Creating a website does not have to be difficult. Here are the 8 steps on how to setup your own website.
Step 1: Planning Your Site
Your website’s foundation needs to be planned out before you begin to build. Answer these questions to help you with the planning stage.
- Who – will be your targeted visitors?
- What – do you want your site theme (niche) to be about?
- Where – are you going to host your site and domain name?
- When – do you want to be live on the internet?
- Why – do you want to start creating a website?
Step 2: Find a Niche Market
People are starting to design their own web sites so they can make money online. Make sure you research the market to see if it will be a profitable business.
When you are researching a site theme, make sure you don’t go to broad on the niche. Look at eBay or Amazon to see how they have organized all the categories to get an idea of how narrow you can get on a niche idea.
Step 3: Find Good Web Design Software
There are so many website builders online, even though everyone has great reviews about a program, make sure you are able to test drive it and that offers a money-back guarantee.
Step 4: Select Host Company
Finding cheap and affordable hosting plans are a very easy these days. Even though a hosting company is the cheapest, they may not have good customer service.
Check out the cost to register a domain while you are looking at hosting companies. You can register a name at one place and then buy hosting somewhere else.
Step 5: Register Domain
As I said in step 4, you don’t have to purchase hosting and domain together. So check around to see how much different companies charge for registering a domain. Yes, some companies will give you a free domain when you purchase a hosting plan.
Step 6: Website Content
Original content is a major problem many websites lack. Yes, you can use PRL articles, but rewrite them into your own words. If you are short of time, you can use many free articles but don’t forget to use mostly original work.
Step 7: Optimization of Web Pages Make sure you learn SEO. Even just start out with the basic tutorials for optimizing each of the pages you create.
Step 8: Generate Site Traffic
There are numerous ways to generate free web site traffic. Sign up with Google Webmaster Tools and submit your site map. Write good original articles and publish with article directories, use social media – Facebook, YouTube, twitter, etc…
Making a website is not difficult, but you will need to put time, energy and even a little bit of money.
More in-depth information of these 8 steps are at my site tutorial to help you with the process of creating a website.