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How to Start a Website?


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The Beginning of an Online Future

This tutorial shows you how to start a website. It is intended for the beginner and layperson, taking you through an easy step by step through the whole process from the very beginning to a future in an online business.

The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Start Your Own Website

1. Get Your Domain Name

The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get yourself a domain name. This is the name you want to give to your website. To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that name. Getting a name does not get you a website or anything like that. It’s just a name. It’s sort of like registering a business name in the brick-and-mortar world; having that business name does not mean that you also have the shop premises to go with it, but you will have a website with a domain name.

2. Choose a Web Host and Sign Up

A web host is basically a company that has many computers connected to the Internet. When you place your web pages on their computers, everyone in the world will be able to connect to it and view them. You will need to sign up for an account with a web host so that your website has a home. If getting a domain name is analogous to getting a business name in the brick-and-mortar world, getting a web hosting account is comparable to renting office or shop premises for your business. After you sign up for a web hosting account, you will need to point your domain to that account on your web host

3. Designing your Website

Once you have settled your domain name and web host, the next step is to design the website itself. In this article, we will assume that you will be doing this yourself. If you are hiring a web designer to do it for you, you can probably skip this step, since that person will handle it on your behalf.

4. Testing Your Websitelaptop with code written on it about how to start a website

Although we listed this step separately, it should be done throughout your web design cycle. We listed it here to give it a little more prominence since too few new webmasters actually perform it adequately. You will need to test your web pages as you design them in the major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. All these browsers can be obtained free of charge, so it should be no hardship to get them. Unfortunately, directly testing your site is the only way you can be really sure
that it works the way you want it to on your visitors’ machines. In addition, if you have a smartphone, try out your site there too.

If you want to improve the chances that your website will work in future versions of all web browsers, consider validating the code for your web pages. In layman’s language, this means that you should check that the underlying code of your web page, called “HTML” and “CSS”, has no syntax errors. You don’t actually need technical knowledge of HTML and CSS to validate the page since you can use one of the numerous free web page validators around to do the hard work. On the other hand, if the validator tells you that your page has errors, it may sometimes be hard to figure out what’s wrong (and whether the error is actually a serious one) if you don’t have the requisite knowledge. Having said that, some validators actually give concrete suggestions on how to fix your code, and one of them, called “HTML Tidy”, is even supposed to be able to fix errors for you

5. Collecting Credit Card Information, Making Money

If you are selling products or services, you will need some way to collect credit card information. If so, you can check  PayPal’s services on How to Add an Order Form or a “Buy Now” button to a Website for those products and services using PayPal.

If you need advertisers for your website, a list of advertisers and affiliate programs can be found on the internet. Those companies are on the constant lookout for new web publishers to display their advertisements.

6. Getting Your Site Noticedsearch for Google

When your site is ready, you can submit it to search engines like Google and Bing. In general, if your site is already linked to by other websites, you may not even need to submit it to these search engines. They will probably find it themselves by following the links on those websites.

Apart from submitting your site to the search engine, you may also want to consider promoting it in other ways, such as the usual way people did things before the creation of the Internet: advertisements in the newspapers, word-of-mouth, etc. There are even companies on the Internet, like PRWeb, that can help you create press releases, which may get your site noticed by news sites and blogs.

Conclusion

Naturally, the above guide is not exhaustive. It is a distillation of some of the essential steps in getting started with your site. However, the above tutorial should be enough to help you put your website on the Internet. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started

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2 comments on “How to Start a Website?

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It certainly does if you are willing to commit to it for the long haul. It is great to hear that you are doing so well, congrats.

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