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Simple steps to create a website

Even if you are not tech savvy, you can create a website on your own following simple steps. The key to succeeding is to understand the basic principles of website building. These days, domain sites and host servers have easy tools and friendly instructions to help you get started, making website building easy.

Instructions

1. Choose and buy a domain name

A domain name is the first step to create a website. It is the address where internet users will find you. Your domain name pinpoints the location of your website.

Try to come up with a name that is attractive and easy to remember. Go for a domain name that is relevant to the content of your site.

After choosing a domain name, shop around for sites that sell them. Compare prices and check the reputation of the sites that offer domain names, such as GoDaddy and NameCheap.

Purchasing on these sites is really simple and you just have to follow on-screen instructions. You will also get the chance of selecting from a list of available names for sale when you enter your chosen keyword. Approval for your domain name could be instant or it might take a couple of days. Be sure to get a confirmation receipt that has all the necessary log-in details to your domain name.

2. Look for a hosting service

Now that you have a domain name, the next step is to find a web host. Usually, companies that sell domain names can also host your website. The important things to look for in selecting the right hosting service are the capacity of their servers, percentage of downtime or uptime, customer/technical support, bandwidth and disk space. Once you have chosen and paid for a web host, your site is live from a few hours or days.

3. Build the website

Using website builders from the hosting service

  • Hosting services have integrated website builders when you decide to put up your site with them. For example, Hostgator and Act Now Domains offer free site builders. Simply log-in with the information details given when you paid for the service. Check which platform you want to use. WordPress is one such type that has easy instructions.
  • Choose a theme or layout for your site.
  • Add pages and content as needed.
  • Edit as required. Remember, navigation is easy and make use of the 'publish' and 'edit' buttons.
  • If you are going to sell something, integrate a payment processor system that you need to sign-up for separately.

Using a host server different from your domain provider

  • Log-in with your details from the domain provider.
  • Link your domain name to your host server.
  • Use the integrated website builder.

The ideal website

If this is your first attempt to create a website, the instructions above are adequate to get you going. To create a website is not as hard as it seems. Just keep in mind that a site that is easy to navigate, clutter free and simple to understand is likely to have a better impact on your client base.

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