How to open a successful website

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Lluís Enric Mayans
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Whether you want to open your first website, expand your current site to make it known to more people or open an e-commerce to sell online, one of the first things you need to do is get yourself a domain, that is the address that users will type in their browsers to reach the site.


The choice of the domain is essential to be easily recognizable and traceable by visitors; I therefore advise you to choose one not very long, easy to remember and write. Also, I highly recommend you to buy more extensions (Eg. tuonome.com, tuonome.com e tuonome.cloud), in order to increase your presence on the Net and be found more easily by users.


Aruba allows you to register domains in a very simple way, with the possibility to choose between over 700 extensions available and to add also 5 personalized 1 GB mailboxes (complete with access via Webmail, antispam and antivirus): ideal for presenting yourself professionally in the eyes of the public.

Prices start at 0,99 euros + VAT the first year. The renewal has a price starting from 9,99 euros + VAT / year in the case of the domain only and starting from 15,49 euros + VAT / year in the case of a domain with email. The price includes domain registration, Swite service to create websites automatically updated from social media, DNS management, redirect management and 24-hour assistance. And if you already have a domain, Aruba offers you the option of transfer it in just a few clicks.

To get a domain, just click on purchase button of the service you prefer (eg. Domain with email), check at of the domain of your interest, choose the extensions to buy (eg. .com, it e . EU; as already mentioned, I suggest you register more extensions to get more visibility) and continue with the on-screen instructions. So you just need to select i Skills to include in the package, log in to yours Aruba account (or create one), enter i give required and pay with the method you prefer (eg PayPal, card or bank transfer). Find more information on the Aruba website.



CMS the sitebuilder

When you are about to create an Internet site, be it a site aimed at promoting your business, a personal blog or an e-commerce, it is important to choose which tools to use to build the site.

One of the first choices to make, in this sense, is that relating to the use of a CMS or of an sitebuilder. If you are not particularly familiar with these terms, do not worry: I will immediately tell you what it is and what differences there are between these two approaches.

Un CMS (Acronym for Content Management System, which in cittàn we could translate as "content management system") is a software that, installed on your Web space (hosting, which I will talk about later), allows you to manage the contents of your site in detail Web, blog or e-commerce. This allows you to have maximum flexibility and to customize every aspect of your site, even by putting your hand to its code (even if it is not necessary, as most of the CMS are very simple to use). Another advantage of CMS is that they can be expanded by installing third-party plugins and themes, in order to expand the functionality of your site.

There are CMS of various types, suitable for various purposes and types of sites to be created: the most famous is certainly WordPress (which I'll tell you about in more detail shortly), ideal for sites and blogs, but that's thanks to the plugin WooCommerce it also becomes perfect for the creation and management of e-commerce.


I sitebuilder on the other hand, they offer a simplified and even more immediate approach to the creation of websites. In fact, they allow you to create websites, blogs and e-commerce without putting your hand to code, through convenient wizards and ready-to-use themes ( fully customizable in a very simple way).


The construction of the pages takes place through the visual editors in which just select any element (eg a text, a photo, a video or the widget of a social network) to modify it, move it or delete it. Then there are many elements (widgets) ready to use that can be selected and added to the pages with a simple drag-and-drop, among them: text fields, single photos, galleries, social buttons, payment buttons and product lists for e-commerce, maps and contact forms.

On the other hand, in a sitebuilder, there are fewer possibilities for customization and expansion than in CMS, but the ease of management is certainly greater.

In conclusion, we can therefore say that i CMS are more flexible compared to sitebuilders as they offer more "room to maneuver"; however, they require a little more effort for their management: you need to learn how to manage plugins and themes (which must be kept up to date, as well as the CMS itself) and, if you want to go deeper into the customization of your site, you have to also put your hand to the code.

I sitebuilder they are a little more limited, but they undoubtedly represent the the most suitable solution for those taking their first steps in the world of website creation, as they allow you to do everything visually and in a few clicks, while still guaranteeing professional-level results.


Whatever your choice, I recommend that you take a look at the solutions proposed by Aruba, which focus on both the use of CMS (with domain, web space, pre-installed CMS and, in the case of managed hosting, also automatic updating of CMS, themes and plugins), both on sitebuilder (with, also in this case, domain and hosting included). Let me tell you about it in more detail.

