How To Create A Website In Malaysia For RM210
Want to create a website by don’t know how? No worries! We are here to share our experience on website creation in an easy way! In today’s blog, we’d like to share with you the step by step guide on how to create a website in Malaysia. With this guide, you don’t have to have the tech or coding background to build your own website. All you need is a web hosting, domain name and the WordPress.
A little bit introduction to myself, I’m the co-editor at PenangFoodie.com, set up the website by myself and having 100,000 website traffic monthly. Now, I founded my second company Good Potion, an SEO and Digital Marketing Agency in Penang aims to help local SMEs to build their online presence. We are charging our clients few thousand dollar to create their company website. But then we thought it’s a good idea to share with someone like you who wish to do it yourself (DIY). It’s a completely free guide, no hidden cost or affiliate fees earned through this blog.
So here we are. Wait no more! Let’s see how to create a website in Malaysia now!
How To Make A Website in Malaysia?
Truth to be told, there are a lot of questions when it comes to starting a website.
Some will ask is it easy to create a website? Or is there any platform that can create a free website in Malaysia?
Okay. We will try to answer one by one. Let’s start with the easiest way to create a website for free in Malaysia.
Create A Website For Free In Malaysia
You can starting create your free website by using:
The advantages of starting the website with free hosting plan are it’s free and easy to set up. However, the disadvantages are more serious for you to take into consideration. For instance, limited web space, no additional plugin or widget, no branded domain name, helping the hosting to advertise their services and your visitors might doubt your credibility (maybe).
If that’s your concern about free website, please check out our detailed guide on how to create a website (with a price) below.
Step-By-Step Guide On How To Create A Website
As mentioned, the guide below comes with a price but it’s not really expensive. The cost of starting a website in Malaysia is about RM210 (with domain name). In my opinion, it’s pretty affordable to set up by your own comparing you engage a website design company in Malaysia. In fact, they are charging over thousands for a simple website.
There are 3 main sub topics on building your own website.
- Select a good web hosting plan in Malaysia
- Choose your domain name
- Installing WordPress
And in today’s guide, we’ll be covering “create a website using WordPress (self-hosted).
WordPress is a publishing platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online, and proudly powers millions of websites. It comes in two flavours: the fully hosted WordPress.com, and the self-hosted version, whose software is available for free at WordPress.org.
*Focus on WordPress.org – as it’s also easy and set up, get full control over your data, install premium plugin and make money on your website.
If you need more information about “WordPress.com vs WordPress.org – Which is Better?”, you can read the detailed blog here.
Step one: Find a good web hosting in Malaysia
A good web hosting means so much to your website. Thankfully you no need to worry about which web hosting plan to go for. I personally tried GoDaddy, Exabytes, and Shinjiru, and I think that Shinjiru delivers the best customer service, better performance and its server in located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So if you are starting a website in Malaysia, it’s always better to have it situated nearer to your country.
In addition, picking a good hosting provider boils down to three S’s — speed, support and security.
I suggest you to try out Shinjiru web hosting. And I will be also showing you how to set up the WordPress by using Shinjiru as the example. Let’s get it started!
- Go To Shinjiru.com.my
- Select WordPress Web Hosting
- Select the hosting plan WP Basic (RM199/yr), RM210 (including gst)
For beginners, this package is more than enough already.
- 30GB SSD Storage
- 100GB Bandwidth
- 15,000 Monthly Visits
- 1 Website
- (Basic) Patchman
- FREE 1 x Domain .com/.com.my
- MySQL DB (SSD Supported)
- Unlimited Mailboxes
- Anti-Spam Engine
- R1Soft Backup
- FREE SSL Certificate
- Plesk Onyx Control Panel
What excited me are the free SSL certificate and free domain name for a year. In fact, domain name costs about RM50 in the domain market. So, I strongly suggest this plan for your new website.
You also get another 20% OFF if you use “EASYPRESS” as the promo code for your new web hosting purchase. *not sure when the promo ends*.
Click on Buy Now to get your WP Basic plan.
Step two: Find your desired domain name
What is a domain name? A domain name is your website name. A domain name is the address where Internet users can access your website. In simpler term, it’s the url where people find you in the browser.
For example: google.com / penangfoodie.com / goodpotion.com
If you’re using Shinjiru hosting plan, you get to choose .com or .com.my domain names for free. So pick your desire domain name now.
Click on Continue to enter your payment.
Next, you will add your payment information to finish the purchase.
After completing your purchase, you’ll receive an email with details on how to login to your web hosting control panel (Plesk). Please wait for 24 hours for your domain name to be ready.
Step three: Installing WordPress
This is your hosting dashboard where you manage everything like getting support, setting up emails, etc. Most importantly, this is where you’ll install WordPress.
Before installing your WordPress, you should first “Add domain” in your control panel.
Then, install WordPress.
Congratulations! You have created your first WordPress website.
You can now head over to the WordPress login page. Your login URL will look like this:
You can login to your WordPress site using the admin username and password you entered earlier.
This is how the default WordPress website will look like.
The visual appearance of your WordPress site is controlled by a WordPress theme. You can use free template or buy professionally designed templates at ThemeForest.
You can change your theme from the WordPress admin dashboard. Visit Appearance » Themes page and then click on the ‘Add New’ button.
Next, you can find your desired WordPress theme and install it.
Lastly, adding some contents to your website is very crucial. I’ll be showing you how to add pages and blog posts on your website now.
Adding appropriate pages to your website is very important. For instance, we add pages like about us, contact us, services page, team, terms & conditions page and more.
Next, write your first blog on your website.
Now, you’ll have all the basic elements set up on your website.
In the next article, I’ll be sharing what are the must installed plugins for a website. So stay tuned!
Below are some of the FAQs about setting up a website in Malaysia.
How Much To Setup a Website in Malaysia?
As mentioned earlier, we spent around RM210 (including gst) to create the website.
As a website builder company, we know exactly how much to build a website in Malaysia. The cost of setting up a website in Malaysia is actually around RM200, depending on how complexity your website is. If you were to engage website design firms, they will charge roughly RM1000 to RM5000.
Can I Use The Method Above To Create E-Commerce Website?
Yes, you can. WordPress is a very flexible and useful to you to create your own e-commerce website. You’ll just need to install WooCommerce plugin to setup your first online store.
In today’s blog, we covered how to start a website in Malaysia by yourself in 2018 with RM210. If you want to create your website from scratch, I hope the article above treats you well. If you have any more questions regarding website, SEO, online marketing, please feel free to ask me in the comment section down below.