Get Your Learn On! Here's How to Build a Website with a Web Content Management System for Your Online College
How to Build a Website with a Web Content Management System
A web content management system gives you an easy way to manage your content. If you need a CMS for your online college, here's how to set one up.
About 69% of people who graduate from high school enroll in college. Taking that massive percentage and applying it to the fact that populations are trending upwards, it's clear that there is tremendous opportunity for people starting businesses in the education space.
If you're launching an online college to give people the knowledge they're looking for in a fun and convenient way, the first thing you're going to need is a solid website.
But you're into education, not technology... How can you build a website?
Through web content management systems (CMS).
Content management systems embody a variety of platforms that make getting a robust website launched simple. Below, we go over some quick tips on how to get your college's site off the ground.
1. Pick a Web Content Management System
Your first step to getting things up and running is to pick a CMS. Your CMS will be the platform that you'll build your website on it will have a profound impact on how easily you can build and manage your vision.
Our RebelMouse team offers a unique and ultra-flexible content management system that you can learn more about here.
2. Choose a Domain Name
Now that you have a web content management system in mind, it's time to pick your domain name. Your domain name is the address people will type into their web browser to access your online college (www.my-online-college-example.com).
You can register a domain name with any online registrar (NameCheap, GoDaddy, etc.).
Try to get a .edu extension on the back of your domain for added credibility.
3. Select a Web Host
Web hosts are companies that house your website on the world wide web. The better your web host is, the faster and more reliable your website will be.
There are hundreds of web hosts out there so be sure to read reviews carefully and watch out for bait and switch pricing which is very common.
Depending on the content management system you chose, your web host may offer "1-Click Install" options to make integrating your CMS simple. These features will typically be advertised on your web host's sales pages.
4. Install Your CMS on Your Web Host
Once you have access to your web host's "cPanel" (it's control panel), it's time to install your content management system!
If your web host has "1-Click Install", just find the option and click it. If it doesn't, you'll need to install your content management system manually.
To make the manual installation process as easy as possible, consider looking for tutorials on manual installation via sites like Udemy.
There is a lot of debate revolving around "is Udemy worth it", but they do tend to have solid tech tutorials.
Wrapping Things Up
With your web content management system installed, simply access your content management system's control panel, make tweaks as is needed, and launch your site when you're ready!
We hope you found this information helpful and invite you to learn more about our creator-driven tools at RebelMouse to understand how they can power your new online education platform!