Build Your Own Website

​Don't fancy getting the builders in?

Want to have a go at building a website yourself?

Then you can always learn to build and create your own by using this easy to follow guide.

This page is still in it's infancy, but here's some starting points.

Hosting and Domain Names

Hosting is the term we use for a folder somewhere out there in the ether where we store all the files and images used for a website.

The domain name is the address used to find the site, eg the domain name for this website is aquamandesign.co.uk

When somebody types in aquamandesign.co.uk or clicks on a search result in Google for Website Design Matlock, the browser will go off to a register of all the domain names.  In the register under aquamandesign.co.uk, the register will a record of where to find the host which stores the files and images for this website.

So the browser then goes off to the host and finds the files so that they can be delivered and displayed.

So the first thing you really need to get for yourself is a host.  We recommend Siteground.  They provide a fantastic all round hosting service and the first 12 months of hosting costs are very low.  Take a look and see what you think here.

5 Good Reasons to use Siteground

So I think you might ask why you should choose Siteground over any other hosting company out there.  And it would be a fair question.

Well I've been building websites for near on 20 years and used a few hosts along the way.  I'm not going to go on the hard sell, you are free to do your own research so I thought I would just list 5 good reasons why we like them and that's it.

  • Excellent customer support.
  • Siteground employ systems to actively protect your site against hacking.
  • Option to activate a scanner to check your site for malware on a daily basis.
  • Free server side backups along with one click backup restoral.
  • Integration with Cloudflare to help with content delivery across the planet.

Don't just take our word for it, you can read more about Siteground on their website here.

I'm still putting this page together, but if you need some more information now, please feel free to contact me.

Building your Website

Introducing WordPress

OK, you've sorted out your domain name and your hosting. Next it's time to start building your website.

You may have heard of WordPress and you may be wondering what it is, well here's an explanation.

WordPress is what's known as a Content Management System or CMS for short.  OK, so what's a CMS?

A CMS is a piece of software that can be used to help build a website, but the advantage of using one is that you don't need to know how to code.  All the coding has been done for you.

This means instead of tearing your hair out doing the coding all you have to supply is the content and images.  OK, yes, over time you can learn to do more with it, but WordPress will allow you to build a website without having any prior knowledge of how to build a website - it's more or less a drag and drop affair.

WordPress isn't the only CMS out there.  We also use a CMS called Joomla.   We've found Joomla is good for bigger sites, but that story is for another day.  If you're a self declared novice or just want something that's going to be fairly easy to understand then it's probably best to go for WordPress.

Let's Get Started

Step 1 - Access your Siteground account

Access your account - you will be taken to your account dashboard.

Step 2 - Access the cpanel

At the top of the dashboard you will see some navigation links. The second one in says "Websites". Click the link to begin management of your website.

On the next screen you will see the name of your account (usually your domain name).  Next to it will be a button saying "CPANEL".  Click this button and you will be taken to the control panel for your website.

Step 3 - Install WordPress

Scroll down the page and find the WordPress section.  In this section you will see an icon with "Wordpress Installer" underneath - click the icon.

The next screen is an interface for installing WordPress into your website folder.  There's lots of things to look at on this screen, but the main point of focus is the link which say "Install Now".

The next screen is where we setup and configure WordPress before it gets installed.

Once you're configured all the settings you're ready to install WordPress.  Click "Install" at the bottom of the screen.

The server will now do the work of installing WordPress into your webspace.

30th March 2020 - I'm still writing this page, but if you need help in the meantime please feel free to email me.