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In this guide, we will cover how to create a website using:

Content management systems (CMS)
eCommerce scripts
Website builder
Each path is unique and carries a set of pros and cons. Which is why we’ll try to highlight the most important website building aspects to ease the decision-making process.

Here are our five easy steps that cover everything you need to know on how to make a website:

1. Establish Your Website Idea
2. Register a Domain Name
3. Acquire Web Hosting
Shared Hosting
Cloud Hosting
VPS Hosting
4. Pick a Platform and Build Your Website
How to Make a Website with WordPress
How to Make a Website with Joomla
How to Make a Website with Drupal
How to Make a Website with Website Builder
5. Plan Your Website’s Growth
1. Establish Your Website Idea
Finding an idea for your website

First things first, you need to decide what your website will be about. There are lots of website ideas out there for the taking. And with the right execution, they have the potential to make solid money online.

Start by deciding the primary purpose and functionality that you wish to have. Some of the most popular website types include:

eCommerce. Online shops are some of the most visited sites nowadays. With the popularity of drop shipping increasing, everyone has the opportunity to start an online side business. You can sell both digital and physical goods to audiences from all over the globe (which wouldn’t be as simple with a physical store.)
Blogs. Many successful webmasters started their journey with a simple search query: how to start a blog. Covering a wide variety of topics, blogging can be both a business (for example affiliate, review, niche blogs) or a leisure-oriented activity (travel, food, music, books).
Educational. Are you well seasoned in a particular skill? Why not create digital courses or a membership type website. If you’re a fan of a particular hobby or skill, creating an educational site can help you establish yourself as an expert in the niche.
News. In this era of online chaos, starting a news site is easier than ever. People seek information every day throughout various sources. If delivering groundbreaking stories is something that you fancy, making a website will make it easier to get your message across.
Online communities.  The sheer amount of thriving online communities is a clear message that the most important thing is the start. Since building large audiences takes a lot of time, the sooner you begin – the better.
Portfolios. Displaying your skills and strengths can greatly improve your online presence and visibility. Furthermore, online portfolios can give you the advantage in job interviews, competitions, and business deals.
Once you have a clear goal in mind, picking the right hosting and website building platform will be easier.

2. Register a Domain Name
Domain name registration to create a website

Before you make a website, you’ll need to come up with a catchy name.

To get a domain name for your site, you should:

Brainstorm potential website name ideas.
Find a domain checker.
Run a domain name search.
Pick the best option(s).
Finalize your order and complete the domain registration.
service to check domain name for your website

Tip: Finding the right name can be quite challenging. Here are a few great tips that will aid you:

Go for .com. Being the most popular TLD, a .com domain will be easier to remember for your visitors.
Check for close alternatives. Registering mistyped and similar versions of your domain name will ensure that all traffic reaches your website.
Try to keep it short. The easier and catchier your site name – the better. Long domain names can be difficult to memorize.
Avoid hyphens and numbers. Only do it if you really have to, as they may increase the chance of your address being mistyped.
For more in-depth coverage, check out our complete guide on how to buy a domain name.

3. Acquire Web Hosting
The next step in your website creation journey is picking a proper host. While there are various types of web hosting out there, the one that you need depends on the size of your online project.

Here on Hostinger, we offer three unique options that cater to websites of all shapes and sizes. Let’s do a quick rundown to see which hosting plan is right for you.

Shared Hosting
Using cloud hosting to make a website

Best suited for small and medium-sized websites, shared hosting is a type of server that houses multiple users. Think of it as public transport, such as a bus or a train.

All websites use the same pool of resources from one physical server. This unique setup allows having affordable pricing but also comes with stricter limitations. Mainly to provide a smooth ride to every passenger and ensure that a single user does not use up too much power.