CMS

If you want advanced control over any aspect of your website and, therefore, have decided to use a CMS, you have various platforms that you can turn to. You have to choose one based on your needs and the type of site you want to create: website, blog or e-commerce. Below you will list some of the best and point out some interesting Aruba offers in this regard.


WordPress

WordPress it is certainly the most famous and used CMS in the world, ideal both for creating personal websites and for creating corporate websites and blogs. It can also be used for the creation of e-commerce, but in this case the use of plugins is required, such as the excellent WooCommerce (which I'll tell you more about shortly).

The main strengths of WordPress lie in its easy to use and in its being free, . ed extremely widespread: this allows you to fully customize every aspect of your site, having the ability to expand its functions through Plugin and easily customize their appearance with gods themes ready to use (but customizable).

Using WordPress is super easy. The administration panel allows you to create and manage everything immediately: pages, posts, categories, tags, users (it is possible to configure multiple accesses to the management panel with different permissions) and so on. The more experienced can also put their hand to the code and fully customize every aspect of the site and the theme used. For more information you can take a look at my tutorial on how to create a site with WordPress.

Aruba offers various integrated solutions, complete with domain, hosting and pre-installed CMS, suitable for any need in terms of traffic and resources: you can find them listed here.

WooCommerce

If your intention is to open an e-commerce and you do not want to give up the potential and flexibility of WordPress, you can only focus on WooCommerce: an open source plugin that transforms WordPress into a complete platform for e-commerce equipped with everything you need to manage products, orders, promotions and more, while maintaining a very high simplicity of setup and use.

To create a shop with WooCommerce, it is enough to follow a simple wizard during which to enter the basic information of your business, the payment and shipping methods to offer to customers and set up integrations such as those with Facebook and MailChimp (for the management of newsletters ). Once the store is open, it can be managed and customized from the appropriate section of the WordPress management panel.

If you are looking for a solution with WooCommerce pre-installed and ready to use, I highly recommend theAruba Managed WooCommerce Hosting, which costs 124,50 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 249 euros + VAT / year and includes, in addition to WordPress with WooCommerce already configured, domain (with the possibility of transferring an existing one), unlimited space and database 2GB SSD on SSD, DV SSL certificate, staging environment to test site changes, unlimited 1GB mailboxes and more. For all the details of the case, read my guide to Aruba Managed WooCommerce hosting.

Other CMS

WordPress is the most used and widespread CMS, but there are also others that are worth considering.

For example there is Joomla, a CMS written in PHP and based on MySQL, which allows you to create blogs and websites starting from ready-to-use templates or creating everything in complete autonomy, thus having control over every part of the project. The sites created with Joomla can be expanded and customized with many extensions, including components (i.e. complete applications that expand the functionality of the site), forms (to expand some components) e Plugin (portions of code "lighter" than the components, ideal for implementing new features to the site).

Another interesting solution is certainly Drupal, An open source CMS particularly suitable for large sites and which, therefore, requires a little more technical preparation than WordPress. It too allows the customization of sites with modules and plugins.

For e-commerce they must certainly be evaluated Prestashop e Magento, two CMS focused precisely on the creation and management of online stores: the first is free and open source and is recommended for small to medium-sized stores; the second is available in both free and paid versions and is more suitable for large stores. To find out more, I invite you to read my tutorial on the best CMS.

If you are looking for a solution to easily create your site with Joomla, Drupal or another CMS, I strongly invite you to take a look at the Aruba Linux and Windows hosting solutions, which include Softaculous App Installer: a convenient tool through which you can easily install over 200 free applications, including WordPress, Drupal and PrestaShop.

Sitebuilder

If you have decided to build your website with a sitebuilder, you can definitely turn to SuperSite of Aruba, a service that allows you to create professional looking websites, blogs and e-commerce sites in an extremely simple and intuitive way, without having to write code or install programs on your computer: everything is done from the browser, starting from many customizable templates ready for use.

SuperSite by Aruba also offers the online space needed to host the site and allows you to get a domain in just a few clicks. Furthermore, the sites created with SuperSite are automatically optimized for mobile and search engines. Below is a list of the available plans.

