The Essential Guide to Making Your Own Website
We live in the digital age and one of the best ways to create your digital presence is to
build your own website. But, how exactly do you make one for yourself?
This article will serve as your essential guide to making your own website. Follow this
and you will be on your way to having your very own webpage.
Choose a Web Host
A web host is basically a large company that owns plenty of servers that you can rent.
Once your website is established, a web host just makes sure that your website will be
visible online so long as their servers are running.
That being said, most web hosting companies offer a lot of different things aside from
the basics. Top hosting companies would also allow you to register your own domain
name as well, though not all of hosting providers have this.
How to choose the best one for you will entirely depend on your use-case. Business
websites would require more bandwidth than, say, a personal blog or website.
(Optional) Register Your Domain
Assuming that your web host doesn’t provide this as part of their package, you would
have to manually register your domain name in a domain registrar. This is so that your
website’s name is registered and no one can use that name anymore other than you.
Building Your Website
In the old days, for a person to create a website, they would have to get the help of a
bonafide web designer and web developer. You can certainly do that but going this
route would require more money.
A much simpler solution would be to go to a website builder like Weebly or
Squarespace and use their website editor to build your own webpage.
Alternatively, you can use a content management system to do the same thing. I highly
recommend WordPress for complete beginners since it is quite easy to use and, if you
are willing to pay a small fee, you can unlock more features that you need as well.
Test Your Website
Once that you’ve built your website, the next thing you need to do would be to test it.
Download some popular web browsers out there such as Firefox, Google Chrome,
Opera, Vivaldi, Brave Browser, and so much more.
Test each one and access your website using the software to find if everything looks
great when it comes to the interface. This is an important step because there are times
where some browsers may not support some of your website’s page elements which
will, in turn, make the interface look clunky than it should.
Furthermore, you want to optimize your media files so that your website loads much
faster. If you are using WordPress, I want you to enable Gzip compression to further
enhance your site loading speeds.
Promote Your Website
After you’ve tested and launched your website, it is now time to promote it. You can go
to different social media platforms and do a plug there. Alternatively, you can also use
SEO to your advantage as well.