What is the process of creating a full website? How do I convert it to MVC or any DP structure?
Here's the normal process of creating a website :STEP ONEChoose The Best Website Building PlatformBefore you start worrying about colour schemes and domain names, you’ve got to decide what platform you’re going to build your website with. What do I mean by “platform”?Well, back in 90's, most sites were built using HTML (code), CSS and even Flash. These took a lot of time to learn and were tricky to master.That’s why most people still think creating a website from scratch is difficult or requires a lot of coding and design skills – but that’s no longer true!In 2016, content management systems (CMS) like WordPress have made creating a website accessible to everyone.To put simply, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML pages. Three Most Popular Site Building Platforms in 2016Image and data credit: OpenSourceCMS.comAs you can see from the graph above, nearly half of the websites on the Internet are running on WordPress website platform. Just look at those recent statistics made by W3 Techs and BuiltWith. Why WordPress is better than the rest?Because at this point there are no better/easier way to build a website… But more importantly,It’s totally FREE, with loads of layouts/themes to choose fromWordPress doesn’t cost a dime to download or install, and there’s a huge community who have designed beautiful themes and templates, making it easy to get going fast. You’ll never run out of uniqueness…It’s VERY beginner-friendlyIf you know how to use Microsoft Word, you already know how add your own content. WordPress can be expanded with free plugins to handle just about any site you can imagine – from gorgeous business pages to social networking sites. With “plugins” you’ll be able to add contact forms, subscription forms, image galleries and so on for your website – pretty simple, huh?Small or Big site? Doesn’t matter…From basic blogs to beautiful business sites and online stores, WordPress can handle just about any kind of website. WordPress is used by eBay, Mozilla, Reuters, CNN, Google Ventures and even NASA.Your site will mobile & tablet friendlyThe website you build will instantly be responsive, looking great on every mobile device, smartphone and tablet. No need to hire a web developer for that..There’s a HUGE support community available to helpWith so many people using the platform (Webmaster, Bloggers, Theme developers and Plugin creators), it’s easy to find QUICK help when you need it. In addition, WordPress has lots of free resources both available on Youtube and their support forum. Of course, there are other website building / CMS platforms, too.Drupal is a very powerful platform that is popular with web developers and experienced coders, but it comes with a very steep learning curve that makes it a bad choice for beginners.Joomla is similar to WordPress and works great for online stores, but you’ll need at least a little bit of technical coding to make it work the way you want.If you want more details, I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive comparison between WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.If for some reason you don’t want to build your site with WordPress, check out my Drupal, Joomla and HTML5 guides as well. They are all FREE to use. But for beginners, I strongly suggest sticking to WordPress.It’s the easiest platform I’ve ever worked with, but it’s flexible enough to suit everyone from small business owners, and freelancers to creative artists and bloggers.I absolutely love to see finished websites that my visitors have built…So don’t be afraid it to show it (if you want). I’ve answered loads of emails, so if you get stuck during set up process or just want to know my honest opinion, feel free to use my contact form.In Step 2, I’ll walk you through the process of choosing a domain name and finding a space to host your site.In Step 3, Once you have a domain name & hosting, I’ll show you how to install and customize your WordPress website. Don’t worry – I’ll walk you through the process, with lots of images as a reference.Remember, I’m here to help!STEP TWOChoosing a Domain Name and Web Host for Your WebsiteTo get a new website online, you’re going to need two things:A domain name (a web address like yoursitename.com)Hosting (a service that connects your site to the internet)The WordPress platform itself is free, but a domain name and hosting will cost you around $3 – $5 a month, but I’ll show you how to get one for free… However it costs less than a coffee, so it won’t break the bank.Owning your own domain name looks far more professional than having your site on someone else’s domain (like yourbusiness.my-free-website.com), and it’s super affordable, too.Plus, having your own hosting will also make sure your website loads quickly and won’t go down for hours at a time (pretty important for everyone who visits your pages.) Where do I get a domain name and hosting?I’ve mostly used www.Bluehost.com as a web hosting and domain registrar for myself and for my clients.They’re really affordable, have good customer service, and they’re currently throwing in a domain name for free – so it’s worth checking them out.When you get a domain name, you’ll also get a personal email account(s): you@YourSite.com – way more professional than a generic Gmail or Yahoo address.Already have a domain name and hosting? Go ahead and skip ahead to step 3, where I’ll explain how you can set up your website. What kind of domain name should I pick?As an easy starting point:If you’re making a website for your business, your domain name should match your company name. For example: YourCompanyName.comIf you’re planning to set up a website for yourself, then YourName.com can be a great option.Domain names usually end with .com, .org or .net, but in recent months, a huge amount of domain extensions (the end part of the web address, like .com) have come out, ranging from .agency to .pizza.My best advice? Avoid the weird extensions and go with .com, .net or .org unless they perfectly describe what you have to offer – and even then, see if you can find a more common name.While .com, .org and .net are commonly used and easily remembered, the domain extension craze hasn’t really gone mainstream yet – so people may not find you if you use a really different domain extension. Any additional tips for choosing my domain name?There are few things that can help you choosing your domain name:#1 Is it brandable? For example, if you make a site about poetry then best-poetry-website.net is not a good choice: poetryacademy.com or poetryfall.com is much better.