Having a web presence is a requirement in today’s digital world, but many people do not know how to go about it. The full process of starting up a site on the Internet is outlined below.
Register a Domain Name
Choosing a domain name is the first step on the road to a website. The name should reflect the purpose of the site and be easy to say aloud and remember. Having a domain name requires the payment of a yearly fee to a registrar, such as GoDaddy or Namecheap.
Select a Web Host
Choosing the right web host is one of the most important decisions in the site building process. There are many review sites online that can be helpful in the selection of a host, and a prospective site owner can ask family and friends for recommendations. Most sites will start out on a shared plan, which is entry level website hosting, and then work up to more sophisticated solutions as needs change. Reseller website hosting can be a less expensive option where the site owner can host a site while offering affordable hosting to others. Once the hosting has been set up, the domain name will need to be pointed to it.
Create Web Pages
After the domain and hosting is in place, the site will need to be built. While some sites are still built the old-fashioned way with HTML markup, the majority use a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress or Joomla. A CMS is easy to learn and can get a site up and running quickly, without having to learn a lot of code. More traditional webmasters may want to utilize a program, such as Dreamweaver, to build site pages. This approach requires the site owner to learn about search engine optimization (SEO), which can determine how well a site will rank in the major search engines.
Any website should be thoroughly tested after being built. This will work out any issues with design, links, images and SEO. Most important is making sure the site looks right in major browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. All the code on a site should be run through the validator at W3.org to check for compliance to web standards.
Following the above steps should help the beginning webmaster create a beautiful and successful website.