Creating your own cannabis related website or blog can be not only a fun experience but also a profitable one. You can create a personal website or a business one in a matter of hours or even less.
It’s an easy process that anyone can learn and undergo. During the following paragraphs we will go through all the steps necessary for creating your own website. We will explain everything in crystal clear detail and we’re here to assist you if you need any help to get started as well as grow your traffic and fan base.
Things you will have learned after going through these steps
- How and where to buy your own domain or even get your first one for free
- Choosing the correct domain name and extension
- Finding the best hosting for your new domain
- Getting familiar with the hosting platform and the world’s most popular blogging/website platform WordPress
- Installing WordPress in less than 5 minutes
- Customizing your WordPress website
So let’s get started.
Step 1 – Buying a domain name
When is comes to setting up your own domain name there are several options available. First there are the “free” ones where you get what is actually known as a subdomain. For example on WordPress.com or Blogger.com you can sign up and get a free domain that looks like yourdomainname.wordpress.com or yourdomainname.blogspot.com, respectively. This is a fast and cheap alternative but there are several disadvantages with this approach. The major disadvantages are that you do not own the actual domain and the customization options are very limited.
What we mean by not owning your own domain, is that the companies that do own them, in our example wordpress.com and blogger.com, they can pull the plug on your website anytime they want for pretty much any reason, meaning that all the work you’ve put into your website can vanish just like that in a second. Then there is the fact that you will be limited when it comes to customizing your website, especially when your site grows and there will be changes you will need to make in order to better serve your users.
What we recommend is buying your own domain which you actually own and is under your property and you can grow and customize to your liking.
There are several alternatives as to how and where to buy your domain name.
If you are an absolute beginner in this field a very popular option is to get your first domain either absolutely free or at a significantly reduced price from your hosting provider. As we will see in step 2 this works in the following way. You buy hosting for one year and you get a special price for a domain name. This is in many ways a great option but there’s a catch. When it comes to such offers you are limited in your choice of domain extension. What this means is that you get choose either a .com or .net or other popular extension but not some of the newer ones like .co or .guide. Also take in consideration the fact that you have that domain registered with them – it’s still 100% yours and you can do whatever you want with it, registered with them just means that you manage it through their platform – and if for whatever reason you decide to change hosting companies it’s just a bit more difficult to change your domain registrar as well.
Word of warning: A big company is this space of which you made have heard of is godaddy.com. They offer both domain registration as well as hosting and they do have the first domain plus hosting offer we have mentioned but we DO NOT recommend you take it. There have been several issues with this company from domain transfers to hosting downtime and poor customer service.
But there are exceptions and they are:
Namecheap.com – They have build a solid reputation over the years of proving domain names and over the past several years have added hosting as well.
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS: When it comes for domain registration there are two companies we highly recommend. They are customer oriented and have great customer service. One is Namecheap, mentioned above, and the other company that is strictly for buying the your domains at the best possible price is:
Namesilo.com – is another great company where you can register your domain name as they pride themselves is offering some of the best deals for domain names.
TIP: As we’ve mentioned there are several extension to choose from. The most popular international ones are the .com, .net and .org. But when it comes to the internet you can adopt an out-of-the-box thinking and choose other more exotic extensions like .guide or .co to give you just a couple of examples..
If you are not familiar with what a domain name is, it’s simply the address at which user can access your website with an extension added to it.
Step 2 – Finding the best hosting for you
As we’ve mentioned during step 1 there are companies like Namecheap that offer a special price for your first domain if you get hosting with them. The hosting comes at a very good price for the first year but it kind of skyrockets from there and that’s why we don’t 100% recommend them when it comes to those kind of packages as they are not primarily a hosting company as much as they are a domain registry company. They are great at selling cheap domains just like NameSilo.
However there are other hosting companies that do have amazing hosting offers.
The most popular one is the offer that comes from BlueHost. Similar to Namecheap and Namesilo, BlueHost is a company that is very customer oriented and have great customer service.
A BlueHost hosting package starts as low as $3.95/month if you buy for several month is advance but you also get a free domain and access to their hosting platform which in our opinion is one of the best for beginners. If offers one-click installs of various scripts like WordPress which is the blogging/website script we’re going to focus on and talk about in step 3.
In order to get started with BlueHost all you have to do is follow the simple steps below.
Activate the BlueHost Offer
The first thing you need to do in order to take advantage of this offer is to activate it. You can do this by simply following the link below.
Create an account
Once you have followed the link above you will arrive at BlueHost where you will see the offer we mentioned.
Once you’ve reached this page click on the “Get Started Now” button and you will see the following screen.
Select the plan that suits your need the best – most probably beginner one at $3.95 and you will be taken at the following screen where you can either choose to enter your own domain name if you have purchased one as described in step 1 or search the availability for domain that you will get for free thanks to the BlueHost offer.
The next screen will be the package information and payment screen where you can deselect all the options as most of them are irrelevant and can be added later if you decide to do so.
After that you’ve all done and good to go with both a domain name and a hosting package.
Now it’s on to setting up WordPress and customizing the website.
Step 3 – Setting up WordPress and customizing the website
What makes this entire process of setting up your own website so easy is the use of WordPress which is probably the most popular blogging platform out-there.
It’s important to make an important distinction here. We’re talking here about the WordPress script which is what you would find if you visit WordPress.ORG and not about WordPress.COM which is the platform where you would get a free address under the wordpress.com website as we’ve talked about in step 1. We’ve talking about what is commonly referred to as a “self-hosted” wordpress site.
Inside the BlueHost hosting panel this entire installation process is done with only a few clicks and takes less then 5 minutes.
Inside the hosting panel you will see something similar to the image below.
Click on the Install button and you will be re-directed towards the next screen where you will be asked to select the domain and directory on which you want to install the script. Leave the directory field empty.
Next you will be asked to enter your Site Name or Title, the admin username and password for the administration section of the website.
The next screen will let you know that the installation has been successful and you can view your login details.
And that’s it. That’s how easy it is to get your own website up and running.
You can now enter the administration section at http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and start customizing your new website.
WordPress is very easy to work with and customize due to the large community it has that builds both free and paid themes and plugins.
In order to change the theme of your website you simply have to go to Appearance > Themes inside the admin area and there are thousands of free themes to choose from. However our recommendation is that you give MyThemeShop a look. It’s a company that provides some of the best free and paid themes for WordPress.