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on the world wide web. Whether it$B!l(Bs a personal site like a blog, or a
business site, they all need to have a decent plan before they get
A few years ago I started designing and creating websites myself. I
started just to show off to others, but I noticed it wasn$B!G(Bt as easy I
thought it was. I mean, it is easy to get a site online; you just buy
a template, pay a coder, and pay some one to insert content and
advertise for you then you$B!G(Bre done. But if you want to do things
yourself, that$B!G(Bs where it gets tricky.
After a few sites, I managed to find a certain pattern in the process
of creating and managing my websites.
1. I always start with an idea for subject and content. Believe me -
never create a website about something you hate and know nothing
about. Instead create a website about something you know a lot about
and like to tell other people about. What also works is writing about
a subject you would like to know more on, after doing your own
research. Newbies can explain information to other newbies easier then
pro$B!l(Bs explaining information to newbies.
2. Then I think of a design to go with it, to reflect its idea. Like
if your subject is Boats, then don$B!G(Bt go with a flaming red design.
Sure it could do it, but I would prefer for a blue, water-like design
to reflect its subject.
3. If the design is done, you need to get it coded. Some create their
designs while they code, but I prefer to use a graphical program to
first create the whole design, just the way I want it to be. Then I
slice it all (contact me if you want to read an article about that)
and save it for the web. I usually have a small group of coders I
trust to code my designs and they send it back to me when it$B!G(Bs coded.
4. Well then everything is almost done you would think. You got a
design coded and everything. But the answer is NO. You are just
starting. Sure you have a site and all, but you do not have hosting or
a domain name. In order to get your site up and running, you will need
something called hosting. It$B!G(Bs like when you buy a house it needs to
be on ground. Well the hosting is the ground here, and your website is
the house. Without hosting, your site is almost useless. These days
you can choose between free hosts, which in my opinion aren$B!G(Bt great,
but if you want to start and try out, I$B!G(Bd suggest you work with a free
host first. And then there is paid hosting, you pay for a certain
amount of server space and bandwidth and sometimes extra features.
5. Now if you have chosen to go for a free host, then please skip this
step, cause you probably won$B!G(Bt be able to use it. A domain is needed
for people to find your website. For example if you website is called
BoatFish, then you could make the domain www.boatfish.com or www.boatfish.net,
whatever you choose for. There are quite a large number of extensions
you can go for. But I always suggest you go for a .com domain name.
People tend to look for them more often than for a .net or any other
6. The most important part of your website is your content. People
stay or come back to your website because you have good content, or
leave if you don$B!l(Bt. So please write up some good content for your site
before launching it; this can cost you a lot of visitors. I can$B!G(Bt show
you how to submit content, or what kind of content you should be
submitting, this is something you should look into yourself.
7. Now you got everything you need to get your site online. And still
you are not done at all. You can site around and wait for people to
come to your website, but not many will. That$B!G(Bs why advertising will
be your best bet to go for. You can link exchange and/or go for SEO.
Search Engine Optimization is a great way to get many hits towards
your website. I do not have any websites that haven$B!G(Bt been optimized
for search engines, because I know seo$B!G(Bing brings in many visitors,
and customers. SEO means Search Engine Optimization, which means that
it will try to rank you as high as possible at search engines. If some
one searches for a keyword regarding your website they will see your
site and click on it. This is seriously a great way to get many, many
8. Now your site is done and you can keep submitting content to your
site, to keep visitors coming back. Good luck! And let me know if this
helped you in any way.