There are several simple steps you need to follow, if you want to build a website using Joomla.
The first step is that of buying a domain name for the website you will be building using Joomla. So you start by thinking of an ideal domain name for the website you will be building. Then you go ahead to register that domain name. If someone else has already registered the same exact domain name, you will have two options. One is that of registering another ‘almost similar’ domain name. The other option is that of contacting the people who have registered the domain name you desired, to see if they are open to the idea of selling it to you. Oftentimes, these domain names are registered by people who are known as ‘cyber squatters’ — with a view of selling them later to other people who may desire them. Thus, for instance, an opportunistic cyber-squatter may have registered a domain name like, say, www.upsers.com. They would have done so knowing that, at some point, the folks at UPS would require the domain name, for UPSers registration purposes. So you need to be aware of this trend where people register desirable domain names, with a view to sell them later.
The second step is that of signing up for a web hosting plan. Ideally, you should sign up for a web hosting plan that has Joomla as one of the CMSs on offer. This way, you wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of installing Joomla manually. But if you sign up for a web hosting plan that doesn’t have Joomla as one of the CMSs on offer, you would have to install Joomla yourself, and that can be quite trying.
The third step is that of creating the pages that are to constitute the website. In Joomla, the pages are referred to as ‘articles’. So you just click to start a new ‘article’ and proceed to set up the content you desire. Before you get to this step, you may need to first select an appropriate Joomla template, and proceed to install it. Joomla templates make it possible for you to change the appearance of your Joomla website, so that it looks exactly the way you want it to look. Some Joomla templates are available for free. Others are available at a fee. The most important thing is to select the best Joomla template for your website.