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The Basics of Building a Website

The Basics of Building a Website

Read below to learn all about the ABCs of building your own website:

Set Goals

Committing yourself to building a website from scratch is just like committing yourself to most other ventures in life. You must have goals, a vision, and a long-term strategy for your site. Without these, your site will most likely go nowhere. Or you could spend all your money redesigning your site over and over again every time you change your mind. Therefore, write down the goals and hopes you have for your site. Make sure that these are realistic first.

Get Your Own Domain Name

Before you start the site design process, you must obtain your own domain name. Having your site hosted on someone else’s will not do, unless your target audience is extremely limited, to your family for example. Therefore, come up with a simple and memorable domain name for your site. Use an online tool to ensure that this name is not too similar to another site’s. Then get a domain extension, usually provided by the server you hire. When you hire a server, check their web reviews first.

Brainstorm

You will first need to brainstorm design ideas for your site. You might come up with a thousand ideas or nothing at all. Get inspiration from acclaimed sites you can find online. Also, you must check out the sites created by the competition. See what they are doing, and make sure not to do something that looks awfully similar.

Open Source Design

You will mostly likely need a content management system (CMS) to design your site. Three are essentially two different kinds of CMSs: proprietary, which charge licensing fees from users, and free, which charge nothing for basic designs. Popular CMSs like WordPress are free. You can use such a service for your site to cut costs. However, if your site needs an advanced design or specific components, a proprietary CMS that has all the features you need will be worth the money.

Make Site Mobile Compatible

Most users browse sites on their handheld mobile devices. Therefore, if your site is not compatible with mobile phones, you are losing out on millions of potential visitors. Therefore, use a design template that is compatible with Androids and iPhones. You should also think about creating an app to complement your site.

Start Creating Content Early

The content on your site will be blog posts, pictures, product descriptions and so on. All this material should be prepared well in advance, so when the design layout is done, content can be uploaded instantly. Do not send your site online with missing content. You will gain a bad reputation even before you have started.

Often Ask “Why”

If you are adding or removing a component from your design layout, always ask ‘why’ first. Why is a good question to ask whenever you have to make a decision regarding your website? Doing so will minimise the risk of you making a mistake.

Hire Professionals Whenever Necessary

If you have no prior experience doing something, or if your skills are subpar, do not hesitate to hire a professional to get the task done appropriately. Spending a little money now on expert input is better than losing visitors in the future because of bad quality.

Before you go on about designing your own site, learn all of the above until you know them like the back of your hand.

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