I wrote this article a few years ago, when i started this adventure with my own website. Although, a bit dated, I hope it can still be useful for someone.
How I created my website.
The very first step when creating a website is buying a domain. The domain is the name of the site: www.sitename.com. There are plenty of places which sell domains, and at different prices. Often hosting providers sell domains too. The domain is your real estate on the internet, you better choose it wisely; it should be something easy to remember, and at the same time it should tell what the page is about. In my case, the choice was very simple: my name.
A hosting provider is the entity which hosts a website on its servers, often a private company does it for a yearly fee. Of course, anyone can run its own server, even you! However, considering the huge amount of work it takes to run a server, paying a dozen euros a year for someone else to host your own site, is after all not a bad idea.
How did I do With My Own Site
My blog is hosted by aruba and uses WordPress. Aruba is an Italian hosting provider, I chose it because of its affordable price. From them I bought my domain too. The domain needs to be renewed once a year, and so does the hosting. Always remember to renew your domain, otherwise someone might still it!
WordPress is a very popular platform for web pages. Very intuitive and user-friendly, it allows anyone to start publishing content online within minutes. I strongly recommend it. Among others, its main advantages are:
- No coding skills required.
- Thousands of templates available on-line, most of which are free.
- Very user-friendly interface.
- Lots of plug-ins to tune the site the way you want.
- A large community offering support.
- Last but not least, WordPress does not cost anything, it is completely free.
Why This Blog
I got into blogging by chance. My very first job in marketing was for a SEO agency. There, we used WordPress daily. For me, it was love at first sight. Without any previous knowledge on HTML nor web editing, I was able to create beautiful webpages and posts.
I decided to start my own blog, to improve my skills, and have my own window to the internet. I consider it more like an hobby, but what I learn here will be possibly useful in work life too.
I try to make my blog look like me, (it should not be to difficult after all) this is the place where I collect my interests and ideas. I am very excited about creating something completely different and new. I strongly believe that this is just the beginning of a completely new adventure and I want to make the most out of it.
Marketing used to be my favorite subject during Bachelor’s studies. Although, there are plenty of marketing blogs out there, I still want to have my own, which will be done in my way. I have worked as SEO copywriter, and during this experience I discovered the joy of blogging and writing contents for the Internet. What fascinates me the most about Internet is its power to connect people from all around the world in an unique way, instantly.
Marketing is part of my educational background, and it is what I believe will be part of my future working career. Internet offer an extraordinary tool for marketers, it allows to measure in an extremely precise way any sort of interactions from users. In addition to this, every single day, new tools are introduced to make marketers lives easier.
At the other end of web marketing are users, people like you and me who use the world-wide-web to fulfill their basic needs. Internet is the greatest source of information ever created and it has already affected our daily life radically, but guess what? The best has yet to come.