Step-by-Step Guide To Start Your Own Website

So you have an excellent idea which requires having your own website. That’s some great news. Let us start with congratulating you! Of course, you are aware that starting and running a website can be a challenge sometimes. Especially if you have never done it before. Don’t worry, though! We are here to help you. In truth, starting a website is a rather standard procedure. Depending on the purpose of your venture, setting up a site can take up to 20 minutes! Thus, if you master the step-by-step guide that we have prepared, you will soon have a site you so desperately desire. Let’s begin!

1. Pick a Hosting Platform


The number one step is to decide whether you want your own domain, where you want to host a site, and which platform or services to use. Be aware that if you decide to use platforms that can host your site for free, you, probably, won’t have the domain name. Though your domain I basically the name of your brand, so it is a good idea to have it in that URL line eventually. Pick a host platform carefully, examine the features they offer and prices they charge. Test a few out before settling in your choice.

2. Make a Plan


All hosting sites will offer you monthly or annual budget plans. By this time, you have to know the purpose of your website, your target audience, and the limits of your budget.
For instance, if your site provides help with college homework, you already know who your target audience is. Now, calculate how much help you will be able to provide, how much people will turn for your help, how much they pay, and so on.

3. Choose a Theme and Design


This may seem like the most fun part of setting up a website but it is surely not the easiest. Your theme and design choice are crucially important for the entire site’s operation. Website design is not just meant to create a pleasant experience but to guide people within its interior. Let’s say there is a person who comes to your site with a request “help me with my math homework”. Won’t he or she be lost in a search for help? Your design should assist visitors in finding what they are coming there for. It should capture their attention. It should also look professional and be interesting enough for them to stay and trust your services. Fortunately, all site hosts offer a lot of templates and design features to customize your site to your needs.

4. Upload your Content


Now, it is the moment you have started this whole thing in the first place. Start uploading your content and filling the site. This is the moment where you make your new site represent the purpose of its existence. Fill in the pages, upload content, create a menu. Be sure to add some images too. Images and other media, if chosen right, enhances the messages you want to communicate and set the right tone. Don't’ overcrowd pages but don’t leave too empty as if they are not finished.

5. Preview and Test


Remember the number one rule, always preview and always test before pushing that “publish” button. The rule is especially crucial if it is the first time you are using the chosen platform. You never know how the published version will look like. They often turn out to be different from drafts in some small details or another manner. Make sure to be the first viewer of your posts and the first to spot any errors.