ten reviews. So I’d probably look for one that had a little bit more. But it’s hard to find. A lot of these. You have ta look around on here. I don’t use this all that often. But this is another way to get things designed. You know, if you’re not a graphic designer.
But let’s say, you’re making a blog. You wanna make a blog post. You can just go in here, and it’s just simple. This is a new blog post. Content, content, content, more. Click publish. And we go here, and [inaudible 00:16:20] I have to set it up right now. This is a new blog post. See how easy that was. And then there’s also pages that you can create.
I’m not gonna go into all the different ways to create this, but the point is that at again in about ten or twelve minutes of work, we got a brand new site. Brand new domain, that didn’t exist twenty-four hours ago up and running, and ready for you to put your mark on it. Ready for you to add your own creativity.
Another important thing here. Similar to the themes, is there’s a lot of free plug-ins. You can go, plug-ins, and you can go featured and popular. Anti-spam, that’s not bad. Popular contact form seven. This is one I use a lot. I like that.
Lot of people like to use this even, and it has a bunch a good reviews. I never use it. I do a lot of SCO and really it’s not, it’s not really that important to me. There’s a bunch of, it’s a bunch of fluff in my opinion. Woo Commerce is okay, for if you’re doing E-Commerce. All-in-One SCO pack is very similar to Yost.
I mean in the point here, is that, a lot of this stuff is free. And really simple SSL [inaudible 00:17:28], if you have an SSL certificate. A security certificate purchased through your hosting company, you can set it up. This is the final step. Once they get it setup. So all these free plug-ins, like a lot of this stuff would’ve cost you hundreds of dollars if not thousands of dollars to get a web designer or web developer to do it for a non, a website that doesn’t have content management system.
Okay, and so that’s one of the beauties of Word Press. There’s also just like, just like there’s paid themes, there’s also paid plug-ins. There’s a lot of good paid plug-ins. Honestly though, you probably want to keep these light. Contact form seven is probably the best one that I saw on there, that you’re gonna want. It makes it real easy to have contact page, or contact us in different places.
And again, this video isn’t meant to be like an all the things you could do with Word Press. It’s just sort of like a quick getting started with a website. Again, this is a brand new website. Hostingversushosting.com, did not exist twenty-four hours ago, super important. And, you know, I hopefully, this demystifies for lot of people. I don’t have a website, I don’t know how to get started. Will, this is a really, you know got. You can get started in, and again ten to fifteen minutes of work.
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