Ways To Design Your Own Website

Creating and designing your own web site may sound like a tedious task, but it is actually easy to do, once you learn a few basic things. If you want to start your own web site in order to promote your firm, a line of products or a service, it makes sense to ask a professional to create a site for you as it could greatly impact your business. On the other hand, if you just want some space on the Internet to call your own, creating a web site by yourself will be a fun learning experience. Here’s what you need to do.

The first step is to get your own domain name or in other words to decide what name you want to give your site. You need to think carefully about the kind of domain name you want, because your web site will be known by that name for life. So make a list of unique site names that you like; you might also pick based on keywords you want your site to rank for in the search engines. In order to get the rights to the domain name of your choice, you also need to pay an annual fee to a registrar. If you feel you need a bit of guidance in deciding a good domain name, simply surf the net for inspiration!

Next, you need to decide which web host you want to choose. Think of a web host as a company with plenty of computers that are always connected to the Internet. When you decide to sign up with a specific web host, all the pages of your site will be ‘hosted’ by them, making your site accessible to others. Remember to carefully analyze various clauses before actually registering with a web host. A few points to keep in mind is looking at the actual amount of web space you will get, the reliability and access speed, bandwidth allotment and also if your web site is required to display any advertisements on the host’s behalf.

Now comes the important part of web site content. The kind of content you display on your site will play a crucial role in determining web traffic, which in turn will decide your site ranking on search engines. Let’s be honest. Do you really want to take the trouble to create your own web site, only to find that nobody even knows it exists? So, in order to avoid that kind of a scenario, it makes sense to visit other sites that are in the same industry as yours and get a general idea of the kind of surfing experience they impart. Doing a bit of keyword research will help you understand popular search terms that could lead people directly to your site. Using the right Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques such as embedded links and title tags can make your site more search engine friendly.

Assuming that you will be doing the entire designing of the site yourself, it’s important to first visualize it in your mind. How do you want your web site to look? What should be the colors of the fonts used? Should there be graphics, flash based animations or videos in your site? Once you have the basic outline of your web site in mind, it becomes easier to get started and improvise as you go along. If you prefer to invest in a good commercial web editor, then Dreamweaver is one of the best options to consider. If you prefer to use free software such as free HTML editors, then there are many highly regarded names available which even come with a complete guide on how to use them. It’s easy to get carried away whole designing your site and letting your creativity run wild, but don’t over look a few basic points which can help you get noticed on search engines faster. Adding original text and flash videos, adding title tags, including active links, error free HTML and registering your web site with a commercial web host are a few tried and tested ways to make your web site search engine friendly.

Now it’s time to test your web site on individual browsers. Since you can’t really tell which browser your guest will be using, it makes sense to test your web site on the most frequently used Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari. Just ensure that you test your web site on browsers which are the latest released version. Doing so, will help you figure out if your site has any broken links, errors in code or needs to be tweaked further.

If you feel that the basic version of your web site is ready, now is the time to submit it individually to search engines such as Google or Bing. This ensures that your site shows up when specific relevant keywords are used and also simultaneously increases web site traffic. You may even want to consider promoting your web site in other ways and if you have the moolah to spend, a spot of advertising or internet marketing will only help get the right attention. You can make more changes to your site when and as needed, depending upon other features that you may want to add later.

Now all you need to do is spread the word about your new web site to friends and family and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for all the hard work you put in!

S. George writes about several topics, including site design. She does work for different companies including a company that does professional Tulsa web design work and Tulsa search engine optimization and internet marketing.