Building A Website
Although some people prefer to outsource the task, it can be extremely simple to build your own website. Here are some quick steps to get you started.
Once you have built your site it will need to be hosted. There are a couple of web hosting options to choose from but most people tend to opt for a free host initially. This is a great idea for personal pages or for testing your web pages. But if your website is aimed to be a company site, or rather visually-intensive, then free hosting may not offer enough bandwidth or free space as you’d like. A free host may also require you to run their advertisements on your website.
2. Domain Name
This is a great additional form of advertising for your website. Having a domain name also makes it easier for people to remember your site’s URL. You do have to pay for a domain name but they generally cost around $8 – $35 per year which is a small price to pay for the additional branding.
3. Planning Your Site
Once you have chosen your domain name and found a host it’s time to plan your website. Consider elements like what purpose your site will have: will it be informative; sales; news or reference? Also think about what type of content you’ll want to place on the site as well as how the site will be navigated.
4. Build Page by Page
Take the time to work on each page individually. If you don’t already have experience with websites, try to learn about the basic elements: design, CSS, HTML and web page editors.
HTML will be the core building block of your site and will go a long way to building quality pages. CSS is the layout of the pages; how they will look and web page editors will help you with an overall understanding of all the elements of your website as well as making editing a lot simpler.
5. Publishing Your Site
Once you are happy with your website creation you will be ready to upload all of your pages to the hosting provider. Typically, the host provides tools for you to publish your site easily but you can also make use of an FTP client.
6. Promoting Your Site
Once your website is up and running you will need to draw traffic to it. Search Engine Optimization is the easiest way to do this. Be sure to build you content around keywords related to your site as well as keywords that are popular amongst searches. This will make your site rank higher amongst the Search Engines. There are a number of tools available on the Internet to help you find the most searched for keywords in your field and create your content accordingly.
7. Maintain your Site
Keep your website looking good. Regularly maintain the look and feel and be sure to update your content and keep it as current as possible.