The days of hiring designers and programmers to build a website at great expense are gone. In the modern era, DIY website creation is king and involves setting up your own site in a matter of hours if you wish. You could hire professional designers via outsourcing but the process could take weeks and is frankly unnecessary unless you want a complex site. Below outlines the whole process of DIY website creation concisely from start to finish.
An example of a domain name is Google.com. It is the name of your website and is what web users will type in when they want to visit the site. You need to pay an online registrar for the right to use the name. It is the equivalent of a company name in an offline business. This doesn’t actually give you a website but it’s an important stepping stone. The best domain names are short, easy to type and memorable.
Web hosts have computers connected to the internet and once you put your pages on their computers, the world can see your website. This is a vital part of creating a website and is the equivalent of renting or purchasing a building for an offline business. Without a web host, there is no possible way that anyone can see your site.
Designing The Site
Thanks to the myriad of easy to use website builders, hiring a designer is no longer a prerequisite. These sites generally offer a wide selection of templates which can be tweaked to suit your company’s needs. A What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor is an essential part of the process as it allows you to design your site using your eyes rather than technical details! These website builders also allow you to simply drag and drop content so entering text, photos and videos is easier than ever before.
In DIY website creation, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that your content still needs to be high quality in order to be seen by search engines. Make sure your site is optimized for SEO and include tags, meta descriptions, subheadings and other methods of helping search engine spiders find your website.
Testing The Site
Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the end to test your site. Perform the test after each page of content is created in major browsers including Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Ensure that you are testing against the latest versions. Directly testing your site on these browsers is the only sure way of knowing if it will work on the machines of visitors. You will need to validate the code for your web pages but there is free software online that does this for you.
If your site is well optimized or already linked to other websites online, you may not even need to submit your site to Google, Yahoo or other major search engines but it’s always better to follow this step just in case.