How to Build Your Own Website

By Cellina LaForey

  • Overview

    Building your own website can be a rewarding, creative experience. A properly built website is not only something that you will enjoy, but your users will enjoy it too. If it's done right, your website can attract a large following and even become a source of income. The key to building an effective website is proper planning.
    • Step 1

      Determine the topic of your site. How your website is going to be developed depends a lot on the website's purpose. If you're creating a website for users to upload their latest images, videos or music, your needs will be different than someone who is creating a website simply to update family on the latest events in her life.
    • Step 2

      Decide upon and purchase a domain name. The domain name should complement the purpose of your website. You can purchase a domain name through the web hosting company you select to host your website. Depending on the hosting company, domain names can cost anywhere from $10 to $15 a year.

    • Step 3

      Search for a reliable web host. After determining what type of site you're going to build, you must find the right web host to suit your needs. If you are going to build a website that has a store and needs services like a shopping cart, make sure the web host you select is reliable and can provide the necessary services. If you intend to build a website that doesn't require complicated back-end programs, look for a reliable web host that fits your price range. The key word here is: reliable.
    • Step 4

      Come up with a layout for the website. Make sure the navigation system is user-friendly and intuitive. The quickest way to deter users is to get them lost in random links and a confusing menu layout. You will need to choose a theme, colors, font and font size.
    • Step 5

      Build content for your website. Develop content that fits with your theme and appeals to your audience. The more engaging your content is, the more repeat visitors you will have. When building your content, consider graphics that complement the text.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Tip: When shopping for a web host, find one that offers a 99.9% up time guarantee such as HostGator or Go Daddy.
    • Warning:
    • Don't go overboard with graphics. Some websites have so many moving images that it confuses readers and causes them to quickly leave the site. If you want your readers to concentrate on your content, use discretion when adding graphics.

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