Understanding how websites work: The first, and perhaps most important step is to understand how setting up a website works. Websites are hosted by companies that own servers. Essentially, you are going to pay a company to hold all of your content and to giver other people access to your website. Once you have this basic knowledge, the following steps make more sense.
Step 1: Pick a hosting service. There are numerous companies that sole purpose is to hold your content online. These companies have the resources necessary to make your website “live”; meaning that other people can go to your website and see what you want them to see. For example, Yahoo.com needs a server that people can access to see all of their content. Yahoo is a huge company that can afford to have their own servers, but for someone who is just starting a website or doesn’t necessarily need all the space that a dedicated server has, using a company like Hostmonster.com or godaddy.com is ideal for them. There are also full service websites like squarespace.com; but those will be discussed more in a following step.
Step 2: Deciding on a name. Once you’ve decided which company to use to host your website, you can begin to fine tune the details about your website. One of the most important things you have to consider is the website name. With so many people opening websites, names for websites are becoming more and more scarce. There are variations to the traditional “.com” ending that give some flexibility. You must keep in mind the website that you’re trying to build. For example, yourwebsite.com does not look as legitimate as yourwebsite.biz. It is important to keep in mind which type of people you are expecting to visit your website, since your name is going to give them a glimpse of what your website is all about.
Step 3: Designing the website. The final step is to design the website. You have several options here. Traditionally you would get a website designer to do this for you. Website designer are people that specialize in building websites to the clients specifications. They work close with the client to create a website that is to the clients liking. The only downside to this is that websites designers are costly. An alternative to this are all-in-one websites like squarespace.com. These types of websites allow for the majority of people to design their website with relative ease. There are limitations to how well the website is designed; but is much more affordable than contracting a website designer. It is an option to consider if you’re on a budget. For maximum flexibility, it would be ideal to hire a seasoned website designer. Make sure to ask for previous works and references to ensure that this designer is capable of doing what you are looking for.