What will you get?
Shared hosting offers a variety of tools that will help you make a website, starting with:

1-click installer. Easily set up the most popular tools, such as eCommerce scripts, content management systems, blogging platforms, forum software, and more.
Access manager. When working on a project with multiple people, sharing personal account details may be a delicate matter. Skip the troublesome part and grant access to services of your choosing, without sharing any personal information.
FTP/File managers. Conveniently edit your files, directories, and code using web-based file managers. Or use your favorite FTP clients such as FileZilla.
Weekly backups. Get automatically backed up files and databases within the control panel.
Cache manager. Caching enables your website to bypass many PHP requests by generating static pages. Faster websites, happier visitors, better results.
Free domain registration. If you go for an annual Premium or Business plan, we’ll bundle a free domain for the first year.
Powerful control panel. We even made a custom panel that will help you manage everything with the utmost efficiency.
What type of websites need shared hosting?
Generally speaking, shared hosting is a great start for any website or online project. If you don’t expect a lot of traffic at first, this solution is the perfect place to begin.

Cloud Hosting
One of our newest additions, cloud hosting aims for the simplicity of shared hosting while delivering the power of a virtual server.

Using cloud hosting to make a website

With the help of cloud computing technology, this solution provides the highest available uptime by keeping a copy of your website on several servers that work together in harmony. In case one of the servers goes down, the remaining ones in the cluster ensure that everything is up and running.

What will you get?
In addition to every shared hosting perk, you’ll also get:

A dedicated IP address. The IP assigned to your server will be unique and solely given to you.
Isolated resources. If compared to shared hosting, the resources you get with the cloud will be fully dedicated to you and no one else.
A free lifetime SSL certificate. Keep your visitor’s data safe. As HTTPS is becoming the new standard of the web, it’s important to keep up with the latest practices.
Cloudflare integration. Add an additional layer of DDoS protection, WAF, monitoring tools, and other advanced features.
What type of websites need cloud hosting?
Businesses that rely on their website’s uptime reap the highest benefits. If you expect large traffic spikes right off the bat, cloud hosting is the way to go.

Aside from that, eCommerce stores, large-scale projects, news websites with lots of new and recurring visitors will find cloud hosting most suitable.

If you’re looking for power without the technical struggle, cloud hosting is the right pick.

VPS Hosting
Short for a virtual private server, VPS is a unique web hosting alternative that brings more control and freedom to the table. Though it does require server management skills and knowing your way around the terminal.

Using VPS hosting to make a website

Overall, VPS hosting provides the most customizations out of all the options. Everything from the operating system to the software stack will be within your control thanks to root access.

What will you get?
A dedicated IP. Each VPS receives a unique IP address which you will share with no one else.
1-click OS install. Use the right operating system from a wide choice of the best Linux distributions.
Server snapshots. Keep your files and server settings secure with automatic backup/restore features.
Isolated resources. No other user on the machine will be able to tap into your resources.
The freedom to build your own environment. Root access will let you set up custom software solutions and control various server-side settings.
What types of websites need VPS hosting?
With shared/cloud hosting, the servers are preconfigured, and changing certain things (such as the software stack) will not be possible.

However, VPS grants root access and the complete freedom to build your own foundation. If you need a custom solution, then virtual servers are something that you should consider.

4. Pick a Platform and Build Your Website
Choosing the platform to make a website with

Now the real work begins. The process of how you create your website will depend on the foundation that you choose. The idea that you wish to execute will also play a role in the final decision.

Keep in mind these different types of sites:

Content Management Systems (CMS). Best suited for blogs and websites that publish a lot of content. Some examples include WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
eCommerce Scripts. As the name suggests, if you want an online store, this is the software that will get the job done. A few of them include PrestaShop, Magento, and WooCommerce.
Website Builders. A simple way to make a site without coding knowledge. Drag and drop interface with lots of customization features included.
Self-Coded Websites. If web development is your friend, then making a self-coded site is also a great idea. While it does take more time and effort, you can implement any feature that is crucial to your project.
How to Make a Website with WordPress
WordPress logo

Holding the title as the most popular content management system, WordPress empowers its users to create any type of website. While a lot of people use it for blogging, you can make anything from an eCommerce store to a review website, using a wide range of customization features and plugins.

