Hey there! My name is Samuel Monard and some of you here may know me from the TMDHosting Technical Support Team :) Today I am joining my colleagues Morgan Collins and Brandon Fiery in their exciting journey around the world of web hosting which we will be describing in our new series called Tech Wednesday. We aim in releasing two exquisite technical articles every week on Wednesday and we will be trying to cover as much topics in the web hosting field as possible. Of course, if you insist on something more specific, please let us know in the comments below!
I can assure you that it is NOT as hard as it sounds to have a modern, fully functional and easy to maintain website.
Let’s face it – until recently it was quite a hustle to have your own personal or corporate website. It was a long, exhausting and expensive process where you had to fill endless questionnaires, to deal and negotiate with developers to achieve the proper design and desired functionality. It’s time to forget about all this because now you can easily setup your own website in just three super easy steps with TMDHosting!
All you need is to decide what you want, to make a super quick and easy installation with our automatic system and to customize your new website the way you want!
Now, let’s have a look at those three easy steps!
Step 1. THE BIG DECISION
This first step is actually the most important one because you have to decide for yourself what kind of website you will need. Do you need a personal blog? Maybe you’re going to build a community website or perhaps an online shop? Why not build a learning system where you can teach your students?
Whether you already know what you need or you’re still not sure what will work best for you, TMDHosting is here to help you make the best decision. We offer a wide variety of the most powerful Content Management Systems (CMS) which are available for free.
We advise you to spend a little time to get to know what each CMS is about to help you decide what will work best for you. Please, take your time to carefully make your decision because you do not want to spend time and effort on the wrong CMS where you will enter your content only to find out that you actually need another CMS and start from the beginning.
For your convenience, here are some of the most popular, user friendly and, most importantly, open-source (free) applications you can use to build your website:
WordPress – WordPress is a free and open source content-management system (CMS). It is super user friendly, very easy to use and maintain. WordPress offers regular updates to keep your website safe and up-to-date. The WordPress internet community is very large and you can be sure there are many people willing to help you.
What is it good for? – For almost anything. With WordPress you can build your personal blog, a community website or even a big corporation website for your business.
What type of hosting do I need for this software? – You can start building your WordPress website with any of our shared hosting plans without any difficulties.
Ease of use: 10/10
Joomla! – Joomla! is a free and open source content management system. Joomla is perhaps the most popular CMS or, at least, the one with the biggest community base online. There are literally millions of free themes, different components and modules to help you create wide variety of websites and achieve amazing functionality. From personal websites, through strong online business presence, to complex CMS solutions, online stores and many more, Joomla! is always a good idea. With the thousands of free and commercial components available online on the Joomla community, you can transform your website functionality with just a couple of clicks.
What type of hosting do I need for this software? – You can start building your Joomla! website with any of our shared hosting plans without any difficulties.
Ease of use: 9/10
Dolphin – Dolphin is a free open-source Community Management System. With Dolphin you can start your community website within minutes as Dolphin CMS has everything a community might need – events, videos, sounds, voice and video chat, forum, blog, etc.
What type of hosting do I need for this software? – You can start building your Dolphin website with any of our shared hosting plans without any difficulties.
Ease of use: 8/10
vTiger – If you need a solution for your business, vTiger is the application you might be looking for. vTiger is a free open-source client relationship manager (CRM) software solely intended to improve sales conversions, extend marketing reach, and build lasting customer relationships.
What type of hosting do I need for this software? – You can start building your vTiger website with any of our shared hosting plans without any difficulties.
Ease of use: 7/10
OpenCart – If you are looking for easy to use online shopping cart to start selling your products then OpenCart might be the best choice for you. It is a free online shopping cart system which has a great community base with lots of themes and extensions. However, it might not be the best choice for online shops with large number of products or projects with very specific needs.
What type of hosting do I need for this software? – You can start building your OpenCart website with any of our shared hosting plans without any difficulties.
Ease of use: 9/10
Magento – Behold the king of all shopping carts… or at least their big brother which can provide you with endless features for your online store and products customization. With Magento you can have exactly what you’ve ever wanted and imagined if you know how to achieve it. This free application has very large community base which can provide you with more than enough information in case you need it for your project.
What type of hosting do I need for this software? – You can start building your Magento website with any of our shared hosting plans without any difficulties.
Ease of use: 5/10
Step 2. CREATING YOUR WEBSITE.
This is the easiest step in the process even though it may sound difficult. For your convenience, TMD Hosting provides you with one magical tool called Softaculous. Softaculous is a script library that automates the installation of commercial and free, open source web applications. Softaculous is an amazing tool with which you can install any of the applications we mentioned above and/or hundreds of other similar applications which you might find suitable for your needs.
For a complete list of applications available in the Softaculous, please click HERE
You can find your Softaculous tool inside your cPanel -> Software/Services -> Softaculous
Install Step 1. Select your desired application. For example, lets say you want to install WordPress on your account, click on the WordPress install button.
Install Step 2. Configure your application installation – make sure you’re installing it in the correct folder and click the install button at the bottom of the page to begin the installation process.
Install Step 3. In just a few seconds your installation should be completed. Congratulations! You just have successfully installed your website all by yourself. Now you will be able to login into your website with the desired login details and proceed with the creation of your website content.
Step 3. CUSTOMIZING YOUR NEWLY CREATED WEBSITE.
This is the last step where you can customize your website to your needs. Here are some of the things that you might want to install:
Extensions: The extensions can basically add additional features to your website. For example, you can add custom Contact Us form in your WordPress website or LiveChat extension for your online store to engage your visitors into conversations.
Here are some links to the extensions directories for the above-mentioned applications:
WordPress – http://wordpress.org/plugins/
Joomla – http://extensions.joomla.org/
Dolphin – http://www.boonex.com/market
vTiger – https://www.vtiger.com/add-ons/
OpenCart – http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension
Magento – http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/
Themes: To achieve the desired layout for your website you can start by finding the proper theme/template for it. TMDHosting can help you by providing you with lots of templates which are available to our customers for free. Below is a list of TMDHosting template directories:
WordPress – http://www.tmdhosting.com/templates/free-wordpress-themes.html
Joomla – http://www.tmdhosting.com/templates/free-joomla-templates.html
Dolphin – http://www.tmdhosting.com/templates/free-dolphin-templates.html
OpenCart – http://www.tmdhosting.com/templates/free-opencart-templates.html
Magento – http://www.tmdhosting.com/templates/free-magento-themes.html
All of our free templates will come with installation instructions inside the package. However, if you experience any difficulties with their installation, please, do not hesitate to contact us. Our support team will be more than glad to assist you with the installation of your desired theme.
Hopefully you have enjoyed a good read here. Stay tuned as in our next article we will take a closer look of the process of customization, installation of plugins and themes for your WordPress website. Coming soon in the Tech Wednesday series.