  • SuperSite Trial - allows you to try all SuperSite features for 30 days, including the ability to create blogs, e-commerce and multi-language sites with SEO and Cookie Policy options. It includes a third level domain (eg your site.spazioweb.com) with free assistance. At the end of the trial, the site is no longer accessible and you must purchase a paid plan within 10 days, replacing the third-level domain with a second-level one (eg yoursite.com). More info here.
  • SuperSite Professional - is the most complete version of SuperSite, with the creation of sites, blogs, e-commerce and multi-language sites, second level domain (eg your site), 5 email accounts, SSL DV certificate and free assistance. It costs 39 euros / year + VAT the first year, for new activations, and then 99 euros + VAT / year. More info here.
  • SuperSite Easy - is the cheapest plan from Aruba SuperSite. It allows you to create websites and blogs optimized for mobile and search engines with SEO and Cookie Policy options, but not e-commerce. It includes a second level domain (eg yoursite.com), 5 email accounts and SSL DV certificate with free assistance. It costs 39 euros / year + VAT the first year, for new activations, and then 49 euros + VAT / year. More info here.

To start creating your site with SuperSite, you just have to choose one of the plans listed above, log in with yours Aruba account or create a new one and accept the terms of service. You will so access the Editor and start building your website.

The first step you need to take to build your website with Aruba SuperSite is to indicate what kind of website are you creating: you can choose, for example, Blog to create a blog or Store of [item type] to create an e-commerce.

The next step is to type the website name and in choosing one graphic style among those proposed (later you can also choose others and further customize the site) and a format for the pagina iniziale. Again, there are tons of ready-to-use themes available.

Mission accomplished! You are already in your website editor, where there are all the customization tools you need to create your site. A practical guided procedure will also start to take the first steps: I suggest you follow it, but if you want you can also skip it. That said, let's take a closer look at how to build a classic site it's a E-commerce.

Classic site

Aruba SuperSite makes simplicity one of its main strengths. In fact, it is possible to build a website without writing a single line of code, using the convenient graphic tools on the screen.

By selecting with the mouse any of the elements on the page you can customize (for example, in the case of the texts it is possible to modify them and format them as you prefer, while in the case of the images it is possible to edit them with a convenient integrated tool full of effects and functions), drag it in another place, resize o delete it (via the trash can icon that appears next to the pointer). To customize the areas of the page that provide this possibility (e.g. the sidebar of the home page), just hover the mouse pointer over them and click on the icon with the adjustment bars that appears on the screen.

To add new elements, instead, just click on button with the four squares present at the bottom right, find the widget you prefer and drag it to the place on the page you want. There is really everything: single images, photo galleries, text fields, boxes dedicated to social networks, maps, contact forms, lists, payment buttons, blog posts and much more.

Speaking blog, if what you have created is a site of this type, you can manage the articles contained in it simply by going to the menu ☰ (top left) and selecting the item Blog from the bar that appears on the side. You will then be able to create new articles (via the button capacitor positive (+) lead), manage the existing ones (using the respective buttons ⋮) and importarli da WordPress. By clicking on the item Tax You can also adjust various blog settings, such as visibility, title, table of contents, number of articles per page and use of Google AMP.

The management of the pages of the site is just as simple: by clicking on the drop down menu placed in the top center of the Editor you can choose the page on which to work, create new ones (using the buttons capacitor positive (+) lead), reorder them (by holding down the ⋮⋮ buttons and dragging them as you like), clone or delete them (using the relative buttons ⋮).

By clicking, instead, on the icon of the palette located at the top right you can customize the graphic theme of the site by choosing a predefined one among those available and customizing it with colors and fonts of your choice, using the appropriate tab at the top.

Finally, by clicking on the ☰ button (top left) and selecting the item Site settings from the menu that opens you can adjust all site settings, such as state (public visibility), domain name, Profile, SEO, Google statistics, privacy options e favicon.

When you are satisfied with the result, you can view a preview in real time by selecting the appropriate item from the ⋮ menu of the Editor (top right). To proceed with the publication of the site, click on the icon instead nuvola (always top right), choose a domain and press pulsating Save and publish. For more details, read my guide on how to build a website with Aruba, in which I have explained to you more closely how to use Aruba SuperSite.

E-commerce

The procedure for create an e-commerce with Aruba SuperSite it's just as simple. After setting up the site following the same steps illustrated above for the creation of standard websites and blogs, click on the ☰ button located at the top left of the SuperSite Editor and select the item Shop give the menu check if you press.

On the next page, refer to the box Install shop to complete the wizard that will allow you to set up your online store in just a few clicks. Using the convenient on-screen button, you will then be invited to i payment methods accepted in the store (including PayPal, Stripe, bank transfer and payment on delivery), enter the basic information store (e.g. notification email address, return address and default currency), add i products to sell and insert i shipping cost.

