Can you please tell me the steps in detail regarding how to make a website live?
Although it’s a very simple & common question but very essential one for all first timers who have never worked on making a website live.
This is not at all tough but have you remembered the experience of very first day when you did it? So everybody has to face & overcome the hurdle of that very first day of anything.
So in that day we all look for any expert advice on how should we proceed, what will be the exact steps etc. Because your site is ready, now you just have to make it live to show the world.
By remembering this I was thinking, why not write a simple article which will define all the required steps for making a website live.
These are very basic & common steps, just follow the order and do the job as prescribed here. It’s a simple step by step guide for all the beginners.
Here are the steps, just have a look
1. Check Availability & Purchase Domain
So, you have developed your website and decided a solid name too but have you ever checked whether the exact domain name is available or not?
Because selecting a good name is tough but getting a domain name with your preferred extension (.com/ .in etc.) is tougher.
So from the very beginning, after deciding an actual name always check the domain name availability with extension side by side.
Otherwise many time it happens that you have selected a name but at the final moment during domain buying you found out the exact domain name is unavailable.
So run a domain name search continuously when deciding names because you don’t know which domain name will you get.
Now if you have finalized the name & domain name both then purchase the domain immediately.
It’s the very first step.
2. Get a suitable Hosting Provider
Now the second step is finding a suitable web hosting provider according to your requirement & budget.
It’s mandatory because it’s the space where your website will be hosted to serve the global audience.
There are different Hosting providers with many types of Hosting plans. So how will you choose a reputed Web Hosting company?
So ask any expert or study popular forums or blogs to gain knowledge and after making a firm decision buy a hosting plan from a chosen provider.
So the initial two steps are done, these two are the major ones for making your website live. Till now you have purchased Domain Name & Hosting Service, next is what?
3. Visit, Check & Study the cPanel thoroughly
After buying the Hosting package enter into your main account then take some time & study different sections. It’s vital.
Then go to cPanel because it’s the main Control Panel of your website. Check & thoroughly study different segments of it with different features.
This is important for various reasons like, when you have to create Databases, add New Users, create Email Accounts, FTP accounts, taking backups, applications install etc.
So there are lots of things which you can do from cPanel, so study before diving deeper or moving further.
4. Set up FTP Accounts
Now the next step is setting up FTP account (s). Creating & knowing how to work using FTP is really important.
Because when you have to incorporate any changes on the live site the best practice is doing via FTP. So at first you have to create it.
So create FTP account (s) first & give the details to the respective person who will take care of this. If you are the sole owner then it’s always your property.
After creating a FTP account, download any FTP client like FileZilla or Cyberduck and configure that with the credentials and check whether everything is working fine or not.
5. Create all the Email Accounts
The next step is to create email ids for all key persons related to your website or the business for which the website is getting developed.
6. Migrate your site into live server
Now the main migration part, migrate your website from your local server to live server. Otherwise how will people know about it?
So migrate the website carefully by following standard practices. Then move to the next or final part.
7. Check, Test & Fix
After that run a thorough testing to check out all the flaws, rectify it and launch your dream website in front of the global audience
Hurrah……….. you have made it ! Your website is live now.
Isn’t it simple?