Not having a website is so last century. If you’re serious about being successful with online videos, you need a website.
Here is my step-by-step guide for how to create your own website in 3 easy steps. Seriously, anyone can do it.
3 Huge Benefits to Having a Website
- More People Find You. A website is your own place on the internet where you can post your own videos, text, links, and pictures. These posts have the ability to be found by people doing searches on Google/Bing/Yahoo (heck, even AskJeeves).
- More Opportunities. Your website is the #1 place you can send everyone so they can learn more about you. When someone finds you on social media, you want them to see your website link. This can lead to so many networking opportunities.
- More Income & Fans. A website can have things like posts, pages, sidebars, banners, videos, pictures, links, surveys, digital sales, and much more. These features are necessary if you want to make more money and build a bigger audience for your brand.
Ready? Let’s Do This.
Savor this moment. Creating your first website is a pretty exciting event. Pat yourself on the back for taking initiative.
Full Disclaimer: The method I’ll be showing you in this post is using my #1 recommended web host, iPage. I do earn a commission if you go through my referral link, but it’s no extra cost to you. In fact, you’ll get the special introductory offer if you use it.
If you do use my referral link, thank you! It helps support Channel Empire and lets me publish free videos for you.
Step 1: Choose a Domain Name & Web Host
There are many different web hosts, but iPage is my recommended host for beginners and YouTubers because iPage is cheap, simple, and reliable. I created my first website through iPage, and I am still very satisfied.
Head over to iPage, and you should see the special introductory offer. Feel free to read about all the features and benefits, and when you’re ready click the “Sign Up Now” button.
On the next page you’ll choose your domain name. This will most likely be your brand name, channel name, or your actual first and last name if you’re a personal brand.
For example, I’ll type YourWebsiteName.com as the domain name and click “Check Availability” to see if it’s available. If the domain name you entered is not available it will give you suggested alternatives.
You can choose from the list of suggestions, but I recommend trying to get a .com name if possible. In the example I’ll try a different variation such as YourWebsiteName123.com and click “Check Availability” again.
If it’s available you’ll see the Billing Information page. Enter your info in the required fields, and choose your payment method. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal.
This next section is where you’ll choose your hosting plan. You can choose from a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year plan. The 3-year plan is the best bang for your buck, but the 12-month plan is the cheapest total cost up front. Domain Privacy is $9.99/year, but it’s optional so you can uncheck it.
Uncheck all of the boxes in the Website Essentials section because I’ll actually show you later in this post how you can get most of these features for free using WordPress plugins.
When you’re finished, click the “Check Out” button.
Step 2: Install WordPress
WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, and it’s what I use for all my websites. I’ll show you how to quickly install it on your website. After signing up with iPage you should receive an email with your login credentials. Visit the iPage Login screen and enter your username and password then click “Log In”.
After logging in you’ll see the iPage Control Panel. Find and click the WordPress icon.
On the WordPress installation page click “Install”
Verify that your website name is listed then click “Check Domain”
If you see this message, just click “Continue”
Check the box to agree to the terms and click “Install Now”
At the top of the page you’ll see the installation progress bar. Wait for it to reach 100% then click “View Credentials”
Copy your username and password then click the Admin URL link.
Enter your WordPress username and password from the previous page and click “Login”
You should now see your WordPress dashboard. This is where you’ll easily manage your website from here on out.
NOTE: If you try to visit your website and see the message “This site is under development” don’t worry. Go to your iPage Control Panel and click “FileManager”. Check the box next to the “Home.html” file then click the red “Delete” button at the top and click “Delete” to remove it. Open your website in a new tab and you should successfully see your new website.
Step 3: Add Your First Post
Inside your WordPress dashboard you’ll see the main left column that shows you all the settings you can manage. To add a new blog post hover your mouse over “Posts”, then click “Add New”
Enter the headline of your blog post in the top text field, then in the text section below type your actual blog post.
Once you have your blog post written, click the “Update” button on the right.
Once it’s updated, click “View Post” and it will show you the blog post on your website.
Bam, that’s it! Now you can play around with your brand new website, add a theme to customize the look of it, add your About page, and do whatever else you want. It’s all yours.
Here’s my full video tutorial as a recap:
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Bonus Tips: Optimize Your Site
Now that your website is up and running, there are a few other things that you’ll want to set up. Don’t worry. WordPress is very intuitive.
To customize your site you can install a theme and install plugins. The theme is your overall look of your site, and plugins are small software packages that add features to your site.
How are some key features you’ll want to set up on your site:
Backup: Make sure you are backing up your site. I recommend UpDraft Plus.
Security: Having a secure website is a must. I recommend iThemes Security.
Comment System: Disqus is a popular comment system for WordPress. I use it on this site.
SEO: Search Engine Optimization is important for appearing in search results. I recommend WordPress SEO by Yoast.
Contact Form: Having a contact page is essential for people to reach you. I use Fast Secure Contact Form.
You’re Done! Have a Donut.
If you’ve gotten this far, please leave a comment below and let me know what your website is. I’d love to see what you created.
Please share this with your friends and followers! The more websites the better. That’s what I always say.