Want your own website? Whether you want to show off a hobby, promote your business, or give your project some visibility. Creating one is not as complicated as it sounds, just follow our step-by-step guide.

1. Planning your site

What is your site for? If its just for semi-regular news about a particular topic you want to write about, you can create a blog in seconds, using services like Blogger.com, Tumblr, or WordPress. After taking a minute or two to set up an account and choose a template, you can immediately create posts and share pictures and video, with minimal effort and no web coding knowledge.

If your site is going to be more complicated, with multiple pages, different types of content and other requirements, then you need to create a full website. Any website consists of three components: 

  • The hosting (where the data is stored)
  • A domain name (what it is called)
  • The content management system (CMS), which is how you add content and data on the site. 

 

2. How to get a domain 

The domain is the name of your site, plus the extension, which could be '.me' for a personal site, '.com' for a general site or '.info' for a reference site.

You can a web domain from a huge variety of sources, including popular domain name sellers - which areeasily found via a quick google, for a small annual fee. You can also buy hosting for the site, again for a modest annual fee, which means your website data will be stored on their servers, with the benefits of enterprise-level security, high availability and a range of extra features. Usually, you can buy the hosting and domain from the same provider, you don't have to and it isn't always cheaper but it's easier having everything in the same place.

 

3. How to build the website

Once you've acquired a domain and hosting, your web service will provide a range of tools to add content to the pages this is known as a content management system (CMS). Many are now point and click systems with no coding knowledge needed. You simply add a nice image as a banner, welcome text, upload some photos or videos and enter your article text into the system. Changes are easy to make and most CMSs will offer many templates you can use to create a great looking site with different colour schemes, backgrounds and types of font.

Your CMS can also allow any colleagues to update your website. With most systems, you can even add content from your smartphone. Some hosting sites sell all kinds of extra features, so you can turn your site into a store, or use powerful templates for sites with lots of pictures or video content. Only if you need something highly bespoke will you need to turn your hand to web coding, or find a web designer to do the job for you. 

Investigate all the options when it comes to creating a site. For example, WordPress started out as a blogging site, but it is massively popular as a full website design and content management service. Find the right service for you, and you should have no trouble creating a great site that will attract plenty of visitors with a clear design and lots of information.

 

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