How to Build A Website – Step by Step

When I first built this website over ten years ago there was only one way to build it- Using an HTML template and a Web Editor,

A good knowledge of HTML, basic web design, and a web page editor like Dreamweaver or FrontPage were essential.

Today  the changing technology has made building your own website much easier. There is no need to:Build-website-help

  • Become a web designer
  • Purchase expensive software
  • Become an HTML or PHP guru

Join me, and learn how to create your own professional looking website from scratch, and at a fraction of the price you would pay for a simple site from a web designer.

Getting Started

Almost all websites use standard designs in the form of templates or Themes ( WordPress).

These themes can be modified by a web designer or knowledgeable web site owner, or can be used without modification.

By using an existing professionally designed theme/template you don’t need to learn about web design.

Whether you’re building a business, personal, or hobby website there are 3 main steps involved. They are:

  1. Decide on the site building technology
  2. Decide on the Domain Name and hosting provider.
  3. Build and publish the site

Site Technology

In my opinion this is the most important step, as choosing the wrong option could cause you to spend a lot of time, effort and money without a result

Over 50% of the new websites being built today will use WordPress .

Well known brands like CNN and UPS use it as well as over 50% of the top 100 blogs on the web.

WordPress isn’t the only option but it is the one I would recommend you follow.

You can find an overview of the other options with their pros and cons here.

Domain Name and Host

Once you have decided on the technology you will need a domain name and hosting account to host the website.

Generally you will use the same company for your hosting and domain name registration as it makes it easier to manage.

I use a UK host ( 1&1-UK) for my UK sites, and Blue Host for all other sites.

See Choosing a Domain Name and Website Hosting for more details

Build and Publish

If you using an HTML/PHP template then you will need to use web page editing software like Dreamweaver. It is for this reason that I don’t recommend this option any more.

With WordPress you create pages and mange the site via a web browser, and don’t need any web page editing software.

Building versus Design

Many people are put off creating their own site by the idea of having to design the website.

However the truth is that you can build a very professional website with no design skills at all, as WordPress comes with ready made professionally designed templates (Themes).

You simply need to select one to use. This leaves you free to concentrate on building your site by creating content.

Common Questions

How Much does it Cost? – Around £8/year for a .com domain name and approx £50/year for hosting.

Do I need to Learn HTML? – Yes and No. Having a basic understanding is necessary regardless of what most other sites would like you to believe.

However you don’t need to be an expert. My starting HTML course covers all you really need to get started.

Do I need to Learn Web Design?- No -There many professional designs available in the form or themes( WordPress) and templates (HTML/PHP).

Providing you don’t want a completely bespoke design, then It is simply a question of choosing a design for the site rather than creating a new design from scratch.

What About Building a blog? – Many people get confused between websites and blogs.

A blog is a Website with the content arranged by date, and is the online equivalent of a newspaper. It is used for presenting time sensitive information.

See a beginners guide to blogging for more details

What about Ecommerce websites? – Ecommerce websites/Shops are different from standard content based sites, and there are many specialist solutions available. You should see the Ecommerce section for more details.

Getting Visitors and Getting Found- For business websites getting their site found on the Internet will be one of their most important tasks.-See website promotion.

Learn More and Getting Help

New articles are published on the blog.  If you get stuck or encounter a problem start by doing a search on the site.

If you don’t find what you are looking for then just ask and I will do my best to answer as quickly and accurately as possible.

Many people find that outsourcing certain aspects makes it quicker and easier to get their site online.

I offer virtual assistant services that are targeted at small businesses,clubs and individuals.

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Regards

Steve

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