How to create a WordPress website for newbies
WordPress is the force behind a third of the websites live today. It’s a Content Management System (CMS) – and a powerful one at that. Plus, it’s free! How to create a WordPress website for newbies (tutorial below)
First, you’ll need to buy a domain name. This is the web address people will use to find you – for example, our domain name is crowvision.com
Buying a domain name is super simple. Just head to a domain name registrar – a well-known one is Domain.com – then search for the address you want.
A good domain name should be as close to the name of your website or business as possible. It should be to remember, or even guess, and be as short as possible.
In terms of the best domain name extension (i.e. the bit at the end of your domain name), .com is the most common/popular. It’s a safe bet if it’s available, and the option we’d recommend.
Failing that, you’ve got some other good options:
- .net – available to everyone, but often associated with tech companies
- .org – available to everyone, but especially popular among NGOs and charities
- .co – available to everyone, but often associated with startups or trendy new companies
And of course, if you only operate on a national level, you can always go with your country’s domain extension, such as .us or .co.uk. Only US citizens and entities can use .us, but other countries are often more flexible.
While most domains will cost under $20 per year, you might be shocked to see the initial price of some domains reach several thousand dollars. What gives?
These are premium domain names – that’s to say, they’re very popular because it’s expected that they’ll bring a lot of people to your site. After the initial outlay, though, they will renew at the regular rate. If you’re looking to get a lot of traffic via Google searches, it could be worth splashing out on a premium domain name if it aligns with your business. If people will be following a link to your site, or it has a specific, less coveted name, then there’s no point in spending loads.