Stuck at Home Due to Corona? Why Not Start Your Website!

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April 28, 2020
Stuck at Home Due to Corona? Why Not Start Your Website!

Billions of people around the world are stuck at home due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re looking for things to do to occupy your time, why not start your own website? Many people have dreamt of running their own sites for years, but simply didn’t have the time. Now presents you with an opportunity like you won’t ever see again. Staying at home and working your own personal projects is actually the most responsible thing you can do!

Types of Websites to Create

The first thing you will want to do when starting a website is pick out the type of site that you will build. There are many different options out there, each requiring a different type of effort. The following are some of the most popular types to consider:

  • Personal Blog – Starting your own personal blog is a fun and popular option. You can write about any subject you choose, add pictures, include videos, or anything else you would like. Personal blogs can be like journals or just ways to share your ideas with friends and family.
  • Affiliate Website – An affiliate site is where you create content about a specific topic with the goal of driving traffic from your site to another company site. If the traffic generates a sale on that site, you will get paid a commission. Successful affiliate sites can make a significant amount of money in passive income.
  • eCommerce Site – An eCommerce site is where you sell products to your visitors. These could be products you make, products you buy and resale, or just about anything else you can think of.
  • News & Information Site – If you are passionate about a specific subject, you can make a website dedicated to sharing news and information about it.

No matter what type of site you want to make, now is the time to get started.

How to Start a Website

Once you have decided what type of website you want to create, you will need to go through a few steps to get things up and running. While some of it may sound a little complicated, starting a website is actually surprisingly easy. In addition, if you run into any trouble along the way, our technical support team will be there to aid.

To get everything up and running, you will have to complete the following steps:

  • Choose a Domain Name – The first thing you will want to do is choose the domain name you want. This is also called your URL and is what people will type into their browser address bar to reach your site. Verpex has a convenient tool that will let you check to see if a specific domain is available, and how much it will cost. Most .com domains are just $7.99 per year when purchased from Verpex.

  • Set Up Your Hosting – The next step is going to be choosing what level of hosting you need. Verpex offers a wide range of different options to meet the needs of any type of site. Most people who are just starting up a new site will need a shared hosting account. Shared hosting here at Verpex is extremely affordable and will include everything you need to get started.

  • Install Your Content Management System (CMS) – Your content management system is the platform on which you will build your website. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know how to do any coding or anything. The vast majority of people will choose to use WordPress, which is the most popular CMS in the world. It can be installed on your Verpex hosting in just seconds and only requires a couple quick clicks.

  • Choose Your Theme – If you want to make the website look unique you can browse from hundreds of free themes, or splurge for paid themes. These themes are easily installed and really make the site look great.

  • Start Creating Content– Finally, it is time to start creating content. If you can use Microsoft Word or other similar programs, you can create content on your website. This phase of creating your site will be an ongoing process for as long as you enjoy working on the project.

Starting a website really is this easy. While some steps may seem confusing at first, they are not difficult at all. There is a lot of documentation available to help people get started, and the Verpex sales & support team is also here to answer any questions you may have.

How to Start a Website for Free

The ideal way to start a website is the way mentioned above. It is fast and the whole thing can be started for under $20. If you are on a strict budget, however, there are ways to start a website for free. To do this you will have to go through the same steps as above, but with a few extra points.

First, when choosing a domain name, you will usually be selecting a free sub-domain name. So your website will be something like YOURSITE.FreeHosting.Net. Free hosting is also going to be quite a bit slower and will typically require you to have advertisements on your site. These ads go to cover the costs of hosting your site. For people who are just playing around or only want their site up for a short period of time, starting a free website can be a good idea. If you want a site that looks and functions well today and long into the future, it is well worth the small investment to do it right.


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