How to Build a (Commercial) Website
What You Need to Build a Website
There are many different ways of building a website, but I'm going to focus just on how I go about it. I have around 30 websites and can create a new one in less than a day. If you'd like to check them out, here are just a few of them:
All of these sites are built on the WordPress platform (FREE) using the toolset from the Thrive Suite.
The Steps to Building a Commercial Website
There are only a handful of steps involved in building a commercial website but each is essential.
- Select your niche. This is the answer to the question "what is my business all about?" It needs to be something you are either knowledgeable (or even passionate) about or something that you can research. Examples of niches are "how to make money from home", "weight loss" and "extreme sports".
- Register a domain name based on that niche.
- Purchase web hosting and a website development toolset.
- Build your website.
1. Select Your Niche
Selecting your niche is your first step and, as it's what your business is going to be all about, it's an important one. Find out more at Niche Selection.
2. Register Your Domain Name
Registering your new domain name is simple and cheap. Finding a good domain name, not so much. I suggest you just go to Namecheap and try out different domain names related to your niche until you find one that no one else has registered.
3. Purchase Web Hosting and a Website Development Toolset
The webhost is an organization that runs the computer network where your website files are located. The webhost's software is what allows your website to be found from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. There are two webhosts that I recommend for those starting out.
Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform as well as a webhost. I enthusiastically recommend Wealthy Affiliate if your intention is to build an online business based on affiliate marketing and you need training on how to do this.
You can join Wealthy Affiliate for free (no credit card required) to check out if it's a good fit for you. If you decide that it is, you can upgrade to a Premium membership at a cost of just $49 a month.
Premium membership gives you access to all of the video training, as well as 24/7 access to help from both Site Support and Live Chat, which connects you to other members all over the world.
Hosting for up to 10 websites is also included.
If all you need is a web host, without any of the training, I recommend SiteGround. It's fast, reliable and reasonably priced, with a choice of membership levels, depending on how many sites you want to host. You can, of course start with one and upgrade as your needs grow.
The Thrive Suite is the one and only website development toolset that I use and recommend. It's the first plugin I install on any new website and was used to develop all of the websites listed in my opening paragraph above.
Everything I see others struggling with is done easily with the Thrive suite. It can be the difference between surging forward with your website development and giving up because it's "too hard".
4. Build Your Website
This is the fun part.
Starting from nothing and creating the face of your business is an enormously satisfying experience.
But it's not necessarily easy, especially the first time.
That's why I have an unbeatable deal for you!
Assuming you want to build an online business based on the affiliate marketing model.
Here's the deal:
You take up my two recommendations, Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership to learn all about affiliate marketing and to host your websites and the Thrive Suite as your website development tool and I will build your first website for you!
Not only that, but I will create a video showing you how it was done.
This will be your own personal training that you can refer to whenever you need to add to your website or even create a new website from scratch.
This will put you far, far ahead of others starting out.