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Posted 29th June 2014 at 04:13 AM by puedall
Updated 31st March 2015 at 03:36 PM by puedall (editing)



6 Steps to Create Your Own Website

Beginners Step By Step Guide to Create A Website

Not so long ago, if we planned to put our businesses on the map and attract more customers we had yellow pages, but that is not the case and simply not enough any more. If you are planning to do anything serious online or offline, you will have to consider creating a website. It doesn't have to be anything grand or fancy, just information’s, news or data, you know your customers are interested in.

” Building your own website will benefit greatly, both you and your customers and will enhance your chances to attain new clients and increase your revenues. “

Here Is How To Start Building Your Own Website:

A. Determine your budget
Building a website doesn't have to be an expensive exercise. Work out how much you have to spend on the project. This will help you decide whether you can afford to hire a professional web designer or if you have to design your website by yourself.

B. Purpose of site
What do you want your website to do. Is it to outline and display information about your business. This is called a brochure ware site, and as the name suggests, it’s a site which allows you to display information electronically.

You may wish to have registration functionality which would allow users to visit a secured part of the site, or register for particular courses or events. As well as cutting down the time spent on administration, this allows you to capture valuable information on the people visiting your site.

C. The importance of KISS
KISS, or “Keep It Simple, Stupid” is a sound principle in many things, but it is especially critical for designing websites. Rather than trying to cram everything you could possibly want into a design, start by focusing on one key element you want to highlight and build the rest of your site around that. Treat your design like you would a neon sign, something that has to stand out and can only carry a short, but powerful, message.

D. Ongoing maintenance
Keep the content on your site up-to-date. At least once a month update the content and give the public a reason to revisit your site.

Steps To Start Designing Your Own Website:

»»» STEP ONE: Buy a Domain Name and Hosting

To build your own website you will need to Buy A Domain Name and to Purchase Hosting so people can access your files. We Buy Domain Names at companies that are called Registrars and we Buy our Hosting at Hosting companies.Our hosting companies server is basically one giant mighty computer, which can store a great deal of files and folders. When our website is stored on a hosting company's server, it can easily be accessed via World Wide Web.

The Domain Name is the www part in the address bar. It's the name of your website.

This video explains how to buy a domain name at GoDaddy and Hosting at HostGator. On that page I will explain in great detail all you need to know about Hosting and a Domain Name.

»»» STEP TWO: Point to Nameservers

Nameservers are special computers accessible on the Internet that tell where a website is located.They link together your host, ( in this case HostGator ), and your registrar ( GoDaddy )..Your web host will assign you your nameservers when you enroll in their hosting service. You can find them in your welcome email and in your cPanel.

To learn more about name servers and how to point to name servers please click here.

»»» STEP THREE: Plan a structure of your website

You want your website to feel welcoming, it should be easy to find the way around; and the layout should be logical, yet intuitive. In fact, your site’s architecture - the way pages are linked together, should be a key part of your business planning. It’s that important..

When you plan your website structure, just make sure that you have in mind both, your website visitors and the search engines. Make it super easy for someone to get in touch with you. To learn how to structure your website please click here.

»»» STEP FOUR: Design your website

You will need an Html Editor to create your web pages. An HTML editor is a software application for building web pages.There are both Free and paid html editors. The best paid Html editor is Dreamweaver and the best Free Html Editor is Kompozer ( in my opinion ). Because using a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get ) editor does not require any HTML knowledge, they are easier for an average computer user to get started with.

Before you start your website, you will need to know what 9 pages all websites should have and how to structure your website to be taken seriously by search engines and website visitors.

To learn how to use Kompozer to create your own website please click here.

»»» STEP FIVE: Upload - Publish your website

To upload and publish your website you will need an FTP program . FTP, stands for file transfer protocol. It is a program which we use to transfer our web pages ( that we need to create ), from our home computer, to our hosting company server. The best and the most used FTP program is FileZilla, it is a free program as well. You can download Filezilla here.

To watch how to download and install FileZilla please click here.

»»» STEP SIX: Promote your website

Advertising on line and promoting your website really comes down to the content. We've all heard the maxim “content is king” over and over. But content alone cannot bring a digital project to life. Content has to work closely with its peer-disciplines. Let me just name a few: Seo, Article Marketing, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, syndication, Video Marketing, Freebies, Offline Marketing and others.

Your content strategy phase are: User Experience, Design, Information, Copywriting. Bear in mind that you will have to know the following:

Why – Know the business case and objectives. Why are you embarking on this project?
What – What is the message?
Who – Who is the audience?
Where – Where will the message be read (location, device, context)?
How – How should we present/structure the content?
When – Timing of the process to create and publish the content.

»»» Why Is It So Important To Create a Website?

The Internet has completely changed the way we live and gather information.
Never before has the world been able to connect across the globe and interact so easily. Think about the last time you needed to know something, anything — chances are you went to look it up online. Not only is it now our primary source of information, but it has revolutionized the way businesses operate and communicate with customers.

Websites and the online tools that promote them should be the focal point of all advertising and marketing for all businesses, online or offline, big or small.

Here’s why: Because people are online. If you're looking for an audience, more customers, or people to influence, the web is where your business needs to be.

But when it comes to benefiting from a website, size does not matter. It doesn't matter if you are a one-man show or a 10,000-employee corporate giant; if you don't have a website, you're losing business to other companies that do.

Here’s the exception to the rule: It’s actually better to have no website at all than to have one that makes your business look bad. Your site speaks volumes about your online business. It either says, “Hey, look, we take our business so seriously that we have created this wonderful site for our customers!” or it screams, “Hey, look, I let my 10-year-old nephew design my site. Good luck finding anything!”

How Easy Is It To Start Your Own Website?

Although web design is not a rocket science we're not born knowing all about it. So if you have that "it's all Greek to me" feeling, that's pretty normal. I know all of the new information can be overwhelming and scary but don't give up just yet.

Believe it or not, it doesn't take long time to learn how to create a website. With good guidance, you could have your website up and running in a day. If you are able to follow simple video instructions it would probably take four or five hours. However to create a professionally looking website it would take you at least a week, even with a greatest tutorial of them all.

You probably heard the claims on the Internet that you can have your own website with no computer experience, without ever using a computer. Special place in my heart holds this: " No skills required, Can you click a mouse and type a few sentences? I'll show you how to make a website with just those skills "

I mean.... come on ...really?

Well.... that's absolutely not true.

You will have to know at least the following

»» You need to know how to manipulate files and folders. Can you copy files, rename, delete and move them? You will have to know where you downloaded files from the Internet. --->> Browser settings for download

»» You need to be able to install and uninstall software.

»» How to use the Internet. How to find things on the Internet.

And that is just a short list. The good news is, you don't need to know any Html code in order to create your first website.

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