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3 Steps to make a website
“How to Make a Website”
Making a website is not as difficult as it once was. No longer must you need to know hyper text markup language or HTML. However, you still need a little help to really get the type of website that you will ultimately be happy with. I know there is a lot of free website offers that are constantly playing on television, radio or as ads on Facebook. But, remember the saying “you get what you pay for” when going down the free road. Trust me, your time is more valuable than trying to figure out how to build a website without any support or assistance from a professional.
However if you are tempted to try one of those make a website for “free” offers. Realize, pack a lunch and some patience and understand these free offers may be good for someone who just wants to say they have a website but it will almost always end up costing you more time and frustration than it is worth. I understand that I may not be able to change your mind. However, at least let me first provide you with an understanding how to make a website so you can make an informed decision prior to spending a lot of time and not being happy with the end project.
The first step in making a website: [PURCHASE A DOMAIN NAME]
The first thing you need to consider is the name of your website. The name of your website can also be referred to as your domain name. You can either use your company name or think of a cool catchy name that can really help make promoting your site easier. However, finding the perfect domain name can be really tricky. Not only have companies gobbled up a lot of the good domain names (referred to as domainers) but there are a lot of businesses with the same name throughout the United States that may have already grabbed the name for their business. As you can imagine, finding the perfect name for your website might be harder than you think. Before you get too discouraged let me say that there is two primary reasons for securing a domain name and maybe this will help you as you struggle to find the perfect name.
The first purpose for a domain name is so your company, product or service can have an identity online. Having a branded domain name will allow you to tell friends, family and potential customers how they can find you online. For example if your company name is “ABC Strategies” only people who already know you or your company would know to search or enter that domain name into their browser.
The second reason for having a domain name is so that people who are searching for your product can find you. In comparison to the first reason, if you purchase the domain “iSell[put whatever you sell here].com” then people who see this domain name get a sense of what you do. There is also some benefit to being found in the popular search engines when your domain name describes what you do.
To purchase a domain name, you need to go to a company that sell domain names. They are technically referred to as “registrars” as they are the one who are actually licensed to register a new domain name. Many of the registrars can also provide hosting too. Finally, it is important to note that the domain name will be registered to you for as long as you keep renewing it with the registrar.
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The second step in making a website: [PURCHASE WEBSITE HOSTING]
The second step in making a website involves hosting. Hosting is the physical location where your website will be stored. Think of hosting as a piece of real estate that your house will be built on. If you plan on building a big house or website, then you might need a lot of real estate or hosting. This is an over simplistic analogy but it has helped a lot of people understand the purpose of hosting.
When searching for hosting look for the following:
Size – How much space are they giving you to build your website.
Security – What security precautions do they take to protect your data.
Speed – How fast will your website load on their server.
Support – How fast can you get them on the phone when you need support.
Hosting has become extremely affordable and you shouldn’t pay more than $20.00/month for a hosting account that will exceed your expectation in every category mentioned above. With hosting, you definitely get what you pay for.
The third step in making a website: [USE WORDPRESS.ORG FOR DESIGN]
There are hundreds of ways of building a website. A website consist of code that communicates with internet browsers and as an result you have many option. Options include:
- Learning how to write html code and do it yourself in the purest sense.
- Purchase software that writes html code for you. Similar to how Excel creates formulas that you enter into a spreadsheet.
- Use a Content Management System (CMS) that allows for drag and drop functionality.
For this tutorial, we are going to choose option 3 and use WordPress.ORG as our CMS.
WordPress is the most used method of building a website today. WordPress is very powerful and easy to work with. However, you must be aware that there are two variations of WordPress and for this documentation we are referring to WordPress.ORG. WordPress provides you with a dashboard and has intuitive editor windows much like your favorite presentation or word processing software. Search YouTube for videos on how to create a website using wordpress and you will find copious amounts of information.
With these simple 3 steps you will be using the same tools that the professional use.
I wish you all the best with your online endeavors.
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