Last updated on July 17th, 2019
Learning how to create a website in Nigeria could just be the necessary boost you need to scale up your business.
It’s no doubt that the internet is exploding with sales and if you don’t have a website already for your business be it large scale or small scale means you’re missing out on the internet goodies.
Creating a website for your business will not only bring professionalism but also allow you to find new customers on the internet.
As a business owner, you’ll want to easily share your product and services with the whole world. And this can only be done easily by creating a business website.
Having a website will easily spread the news about your brand and grow your business more quickly.
However, this used to be a big deal before, but now you can easily create a website in Nigeria without having to know any code about web development!
In this article, you can rest assured of creating your website yourself without having to pay any developer!
I’ll hold you by hands and show you step by step on how to successfully build your website.
Without any further ado… let’s get down to it!
How to Create a Website in Nigeria – (Step by Step Guide)
Let’s a take a look at the overview of what you will learn in other to successfully create your website without hiring any developer:
- Choosing Your Website Platform
- Buying Domain & Hosting Your Website
- Setting Up your Website by Installing WordPress
- Adding Your Website Pages
- Choosing a template for Your Website Design
- Adding WordPress Plugin for More Functionality
- Summary of Everything
Step 1. Choosing Your Website Platform
This is where building your website could go wrong from the on-set if care is not taken.
The biggest and common mistake most beginners make is choosing the wrong platform for their website.
Well, luckily you’re here, so you won’t be making that kind of mistake. So, for building your website I’m going to recommend the only best platform out there which is WordPress.
WordPress is the most popular website builder in the whole wide world and it powers over 34% of the entire website on the internet.
This includes millions of small and large scale business website all over the world. The best thing about WordPress is that it’s perfect for both newbie and experienced web developer.
You’ll have access to thousands of pre-made website templates, add-ons and extensions to easily build your site.
All these will give you the ability to be able to build any kind of website without knowing any codes whatsoever!
However, you should know there are two types of WordPress; we have the WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
The real one being the WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform while WordPress.com is a hosted platform.
That is, users can only pay to use their full potential service (WordPress.com) while WordPress.org is hosted by you through your domain and web hosting provider.
The recommended among the two is WordPress.org because it gives you full ownership of your website.
Step 2. Buying Domain & Hosting your website
To successfully create your website you’re going to need the following:
- A Domain Name
- Web hosting
- A couple of hours to set it up
Your domain name is your unique website address. For example, torchbankz.com
This is very important to your website because:
- It defines your business brand
- And it gives people an idea of what your business is all about
So, it’s always important to take time while choosing your domain name because it’s going to go a long way with the branding of your business.
I’ll recommend you go for a catchy and easy to remember domain name that goes well with your business name.
Most importantly, keep it simple and easy to pronounce.
Web hosting, on the other hand, is your website home and where all your files will be stored.
Think of it as the actual house while your domain name is the address to that house.
Your web host is actually the most important part because you can’t have a website with just a domain name. You’ll need a hosting platform to make it visible on the internet.
For this, I can gladly recommend one of the best for you, which is… BlueHost! This is a wonderful platform with great customer service; you can always expect great service in return for your money.
Plus you’ll be getting a free domain name without paying a penny and a huge discount on the hosting price.
The cost of creating a website in Nigeria with Bluehost is around $48/year which is quite reasonable.
Why do I Recommend BlueHost?
Bluehost is currently hosting over 2million websites across the globe and they have a 99.9% uptime guarantee.
This simply means you can rest assured that your website is not going down any time soon.
I believe using Bluehost is going save you whole lots of stress and save you lots of money in the long run. Below are the highlights of why they are considered one of the best web hosting providers.
- It crazily loads fast
- Comes with a Pre-installed WordPress
- Free SSL certificate
- You’ll also get a free domain name
- 30 days money back guarantee
- Officially recommended by WordPress.org
- Well established web hosting company
- Easy to use Cpanel
- Free technical support and many others
I’ve changed my web hosting provider for three times and I can gladly recommend Bluehost for any of my blog readers.
This will save you from the kind of ordeal I went through while using a wrong hosting provider for my website.
Since that’s out of the way… now, we need to go and purchase the web hosting then get our domain name for free!
What you need to do now is visit the Bluehost website and opens it on another tab. You can then continue with this tutorial to create your website.
Click on the “Get Started Now” button to continue.
At the next page, you will be asked to choose a pricing plan for your web host. Since you’re just getting started, you can start with the Basic plan and later upgrade if need be.
Simple click on the “Select” button as showed on the image to choose your plan and move to the next step.
Next, you’ll be asked to choose your domain name for your website and if you have one already, you just have to enter it in the next box at the right-hand side.
Note: If you decided to use another domain name from a different provider you’ll need to point to Bluehost nameservers.
