Congratulations. You’ve taken the plunge. You’ve decided to make your own website. And instead of paying someone to do it for you, you’ve decided to do it yourself. You’ve joined the ranks of those who build and run their own website.
Whether you’re building your brand or your own e-commerce website or just a travel website, your site is vital to your business plan. For business who use the internet to do business, websites are essential to create a method of interacting or selling on the internet.
If you are new to building websites, this might seem like a daunting task. But, do not be dismayed. Building your website is very easy. In fact, it is possible to build a website without any coding experience and huge monetary investment.
These are the steps you can take to building your own website.
- Evaluating and choosing a site builder.
- Brand design.
- Creating content.
- Hosting and domain selection
- Theme selection.
- Deploy your site.
Step 1 – Pick a Sitebuilder
The easiest way to build your website is to use a site builder. A site builder is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor. Here you can take a blank page and add items like a background image, some title text, a paragraph of content and a way to get in touch using a contact form. A modern sitebuilder can build web sites that are practically indistinguishable from developer made websites.
Choosing the right sitebuilder is key to the success in building a modern and high-performance website. Builders that are too simple might lack the necessary features that you need to build your website. On the other hand, site builders that are too complicated might disrupt the web site building process. Some of the best website builders are those that are intended for beginner builders and will offer drag-and-drop tools.
Drag and drop tools
Most websites are built with code from scratch. There are several sitebuilder websites that will help you build a website with drag and drop tools. These site builders use a special editor interface that generates the code required automatically without the user’s interference. The tools let you drag components like title text, images and body text with easy ways of making the changes to colors, size, font types and orientation. These tools make the website building process a breeze and are the fastest way you could get into building a website.
Building an e-commerce website is also possible using a sitebuilder software. The tool can offer you different thematic elements to embed on your website to make your e-store look as you want it. The sitebuilder will also help you by putting in modules for e-commerce like the shopping cart feature or the related products as drag and drop sections that can be put into your page. Sitebuilders also help with features like shipping and payment gateways that might have to be coded or added as a widget. An e-commerce sitebuilder is a very good option as low cost alternative to coding a complete e-commerce solution from scratch.
Step 2 – Brand Design
As a website, there is a particular and specific message that is being communicated. For example, amazon’s message is that it is a site where everything is available. Apple’s brand speaks about industrial design and beautiful products. When you decide on building your website, this is something you need to work out.
List your goals and values and look at designing a website that embraces and portrays all of them. Decide carefully on what you need to put as content. For example, a travel website would need information and images that subtly emphasize freedom and the need to see places.
Once you are ready with an idea of your brand, you can start by building your content.
Step 3 – Creating content
Once your brand and your choice of site builder has been decided, you should start to put together your content. The content should match the kind of website that you are building. For example, e-Commerce websites should have product content, with clear and neat images for each of them ready. Specifications and features of the product should be clearly put together. One method is to survey other similar websites and offer better content than what they provide. Make good use of a good UX consultant who can help you decide what content should come where and how it should look to make the experience of the site a great one.
Step 4 – Hosting and domain selection
This is a critical part of the process. The hosting service will usually provide you with site builders that can be leveraged to build a good site. Most hosting services provide WordPress as a good platform to build websites. Therefore, keep in mind what you require. Ownwebsite provide their own sitebuilder with web hosting included. They also provide a solution for non-technical people with a quick way to build sites.
When selecting your sitebuilder and hosting plan, one of the most important step is, registering your own domain name. Ideally your domain name should be the name of your business or your own name if you are making a website about yourself. The domain extension should also be kept in mind. .com , .co, and .biz extensions are usually for businesses and commercial entities. .Org are for organizations, .Edu for educational institutions and so on. Choosing your own domain will make your brand and you website stand out as more professional and well done. Getting your own domain will also help in getting an email address that looks professional. firstname.lastname@example.org is a more professional than email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5 – Theme selection
As we mentioned earlier, sitebuilders normally require you to select a theme based on what you want your design to be. A good theme can communicate what you do to your visitors, so take some thought to decide on what website template to use. Themes can be bold or bright, monochromatic or colorful, minimalistic or complex. Choose one to fit your design ethos.
Another consideration is that the theme should be responsive. Responsively designed themes are optimized for multiple screen sizes and will translate well to mobile and tablet devices as well while preserving the brand and content of the site and making it easy to navigate using a touch interface.
Themes that a SEO (search engine optimization) ready are also desirable as they will help optimization at a later stage. The theme should have good performance and page load speeds.
Finally, when it comes to a website template, choose a theme that is helps to enhance visibility and highlights your website content.
Step 6 – Deploying and publishing your site
Once you are happy with the website design and the content you have filled, it is time to deploy or publish your site. From time to time you might want to make changes to the website. This is also a selling point for sitebuilders, because they allow you to make changes very fast even after you publish your website. Most sites go though many redesigns and many redevelopment cycles. Keep refreshing and changing things and with practice you will be able to build websites that look good and perform even better.