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How to Create Your Own Website (DIY)

Welcome to the digital age, where existing online is more important than anywhere else! And what better way to make it happen than by creating your very own website? Maybe you are planning to open an E-store or perhaps a landing page for your business. Either way, you’re taking a step in the right direction.

If you’re developing an e-store, the hosting should provide this service. Similarly, if you plan on blogging, there are websites that can get you set up in minutes.

It is important to keep in mind that making a free website still requires you to purchase the domain even if the website making service is marked as free. The business that is providing the service still has to make money to provide services to you, so there might be ads.

Step 1: Know what you are looking for

The first question you should ask yourself is ‘what kind of website do I need?’, because the needs of your website will dictate the kind of website building and hosting service you should look for.

Secondly, search for free website building-programs. This shouldn’t be too difficult because there are countless out there. Some are good and easy to use, others not so user friendly, but they all vary in features they provide. Therefore, it is a good idea to spend time comparing features to the things you want to put on your website.

Popular website building tools include:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Angelfire
  • Google sites
  • Webnodes

 

After you have decided on the kind of website host you like, it is now time to choose a theme that suits you or your business the best. Browse through the themes provided before you make a decision.

Step 2: Building the website

After completing step 1, you will have a basic idea of how simple the process is.

The first thing you should do is create an account at the website host you choose in the first step. This step is a must unless you are creating a paid account.

Secondly, search and choose a suitable domain name for your website. Free websites allow you create a sub domain on the host’s website. Some free hosts can connect a domain you already own to your free website.

Now it is time to design your website. Login to your account and use the website building program to set a layout for your website. Most of the free website builders give you permission to choose from pre-made themes and some allow you to customize elements such as CSS. Add text and images on your website with minimal fuss, no coding knowledge required.

Free websites mostly provide the tools to create your website online, no need to download any software to edit your website. The process mentioned above is quite simple; your website will be live in no time.

Once you are satisfied with the design, layout and content of your website it’s time to cut the ribbon, and publish your website.

Step 3: Spread the word!

Your website is up and running, congratulations! However, it is important to remember that ‘content is king’, update your website regularly with fresh new content to keep your visitors interested.

To earn some money on the side, you can place ads on your websites that pays per click. But be wary. Ads sometimes are too intrusive and may discourage people from reading your content or visit your website all together.

It is now time to spread the word. You have the option to market your website. Share the link of your website via Facebook to let all your friends know. If it is an e-commerce store you can even utilize Google ads to drive traffic to your website.

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