If you want to start a website or create one for your budding business, do not see it as a heavy financial investment. It is something that you can very easily do on your own. With relevant information and well-structured steps you will have a well-functioning website in no time. Here is what you need to do:
Start with choosing a domain name for yourself. This means, what you wish your clients to type in when searching for your website. Once you have decided on a name, you have to ensure you register it. In some states, the registration fees is required only once after which the domain name can be used by for a distinct number of years. In other states, the payment is made on a monthly basis and this payment allows you to continue using the name. There are many ways in which you can pick the right name; do so wisely as a name makes a lot of impact.
Next up is a rather technical but very significant step and that is choosing a host for your website. Do you want it to be accessible to people all over the world or do you wish for it to be located within a certain area or state? Based on the answer you have in mind to these questions, you have to choose a host. There are many tutorials that will help you pick the host that fits all your needs. Keep everything in mind and then make the pick. This is also important because the host has to be specified with the domain. Hence, make sure you think the above two steps through.
Next up is the main thing and that is designing your web pages. This involves a lot of things: the text; how do you wish for it to appear, the color theme of your website, the grid, the complexity or simplicity of it. Do you want everything to be on one page or more? Do you wish to have hyperlinks within your website? Make a rough draft for yourself on paper before you begin designing. This helps you save a lot of time and also allows you to experiment your creativity. The key is to keep it visual and as simple as possible. This way you and your clients will be able to access it without a problem.
Once all is done, you have to send your website on to a test drive; see how it works. This is important because it will show you how your client will be seeing the website when they log on to it. Check if all the links work and all the images work. This will expose any faults your website still has and if it still needs work. Once you are glad with the way things work, set it out.
Once you are done following the above steps, you will realize how simple it is to make and start your own website without require extensive professional assistance.
Scott Heron, with 10 years of web deisgn and search engine optimisation experince, has taken up many projects for various clients. Scott is based in Edinburgh, and could be found hanging out with his friends, often.