Starting a website is fairly easy to do. Starting a great website is a little harder to do. Pretty anyone can build a website of their own-- and they do. That’s why it’s important to have an interactive, easy to navigate website that stands out from the rest. These first steps to building a website, combined with added personal touch, will set any website apart from the others.
- Decide on a Domain: Once someone decides they want to start a website, they need to brainstorm ideas on the name, layout, purpose, and target audience. The first step to creating a website is to choose and purchase a domain name. There are many domain services with a range of prices and features. A basic domain can be bought for a small monthly or annual fee, or a site owner can pay more for more features and better services. Knowing what a website will need, how much traffic it is expected to get, and how much it will grow will help a lot in the initial building stages.
- Shop Around for a Host: A lot of times, a webhost will also register the domain for a website. If not, a website will need a server host. Virtual private servers, VPS hosting, usually offer an array of features, including backup and storage space, for a small monthly fee.
- Design and Build: Once the logistics are figured out and a website has a domain, it’s time to get creative. The layout of a website ultimately decides how successful it will be. If the website is hard to navigate and it’s difficult to quickly find information on it, no one will visit it. The appearance of the site also shows the level of professionalism and appeal of the person or company it’s representing. A website should be clean and organized, but also personalized and unique. Finding that balance will make for a very popular site.
- Spread the Word: A website could be absolutely perfect, interesting and captivating, but that won’t matter if no one visits it. Getting people to visit a website can take some time, but social media sites can slowly draw in an audience. Maintaining accounts on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr (among others) will get the word out about the site and appeal to an interested and growing audience.
5. Update and Interact: Once a website is established and has an audience, it’s easy to lose steam. Keeping up with comments, posting new content on a regular basis, and occasionally revamping the website all requires a lot of time and effort. If these things aren’t done, however, the audience won’t grow and people will stop returning to the site.
Starting a website can be a huge commitment, but with the right enthusiasm, creativity, and drive, it can be a great way to find an audience and spread the word about a person or business.