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How to create your own website
a free guide for beginners

The Website – How to create your own

So now that you know about domains and web hosting, let's talk about creating and setting up the website itself. If you have never created a website before, this probably seems like the biggest hurdle and unknown. Until a few years ago designing a website was indeed only for those with some programming and design experience. Fortunately technology has leveled the playing field and now anybody can create their own website without any special skills or programming knowledge. Designing your own website has become as easy as point and click.

In reality there is only a couple of ways to design a website,

  1. Use an HTML editor like Adobe, FrontPage or Dreamweaver
    HTML editors make building web pages feel like (to a certain extent) creating a document in Microsoft Word which allows for more of a visual design option and not so much html programing. The downside to these html editors is that some html experience is probably necessary and there is usually a steep learning curve before you become familiar with the software. HTML editors offer a lot of flexibility for customization but are a better choice for more experienced designers.
  2. Use CMS or Website Builder Software
    If you are totally new to creating and managing your own website then Content Management System or Website Builder is the only way to go. In the last few years open source CMS like Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal have become very popular as the software itself is free. Most hosts offer such software as part of their hosting package. Again, problem with free software is that support is hard to come by and you will most likely depend on third party sources for info on all the features, options, and to learn how to use it.

    Website builder services are usually proprietary applications that are specifically supported by the vendor, and usually easier to use. In most cases they offer a more complete solution which will include website design tools, hosting, email, and everything else you need to manage your online presence. Website builder serviceis probably the best option for a beginner.

    In both cases however, you will be able to quickly create your own website and manage it just by using your internet browser. Most will allow you to get started quickly by providing you with a large selection of templates to choose from. Editing and customizing the template is made simple bythe use content editors similar to Word, and pre-programmed components that automate the setup of forms, images, videos, links, and much more. To put it simply the whole design and management process has been reduced to "point and click" and "drag and drop" operation. Although web design still may not be for everybody, CMS and Website Builders make it really easy for anybody who wants to give it a try.

    The rest of this guide will attempt to provide you with more specific tips and detailed information on effective website design. Following our guidelines will help you create your own website the right way from the very start and ensure its success over time.

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