Adding products is extremely intuitive, just select the item Products from the left sidebar and then press the button (+)‌. This will open the module in which to enter all the details of the product: name, description, photo, price, status in the inventory and so on.

You can also import products from CSV file, by selecting the item Product import from the side menu and following the instructions on the screen. If you want to add some discounts on products, go to the section of the menu with the same name.

Once the e-commerce setup procedure is complete, you can open the business to the public by clicking on the appropriate button in the menu Configuration.

In the side menu you will find the sections to manage the orders, analyze i statistics of your store (income, orders, etc.) and adjust all store settings (Basic settings, Payment, Shipping, Tax Currencies and formats, CSV Export & Facebook Sync).

Once everything is set up, clicking on the button for adding widgets of the Aruba SuperSite Editor (bottom right), scrolling to the section Shop, you will find several elements dedicated to your e-commerce: Buy now with PayPal to allow customers to pay with PayPal e Products list, Recommended products e Category list to insert, in a part of the page of your choice, the list with all the products for sale, those recommended and the categories of products for sale.

For all the details of the case, I refer you to my guide on how to build a website with Aruba, in which I also showed you how to create an e-commerce with Aruba SuperSite.

Hosting

You already have a website but you need to transfer it to a new online space, as the service of hosting that you currently use is no longer up to the task and your site is often inaccessible or very slow to load? Then know that, even in this case, you can count on the solutions of Aruba, which offers hosting of various types, scalable according to customer needs, and with the possibility of requesting a new domain or transferring an existing one.

Aruba hosting is based on proprietary data centers distributed throughout the country and certified at the highest levels of infrastructural quality (Rating 4 ANSI / TIA). The servers that host the sites are protected by a firewall which keeps access ports and, in managed services, even installed applications (WAF) safe from potential intrusions. They are also equipped with Sistemi di Intrusion Detection (IDS) e sistemi anti-DDoS state-of-the-art, to prevent and promptly intervene in the event of attempted attacks, anti-virus, anti-malware e vulnerability monitoring WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and the main plugins.

To underline, then, the full compliance with the rules relating to the processing of personal data (GDPR) and the commitment a favor of the environment, with the production of energy with hydroelectric plants and proprietary photovoltaic systems: to power the Aruba data centers, in fact, only energy produced 100% from renewable sources with a guarantee of origin recognized at European level is taken from the National Transmission Grid (GO ).

Below you will find the main hosting solutions currently offered by Aruba. I don't think you will struggle to find one that suits you.

Hosting generico

As far as the 'hosting generico, Aruba offers packages of Linux hosting e Windows hosting including domain registration, unlimited disk space and traffic, email accounts, DV SSL certificate and a wide range of free software and CMS, such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Prestashop e Magento.

Let's start with the plans of hosting Linux Aruba, ideal for those who already have development skills and need to program with languages ​​such as PHP, Perl, Python and Ruby. They also include Softaculous App Installer, through which you can easily install over 200 free applications, such as WordPress, Drupal and PrestaShop.

  • Basic - costs 11,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 28,99 euros + VAT / year. Includes unlimited disk space and traffic, domain, 5 x 1GB mailboxes, SSL DV certificate, HTTP / 2 for faster loading times and free 24/7 support. It is possible to optionally add one or more 5GB GigaMail mailboxes, PEC mailboxes on domain. More info here.
  • Easy - costs 19,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 50 euros + VAT / year. Includes all the benefits of the Basic package, plus unlimited 5GB mailboxes, 10 GigaMail mailboxes of 5GB each, Softaculous App Installer to install over 200 free apps and 5 1GB databases in total on SSD (with backup). More info here.
  • Advanced - costs 29,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 70 euros + VAT / year. It includes all the advantages of the Easy package, but with 20 GigaMail boxes of 5GB each and 5 PEC boxes on a domain of 1GB each. More info here.
  • Professional - costs 49,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 150 euros + VAT / year. It includes all the advantages of the Advanced package, plus 30 GigaMail boxes of 5GB each and 10 PEC boxes on a domain of 1GB each. More info here.

Now let's move on to the packages of Windows hosting, based on Windows Server 2019 and ideal for using applications that require MSSQL (Microsoft SQL Server) database and ASP and .NET script execution.

