Website Creation Guide for Beginners
You’re here because you want to find out how to create an instant website. Welcome to Web Design Peeps. In my site, you will learn how to make a website with no coding skills at all.
Two most common reasons why you may need a website are: personal or business use. But whatever your reason is, the process involved in making a successful website remains the same. There are numerous guides you can read to show you how to. However, I find that most of them are complicated or somewhat lacking. In my guide, you have two options to choose from.
Option A is a quick guide. It has 3 simple steps to get you started straight away. Alternatively, you can choose option B, which is a more comprehensive guide. It talks about researching your project, planning, setting up a good website, promotion and site maintenance. You can always start with the quick guide and then read the comprehensive guide thereafter.
Option A (Quick Guide):
How to Make an Instant Website in a Day
If you’re an absolute beginner, do not panic. You will be able to create your own website that you can manage yourself with no coding skills and only basic computer skills such as typing and surfing online. I use a ready-made website script to easily setup this actual website that you’re on right now.
The software is free to install. Once installed, you will have a prebuilt website or a blog or both. To be quite honest, the process will only take you less than an hour. I know this because I timed myself. But before you can setup your site, there are two things you must already have: a domain name and a web host.
3 Steps to Create Your Own Website
Are you ready to setup your first website? If the answer is yes, then read the 3 simple steps below. I will talk you through it one by one:
1. Choose A Great Domain Name
A domain name works as your website’s internet address. It has to be unique so that it stands out from the rest.
An example of a domain name is hubzilla.com which is a travel blog website. It provides that unique identity for the site and makes it easier for people to remember it. However, wouldn’t it be better if it was named travelhub or travelguidehub?
The article that I wrote on how to pick the right domain name should give you extra pointers in choosing the right name for your newly created online site.
A domain costs around £10 per year. Paying for one will be necessary if you want to make your own website. It is through your domain name that online surfers will be able to access your site.
2. Get a Web Hosting Plan
You need to find a Web Hosting Company for your new website to be online and accessible through the internet. It will allow your visitors to find you when they search your website’s domain name.
The cost of hosting varies depending on the need of your website as well as the features and capabilities of the hosting plan. Large-scale websites require specialized hosting capabilities with prices ranging from £100 per month. But for a newly setup website you don’t need to spend that much yet. A plan that cost around £5 a month will be more than good enough.
3. Install a Free Ready-made Website Script
The biggest hurdle in creating your own website is the design and coding of the site itself. You will have to learn HTML at the very least to create a basic web page.
The main issue with this is that it will actually delay your project quite considerably.
This is where WordPress comes to the rescue. It allows beginners to own a site without having to learn HTML, CSS and PHP. The 1-Click install method available within your web host’s control panel allows you to have a site live in less than 10 minutes.
Website Creation Made Easy: in a nutshell
If you’re an absolute beginner, creating websites for the first time can be a steep learning curve. Without any guidelines, you can easily get lost during the process. You may end up with a website that doesn’t quite cut it or worse you may decide to completely abandon your project halfway through it. The result – wasted time, effort and money!
The 3 step guide gives you speedy way in setting up a website in a day:
- Pick a good domain name – it’s your website’s online address.
- Find a hosting company – your web host will make your website accessible via the internet.
- Install WordPress – your readymade website
Once installed, log in on your WordPress Website’s admin panel. Decide what you want your new site to be like. You can then begin creating new pages. Make sure that you write great articles on your site just like the one you’re reading on my website right now.
Hey, wait! Remember, there are other things that you need to consider when you own a site. To get an in-depth overview on website creation, I highly suggest that you read my comprehensive guide below. It’ll only take a few more minutes of your time. Thanks.
Option B (Comprehensive Guide):
Build a Website from Scratch
The question that tend to be asked very frequently is: how do you build your own website from scratch? There are many stages one must understand in order to create a website.
These stages – research, planning, web design & development, promoting, and maintaining – are all equally important in their own right.
Researching will help you identify your market and the type of website that appeals to these target audience. You will then design and develop your website using available graphic and software tools.
Once your website is built, it needs to go through a series of tests. This is to ensure that it is functioning well. It also must be usable and accessible to all. The success of your website depends on how well you spend your time promoting them.
Finally, you have to maintain your site so that they run smoothly and prevent any avoidable glitches.
Building a Successful Website: A 5 Stage Approach
When you build just about anything, it is important that you approach it sensibly and logically. This is also true when you create your own website from scratch.
