Gone were the days when only an IT geek can create a personal blog or a website. Web developers are sure to know the codes but they won’t always be needed. Many have successfully conquered the Internet challenge without hiring one, whether you believe it or not. You can actually create your own sans the coding language taught in schools.
So, how does this work for newbies? Just follow this three focal steps and you’re definitely on your way.
Step One: Pick your Website Platform
In early 2000, sites were built via HTML codes and CSS, which took much time to master. This is the reason why people thought of building a website from scratch as highly complicated. Fortunately, that’s no longer true!
Content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, now exist to make the process streamlined and accessible to anyone interested. Yes, you can be your own webmaster! IT outsourcing is not always the trend these days.
Your website-building platform is the alternative to the bunches of HTML pages used in creating sites. It is more user-friendly in building one and in managing online content later on.
Step Two: Select a Domain Name and Web Host
To get you going, two things are needed:
o Domain name (your web address like myname.com)
o Hosting (a service which connects your own site to the Internet; costs around $3-$4 a month)
Your domain name is your identity on the Web. Here are starter tips in choosing your domain name:
Limit your choice to simple, short and easy-to-remember words. If the site is for your business, the company name can be conveniently used as the domain name. If it’s a personal website, yourname.com is a great option.
Find unique domain names. Should someone else registered your choice in the past, you can’t have it taken. You might as well try to add a description at the end if the initial choice can’t be accepted.
There are three significant descriptions to remember about domain names: catchy, memorable and brand-creator. Here’s the main rule though: If you love it, use it.
Many web hosting providers are available, though choosing one won’t be easy. If you’re familiar with IT outsourcing companies, they can provide a good help. You can also have a good research from the Internet. Important things to note about your web-host-choice is its simplicity, reliability and budget-friendly feature.
Web hosts may also give novices free domain names and discounts upon signing up.
Step Three: Create Your Site or Blog
Once you’ve paid for your chosen domain name and you’ve picked the web host suitable for your requirements, it’s time to build your website!
Start the whole thing by installing the CMS of your choice. There is a one-click-installation feature for almost every established hosting company. You commonly find it in the account control panel.
Upon successful installation of the chosen CMS to your domain, you often see a very basic and clean site. You can choose a theme or template from your own gallery of ideas or simply access free themes available upon logging in. You can also add and edit pages as far as your online content management is concerned.
Now, who says it’s hard?