  • Basic - costs 11,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 28,99 euros + VAT / year. Includes unlimited domain, disk space and traffic, 5 x 1GB mailboxes, DV SSL certificate, HTTP / 2 for faster loading times and free 24/7 support. It is possible to optionally add one or more 5GB GigaMail mailboxes, PEC mailboxes on domain and an MSSQL database (SQL Server 2017). More info here.
  • Easy - costs 19,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 50 euros + VAT / year. It offers all the advantages of the Basic package, plus unlimited 5GB mailboxes, 10 GigaMail mailboxes of 5GB each, a 1GB MSSQL Server database with backup and statistics service. More info here.
  • Advanced - costs 29,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 70 euros + VAT / year. It offers all the advantages of the Easy package, plus 20 GigaMail boxes of 5GB and 5 PEC boxes on domain of 1GB each. More info here.
  • Professional - costs 49,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 150 euros + VAT / year. It offers all the advantages of the Advanced package, plus 30 5GB GigaMail mailboxes and 10 PEC mailboxes on domain of 1GB each. More info here.

I would also like to point out the availability of solutions for hosting Aruba Linux + Windows with prices starting from 21,99 euros + VAT / year for the 1st year (and then 38,99 euros + VAT / year). The latter allow you to choose whether to point the www host of the domain on the Windows or Linux platform and allow you to take advantage of the advantages offered by both platforms.

WordPress hosting

If your intention is to build a site based on WordPress, you can turn to the solutions of Hosting WordPress Aruba, including pre-installed CMS, second level domain (with the possibility of transferring an existing one), SSL DV certificate, malware detection, free 24/7 assistance and 1GB mailboxes.

Aruba WordPress Hosting solutions are divided between Hosting WordPress Standard e Managed WordPress Hosting: in the former it is up to the user to update CMS, themes and plugins; in Managed WordPress Hosting, on the other hand, the platform update (including themes and plugins) is automatic, plus there are optimized performance, staging environment to test site changes before going online, specialist support and more. Here are all the packages available in detail.

  • WordPress hosting - costs 19,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 34 euros + VAT / year. Includes WordPress installed, unlimited web space and traffic, domain, 5 x 1GB mailboxes, SSL DV and HTTP / 2 certificate for faster loading times. Read more here.
  • Smart Managed WordPress Hosting - recommended for sites that have up to 50.000 monthly visitors. It costs 29,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 79 euros + VAT / year. It includes optimized platform with automatic updates and backups, pre-installed WordPress, unlimited web space and traffic, domain, 5 x 1 GB mailboxes, staging environment, a MySQL database with backup, support on recommended plugins, SSL DV and HTTP / 2 certificate for faster loading times. Read more here.
  • Premium Managed WordPress Hosting - recommended for sites that have up to 500.000 monthly visitors. It costs 39,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 129 euros + VAT / year. It includes all the benefits of the Smart Managed WordPress Hosting plan, plus unlimited 1 GB email accounts, 10 5 GB GigaMails to increase mailbox space and 5 PEC mailboxes on domain. Read more here.
  • Top Managed WordPress Hosting - recommended for sites that have up to 1.000.000 monthly visitors. It costs 119,99 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 229 euros + VAT / year. It includes all the advantages of the Premium Managed WordPress Hosting package, plus 20 GigaMails of 5 GB to increase the space on the mailboxes, Business Mail and 10 PEC mailboxes on the domain. Read more here.

To find out more, I invite you to consult my tutorial dedicated specifically to Aruba WordPress Hosting.

WooCommerce Hosting

If you are planning to expand your online business and open a WordPress-based store, I highly recommend that you take a look at the solution from Aruba Managed WooCommerce Hosting, thanks to which it is possible to create an e-commerce based on WordPress, the most used and widespread CMS in the world, with already installed WooCommerce, very famous open source plugin that turns WordPress into an e-commerce platform.

Included in the price, which is 124,50 euros + VAT / year in the 1st year and then 249 euros + VAT / year, there are a domain (with also the possibility of transferring an existing one); unlimited space on SSD; 2GB database on SSD, DV SSL certificate12 instances (to reduce loading times and increase performance related to the number of visitors and simultaneous connections to the database); backup automatic daily; staging environment to test changes to the site without affecting the online one; unlimited 1GB mailboxes e 10 PEC boxes on domain. It supports traffic up to 500.000 monthly visitors. For all the details, I invite you to read my guide to Aruba Managed WooCommerce hosting.

Article created in collaboration with Aruba.

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