Do you want to learn how to create a website free of cost of hiring a web designer or a website design company in Nigeria?
The BIG QUESTION is…
How Much does it Cost to Create a Website in Nigeria today?
A standard 5-page basic website costs from between 75,000 to 150,000 Naira. The cost could get up to N10Million and above all depends on the features you want the website to have. However, some web designers offer cheap websites ranging from N23,000 for small, medium scale industries.
In this post, I will show you EXACTLY how to create a website in Nigeria with just three simple, fast and easy steps free of charge (FOC).
Infact, this is the exact process I use in creating awesome websites that clients love.
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If you want to go a bit further than this guide offers, my book will teach you how to create a website from scratch using HTML, CSS and JQUERY.
The BIG DEAL?
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The best part?
You’ll learn how to do all this by yourself – call it DIY if you like.
Before I go any further, let me quickly outline my 3 simple steps on…
How To Create A Website in Nigeria:
- Choose a Domain Name and Hosting
- Install WordPress (A Content Management System)
- Customize Your WordPress Website
- Frequently asked Questions, FAQ
- BONUS: Learn how to Create a Website from Scratch Using HTML (step by step), CSS and JQUERY (FREE ebook in pdf)
Let’s move quickly (No much time? WATCH VIDEO):
CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME & HOSTING
In this step, will show you, step by step how to choose a domain name and hosting for your website in Nigeria.
Before I move any further, there’s a QUICK POINT to consider.
Price of Hosting a Website in Nigeria
The price of hosting a website in Nigeria varies according to the choice of domain extention as you would find out as we progress in this guide.
For example, a “.ng” extention would be far more expensive than a “.com.ng” domain type.
Compared to their foreign counterparts which is usually far more expensive (no thanks to huge difference in exchange rates), most web hosting companies in Nigeria don’t do monthly payments for hosting. What you usually get is an annual fee which could range from N10,000 to N100,000 and above all depending on features that your website has.
This annual cost includes domain name and hosting (again all depending on the package and your requirements).
Now, let’s dive right into the steps involved in this phase.
To get started, follow this link. This will take us to where we can quickly register our domain (it also gives steps on how to buy a domain name in Nigeria).
Locate and click on the “Domain Registration” tab from the navigation menu on the site.
This will take you to the form below where you can quickly search for your preferred domain name.
In our case, we’re searching for “dogfoodng.com”
After that enter the code supplied on the captcha dialogue.
If our domain name is available, it quickly pops up, but if not, we will need to either add something extra to the domain or explore other extensions (e.g. instead of “.com”, we could add “.net, .biz, .org etc”)
Click on search button.
Our “dogfoodng.com” domain is available.
Next thing for us to do now is to purchase the domain by paying for it.
So click on “Add to cart” and then CHECKOUT.
This quickly informs you that you don’t have a hosting package attached to your domain.
Now you have two options for this:
1. Get in touch with me for a hosting (I have a reseller plan) OR
2. Just simply purchase a hosting package on this platform that will meet your needs.
Scroll down and click on CONTINUE.
After this time, you will be taken to REVIEW & CHECKOUT which gives you your order summary
Click on CHECKOUT which prompts you to fill out a form…
Quickly fill out form.
The next step here is to pay for your domain and of course, hosting.
You have 3 options:
1. Bank Deposit
2. Bank Transfer &
3. ATM Card
After you pay, you will be sent an email with login details to your new website which will be required in the next step…
INSTALL WORDPRESS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
WordPress is popular amongst small and big business owners, bloggers, journalists and digital marketers in Nigeria today.
Research holds that WordPress has a major market share in the industry.
After the email with your CONTROL PANEL (CPANEL) LOGIN details, head over to your website (Remember our domain, dogfoodng.com, is just fictitious)
For demonstration purposes, we are using Nurturedscills.net (an existing domain)
- Pop up your details from your email and head over to your cpanel login using details sent to you via email.
- You will be prompted to input your username and password.
- Do that right away, click on LOG IN and you will be taken to your cpanel home page.
- Quickly head over to Softaculous Apps Installer.
- Locate and click on WordPress and proceed with instructions to install the app. In installing WordPress, it’s important to note that the application can be installed in two ways:1. On the floor of your domain or2. In a Directory you specify.For our lesson, we have installed WordPress in a directory we called “dogfoodng”Fill out the required fields for the WordPress installation with relevant informationFinally, before clicking on INSTALL button, enter your preferred email address where details of WordPress installation will be sent.
After installation, a page shows up indicating that WordPress was installed successfully and gives two links to view your WordPress website and to log into your WordPress Admin.
You want to try out seeing how your website looks like with WordPress 2019 default theme.
Again, you want to try to log into your WordPress website through admin and explore world’s most preferred content management system.
After you’re done, you may want to logout
STEP 3 CUSTOMISE YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE
Finally we want to customize our WordPress website to look unique and professional in some way.
To Start customizing your website fast and easy, you will need to log back in with details you inputted when installing WordPress from Softaculous Apps Installer while we were at the Control Panel.
