How to Create a Website – Simple Free Tutorials For Beginners
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This is a beginner-friendly site that I designed to provide simple, intuitive guides on how to create a website in three simple steps:
Step 1 – Reserve Your Domain Name (example.com)
Your domain name is basically your website’s home address. It is wise to take your time to think about what you want to name your site because that name is going to be the one representing who you are and what you do.
Also, make sure you don’t go with a lengthy domain name! Anything more than 12 characters long is just doing too much. You want something short, sweet and maybe matching your social media usernames for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. This is all a form of branding. Don’t rush this, take your time on this one and you will not regret it.
Check out these domain registration tips to get a free guide to help you start your website.
Step 2 – Choose a Web Hosting Company
A web host is the company that provides housing for your website including space for you to create and store web pages, install scripts such as those used for shopping carts, email addresses, databases, and much more.
There are several features that web hosting companies can provide you with, but all of those companies provide similar services. When starting out, what you need to do is go for the most basic plan there is until you feel like you need to upgrade. Upgrading later is always easy so don’t worry about it.
If you want to learn more about web hosting and how it works, Click Here.
Step 3 – Start Building!
Creating a website depends on the kind of website you want to build. Is it a just a blogging site? If so, you might want to use blogging platforms such as WordPress. You can also use WordPress for regular sites too.
The advantage of using something like WordPress is the fact that you do not need to have coding experience or skills. You simply search for a theme you like, install and activate it, make a few changes to suit your style… and your new website is ready to go!
But let’s say you don’t want to use WordPress, for whatever reason. Maybe you want to do something on your own from scratch. Well, you can just use the manual method to do so using web design software like Dreamweaver.
There is a vast array of kinds of websites you can create today. Some examples include content sites, eCommerce sites and membership sites. You want to know how to approach these different types of websites and what you want your website to entail. You can learn about the details of different kinds of websites you can create here.
Creating Niche Websites
A Niche website is one that focuses on specific information that is both useful and interesting for the audience. In other words, it is a website that focuses on a narrow market.
You notice that nothing in this definition includes profits or money. Although I am a strong believer in Purpose, Passion, and Profits, to be successful in creating Niche Websites, you must understand that the focus is on the consumer or person visiting your website.
First, you want to take the time to find a profitable niche and build a very useful content-rich website that caters to the audience you’ve defined.
Once your site is up and running you can monetize it by selling ad space, your own products, joining affiliate programs, and more.
Static HTML vs. Dynamic Websites
There are basically two kinds of websites you can create:
1) Static HTML – Content is uploaded and displayed as-is.
2) Dynamic (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, etc) – A dynamic website can give the website owner the ability to simply update and add new content to the site. Examples of dynamic sites are blogs.
Static websites can only really be updated by someone with a knowledge of website development. They are the cheapest to develop and host, and many smaller companies still use these to get a web presence.
Advantages of static websites
- Quick to develop
- Cheap to develop
- Cheap to host
Disadvantages of static websites
- Requires web development expertise to update site
- Site not as useful for the user
- Content can get old and stagnant
Dynamic sites on the other hand can be more expensive to develop initially, but there are many advantages to it. At a basic level, a dynamic website can give the website owner the ability to simply update and add new content to the site. For example, news and events could be posted to the site through a simple browser interface. A main example of this is a blog site.
Advantages of dynamic websites
- More functional website
- Easier to update
- New content brings people back to the site and helps in the search engines
- Can work as a system to allow staff or users to collaborate
Disadvantages of dynamic websites
- Takes more time and money to develop
- Hosting costs a little more
Some examples of dynamic website features could be: content management system, eCommerce, discussion boards, etc.
I really recommend using WordPress. This is because for one, it lets you create dynamic websites with ease, and it has so many useful plugins (e.g. collect visitor feedback, build surveys, add social media icons, etc) which make your web development life even much easier.
Using WordPress to Make Blogs or Dynamic Sites
If you are looking to create a blog site (dynamic storage of content by category and date), I highly recommend you use WordPress as it is pretty clearly the biggest, most flexible blogging platform on the web.
Another thing that makes WordPress so cool is that it provides you with a bunch of beautiful themes which you just have to install and customize, which makes building a website really, really simple. And let’s say after a couple months you get tired of your current design, you can simply just look for another bad-ass theme and install it, and everything will update automatically for you. Sweet huh? I know.
As you’ll see on my WordPress tutorial page, WordPress is not just for blogs. You can use it to create a traditional, static site as well.
This is just the beginning of how to create a website. You’ll learn a lot more from my other articles on this site!
Basic Web Design Tips for Beginners
How to Create a Web Page on Your Computer