After getting your domain name, you’ll need to enter your contact information in other to create an account with Bluehost for you automatically.
Meanwhile, the next page will ask you to choose your package plan. You’ll have the option to choose from 12, 36 or 60-month straight subscription.
The price will be brought down based on the month’s package you choose. Also, note that you don’t need to tick any of the additional boxes except for “Domain Privacy Protection”
Finally, on the next page, you need to enter your credit cards details to check out. After that scroll down and tick the “Terms of Service” to agree then finally click the submit button.
Your website is almost ready now!
Step 3: Setting Up your Website by Installing WordPress
After purchasing your hosting plan, your account information must have been sent to your signed up email address.
Immediately after that, Bluehost will prompt you to choose a theme for your website. You can decide to choose anyone because you can always change it any time you want.
From the account information sent to your email address, there’ll be a link to create a new password for you to login to your account.
Once you’ve chosen your password, you can log in to your Bluehost control panel.
Remember I told you that Bluehost has WordPress pre-install so you don’t have to worry about installing it again.
You just have to set up your WordPress site by entering your site name and tag line. For the Site Name, in my case its “Torchbankz”, while the Tag line is what is the website is all about.
Next, you’ll need to login to your WordPress admin dashboard to start customizing your website.
You can either log in directly from your Bluehost control panel by clicking the “Login to WordPress” button.
Or log in through your WordPress by visiting your “www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin or www.yourdomain.com/login
Once in your WordPress admin dashboard, the interface should look like this…
From your WordPress admin area, you can change your settings, create several pages about your business and manage the entire site.
Step 4. Adding Your Website Pages
After installing the WordPress your website is now live! However, you’ll need to create some important pages to add your business information.
Business websites are not loaded with a pile of content, you just need the essential ones. So, for this you need to create a simple page with your business information and for other users.
To create a new page, you’ll need to login to your WordPress admin area, then go to Pages >> Add New.
You don’t have to worry about putting the perfect content there, you could always come back to edit it. In addition, adding a couple of images to it will also make it stand out.
Below are some of the most common pages used for business layout:
Homepage – the “Homepage” is the welcome page of your website. That is, this is the first page every visitor visiting your website is going to see.
At the home page, you can add your business name with a ‘call to action’ to your products/services or to your contact us page.
Add a brief description of what your business is all about and why your customers should patronize you.
Contact Us – the “Contact Us” page is where your users/potential customers will be able to reach or contact you.
For this, you need to install a contact form plugin in other to do this or simply add your phone number or your business physical address.
About Us – this is the page where potential customers can go to know more about the people behind a business before they can make their final decision.
Your “About Us” page should tell users or potential customers who you are, what are your business values and your relevant experience in your chosen industry and why people should patronize your business.
Products/Services – this page should contain your various products/services you’re offering.
Try as much as possible to add a heading for each product/service and provide a brief description. You could also add pricing or simply ask them to contact you for a quote.
Finally, you can create as many relevant pages as you need!
Step 5. Choosing a template for Your Website Design
Normally, WordPress comes with a default theme that you can use. However, if you don’t like it there are thousands of free and paid website themes you can install to customize the looks of your website.
You can watch the short video to learn more about how to install a new theme
Once you have chosen your theme and have it installed, you can then proceed to customize it.
At first, it may seem uneasy but tweaking around it over time will get you used to it. To customize your theme, from your WordPress admin area, go to Appearance >> Customize…
Now from here, you can add your site navigation menus, change colors and more. Once you’re satisfied with the design to make sure you publish it to save your changes.
Step 6. Adding WordPress Plugin for More Functionality
WordPress has over 50,000 free plugins that you can easily install and activate on your website. There’s virtually no feature you want that is without a plugin.
The interesting part is you can use these plugin to add several features to your website without having to touch or know a single code.
Below are a few recommended plugins you might need to install on your new business website:
- WPForms – the WPForm add contact forms to your website. This way, your users can easily connect with you using the forms.
- Yoast SEO – the Yoast SEO plugin improves your website for search engine optimization. This way, you’ll be able to generate free internet traffic your website.
- UpdraftPlus – the Updraft plugin helps back up your website content in case the unusual happens.
- MonsterInsights – this is a Google Analytics plugin that helps track your website visitors.
- WP Super Cache – this one increases your website performance and site speed by adding cache.
How to Create a Website in Nigeria (Summary)
Here’s a quick recap of everything you need to do…
First, you need to come up with a domain name for your website. After that, head over to Bluehost and choose your hosting plan.
Bluehost has WordPress pre-installed. So, you should n’t be worried about installing WordPress on your Website.
After your check out on Bluehost, simply log in to your Bluehost control panel to set up your WordPress.
After that, log in to WordPress and create the necessary page about your business. Next, install a theme, customize and finally install other plugins for more functionality.
I hope this article helped you learn how to create a website in Nigeria.
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