Build Your Own Website

Building your own website has become easier. With the right tools, time and patience, you can be in control over the content of your website.

No longer are you dependent on a website developer or designer to create a website that suits your own needs, whether it is for your own small business, personal or website for fun.

Who is this guide for?

Anyone wanting to learn how to build their own website using the most popular online tools for website development.

You may be starting a new business or wanting to update your existing dated website or you simply want to start a blog and journal-ize your experiences on a particular topic; home, work, hobbies, etc.

For some, it's creating your own personal brand that will help you get your next job or advance your career.

The reasons are varied, but at minimum, you get a better understanding of what it takes to build a website.

What is required to build a website?

There are many free and budget friendly tools and services to help craft your website.

Your first tool will be your computer and it does not matter whether it is a PC or MAC, many tools are available for both operating systems,

In general, we will need the following:

  1. Domain name - this the address for your site that you can place on your business cards, promote on social media and market to others.
  2. Website hosting - your website needs to live somewhere online, a website host makes sure your site is online all the time.
  3. Website software or website builders for managing your web pages, images, documents and more. Here we will explore free open-source tools like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace and more.
  4. Personal computer tools - these are nifty applications and software installed on your computer or hosted online that assist in the development of your website.
  5. Time & patience - most importantly is taking the time to craft your ideas to a digital web format, ability to review documentation and exploring what is out there. With some tools that have pre-built website templates, it will be easy to simply add your content and upload images, while with others, it will take a bit more effort. All depends on what you are after.

Domain Names

A domain name is your internet address on the world wide web (WWW).

Anyone can register a domain name and on averages they cost $15 to $20 per year.

Prior to building your own website, take the time to think over what name would work for you or your business online. This will be the address that you can place on your business cards, advertise on social media and use for your email address.

Domain name quick tips

Here are a few quick tips when registering your own domain name for your website:

  1. If possible, keep it short and simple. Imaging trying to communicate your domain name over the phone to someone new, is it easy to spell, will people understand it, is it challenging to type?
  2. .com domain names are the most popular and widely recognized. Most people associate .com domain names with a website address for a web site, try securing a domain name using this popular extension. If you are in Canada, consider registering a .ca domain name, thereby letting people know you are are a Canadian business. For people in the United States, .com is still the most used.

How much do domain names cost?

On average, domain names can cost anywhere between $15 to $25 per year. In most cases, some domain name registrars will offer domain names as low as $0.99 for the first year, while in the second year they become full price.

How long must I register a domain name?

At minimum, domain name companies will sell you a domain name for a minimum of a year, although you can pre-purchase domain names for a number of years as well. If you are wanting to lock in your domain name, most companies will register the name for 5-10 years in advance, so they don't have to worry about renewing or losing their domain name.

Is it possible to lose a domain name?


If you do not renew your domain name, the name gets released in to the wild and someone else can come and pick it up for their website. Most companies offer a 'grace' period, where even after your domain name has expired, you still have the opportunity of renewing your existing domain name.

Should I register multiple extensions for my domain name?

This basically means, should I register 'abc-my-company' with all these different extensions; .co, .biz, .org, .name, etc.

If you're starting out or want to build a website for your local business, the short answer is 'no', not required.

Some people will say that this helps the search engines with finding your business online, but that would mean build multiple websites on each of the domain names. This is not necessary.

Website Hosting - what is this?

Simply put, a website host is a computer, or web server, located in a large secure data centre that you lease/rent to host your website files and email.

The website host's job, otherwise also known as the 'web server' is to 'serve out' your website content when people visit your website.

These web servers located are located in a variety of locations throughout North America in high secure commercial facilities with backup generators that are designed to be online 24/7. Some companies are quite dependent on income from their websites, so avoiding downtime is quite important.

When you sign up for website hosting services, you are in essence renting a part of the web server for your website.








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