Explore the 5 stages you need to go through in order to setup an effective and successful site. Let’s take a look at it one by one:
Stage 1. Web Project Research
Before you even begin to make any web plans, thorough research on your website project is very important. It will help you get a complete picture of what is required to build your site.
Researching your market will help you identify your target market. You will also be ale to identify the type of website that appeals to these target audience. For this reason, it’s imperative to know about the basic functions of a website, different types of website available out there and which types you should aim for.
Once you know which type of website you’ll need, you must also analyse your competition and the competitors’ websites. They will help you know if there is a gap in the market. Ask this question: can you offer anything better?
Researching also involves finding the right domain name, and Web hosting server, all of these that will help you make maximum positive impression to your clients.
Start your project right, read our article on how to research your web project to gain more insight on how to do it more effectively.
Stage 2. Website Planning
After you’ve thoroughly researched for your website project, it’s time to plan. That means setting SMART goals. Identify what your website’s overall structure will be. This is very important. You can then decide the number of pages you need to create, what web contents you need to prepare and start writing them in advance.
If you’re going solo, then you might need some additional skills – computer and internet skills, copywriting skills, design skills, and coding skills, just to name a few. If you’re planning to hire someone else, what would you look into an ideal web designer and web developer and how to hire them?
Do you not want to fail? Then explore how to plan a website the SMART way.
Stage 3. Web Design & Development
Here comes WordPress, a ready made website script. Once you installed the application script, you will have access to your site’s admin panel where you can configure your settings according to your needs.
The default design (theme) already looks great for a start. Should you choose to change your theme, there are a lot of free ready-made designs available that you can download within the admin panel. This will then get you focused in writing your website contents straight away.
Stage 4. Website Promotion
Okay, you now have the best looking website. You have appealing graphics, compelling content and a full-fledged website. Let me just ask you. Who did you build a website for? Now that you have launched your site, how will they know you have one?
Once your site is online, it’s time to promote your website. The lack of proper marketing knowledge could have a huge impact on your website and/or your business. You need to know that there are ways to reach out to your target audience.
In fact, there are several different ways you can do this. You can inform your relatives, friends and current clients about your newly made website for a start. But you can also do email marketing, social media marketing, referral, content marketing and affiliate marketing.
You need to be ahead of your competition. It is vital to your success. Be seen and get seen to increase your customers. Read the overview on how to promote a website effectively. In this section, we’ll be discussing the tools and techniques you need to learn to properly market your website to your target audience.
Stage 5. Website Maintenance
Website maintenance is an ongoing process and it’s an important step to keep your site running in good working condition. That means, performing regular upgrades and fixing any security loopholes. A secure website is a trusted site. You also need to perform on-page optimisations to make your website visible to search engines like Google or Microsoft’s Bing. Do this by adding unique title, description and keywords on each page. You must not create duplicate web pages.
Maintenance also involves changing the templates of the website once in a year so that it has a fresh and fashionable web design. You also need to update the site with informative content so as not to give impression that it hasn’t been touched for a long time. No one wants that.
Master the skills of a webmaster. Read our overview on how to maintain a website.
Making Sense of your Website Project
Before you found this site, you’ve probably done some research on how to create your own website. But whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, you want a tutorial site that is presented in a step by step manner. In this guide, you have two options to choose from.
Option A gives you a quick way to setup your first website in a day.
- Register a domain name
- Avail of a web host plan.
- Do a 1-Click install of your ready-made website script through your hosting’s control panel.
If you want a more thorough guide, then Option B is for you. The comprehensive guide breaks down the process of building a website from scratch into 5 stages:
- Web Design & Development
Web Design Peeps is modular in approach. You can focus on one topic at a time starting from stage 1. Or you may want to select a particular topic or article which you think you need to dwell on a bit more. You can’t take all the information in one day if you take the comprehensive route. I suggest you bookmark this site (WebDesignPeeps.com), so you can visit it again anytime.
In essence, there are different things that require your attention at the same time. You need to make the right decision, prioritise work effectively as well as learn from your mistakes along the way.
Your newly built website project may not match the success of Facebook – a social networking site, Wikipedia – an online encyclopaedia or Amazon – an internet shopping site immediately. But who knows, your website may become number one in a niche of your choice. Or at something that is yet to come.
I wish you good luck!