The main benefits of choosing WordPress as a platform include:

It requires little to no coding knowledge. But if you’re able to get your hands dirty with a little code, it will definitely come in handy.
It is one of the most affordable options. WordPress features one of the largest free plugins and theme libraries at no extra cost. Beautiful designs and complex features just a few clicks away.
In-depth documentation and a huge community. With a massive community of developers and passionate bloggers behind WordPress, you can find solutions and answers much quicker.
Installation
With Hostinger, installing WordPress is as easy as it can get. The latest version of the script is available on the hpanel in the Website section, under Auto Installer.

Installing WordPress CMS with Hostinger’s auto installerEnter the required details and your CMS will be ready to use within minutes.

WordPress setup wizard on HostingerBe mindful during this process, as you’ll have to create your administrative user and enter a few other basic settings.

Admin Area
Once the setup is done, navigate to yourdomain.com/wp-admin to find the WordPress dashboard.

The login screen of WordPress dashboard

To access it, fill in the credentials that you specified during the installation process.

The main dashboard view in WordPressWithin this back-end panel, you can control everything related to your WordPress website, content, and users.

Themes and Design
One of the many perks of making a WordPress site is the wide range of themes. Whatever design your idea needs, you’ll surely find it.

The official WordPress theme repository alone holds over 7000 unique options. You can find them all in the Appearance -> Themes section of the dashboard.

Themes section in WordPress admin area to create a websiteIf you select the Add New button, you’ll be able to preview and install all themes available in the WP theme repository.

In case you wish to make changes, you can head over to the Appearance -> Customize section.

Customizing a WordPress theme
Conveniently edit your buttons, menus, widgets and other sections.
Overall, choosing the right design out of 7000 contenders can get difficult. To narrow down your option, take a look at our collection of the best free WordPress themes.

Content and Pages
Essentially, WordPress lets you upload and create three types of content:

1. Pages –  with this section, you can create static pages that don’t expect a lot of changes. For example: About us, Contact us, Home, etc.

Creating and editing pages in WordPress dashboard

2. Posts – a section that allows you to create dynamic content, such as articles, blog posts, and guest publications.

Creating and editing posts in WordPress dashboard

3. Media – such as images, videos, and audio files. After the upload, you will be able to attach these resources to your posts and pages.

Uploading new media files through WordPress dashboard

Plugins and Extensions
Another huge perk of WordPress is the sheer amount of plugins that you can use to implement new features and functions. You can get started in the Plugins section, where you can choose Add New to install fresh plugins. All existing ones can be found within the Installed Plugins section.

Checking installed plugin in WordPress dashboard

Here is a list of 11 great WordPress plugins that can come in handy when building your website:

1. Yoast SEO

This plugin covers the basic search engine optimization needs of every website.

SEO yoast plugin to help create a websiteIt will let you:

Easily add meta titles and descriptions to your posts.
See how well your article covers a certain keyword.
View text readability information and tips.
Get various advice on how to improve on-site SEO.
2. All-in-One WP Migration

A reliable tool that makes transferring WordPress websites a walk in the park.

All-in-One WP Migration pluginUsing this plugin, you can:

Generate full WordPress site backups.
Restore any backups created with the plugin.
Find all backups in a single section.
Choose what content/elements should be imported or exported.
3. WooCommerce

A powerful plugin that can turn your WordPress site into an eCommerce store.

WooCommerce pluginWooCommerce will enable you to:

Create products and categories.
Add a shopping cart.
Configure various payment gateways.
Set up shipping fees and VAT.
For in-depth coverage, check out our complete WooCommerce tutorial.

4. Really Simple SSL

HTTPS is slowly, but surely becoming a new standard for all websites. For example, Google Chrome marks websites as ‘not secure’ if they use HTTP.

