A Beginners Guide to Creating a Website

By: Owen Barron

Creating your own website from scratch, when you have zero experience, can be a very daunting task. Here is a quick and simple step-by-step guide to the basics on creating your own site and getting it up and running:

Purchase a Domain Name

A domain name is the actual website name that is keyed into the search bar. An example would be "www.beginnersguidetocreatingawebsite.com". This name is basically the name you wish you give your website, and a domain name can be bought online via a number of web domain sites. Domain sites will offer you the opportunity to key in your desired domain name and will check for you if it is available for purchase, and at what cost. Prices depend on how popular your chosen name is, and whether or not you wish to choose a ".com" site or a cheaper alternative such as ".info".

Web Hosting

Once you have purchased your domain name you will notice that all it leads to is an unfound page. That is because it is not assigned to anything. It is merely an address. You next need to purchase web hosting in order to assign virtual space to your domain name. An easy way to envision what web hosting means and what it provides is to imagine that web hosting is the equivalent of a building or home, and that a domain name is merely the address in which to find it. Web hosting services can be found online, but before making your choice it is best that you read up on what options they offer, and any online reviews of their services.

Creating a Website

You now need to create content. If your imagine that your web hosting is the equivalent of a building, structure, or home, and the domain name is the address, then picture the website as being the fixtures, fittings, and furnishings of the building. A website holds all the content and information you wish to put up on the internet for others to view. There are several ways in which to create a website, ranging from very simple to far more complex sites, which require patience, study, and research to create. For the sake of this simple basic guide, we will discuss the more basic options. If you wish to become more skilled in web design, consider researching tutorials on programs such as Dreamweaver or, better yet, undertake a website design course to get you started. As for basic sites, there are many free website design software packages available on the net. These are simple programs which will guide you on how to create a simple website. Many domain host sites offer simple web design applications which link directly to your host account and domain name, making the whole process easy for first time website builders. Whatever program you use, you will need to link your website to your domain name via your web host account. All website programs have easy guides directing you how to do this, so just follow the instructions in order to get your website active and running.

One thing to note is that a badly put together website will not reflect very well on your company, or service. It is important to give your customers a good first impression. If you are creating a website with the intention of selling a product or service consider using a specialized web design company to put together a website for you. A website company will offer web design and web development, work out the search engine optimization for promoting your site and provide webhosting if you require it.

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