Essential Parts for Building Your Own Website

By John Regan

Using the analogy of putting together a car can be helpful when thinking about building a website. In both cars and websites there are components that serve specific functions on different layers, and if all of them work together right, you can make something that will be sure to impress the chicks.

Once you choose to create your own website, the task can look overwhelming. I’ve found that taking a big job and breaking it into smaller parts helps the job go much more smoothly. If you’re looking to build your own site, here are the essential components you’ll need to pull together.


Think of hosting as the frame your car sits on. It’s a lot like purchasing space for your site on the internet, like renting a building for a business in the physical world. We at ChurchThemes offer deals on web hosting through great hosting companies like bluehost, DreamHost and HostGator.

WordPress (CMS)

A Content Management System (CMS) is the engine of your car, the software that manages and controls the content you create. Blogger is a familiar online example of a CMS. Some Self-Hosted CMS’s are Joomla, Drupal and ExpressionEngine. I recommend downloading the Free WordPress CMS from (not to be confused with, and using their famous 5-minute install to get your site up and running.

If you need more convincing, here are 10 great reasons to choose WordPress.

Theme (Design)

The real visual appearance of a car comes from the body style and its paint job. In WordPress, Themes are your car’s body style; they’re like skins, or prepackaged designs, that control the look and feel of your website. There are lots of free themes available from the official WordPress Repository and there are also free versions of our themes. And if you have a little money to spend, there are plenty of premium themes available online as well.

Plugins (Detailed Parts)

WordPress Plugins are the final component of the site-building process. Plugins are like the chrome-plated air cleaners or fuzzy dice on the rear-view mirror. They add the detailed customization of the site, from an Events Manager to Twitter Widget or Contact Form manager. The WordPress Repository has over 15,000 of them, so whatever you’re looking for can probably be found there.


To a beginner, putting together a website from scratch can seem like a huge job, but it can be very satisfying when all the parts come together in the right way.

What do you think? Can you come up with a better metaphor for building a website? Is this one accurate? What steps/parts would you add to this process? Let us know in the comments!

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4 Responses to “Essential Parts for Building Your Own Website”

  1. Ryan Bell says:

    What about the gas or fuel. All those parts are great, but if you don’t have fuel, it won’t run. The fuel is your content and one of the most important parts.

  2. kevinr says:

    I bought a wordpress website over a month ago. I want to change options listed under theme options but then I can’t because permissions need to be enabled. What can I do I need to add permissions to in order to make the website work?

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