Make My Own Website - Starting on the Right Foot

Posted by Kitara Julian On 8:11 AM
Make My Own Website - Starting on the Right Foot
Where do I start to make my own website?

Making your own website isn't as complicated as you might think. It could soon be up and running without forcing you to frantically learn a complicated jargon of computer codes!

There are 2 options. Creating a website can be a very simple task or it can involve mastering and applying difficult computer languages, then writing the raw HTML codes from scratch. I am going to assume that you are choosing the easy option and don't want to spend time learning a long list of complex HTML computer codes.

Essentially there are two things you must have to build a website:

1) Domain Name

A domain name is simply the name you will choose to identify your website. It is also known as a "web address" or "URL". For example mybaby.com. It is therefore important when choosing your Domain name that you select a relevant keyword that people will use to search for your site. Ideally your domain should be a reflection of your site, its products or services. For an annual fee paid to a registrar, you get the exclusive right to use your chosen domain name.

2) Web Host

The next step is to get an online presence. This is provided by a web host. It is basically a company that has extremely powerful computers connected permanently to the internet. For a monthly fee, the web host will rent you out a small amount of online server space to host your web site. Once your website is placed on their server, internet users worldwide will be able to access your site.

Web Building Tools

Once you have acquired your domain name and web host, the next step is to design the web site. Although there are many considerations during the process of designing your website, as a beginner, you must concentrate on getting "an online presence". The precise adjustments can come after you've worked out how to get a basic web page onto your website.

The easiest way is to use HTML Editors like Komposer or CoffeeCup. (I personally use these to make my own website). They are free and can be easily downloaded from the internet. Such editors allow you to design your site without having to worry about the technical jargon. They are very easy to use and function like a word processing software.

Cross Browser Testing

Although you might have created an attractive and functional website, you cannot control which internet browsers will be used to view your site. As each browser performs differently it is necessary that you test your website in a multitude of browsers.

Thankfully, in most instances the variation from one browser to another will be negligible, but sometimes a particular browser could prevent visitors from being able to view and properly navigate your site. The only way to make sure that your website can be viewed correctly in different browsers is thorough testing.
Internet Browsers like Explorer, Netscape and Mozilla Firefox can easily be installed on your PC to test your web pages.

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