Web Hosting Guide for Beginners: How to start a website?
How to create website with WebsiteWizard?
The actual creating of your website is the last step to accomplish before you can go online.
In order to do that you have to decide what kind of website you want to create - a blog, online store, gallery, forum, etc.
After you have decided what kind of website to create, you have to choose how to make your website. There are several ways you can go.
The easiest one is to use a site builder application, which offers you great looking templates and has a simple and yet efficient navigation.
At SiteGround there is a Special offer with an included WebsiteWizard in your hosting account. You don't need any HTML knowledge to create your website and you can use our great video tutorial on How to create your Website with the WebsiteWizard.
How to create a website with Free Open Source Applications?
Alternatively there are many web applications such as Joomla, WordPress or Coppermine, which enable you to create great looking and functional websites. These content management systems are for more advanced users and offer much more features than the SiteBuilder.
SiteGround is compatible with over 250 applications:
- Content Management Systems (CMS) like Joomla,
- Blogs like WordPress and Drupal
- e-Shops such as osCommerce, CREloaded and Cube Cart,
- Galleries like Gallery2 and Coppermine,
- Forums such as phpBB, SMF, vBulletin,
- Wikis like MediaWiki, TikiWiki,
- e-learning management systems (LMS), etc.
You can also use a more advanced web development application like Dreamweaver to create your website on your computer all by yourself and upload it to the server. Here you will have to be an advanced HTML user, but you will also have the most control options and space for your creativity.
To decide which application is the right for you, read our Tutorial on How to start a new website, where we have selected some of the most frequently used tools suitable for the specific kind of website.
SiteGround offers you also free script tutorials on the installation and usage of the best open-source applications, knowledge base articles and free templates. And what is most important - you get a free installation of the most popular applications with your hosting account at SiteGround.