Designing websites have gotten more and more easier in recent years. You no longer need to know HTML code to create your own website, as you would have had in, like, the nineties. There are plenty of services online that assist newbies to design websites. However, if you are completely unfamiliar with what web design is, then brace yourself for some much-needed research. You will have to read a lot before you start to create your website.
Before you get started, you will have to think about what kind of website you are planning to create. Do a Google search for different types of websites and see examples. Considering that you are already a web surfer, you will have a basic idea how different websites, like blogs or shopping sites, are designed. You will also need to know what goes behind the scenes of getting a site online, so to speak. You will need services like hosting (web based), a CMS, and security tools. Read below for a brief guide on how to create your own website and get it online these days:
Choose a CMS
The first step in creating your website is choosing the right content management system, or CMS as it is commonly referred to. A CMS is a platform like WordPress, Wix, Joomla, or Magento that people use to design sites. All CMSs are not equal. Some, like WordPress and Joomla, are easy to use and are intended for non-programmer web designers. Some CMS like Magento are specialised for e-commerce websites and have advanced features that only pros know how to use. Some CMSs are better for certain types of websites than other. If you are designing a blog, then WordPress is considered the best platform around. Joomla is a great WordPress alternative. So look around and find the right CMS for you. It would be easier if you already know what kind of website you want to create.
Come Up with a Domain Name
This is one of the most basic and crucial aspects of designing a website. The domain name is the web address of your site. It’s unique to your website, so you will have to create a domain no one else has used before. The domain should be simple and easy to remember. It also should not resemble other web addresses too closely to avoid confusion. You should give your domain an appropriate extension like .com or .org. You should also think about getting a country extension, like .au.
Find a Hosting Provider
Once you have come up with a domain name, you will need to find a hosting provider, where you will rent server space to get your website online. The hosting providers also typically register domain names. For a small website, you can easily find a shared hosting service. As your site gets bigger, you will need a better hosting service. Ask the provider the security features available that will protect your site from hackers.
Once everything is set up, you can go about designing your website using a web theme available in the CMS you choose. The design aspect is up to you to decide. But you might want to choose a good theme that makes your site stand out among millions of others. Also, when you choose the theme, make sure it fits the overall topic of your website.