Personal hygiene has come into focus in recent times amidst the global outbreak of a deadly infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. While COVID-19 is spread mainly through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, it can also be spread by touching a contaminated surface, such as the display on your Apple Watch. Coronavirus or not, it’s still always a good idea to give it a good clean once in a while to keep it looking as good as new, here’s how.
Step 1: Turn Off Your Apple Watch
The first step is the easiest. Simply disconnect your Apple Watch from its charge and turn it off. To do that:
- Press and hold the side button until the Power Off button appears.
- Then, slide the “Power Off” button to the right and wait a second or two.
Step 2: Remove The Watch Straps
While you could theoretically clean your Apple Watch with the strap attached to it (as long as it’s not made of leather), we recommend you remove it anyway because there will almost certainly be dirt and grime trapped where it attaches to the smartwatch.
- Press the band release button and don’t release it.
- Slide the band across in either direction to remove it.
- Repeat the process for the second strap.
You can now clean your Apple Watch straps with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Silicone and stainless-steel bands can be cleaned using water, but leather straps can’t because they are not water-resistant.
Step 3: Clean Your Apple Watch
Your Apple Watch is now ready for cleaning. You should always use a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth and avoid hard scrubbing.
Gently wiping the surface of the watch using fresh water or a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe is okay, but avoid using bleach, abrasive soaps, and other aggressive cleaning products.
Once your Apple Watch is clean, you should pat it with a dry cloth so that it’s completely dry before you reconnect your watch straps. With that, your watch should be squeaky clean and as good as new.
If you’re an Apple kind of person, you’ll definitely want to read about their upcoming 8K VR headset that’s rumored to be released in 2022.
How To Create A Website (A Beginners Guide)
From choosing the right domain name, to picking a reliable web hosting provider, this beginners guide shows you how to create the perfect website for your personal brand, business, or side hustle.
Whether you’re a small business owner advertising your product or service online, or a student looking to make some cash from a side hustle or two, knowing how to create your own website from scratch is an essential skill that you need to master.
Sure, the idea of building your own site can sound a little daunting, but trust us, it’s a lot easier than you think, and the skills you’ll learn along the way will give you a huge advantage over the competition. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
- Web design costs money. If you’re trying to grow a business, you’ll save a ton of cash that can be channeled into things like advertising and branding, especially when you consider the ongoing costs of modifying your site over time.
- You’ll be able to react quickly to market trends and stay ahead of the competition, because you’ll be able to update your site without needing to wait for a designer to help you.
- You’ll learn a valuable skillset that you might even be able to use to turn a decent profit.
If we’ve piqued your interest and you’re keen to get started, carry on reading this handy guide that will walk you through the process of creating a website from beginning to end:
Get Yourself A Domain Name
Before you do anything else, you’ll need a domain name for your site. There are literally hundreds of domain vendors out there, and they’re all pretty similar in terms of pricing and features.
Some companies offer free email accounts with domains, whereas others are more spartan in terms of added extras, but extremely cheap to use.
Registering your domain is as simple as adding it to the cart and paying at the checkout. Once the order is processed, you’ll see your shiny new domain sitting in the admin area of your account.
Are Some Domains Better Than Others?
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about domain choice. SEO gurus used to be adamant that you had to get a .com domain, which ideally used your exact brand or site description in Its title. These days, most of that advice is out of date, and the domain you choose (and its ending) make very little difference to how your site will rank in Google. With that being said, if you can get a region specific domain, all the better.
Purchase Some Web Hosting
Once you have a domain name registered, you’ll need to get yourself some web hosting. When you buy web hosting, you’re essentially renting a space on a computer server. That computer server is online 24 hours a day, and when your visitors type your domain name into their address bar, or click on a link to your site, they’re directed to the server where all of the files are stored that make up your website.
When it comes to selecting web hosting, you have a couple of options: It’s entirely possible to buy a domain from one company and web hosting from another. However, for ease of use, beginners might want to purchase their domain and web hosting at the same time.
All of the companies mentioned above (GoDaddy, Namecheap, Bluehost and HostGator) offer good quality, cheap hosting as well as domain names, so purchasing both at the same time makes a great deal of sense.
Some Advice On Hosting Costs
Many hosting companies offer extremely cheap deals for the first year’s hosting, as the industry itself is extremely competitive in nature. Just make sure you read the small print and check the renewal price, or you may get a nasty surprise when you get auto-billed at year two.
Setting Up Your Domain & Hosting
These days, setting up your domain and hosting is a mostly automated process, and every major company has in-depth beginner guides to get you up and running. With that being said, there are a few things to remember:
- Make sure your domain works with and without the WWW. prefix. This is easy enough to manage in your control panel, and is often already in place.
- Check that your domain is “pointing” to your hosting package, so that when visitors use your domain, they’re directed to the right place. To do this, most companies’ control panels will have a setting listed under something like “name servers”. Here you’ll have an option to point the domain to your hosting.
- Make sure your domain and hosting are set to “auto renew”, if you intend to keep the site running after the first year.
- Check the privacy settings if you want to hide your domain’s registrant details from the public records.
