Web design can be difficult, but Top Left Media makes it simple! We pride ourselves in building beautiful websites that work, and we know that nobody can top us which is why we provide FREE QUOTES to everyone that needs work! Also, we’re entrepreneurs at heart and know that not everyone has the budget right off the bat so we wrote tutorials so you can do it on your own.
No Purchase required for WordPress
One of the most common mistakes of web design is that beginners purchase the wrong website platform. Thankfully, you are here so you will not be making that same mistake. For most users, a self-hosted WordPress.org site is the perfect solution. It comes with thousands of themes and add-ons which allow you to design any kind of website you can think of. WordPress is free for anyone to download and use to design any kind of website without any restrictions.
If WordPress is free, then what do we need to purchase?
WordPress is a free open-sourced content management system (CMS), but you’ll still need to purchase your own domain name and hosting, that’s what costs money. (We talked about domains and hosting in web design fundamentals).
Don’t worry! Top Left Media makes it simple.
Our Toronto Web Design team will take care of every step for you so you don’t have to worry about that at all! We only charge one bill and do all the heavy lifting for you so you can keep making your business awesome and we’ll make your website beautiful!
Top Left Media’s Favourite Domain Provider
A domain name is your website’s address on the internet. This is what your users will type in their browsers to reach your site (For example, wpbeginner.com or google.com).
Top Left Media’s Favourite Hosting Provider
Next, you’ll need website hosting. All websites on the internet need hosting. This will be your website’s home on the internet. A domain name typically costs $14.99/year and hosting costs start from $7.99/month. But Top Left Media has got you covered, ALWAYS. Whether or not you want to let us do your web design for you we’ll always make sure you get the best bang for your buck. So yet again our partners at HostGator has got you linked up with an awesome promo code.
Note: At Top Left Media, we believe in transparency. If you purchase hosting or your domain using our referral link, then we will get a small commission at no additional cost to you. In fact, you will get the discount on hosting or domain name. We would get this commission for recommending any WordPress hosting company, but we only recommend products that we personally use and believe will add value to our readers.
Let’s Purchase Our Web Design Tools
That’s pretty much all you need to know, but since we’re talking about web design here’s a visual guide. So let’s go ahead and purchase this domain name and hosting!
First, you’ll need to go to the HostGator website in a new browser window and click on the green ‘Get Started!’ button.
Select a Plan
This will bring you to a pricing page where you will need to choose a pricing plan for your website. Personally, I find the most value for your dollar is the “Baby Plan” but today we’re going to show you how to get the cheapest website possible!
Select the Hatchling plan and enter a domain you want.
Ideally, you should stick to a .com domain name. Make sure that it is related to your business, easy to pronounce and spell, and easy to remember.
After choosing your domain name, you’ll want to get rid of the add-ons. (We’re going for the cheapest plan possible). Some of these add-ons are nice to have *cough* privacy *cough*, but we want to make sure you get to save that money especially when you’re on a budget, trust, we get it.
How To Get The Cheapest Website Possible
Get rid of Domain Privacy Protection $14.95/Year
Choose just one month of the hatchling plan to get it for a penny
Enter your billing information
Uncheck some more additional add-ons
- SiteLock Monitoring
- Site Backup
We generally don’t recommend purchasing these extras because you don’t usually need them. And you can always add them later on if you decide that you need them.
Now to get those tasty savings all you need to do is click promo code and enter:
Which means you’ll get an entire website for just under $14! Now we get to go into the exciting part…. WEB DESIGN!!!
This is where Top Left Media excels at and we always puts our focus on your business first! We design based on your business needs and makes sure that our website convert to achieve your goals! Feel free to message us for a quote today so you’ll be sure to have our tried and true methods that actually work!
Congrats! After completing your purchase, you’ll receive an email with details on how to login to your web hosting control panel (cPanel). This is your hosting dashboard where you’ll manage everything like getting support, setting up emails, etc. Most importantly, this is where you’ll install WordPress and start your process of web design!