Five Steps On Building Your Own Website
Building a website is not as hard as you think. In fact, it is easier to build a website than to come up with a concept. We have gone a long way since the early days of the Internet. When the Internet caught fire during mid-1990s; web site designing was too primitive. You have to learn complex programming languages just to post the proverbial “Hello World” on an HTML page.
Today, there are a lot of advances that you don’t need to know complex scripts and languages to have a decent-looking web site. All you need to know is some idea on how the web site would look like and couple it with tools that you can use to execute the ideas on your head.
Here are some tips on how to build a website on your own with minimal effort with maximum satisfaction. After this article you will surely have an idea on how to create pages without the help of expensive professionals.
Step 1 – Find the internet “real estate.” Before you sit down and start designing your website, it is important that you have a piece of real estate on the Internet where you are going to locate your pages. You would need to search for web hosts. In the early days of the Internet, a person can have a piece of real estate bundled with his Internet service subscription. Allocated with a few megabytes that would house both images and the pages; almost everybody can have the ability to maintain web pages.
Nowadays, you can find free or cheap web hosts. It is important that you choose a web host that is specific to your need. If you are just doing a web page for personal consumption, then go for free ones. The free web hosts may insert advertisements on your page as their way to pay the bills. If you are trying to create a page for your business, consider paid web hosts. This will enable you to get that professional look and at the same time you can control the advertisements on the pages. Also, you are given technical support and other features such as support for certain languages and scripts.
Step 2 – Get a domain name. Acquiring a domain name is the logical progression in building a web site. It enables you to register how your site will be called on the Internet. Think about this as the address of your real estate on the Web. There are sellers and re-sellers of domain names on the Web. You can choose to pay monthly or bi-annual.
Step 3 – Move on to planning your website. If you have acquired a real estate for your site and the address; the next thing to do is to plan what the web site is for. You need to have a concept for your web site. Without plans you will end up with a garbage which will not auger well if you are creating a page for your business. Create a content tree where all of the navigation, site map, content and images are carefully laid out and conceptualized. This will give you a representation on how your web site would shape up to be.
Step 5 – Now go and publish and promote it! You can use a file transfer protocol (FTP) program to relocate the files you have created to a specific location in the Internet easily. At the same time, when you are done publishing your web site it is important to spread the word out. You can generate traffic by using search engine optimization tools or social media integration. These are the latest strategies to drive interest to your site.