Here on Hostinger, you can purchase lifetime SSL certificates and install them in just 1-click. But if you want to use HTTPS with WordPress, you will have to do some extra work. Really Simple SSL pluginThe cool part is that Really Simple SSL can do it for you. It will:

Redirect all requests from HTTP to HTTPS.
Update your site and home URLs.
Fix insecure or mixed content warnings.
5. Jetpack

An all-in-one toolkit with lots of useful features developed by WordPress creators. Jetpack pluginUse it to gather useful statistics and accomplish other advanced tasks such as:

Enable sharing on social media.
Receive notifications in case your website is down.
Highlight related posts in every article.
Image improvements (such as lazy loading or carousels).
6. Contact Form 7

Give visitors the opportunity to reach out to you with a neat looking form. Contact form 7 pluginThe plugin will enable you to:

Create a custom contact form.
Generate a shortcode for easy insertion.
Enable reCAPTCHA or Akismet spam filter.
7. Wordfence

An extension aimed at hardening the security of WordPress sites. Wordfence pluginWith the help of Wordfence, you’ll be able to:

Perform malware/virus scans.
Enable a web application firewall.
Configure brute-force protection.
Block certain countries or IP addresses.
8. Easy Table of Contents

Enhance the navigation of pages and posts by automatically generating a table of contents section.

Easy table of contents pluginWhile the plugin may seem simple, it has a range of configuration options. You can:

Choose the headings you want to include.
Exclude table of content generation for certain posts.
Set a theme and color scheme.
Add labels, hierarchies and more.
9. TinyPNG

Well-optimized images can speed up your site by a great deal. It’s also one of the simplest WP optimization tasks. tiny png plugin installThe plugin created by TinyPNG will let you:

Compress new images upon upload.
Optimize existing media.
View saving statistics.
Resize images based on width and height.
10. bbPress

Depending on your project, setting up a forum may be a great idea. And there’s a perfect plugin for this occasion. bbPress pluginUsing the bbPress extension, you can:

Integrate a forum board.
Assign roles to forum users.
Create threads and topics.
Send emails upon user registration.
If that’s something you plan to do, our guide on how to set up a forum with WordPress may come in handy.

11. Beaver Builder

Sometimes, you may need to add an extra touch to a page and the default WordPress editor is not enough.

Beaver Builder pluginBeaver Builder enables an additional interface that will let you design every page the way you want. Easily change textbox positions, apply CSS/JS, and more.

However, WordPress is planning to change the default editor to the new one, Gutenberg.

How to Make a Website with Joomla
Joomla CMS logoJoomla is another well-known CMS in the market. Being the second most popular pick, Joomla has been a rival to WordPress for a long time. And for good reason.

As a content management system, Joomla empowers you to:

Build any type of website. With a wide range of modules, you can create anything from a simple blog or forum to a large scale eCommerce store.
Find quick solutions to problems. Joomla boasts of having one of the biggest online communities. This makes it much easier to find solutions, fixes, and answers.
Implement new features without knowing how to code. The simplicity of Joomla guarantees that even beginner webmasters can create a responsive and eye-catching site.
Installation
The simplest way to install Joomla is through an Auto Installer. Here on Hostinger, you can find it in the control panel.

installing joomla on hostinerFill in the basic details and create an administrator user to proceed with the installation.

Joomla CMS installation wizard

That’s all it takes to set up Joomla CMS. The next step is building your actual website.

Admin Area
To find the back-end of your Joomla site, navigate to yourdomain.com/administrator URL.

The login screen of Joomla CMS dashboard

Enter the administrative credentials created during the setup to access your dashboard.

example of what joomla control panel looks like

And there you have it. A simple layout where you can control every aspect of your Joomla site.

Templates and Design
First things first, you will need an eye-catching template to capture the attention of every visitor. Joomla includes two themes by default, but they are quite minimalistic and may

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