#2 Is it memorable? Short, punchy and clear domain names are much easier to remember.If your domain name is too fuzzy, too long or spelled in a strange way, visitors may forget it.#2 Is it catchy? You want a name that rolls off the tongue, describes what you do and sticks head. Coming up with a cool name can be a bit tough since there are approximately 150 million active domain names in the world right now – but don’t give up.There’s one rule that always applies to domain names: If you like it, go for it. THINGS TO DO BEFORE NEXT STEP:Do some brainstorming to come up with a unique domain name that reflects your business, site or blog.Go ahead and secure yourself a domain name and web hosting through Bluehost.com (pretty simple process, but in case you get stuck, I’ve more in-depth explanation here)STEP THREESetting Up Your WordPress WebsiteOnce you’ve bought your domain name and set up your hosting, you’re well on your way!Now it’s time to get your website up and running. The first thing you’ll need to do is install WordPress to your domain. Installing WordPressThere are two possible ways to install WordPress, one MUCH easier than the other. 1. One-Click-installation for Websites like WordPress, Drupal, JoomlaAlmost every reliable and well-established hosting company has integrated 1-click-installation for WordPress, which makes getting going a snap.If you signed up with Bluehost or any other similar hosting company, you should find your “1-click-installation” in your account control panel.Here are the steps you should follow (should be similar/same on all the major web hosting companies):1. Log in to your hosting account.2. Go to your control panel.3. Look for the “WordPress” icon.4. Choose the domain where you want to install your website.5. Click the “Install Now” button and you should get access to your NEW WordPress website.Need a little more help installing WordPress? See this in-depth guide. 2. Manual install (if needed)If for some odd reason (some hosting companies don’t provide one-click-install for WordPress) you don’t have the possibility to install WordPress automatically, look this manual guide below:Installing WordPress ManuallyPssst – if they don’t have 1-click-installation, maybe you’re dealing with a bad host! Choosing a Theme/Template for your siteOnce you have successfully installed WordPress to your domain, you’ll see a very basic yet clean site:But you don’t want to look like everyone else, do you? That’s why you need a theme – a design template that tells WordPress how your website should look. See a sample version below:Here’s where it gets fun: There are thousands of awesome, professionally designed themes you can choose from and customize for a site that’s all your own. Here’s how to find a theme you like: 1. Log into your WordPress dashboardIf you’re not sure how, type in: http://yoursite.com/wp-admin (replace “yoursite” with your domain).This is what the WordPress dashboard looks like: Everything is easily labelled. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t sweat it – I’m going to show you where to go next. 2. Access FREE themesOnce you’re in the dashboard, you’ve got access to over 1500 free themes! Just look along the side bar for “Appearance”, then click “Themes”.If you want something more professional or elegant than what you find here, you can head over to ThemeForest.net where there’s a HUGE library of themes to pick from at varying costs.But before you do that, I really suggest you at least try spending some time browsing the free themes. Many of them are actually really professional and well made, so don’t write them off. As you can see above, installing a new theme for your website is very easy.You can search for specific keywords and/or use filters to find themes that suit your style. Finding the perfect theme can take a while, but it’s worth it.You should also look for themes that are “responsive”, as this means they will look good on any mobile device.Just punch it in as one of your keywords, and you’ll be all set! 3. Install your new themeOnce you have found a theme you like, installing it is as simple as clicking “Install” followed by “Activate”. IMPORTANT: Changing themes won’t delete your previous posts, pages and content. You can change themes as often as you want without having to worry about lose what you’ve created. How do I add content and create new pages?With your theme installed, you’re ready to start creating content. Let’s quickly run through some of the basics: Adding and editing pagesWant a “Services” page, or an “About Me” page (like I have on my menu at the top of the site?)1. Look along the sidebar in the WordPress Dashboard for “Pages” - “Add New”.2. Once you’ve clicked, you’ll find a screen that looks a lot like what you’ve maybe seen in Microsoft Word. Add text, images and more to build the page you want, then save it when you’re done. Adding pages to the menuIf you want your new page to be linked to in your navigation bar,1. Save any changes you’ve made to the page by clicking “Update”2. Click “Appearance” - “Menus” in the sidebar of the WordPress Dashboard3. Find the page you created and add it to the list by clicking the checkbox next to it and then “Add to Menu”. Adding and editing postsIf you have a blog on your website, “Posts” will be where you turn to next. You can use different categories to group similar posts.If you want to add a blog to your website, you can use different categories and posts. Let’s say you want to create a category named “Blog”. To do so, simply add it to your menu and start making posts.Here’s what you need to do:a. Create a new category by going to “Posts - Categories”ORb. Create a blog post by going to “Posts - Add New”. Once you’ve finished writing your blog post blog post is ready, you need to add the right category for it.Once you’ve created your category, simply add it to the menu, and you’re in business! Hope it helped!