How to Get Your Website Up & Running - Full Website Setup Tutorial

Want to make money online? Here is full process on how to get your site online, from domain registration to full customization.

Wanted to earn online? Making money online is something that everyone dreams but most people don't know how to do it. For the newbies, I have come up with a guide on how to setup your online business and start making money.

You will be wondering how I was able to create a website of my own i.e., Some of those coming bloggers will be surprised to see no Blogspot name in the domain. Definitely, this is not a free blog as I had to setup If you are looking for a free website online, in short everything is free, then free web-blog publishing platforms are meant for you. So in this piece of writing, I explain to you the process of how to get your website online with a minimum budget. Currently, Yogesh Khetani is a WordPress blog, hosted at HostGator with the domain purchased at using Genesis Framework.

Get Your Own Website

Getting your own website online with a custom domain name (name of your choice) is quite easy.

There are three things involved in a perfect website -

  • Domain Name: Address by which people will be knowing your site
  • Hosting Provider (The web server): To host your file online and make it available all the time for access.
  • DNS setup: Connecting Domain name to the server.

Nothing more than 7 steps are involved and let's get started.

Are you ready to begin a new journey?

Step 1 - Registering Domain Name

The first thing you should do is register a domain name. You might have seen GoDaddy ads on television but there are lot many such domain registrars on the web. We have always chosen NameCheap as our favorite domain registrar as the domain registration process and setup are quite easy and perfectly suitable for a novice user. Moreover, they have got live chat support to help you in troubled times.

You should have a domain in your mind or go with our domain name suggestion tool to find the perfect domain. You can register .com, .in, .net, .org, .info, .co,, .us, .me, .biz, .tv, .mobi, and lot many TLDs supported. Among the popular TLDs are the .com, .net and .info but I would recommend finding a domain with .com as the extension.

So visit NameCheap, signup for a free account, and buy the domain of your choice. Note that domain charges are per year cost and the .com domain will cost you $11 per year.

Some of the famous Domain Registrar is -

  • NameCheap
  • GoDaddy
  • BigRock
  • 1&1
  • Gandi

Selecting a proper domain name is very important. The name should be easily remembered.

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Step 2 - Choosing a Hosting Provider

Once the domain has been registered, you should now have a hosting provider to store your website content. Typically any hosting provider has 99.9% uptime and they are always ON so that your website is always on the web. A thousand hosting provider exists on the web to make it more confusing to you. There is shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated hosting, Collocated Hosting, and Managed to host. You shouldn't be worried about any such as the choice is pretty simple - shared hosting since you want to get your website for a minimum cost on the web.

You can choose any hosting provider but our recommendations are to go with the following -

NameCheap Hosting: This hosting will cost you $3 per month. [Get Your Hosting]

HostGator Shared Hosting: Although we had a problem with HostGator in the past, still we can't deny that Gator leads the competition when it comes to hosting.

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HostGator Alternatives

You can choose the famous shared hosting providers -

  • BlueHost
  • NameCheap Shared Hosting
  • Knownhost [Best for VPS]
  • Cloudways

So read - 5 Best low cost web hosting to start blogging

Cost Calculation

A domain name usually costs $10 to $20 per year.

Any unlimited web hosting costs $4 to $7 per month, i.e., $30 to $70 per year depending upon the hosting type. For starters, you can go with a shared web hosting plan.

Total cost = $100 per year

So your website will be costing you $100 per year but it's better to divide it into monthly income.

Step 3: DNS Setup

Once the domain and hosting have been purchased, it's time to point your domain to your space on the server. It's like giving your address to the public so that they can reach you. It works the same way on websites as well.

Obtain the domain name server (DNS or generally referred to as nameservers) address from your hosting provider and go to the Settings panel under your domain management. Now update with the new DNS and click on Save. It will take 48 hours for DNS to propagate and once that is done you will be able to login into your cPanel.Most of the time for me DNS propagation is done within 2-4 hours. So, you will not have to wait any longer.

Step 4: Setting up WordPress | Installing CMS Software

Once the DNS propagates, you can directly go head into your cPanel. The cPanel URL is provided in the welcome email and generally, it's

From cPanel you can do a lot many things, like install WordPress, Joomla, or any other CMS or blogging scripts. To have one website just like this, you will have to install WordPress Script,  an easy-to-manage popular script. Most cPanel comes with one-click WordPress install, so you need to worry about it. It's simple and very easy.

Inside your cPanel, you will find Softaculous App Installer, and use it you can install a number of scripts automatically.

  • Once through Softaculous, Click on WordPress.
  • Click on Install.
  • Provide the destination folder to which you are installing the WordPress script.
  • Now provide your WordPress blog title, email ID, and admin password to login.
  • Note down the Admin login page.

Now the WordPress installation has been done, it's time to customize, add text and let your friends know about it.

Step 5: Choosing WordPress Theme

For the start, I recommend going with free themes which come with WordPress installation. You can get it by going through Appearance > Themes. I recommend you Install the default WordPress theme like the Twenty Seventeen theme as of now and later on you can purchase professional themes, which is highly recommended.

Some of the professional WordPress themes providers are -

In my recommendations, go with StudioPress because you can use their theme on unlimited sites. All themes at ThemeForest and MyThemeshop come with just one site license.

So with that, your own custom name website is up and you are now ready to enjoy blogging life.

Also Read - 51 Best ever WordPress Plugins List

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This Content was last modified on February 6, 2023 11:38 AM

Yogesh Khetani: Yogesh is been in the field of technology for over seven years and keeps him updated with the latest smartphone in the market. He also loves outdoor games and so as a part of his hobby, he keeps you updated with blogging and technology news and updates.