How to create a responsive website from scratch is one of the frequently asked questions by the newbies and aspiring bloggers.
No matter you want to build a hobby blog or a professional website, this responsive web design tutorial will help you.
Later you can monetize it using Affiliate marketing, Google AdSense or even drop shipping can give you lots of money.
Self-hosted WordPress site is not compulsory, but it’s not optional too.
To earn huge money from the internet, you should go with a self-hosted website.
There are many platforms including WordPress can bring unbelievable opportunities to you with no coding skills required.
What is Required to Create a Responsive Website from Scratch?
I have already written about how to create a free blog with blogger. It’s for basic learning and to improve your blogging skills.
You can learn a few basic things with that platform and earn a small amount of money with it. But if you want to create a big and earn tons of money then it’s better to move on the self-hosted platform.
Self-Hosted blogs have a better reputation and seem more professional than free platforms. It doesn’t mean that you can get a reputation and a huge profit from the self-hosted platform without doing any work. You must work smart (not hard) to get your bank account flooded with the money.
Free platforms have limitations about web space, design and extra features like e-commerce plugins, etc. You can not open your online store with them.
On the self-hosted platforms, your limitations go away where the sky is the limit for you. You can do everything you want and at the same time, earning possibilities also increase tremendously.
Now, you must be eager to start your blog or the website. So I will help you to create your self-hosted blog or website in step by step.
Responsive Web Design Tutorial [Step-by-step]
There are several platforms like Drupal, Joomla for CMS (Content Management System) but WordPress is very popular among them. It’s a free platform where you can create a website, and we are going to use it here.
The most recent stats are showing that WordPress is No. 1 CMS powering around 32.4% of the total web, (As on November 30, 2018) and that’s rising.
It’s still on the top of the chart with the market share of 58.5%. So we are going to use WordPress to create a website.
To create a responsive self-hosted WordPress website (or blog), you will need:
- A perfect Niche
- Good Domain Name
- Hosting service
- CMS (WordPress itself)
- Responsive Theme & Plugins set
- Content relevant to your niche
Wait here and read the requirements again before going to create a self-hosted website. So you can get the briefs of building a website. To increase your reputation, online presence, the growth of your brand and the business, you must play smart with the above tools. So we will start now.
1. A Perfect Niche
If you don’t have any business or brand, then this point is very important. Because a brand owner will probably go with his brand-name but as an independent person, you must emphasize this point.
If you select proper niche then the chances of your success will be definitely more.
Most of the people will suggest you go for the trending topic, but it’s not worth in every case.
If you are planning the longtime career with it, then you should select an evergreen niche for your website.
Go with the generic or independent niche like sports, culture, health, finance in which you have expertise instead of currently trending topic that will fade over time.
Important: For event blogging, you can choose trending topic or upcoming events like festivals.
2. Domain Name
Nowadays, finding a perfect domain name has become a terrible job because the popular domains are already registered or trademarked by other people.
But, don’t worry!
You can still own a good TLD (Top Level Domain) for your website, It may be generic or may be keyword based. If you want to stick with a single niche only, now and in future, then keyword based domain name must be your first choice.
Otherwise, you can select any name or phrase as a domain name; even you can include your name in it if it’s possible.
The important thing about the selection of domain name is that the domain name must be easy to remember, short & sweet and simple to type.
Don’t use hyphens and numbers too. While finding a good domain name, don’t lead any copyright infringement or cybersquatting issues, This may put you in trouble on one or the next day.
The next thing is to select an appropriate domain extension. And, I’m sure that you will select ‘.com.’ extension for your website.
Though there are other TLDs, you must go for ‘.com.’ whenever possible. Because it’s the highest rated TLD extension.
3. Hosting Service Provider
Once you get a perfect domain name the next move to create a website is to buy a hosting service. It may be shared hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting or cloud hosting.
At the start-up or even for advanced users shared hosting is good enough. If you are seriously planning to build a business website, then you can go for other plans like pro or VPS with dedicated IP or even advances service if any.
