Creating your own website may seem like a difficult task, but depending on the type of website you choose, it will be much easier than you imagine. In this article we explain how to create a website using your Mac computer.
We will help you start creating a basic website, with your own custom domain registration that you can use to add the content you want. If you are looking for something more complex, we recommend you learn through one of the Udemy web development courses.
What do you need to start a web page
If you want to create a web page, these are the points that you have to keep in mind:
- A hosting to host your website
- Buy a domain for your website
- Design and build your page
Obviously, this is just what you need to get started, since building a website from scratch is a fairly complex process that we are not going to fully address in this article. We offer you the basic foundations for you to start building.
Hosting for your own website
Web pages require a hosting on a server The easiest way is to rent a space on a server. This will cost you some money, there are annual and monthly subscriptions as you prefer.
These are some of our sites to find hosting for your favorite website:
- 123-reg: one of the suppliers of hosting and largest domains worldwide.
- SiteGround: known and with a global reputation, highly recommended.
- TSOHost: It has very good integration with WordPress
- Fatcock: offer good customer service. A very popular option for small businesses.
These are just a few examples, but there are many more companies that offer this type of services. The one you choose to depend on you, what you want to spend and the web that you trust the most.
Get a domain for your website
When you have chosen a service hosting and you have registered, you will have bought a small part of the website that has its own IP (Internet Protocol) address.
An IP address is based on a series of four sets of numbers separated by periods (such as 126.96.36.199). The introduction of this IP address in a web browser takes it to the server through the Internet and returns the website associated with it.
Obviously nobody goes around remembering these IP addresses, so you need to get a name easier to remember as "webdesara.com", or whatever you want to call it. This name is called a domain (although this strictly refers to the bit at the end, the '.co.uk' or '.net' bit).
To do this, you must search for your preferred name and domain on a domain registration site. If available, you can rent it for one year and link it to your IP address. Now, when someone connects and enters the domain, it takes them to your IP address, which is where your website will be hosted.
There are many domain registration services available, but if you can obtain a domain registration through the same company from hosting, It will be easier for them to link the domain directly to their hosting service, and easier to make changes online as well.
How to design a web page on Mac
Once you have configured the hosting and domain name registration, it is time to create your website.
There are many ways to accomplish this, most of the basic websites combine the use of HTML documents, CSS documents (for design and layout) and image files. HTML and CSS are not difficult to learn, and acquiring basic HTML knowledge is a good idea if you plan on entering web design.
We recommend consulting the Udemy HTML and CSS courses if you decide to follow that path. However, most users do not encode a website by hand and use a program to design the site or a CMS on-line (content management system) as WordPress.
We think that designing a website with WordPress is the easiest way to create a website where you can add articles on a regular basis. WordPress is downloaded from the website of WordPress.org
This is different from the WordPress.com website. WordPress.com is used to create personal pages ending in WordPress.com (such as mysite.wordpress.com), while WordPress.org is used to download the entire WordPress system and install it on your site.
You can choose between the WordPress themes themselves for the design of your website or search for WordPress themes on Google, which means that there are thousands available (usually for a fee).
The process of designing pages and content for your website will be different depending on the theme you choose, but most have detailed guides and support available to help you find your way.
If WordPress does not convince you, you should know that there are several alternatives. These are some of them:
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