How to Start your Website for Free!
I’ve started my first website when I was a teen. I had no money to spare for expensive hosting, or couldn’t effort domains. So, I had to find a way to do everything I do for free… And with this series, I’ll tell you how.
For starters, when I say Free, I mean you don’t pay any money. You’ll spend time, and might sacrifice some performance in the process, however, this will get you where you need to be: Have a website you’ve built, without spending a single cent.
Free means no money is $pent.
First of all, you’ll need an address on the internet. Like this one is VolkanGer.com It’s a top-level domain (.com) and my name. Pretty lame, right? Yours should be lame too. If you want to have a website for your business, you’d look for mybusinessnamellc.com or similar.
Nowadays, .co is old, .net is forgotten, .org is irrelevant, .com is ancient. And I believe the “.” will eradicate in the next 10 years, we’ll just have “VolkanGer” as my address on the internet, and Google will do the rest.
There are newer extensions out there, like .design, .horse (yes, dot horse!), .tv, .business and pretty much anything you’d think of. Depending on your profession, you might want to consider some novelty like that.
After finding your home on the internet, you’ll need to buy the land to build your house. Hosting is where you’ll keep all your text, photos, information, in short, all your data. There’s a gazillion hosting providers out there, even you can be one by running a server on your computer, but leave it to the professionals, alright? Comcast wouldn’t like the idea of you running a web-server at your domestic internet and your upload speed will make the visitors suffer, but that’s a topic for another time.
After tying your hosting to your address, we’ll proceed with building your actual website. Like, let’s get some lumber and erect the walls of the house. The easiest way will be following the steps of the many other developers, and using a blueprint that already tested and approved. We can use WordPress (like I use here), or static page templates (like I use at f2r.org). When it comes to picking one, we have to give it a shot and understand your needs.
Finally, it’ll be just putting information to your website. Writing a blog article, sharing images, uploading photos, or proceeding to the next chapter of building dynamic websites, or building webapps. And yes, we can do that for free too.
Search Engine Optimization, aka SEO, online advertising (even with $5/month budgets), user registrations, monetizations through displaying ads on your fresh website and many others can be our upcoming topics. Of course, depends if I see any interest in the series. Otherwise, I don’t want to talk about boring stuff…
Alllllright, here we go: