Creating A Website from Conception to Execution
A website isn’t built in a day. Building a good quality web page takes a lot of planning, preparation and careful execution. You will initially begin with an idea for the purpose of your website, but you then have to consider the design and content. Even before that, you have to consider what will it be called? And where will it be hosted?
There are a lot of things to consider when you start out, so here are the basic five steps to creating a website.
A domain is the URL people will use to access your website. You’ll need to pick a name that is easy to remember, and the right extension. While .com is the most popular, many companies use .co. There are also locational ones such as .us and .ca. You can check online to see whether your desired domain name is available. Domains generally need to be registered for a year and paid every year after, so make sure you choose the right one from the outset.
A web host is where your website lives. You upload your web files to your hosting account and attach it to your domain to see your website go live. There are plenty of free web hosting services out there, but professional sites may wish to go with a premium host. Paying for hosting generally gives you more space, a greater visitor quota and better features.
Layout and Design
How your website looks and runs is one of the most important aspects. You’ll want your website to be easy on the eyes, but you’ll also want visitors to be able to navigate it without a problem. If you’re inexperienced with web designing, it may be best to consult with a web design company to give your website the best look and feel.
You will now need to fill your website with good quality content. Depending on what your website is for, this can vary massively. Business websites may include their services, prices and case studies. A music website may include reviews, news and details of local gigs. Blogs and infographics can be a good place to start for any website.
Now your website is up and running, you have the look and you have the content. You now want to make sure it is optimized in a number of ways. Most well-coded websites will be W3 compliant. You’ll also want to make sure they work efficiently on all browsers. Google Chrome is the most popular, but many people use Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Microsoft Edge.
You’ll also need to consider how it works on smartphones. Many people prefer to use smartphones to browse the internet, so having a mobile-friendly website is becoming increasingly important. You should also look into search engine optimization. This can make your website more visible to search engines like Google and ultimately bring about more visitors.
Once this is all out of the way, you may look into integrating a content management system or connecting your social media. However, these five steps are the best way to get started with your new website. Enjoy!