Simple Steps to Create a Website
Creating a website can and should be a fun and profitable endeavor. If done
correctly, the entire process of establishing your web presence can be done in
as little as 48 hours. In this article, I will establish some basic guidelines
any newbie webmaster will want to know in order to make this process as smooth
The first and most important step is the Planning Stage. This stage is so
critical; I could easily devote an entire separate article on this step alone.
For this however, I will summarize the important steps and try not to go into
too much detail.
You will need to decide what you intend to sell or promote. Once this done, you
will need to determine your target market. Then you will want to decide on your
domain name and targeting keywords. Be sure your domain name is as relevant to
what you are selling as possible and try to make it contain that keyword.
Now you want to determine the overall layout of your site. Be sure to choose
your words and graphics carefully, and try to optimize your site as best you
can. This brings us to our next step, properly designing your website. It is
always a good idea to design with both search engines and customers in mind.
Proper search engine optimization can provide your site with many free visitors
and potential profits. For those looking to do it themselves, proper education
should be their number one priority. The best part about this education is most
of it can be received free of charge.
You have hundreds of resources in article websites such as Goarticles.com and
Ezinearticles.com. Plus with hundreds of good webmaster forums also available,
the extent of your education is only limited by the amount of time and effort
you are willing to commit. With this knowledge of how to design a site, you will
now want to create it.
Using HTML editors such as Microsoft FrontPage or Macromedia's Dreamweaver, you
will find that the actual task of creating your site is quite easy. You can also
find other free HTML Editors online by doing a search at www.download.com. Other
ways of creating your website can be done using templates, or pre-built sites
where all you change is the payment link, or web site generators, where you
would enter some basic criteria of what you are looking for in your site, and it
will create the code for you. You would then use this code for your site.
Of course, you could always hire a programmer. I do not really recommend this
because it is good to know how to do things yourself. Plus, programmers can get
quite expensive. In the end, the money used to hire a programmer is usually
better spent adding to your own product line, or advertising your site.
Now that we have our website design complete, we need to put it on the web to
reach our target audience. You will now need to purchase your domain name. Your
domain name needs to be planned out in advance and should contain a keyword you
It is also a good idea to purchase your domain name from a well known and reputable
company. Sites such as Yahoo!, GoDaddy, and Network Solutions offer domain names
and the support and reliability you are looking for in your web business.