Log In To The cPanel
cPanel is the administrative area of your web server, and although it sounds scary, it’s really just a simple interface where most tasks can be completed in a few mouse clicks. Usually, when you buy web hosting, you’ll get notified when your server space is ready with an email, a link to the cPanel area, and the log in details. This usually happens within 5 minutes after purchase.
Once you’re logged in to the cPanel, you’re ready to build your website!
WordPress is an open-source, completely free piece of software that allows you to quickly build a beautiful looking company website or blog. It’s by far the easiest way for beginners to setup a website and you can install it in just a few clicks.
To get started, you’ll need to be in the admin area of the cPanel. From there, find an icon named something like “Softaculous” or “Software” and you should find an option to install WordPress.
Select a domain, name your site, make a note of the login details and then click “install”. After a few moments, your website will be ready to go!
When your site is installed, navigate to YourDomainName.com/wp-admin.php. Enter your login details and you’ll be directed to the dashboard area of your new WordPress install. At that point, you’re ready to add content to your new site.
It really is that simple!
Customize Your Theme & Pages
Now, although your WordPress website should display correctly when you visit your domain name, you’ll probably be pretty disappointed with what you first see when you arrive at the site.
By default, WordPress is installed with a couple of demo pages and a very basic, vanilla looking theme. You’ll need to customize your site with a theme of your choice and of course, all of your own content and branding.
What Is A WordPress Theme?
WordPress itself is the background “engine” that runs your website, but the overall layout, design and branding is controlled by swappable templates called “Themes”. There are hundreds of themes to choose from, enabling you to customize your site to suit any type of blog, product or business imaginable.
Adding A Theme
To add a new theme to WordPress, all you need to do is look for the “appearance” tab on the left-hand side of the admin area, and navigate to “themes”.
From there, you’ll see the themes that you currently have installed, as well as an option in the top left corner to “add new”. Clicking this button will take you to the WordPress theme directory, where you have access to huge selection of great looking themes.
To install a theme, simply click “install”. Once a theme is installed, you’ll see a button appear inviting you to “activate” the theme. Click this, and you’re all set and ready to go.
To get your site up and running, you’ll need to create pages for your content. At the bare minimum, you’ll need an “about” page, a “contact” page and a “home” page. To add these pages to your site, simply click on the “pages” tab on the left menu of the WordPress dashboard. This will reveal further options to add more pages to your site, or view and edit the pages that already exist.
Customizing Your Website
Once you have your theme, pages and content in place, it’s time to customize your site to your taste. To modify the look and feel of a WordPress site, head over to the “appearance” tab to the left of the dashboard, and click “customize” on the next menu. Doing so will reveal a wealth of different options and settings for altering your theme to your requirements.
WordPress itself can be as simple or as complicated as you wish, and there’s a virtually infinite range of plugins and add-ons that can turn your site into a fully featured online store, a hotel booking site and everything in-between.
Other Options For Building A Website
We’d always recommend taking the time to learn how to set up a WordPress website, just because it’s such a flexible and versatile option. We’re rapidly approaching the point where the majority of personal and business websites on the internet are running on the WordPress platform, so there’s a huge amount of knowledge and information out there to help you along the way, and a massive variety of themes and plugins to choose from.
With all of that being the case, there are a couple of obvious alternatives to WordPress, especially if you have more specific needs in mind:
WIX is very much a beginner option, and can’t compete with WordPress for customization options or versatility. Where WIX does score points is in its ease of use: When you sign up for WIX, you essentially don’t have to worry about domains, hosting, setting up the cPanel or any website software. Everything on WIX is done for you, and the drag and drop page builder is much easier to use than the WordPress dashboard.
Shopify, as the name suggests, is aimed squarely at businesses looking to setup an online store. For a monthly fee, Shopify allows you to run a fully featured retail website, complete with custom themes, a shopping cart and much more besides.
If you plan on selling physical products online, then Shopify is probably a better choice than WordPress, as although plugins exist to turn WordPress into an online storefront, it can get complicated very quickly, especially if you’re a raw beginner.
Squarespace is much like WIX, in that it’s a fully featured website creation tool, doing away with software and hosting, and using a bespoke page builder and templating system instead. Squarespace is just as easy to use as WIX, but is aimed more towards personal and portfolio sites for creative types, priding itself more on aesthetics and visual beauty rather than outright versatility.
Weebly blends elements of all of the above services to create a product that has the ease of use of WIX, the aesthetic appeal of Squarespace, and the online store elements of Shopify. There’s a range of great looking templates to choose from and the site builder is very easy to use.
This guide only scratches the surfaces of what’s possible with WordPress, but we hope it goes some way to demonstrating just how easy it is to get a site up and running quickly.
With a little time and perseverance, it’s possible to customize a WordPress install to fulfill any role or function imaginable, and for those of you that don’t feel confident tackling the entire installation process, it’s perfectly possible to use one of the other options like WIX or Squarespace to quickly and easily create a website and start your online business in less than a day.
Have you been wanting to create a website for your personal brand, business, or side hustle, but just didn’t know where to start? We hope this guide helped give you some insight on the entire process.