Web Design

A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Website

Building a Website

If you want to build a website but don’t know where to start – help is at hand.

If you find yourself asking the questions – “what is a website made up of?” and “how is it turned from a simple idea into something which people can access on the internet?”, you’ve come to the right place.

It isn’t necessary to have any technical knowledge to build your own website. All you need to do is use our tailored guide to find out how to create your own site and more.

Building a Website

What do you want from your website?

Before creating your website, you need to have some ideas about what you would like your site to do, what sort of look/design you are going for, and what sort of budget you have to pay for it. Everyone’s needs are different, and it all depends on whether your site is personal or for business.

Other things to think about include:

  • How many pages do you want? You need to think about your main home page for starters and then consider what else you might need
  • What features are you going to have? For example – links to social media websites, product selling, a blog etc
  • How will you maintain your site and keep its content fresh?

Once you have this in mind, you can take the next step in building your website.

How to build your site

As previously mentioned, it isn’t important to know how to create a website.

Why? Because there are many companies and websites already offering website templates for you to take advantage of. They are relatively easy to use and come at a small price, or if you are lucky – they might even be free. This solution requires minimum computer skills, as well as little effort and time – which is great if you are very busy yet want something which simply does what you want it to do.

Other options include using specifically designed software programs, like Microsoft’s Front Page or Macromedia’s Dream Weaver, which guide you along the process as well as giving you the opportunity to customise your site too. This enables you to give your website a personal touch.

Alternatively, you could employ a web design agency to do the work for you. This will come at a cost, but at least you can be sure you’ll receive a professional service and a website which will be well-designed and developed – as well as being reliable.

Other things to consider

Once you have created your website, you will also need to think about choosing a domain name, if you haven’t already. This is basically the address web users type in online in order to access your site. You will need to register your domain name, as well as choosing a hosting company to put your website live on the World Wide Web so it is usable.

Once this is all complete, all that is left to do is market your website and get traffic flowing to it. You’ll also need to maintain your new website and keep it up-to-date.

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