Are you thinking about creating your own website? If so, congrats! It’s a wonderful way to get your name and what you’re doing out into the world without a lot of stress or drama. All you need is to know how to implement one.
OK, for some of us, that actually is the source of the stress and drama. We have some kind of an idea of how we want our website to look, but we are clueless when it comes to how to make it translate onto the Internet.
If that’s your testimony, don’t fret. There are some easy ways that can get you well on your way when it comes to knowing how to create your own website. Here are five of them.
Learn about web services that are available. There’s no way around the fact that a professional web developer can help you to have a fabulous website. But, if funds are limited, don’t assume that you can’t have a great one even without a developer’s assistance. WordPress is a popular site that has many free templates that are available. Plus, there are other options as well. Wix, SnapPages, Moonfruit and GetShopped (a great one if you want to buy and/or sell on your site) are all companies that will assist you in developing a wonderful looking web page that’s free of charge.
Pick a cool domain name. Sometimes, it’s the name that says it all. Due to the fact that there are millions (on top of millions) of websites that already exist, you may have a bit of a challenging time finding a name that hasn’t already been taken. However, whatever you go with, make sure that it’s catchy and memorable. Oh, and that it’s not super long. Register.com, GoDaddy.com, Megahosters.com and the money saving favorite Enom.com are all sites that can help you find the right name (they check to make sure it’s not already in use) as well as get the domain for you. They even assist you with hosting services if needed. This brings us to the next tip.
Shop around for the perfect host. When we go to someone’s house for a dinner party, we remember if they were a great host or not. It’s kind of a similar parallel when it comes to getting the right kind of host for your website. This is because it’s not just a matter of purchasing one, but finding the perfect fit by asking yourself some pertinent questions beforehand: How much disk space and bandwidth will your website need? Will you be operating under Windows, Linux or BSD when it comes to your specific host provider? Will you need more than one email account for the site and does the hosting company offer a control panel? (You will need it.) If some of these questions seem a bit complicated, there’s no cause for alarm. Just in asking these questions, the various hosting companies will be able to provide you with any additional information that you may need to know about them. Remember, wisdom doesn’t come so much in having the right answers, but asking the right questions!
Make a website that’s stunning. You might be surprised, how many websites people visit just because they’re aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The color palate is attractive, the fonts are easy to read and the media that’s made available, both audio and visual, is catching. Remember that when it comes to creating the website, the whole purpose is to create an online platform for content. Therefore, make sure what you have to share is presented way and that what you’re saying is informative, amusing and memorable.
Promote your website. You know what they say. In this case, “If the website builder builds it, they will come”. Of course, there should probably be another liner to that: If the website is built and it is effectively promoted, people will come! There are so many ways to get the word out about your website. You can make forums on your site. You can create a Facebook fan page for it. You can tweet about it on your Twitter account or hashtag your web address at the end of your tweets. You can put tags under your blogs. You can submit your website to various search engines. You can exchange website links with other sites (so that you both can get cross promotion). The list is endless. Just make sure that once the site is completed that you put as much (if not more) energy into promoting it as you did in creating it. The more traffic you get, the more all of the initial effort will seem well worth it!