How to Build a Website Step-by-Step

By Michael Cantrell

  • Overview

    The main reason many individuals today do not have their own website is because they believe it requires a college education and a lot of computer knowledge to build a site, but this is not true. With the growing amount of tools being made readily available on the Internet, building a website is easier now than ever. All it really takes to make your own site is a little time and just a little money, and you can have a professional-looking website of your own.
    How to Build a Website Step-by-Step
    • Step 1

      Create and register a domain name with a domain registrar. It's important to get a solid domain name that is short and to the point. This makes it a lot easier for visitors to remember the address. Make sure that the name you choose isn't already being used by another website. One of the top domain name registrars is GoDaddy.com, which has great prices and a lot of helpful tools that will help you get your site up and running (see Resources below).
    • Step 2

      Purchase a Web hosting plan. You can get a basic Web hosting plan from HostMonster.com for around $5 a month (see Resources below).


    • Step 3

      Design your website's homepage using the tools offered by your Web hosting company. This is one of the most important pages of your website, so it is very important to make sure it is professional-looking and easy to navigate. Try to avoid using bright-colored background templates, and make sure the text is big enough to read comfortably. Upload your own personal design or logo as a header for the website. Make sure you place navigation tabs at the top of your homepage to help people on your site get to other pages of information and content on your page. You will typically want to have news posts and quick updates posted on this page often to keep visitors informed about changes made on your site.
    • Step 4

      Create a page dedicated to informational content. This can either be a page set aside as a blog, or for articles, videos and other content that directly relates to the subject of your website. Make sure the text is easy to read and do not use conflicting colors for the text and background. Always make sure to publish a photo with each article or blog entry as this makes your page look more attractive.
    • Step 5

      Build a resources page that will have links to important websites dealing with similar subject matter. If you have benefited from the sites of others and feel your visitors would benefit from those same sites, design a simple page to post links to those websites on.
    • Step 6

      Publish your website. Once your page is fully constructed, hit the "publish" button and your website will go live on the Internet.
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Warning:
    • Avoid overusing Flash, as this makes your site load slower.

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