- Also read: 5 Best Managed WordPress Hosting Services [Unbiased Comparison]
The selection of hosting needs proper guidance; otherwise, you may lose money by investing it in the wrong place. Before buying any hosting service, you must check for the following points.
Reliability includes server uptime and prompt customer support. The most important aspect to check before buying a hosting service is server uptime. If the server is not responding, then you will lose your traffic very quickly, and that will affect you the most.
The server quality includes the how easy to manage your account is with the help of Cpanel (Control Panel) and its navigation, At the same time, you can check what are the services inside your Cpanel and how handy it is to operate even as a rookie.
Check for the flexibility of your hosting provider concerning up gradation and transfer of domain with time and money too. Check their terms of service once before buying a hosting plan that we generally don’t.
- Speed, Space, and Bandwidth
Visitors feel very good when the site loads very fast, and they can get the content that they are searching. Check reviews from experts about it. Take an overview of space and the bandwidth they are providing. For the average website, 1-5 GB of space and 30-50 GB of bandwidth is OK. You can upgrade the current plan in case of the traffic coming to your site is very high.
The last but not the least. When you want to buy a hosting plan, take a look at the market price and their offerings. Some companies offer hosting service at a very low price. Be aware of them concerning the above points. Even the expensive hosting plans may not be better.
Compare various plans on different key points and select the best and go for it. Sometimes, you may get coupons or deals, And, you can go for them.
We recommend buying the web hosting from the SiteGround as their service is best suited for any webmasters.
Look for the plan best suited for you. I would fo for the GrowBig plan of SiteGround which offers an ample amount of resources to host multiple websites.
4. CMS (WordPress)
As we decided above, we will go with WordPress. Although there are different CMS (Content Management System), we have found the WordPress is better than other CMS Softwares. After buying a domain and hosting, you can log in your cPanel where you can see your database, files, backups, domain, emails and app installers.
From the installer menu, Select and install the WordPress CMS on your domain (Leave directory field blank). Fill all essential details for the WordPress site like site name, description, admin name, and password, etc.
It’s recommended to choose a secure password for WordPress with combinations of letters, numbers and special characters.
Select a responsive theme from the list and save installation progress.
Yeah! Your website is live now and you can start to blog or create the web pages on it.
5. Themes & Plugins
A good theme is vital to the growth of your website because it gives a beautiful look to your site and adds some extra value. It’s also helpful in engaging visitors on the page for a long time thus to increase your conversion. And, always prefer a responsive theme.
As the mobile market is increasing and more than 50% of visitors come with mobiles, your website must be responsive. That helps in responding to any screen size very effectively for better user experience.
You can get it for free or invest a few bucks for giving a beautiful look to your website. Try to optimize your theme for better conversion and leave white space on web pages.
It not only gives a pleasant look but also helps the reader to crawl more on that particular web page.
The next step to make is to install essential Plugins for your website. Most of the people give you different suggestions, but the must-have Plugins include Akismet, Yoast SEO, Jetpack, Cloudflare, W3 Total Cache, Google XML Sitemaps and Thrive Leads. This list is very big, and you can find thousands of Plugins according to your needs.
Themes and Plugins are either free or paid. You can decide whether to buy or not irrespective of their marketing gimmicks for paid versions.
6. Contents Posting
Other pages are Terms of Service and Disclaimer may help you, if you are planning for the online business. Link all pages and posts to each other wherever possible only take care not to exceed it,
If you have the expertise in the field you have selected then you can easily create contents on it. Otherwise, you can go for outsourcing of contents.
The only thing to check is the content provided by the freelancer or outsourcing party is original and correct or not. Initially, you have to work more, but when you set, you can easily earn a streamline flow of passive income.
I hope that now you have better understood every basic concept of the self-hosted responsive WordPress website. Even you want to add more points, let me know by putting it in the comment box.