Here is an easy guide to help you start your own website. This step by step guide is intended for beginners and intermediate individuals who are looking for a simpler guide.
To Start Your Own Website
Get Your Domain Name
First things first you need to get yourself a Domain Name. This will be the name of your website. Example “pluginabox.com”. In getting a domain name you have to pay an annual fee to a register. Keep in mind that you are buying the rights to use this name. It is the same as registering a business name.
- Detailed information on selecting an appropriate domain name can be found in this article Tips on Selecting Your Domain Name.
- You need to know the steps of registration and things to look out for when selecting a Domain Name. You can find a detailed guide in this article Steps on How to Register a Domain Name.
- It may also be a good decision to take a look at some of the Important Precautions When Buying a Domain Name.
Choose a Web Host and Sign Up
A web host is a company that will hold the content of your website. When you upload your web pages on their host, the world will be able to connect and see your content. You will need to have an account with the web host provider of your choice.
- There are many thing involved in choosing a good web host. Read up on this in the article How to Choose a Web Host.
- You can search for a web host from the Budget Web Hosting Picks page.
In addition you need to connect your domain to your web host. Check my guide on how to do this in How to Connect Your Domain Name to Your Web Hosting.
Designing your Web Site and Web Pages
Once you have settled the domain name and the web host, next step is to design the web site . If you are planning to hire a web designer , you can probably skip this step, since that person will handle it on your behalf.
- There are many things to consider in web design, as a beginner, the first step is getting something out onto the web. Fine-tuning your site will after you’ve figured out how to publish a basic web page.
- Have a look on this article Appearance, Usability and Search Engine Visibility in Web Design as well. It gives you a brief look to some real world situation that a web designer must deal with.
Testing Your Website
Performing this step is normally part of the design phase. But this needs an emphasis because only few new web developer and designers take this step. You will need to test your web pages and web site as you design them in the major browsers: Chrome, Firefox and more. All these browsers are free. In addition, You also need to test your website in a smartphone, try out your site there too.
Getting Your Site Noticed
Submit your site to search engines like Google and Bing. See the links below.
After submitting your site to the search engine, you may also want to start promoting it, such as using social media to promote the site you can also use the traditional way how people did advertising before the creation of the Internet: advertisements in the newspapers, word-of-mouth, etc.