Are you looking to design your own site for your business or venture? It can indeed be an attractive option (save LOTS of money!!!), but at the same time, it can present its own vestibule of challenges - are you ready for them?
For those of you looking for forge ahead into the DIY web arena, here's a wrap-up:
1. Think through the layout the web page or get a layout from someone else. This is reasonably easy to do. If you are good with computers and something like powerpoint or paint, you can probably do this yourself in your favored software application or using your preferred online editing program. If not, you could buy a design or theme, as well as in some cases have layouts completely free, by downloading them online. Many DIY sites of course, include some basic (did I say B-A-S-I-C?) themes you can plug your information into, and voilà, your site is created for all the world to stand back and marvel at. This would be the downright simplest means for a newbie to get online. How to find something like this?Simply go to your search engine of choice and type "Internet design template" or "free web site templates" or similar. Then you can locate online sources providing some of these excellent starter layouts.
2. Gather your material. This component is vital. Website content is the site's lifeblood. Without content, why would anybody visit? You need to constantly design to suit content, not vice versa, so it is time to start writing. Write short articles, index web pages, intro web pages, product descriptions and whatever else will show up on the website. For some, this is the hardest part. If you would like to make this very easy, the option to consider is outsourcing, or hiring another person to do the composing for you. But then again, this involves that thing we are trying to stay away from - spending money! But, this is good if you don't consider yourself an excellent writer on your own, or if you can't see yourself actually finishing the task on your own.
3. Think through the structure. One of the hardest components concerning bringing a site together is figuring out just how the structural framework, or the fundamental organization of your internet site will look. If you take a look at sites in terms of just how individual pages link to each various other, you'll see a sort of diagram of hyperlinks within a site. Here's one instance of a link tree:
4. Put the whole web site together: If you're constructing a website utilizing special software like an HTML editor, now is the time to test the site, and not just drive forward to go-live. This is the part of the journey where you go through the web pages and test everything out. No matter how much preparing you've done, you will find things to fix, words to correct, images that don't show up right, etc. These problems will turn up once you browse the site, clicking through the various pages and links, is a critical step before just pushing the site out for the rest of the world to see.
6. Publish the website to a host. Now, you've placed the site online for anybody to view. First, you have to have a host, a firm that gives the web server area as well as the technical environment that will physically host the site as well as provide the IP address for guests who will eventually visit the site. Many hosts will provide easy, elemental tools to upload the website to the server. But, if this is your first time out, this can be a confusing step. For example, using an FTP (file transfer protocol) program to move the data from your computer to the servers on which the public will have the ability to access your site. If you are confused at any point here, now may be the time to enlist the help of a professional.
7. Market the site: Next you'll want to find tactics to advertise the site. The thought is often, "I'm online, so everybody can see me!!" This is just not true. This portion depends completely on your online search engine marketing system, so the strategies you utilize are up to you. You can check out around many of these options in the book, SEO Made Easy.
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