4 steps to creating your own website

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By in Jobs & Careers, Make Money. Updated November 2016.

Building a website is one of the best kept secrets for impressing potential employers, and could see you running your own money-making empire! cat-laptopAs the owner and founder of Save the Student, I’ve been a website developer for more than 14 years. I go through the process of setting up websites all the time, so I’ve been able to work out the best and easiest methods to get started as well as sourcing the best prices available.

Setting up your online pad is easier and more affordable than ever. Follow these quick and easy steps I’ve put together and you can be up and running within 30 minutes for less than £30.

I’ve gone through these steps below with many of my graduate friends, and they admit they’ve all benefited from an employer’s raised eyebrows when applying for jobs. Most of the sites don’t even have much to show off – just the domain name or email address alone can be enough to impress.

Aside from actually landing a great job, setting up your own website could be your biggest achievement since graduation!

4 basic steps to creating your website

dog workingFirst thing’s first! The core ingredients you will need to set up your website are:

  • a domain name (ie. myname.co.uk)
  • an email address (easy to set up with your domain name registrar)
  • a website host (someone who stores your website’s files on a server)
  • a free WordPress account (helps you manage your website without having to know any HTML etc).
  1. Choosing and registering a domain name

    As you probably know, there are a range of domain name extensions available. The most common for the UK are .com and .co.uk. It’s your choice which you go for, assuming that the domain name you want is still available.

    goddaddy 123 reg.com domain name

    Cheapest Registrar: GoDaddy.com
    Price: ~£7.35 per year
    Notes: Select GBP from top right to pay in £

    .co.uk domain name

    Cheapest Registrar: 123-Reg.co.uk
    Price:
    ~£2.99 per year
    Notes:
    Minimum 2 years, exc. VAT

  2. Setting up your personalised email address

    email atThe easiest way to create your email address under your new domain name is to do it with your registrar from step 1.

    Once you log in, there will be an option to set up email addresses which you can then hook up with your usual email client (eg. Hotmail, Gmail, Outlook).

    There are loads of guides out there on doing this, so I’ll leave this to Google for now.

  3. Website hosting

    To upload content onto your domain name you will need a bit of server space (just like storing files on your computer). There are hundreds of web hosts out there now, and you could spend forever looking.

    godaddy web hostingThe host I go with for most of my websites is GoDaddy to keep things simple (and cheap!) but most domain registrars (such as 123-reg) now offer hosting too.

    Top website host: GoDaddy

    Price: From £2.99 per month

    You will then just need to point your domain name to the server by setting the “Nameservers”, which will be provided by your web host. If you need any help in getting things sorted, never hesitate to get in touch with the hosts as their support teams are usually very good.

  4. Installing WordPress

    Wordpress logoTechnically your online presence is secured at this stage, but if anyone goes over to your site, there won’t be much to see! The quickest way to get something on your site is to install the incredibly popular and free piece of kit called WordPress.

    If you have gone with GoDaddy, they have a very simple system in place which allows you to install WordPress through them.

    Otherwise, it’s a case of downloading WordPress, unzipping the files and uploading them to your server via a FTP client (I use FileZilla). Again, there’s loads of stuff online to help you with this process – WordPress Docs is a great place to start.

What happens next?

question markOnce you’ve got your site set up, there’s a whole world of opportunities to grow your website and even make some money from it.

The most important thing is to work out the best ways to get eyeballs (traffic) on your website by exploring search engine optimisation (SEO) and link building.

For a quick insight into how websites generally make cash, have a look at our guide to making money as a blogger.

In the meantime, it might be worth signing up for Affiliate Window – a popular affiliate network for promoting products and services for commission.

Websites = Employability

Graduate JobEvery student and graduate now has an online presence of some sort. Whether it’s a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn profile, you will have a whole network of footprints across the web.

But there’s nothing like having your own website and your own personalised email address to really impress employers. It can be a bit of a novelty, but having your CV or portfolio at myownwebsite.com really makes you stand out from the crowd.

A website also makes you much easier to track down, and can even be considered an online platform to promote yourself.

Make sure you put the actual website that you have set up on your CV itself! And of course you can also use [email protected] as your professional looking email address. No more blushing when spelling out [email protected], either. Wins all round!

Registering a domain name, creating your own website and personalising your email address gives you an identity and explicitly demonstrates that you have certain skills which employers are looking for.

If you have any questions or want to share your own experiences, leave us a comment below or feel free to get in touch.

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8 Responses to “4 steps to creating your own website”

  1. rishav

    11. Sep, 2016

    Hey how i can make money if my website is a free to read website like yours……..please mention the steps

    Reply
  2. Avik Mondal

    07. Sep, 2016

    hi..thanks for the helpful site..that is so cool

    Reply
  3. Rebekah

    23. Aug, 2016

    Hi Owen,

    Thanks for this helpful article – I have recently purchased a domain name for a review website that I would like to launch one day, but assumed I would need a web developer to build this as it is more complex than most websites.

    I was just wondering if you agreed or if it would be possible to set this up myself, as I would certainly consider this.

    Thanks in advance,

    Rebekah

    Reply
  4. Kerry

    21. Jul, 2015

    Hi there,

    Thank you for the above advice I am a second year Psychology student and have recently been researching affiliate marketing. Do you have any further advice or guidance on this.

    I gather I would follow the above steps and then go on from there?

    Oh I must add I am NOT a internet whizz kid….

    Thanks in advance
    Kerry

    Reply
    • Jake Butler

      22. Jul, 2015

      Hi Kerry, it’s all about learning as you go. Start with the advice above. When you get stuck or want to learn more just search for extra advice and you’ll find loads of it.

      Reply
  5. Katie Cooney

    27. Jan, 2015

    Hi Owen,

    would like to thankyou for your ‘easy read’ guide!
    I have contemplated with an idea for a website for a while now and your ‘go for it’ attitude has certainly given me drive to start with the set up. Will definately search for more of your info and guides alongbthe way

    Many Thanks
    Katie

    Reply
  6. Josh

    13. Jan, 2015

    Hi Owen,

    Apologies for this question being slightly off topic. But i had a query regarding email address with providers.

    I have an account with Yahoo, but I would much prefer to use a physical program for emails (as Mac Mail / Windows Outlook etc). How can I remove all my correspondence from the Yahoo mail website to a program; or simply is there a way that I can completely cut out the website and use the program as per usual (like the old 2008 Microsoft Outlook programs). I feel that this is my only obstacle in starting up my own website.

    Many thanks,
    Joshua

    Reply

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