Install New Theme called ASTRA
While logged into WordPress dashboard, head over to Appearance>>ThemesWhile at themes, you will see already installed themes for your immediate use.
You will also see the current theme (Twenty Nineteen) activated for our website.
However, we are not interested in the 3 themes installed so we are going to install a new theme.
Still under Themes, head over to ADD NEW
In the search bar to your right, type in ASTRA and go ahead and install then activate theme
Our next action under this step is to install a plug-in.
Plug-ins extends the capacity of applications.
In this case, we are extending the default capacity of our theme in WordPress to do beyond the ordinary
This will enable you choose from a variety of websites to customize from.
The websites come in form of a Joint Package.
Of course When I say joint package you’d wonder where my mind races.
Okay, I’ll explain briefly.
Remember Joint Demand in Economics?
Joint demands are products you buy that come with other packages.
For instance when you buy a car, you’d need to buy fuel/gas to run the car. If the tyres are bad, you’d need to purchase and replace the bad tyres if you don’t want to have a hard time with law officials on the road.
In the same vein, these ASTRA Websites comes with a total website package: Home, About, Services Gallery, Contact Form etc. Everything you need to get your website (in its entirety) up and running (LIVE).
Now, lets move:
Head over to the dashboard and locate PLUGINS and click on ADD NEW
Move over to the search field and enter ASTRA STARTER SITES
Once it shows up, install and activate the ASTRA STARTER SITES plugin.
Our next step is to install a Page Builder.
A Page builder enables you to handle web applications like your regular graphic applications.
Some choose to call page builders a “drag and drop” tool.
This plugin enables you tailor your website without need to see any line of code.
It makes you treat web package like your regular graphic design package.
That’s really cool.
Remember our goal is to build a website fast and easy without seeing any form of code (which will start giving us headache abi?)
So we move ahead and choose ELEMENTOR.
Astra Starter Sites plugin displays many ready to use templates (some free, some premium).
You could easily choose anyone that suits your need and then proceed to customize it the way you like.
Import your site of choice into WordPress (it takes a couple of minutes)
After importing, view site and see how your new site template looks like
In one word:
Now the next action under this step is to start customizing to suit our needs.
How do we customize?
Head back up on your current page and locate EDIT WITH ELEMENTOR
Elementor is a powerful modern page builder or drag and drop tool you can use to easily tailor your WordPress website to look exactly the way you like.
In our case, we will use tool to quickly see how we can edit text, images to suit what we want.
In the ELEMENTOR mode, on the home page, start changing text and other web properties
Change all text by simply clicking on text with cursor
Change images by simply clicking on icon and the top right corner of the image.
It is important to note that ELEMENTOR controls elements within the body section of your web page.
A basic WordPress web page is configured in three different sections as outlined below:
1. Header section
2. Body Section
3. Footer Section
To edit elements within the header section, you will need to go off the ELEMENTOR area.
But before you exit the ELEMENTOR end, be sure to save changes by clicking on UPDATE at the bottom of ELEMENTOR tool bar.
Now, back to editing content within the HEADER section of our website.
After exiting the ELEMENTOR end, head over to APPEARANCE drop down and click on CUSTOMIZE
Here we will try to see how we can change the logo:
Head over to LAYOUT >> HEADER >> SITE IDENTITY
On the LOGO end click CHANGE LOGO button. This will quickly take you up to your website’s MEDIA LIBRARY page where you can choose and select your logo. The next step is that it will prompt you to crop logo (incase you want to cut anything off).
To save changes in this section, you will need to click on the PUBLISH button right at the top as shown below
After this feel free to change anything you like (including your logo by making one yourself or getting a logo designer to create one for you) and you will be on your way to setting up your beautiful WordPress website in no time.
So that’s all it takes to build a website fast and easy with just 3 simple steps.
So what are you waiting for?
Jumpstart your online business today with an easy to create WordPress website right now.
Remember you can still achieve quite a lot this year with your website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, FAQ
What amount does it cost to make a basic site in Nigeria?
At Nurturedscills, we do a basic web page for as small as N4,999 after the home page which attracts N9,999 only (all exclusive of domain and hosting). On the flip side, you could just purchase a domain name and hosting and build your website using this guide.
What amount does it cost to structure an eCommerce site?
With this same guide, you can create an ecommerce platform. If there are additional help you’ll need, shoot me an email.
How would you create a website for free?
WordPress.com provides free hosting for your website. However the shortfall is that you’d still be a tenant i.e. your domain is not independent. Simple terms, your domain will soud like this: yourname.wordpress.com.
There are other platforms also that provides free hosting, domain for your free website but the situation remain same as earlier stated.
How can I make my own site?
Indeed. You can do so utilizing this FREE guide.
What is the most preferred Website Builder for Starters?
If you’re just starting up, WordPress remains the best content management system to use in building your website. And it’s FREE!!!
What’s the most ideal approach to create a site?
If you’re a DIY, like me, go with this guide. If not, get a web designer to help you create a website. If you want to upscale, get a web design company to help you create your desired website.
Here’s What To Do Next…
OK so I hope this guide helped show how you can create a website in Nigeria fast and east.
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