This tutorial shows you how to make or create a website. We will be taking you step by step through the whole process of creating your first website live and running.
Let’s take the essential steps to start with;
1. Register a domain name
The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get yourself a domain name. A domain name is the website address or URL (Uniform Resource Locator) you want to give to your website. e.g. “techbana.com” is the domain name of this website. To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to the domain name provider or registrar for using that name.
2. Choose a Web host for your website
A web host is a company that has n-number of computers connected to the Internet. When you place your web pages on their computers, everyone in the world will be able to connect to it and view them.
So we can say that we have a name for our website and have hired a place from a web host to store our web pages. After you sign up for a web hosting account, we need to point our domain to that account on our web host.
3. Create webpages for your website
The next step is to design the website by creating webpages. One way is to use a WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) web editor to do it. Such editors allow you to design your site visually. Or if you are a web designer, you can build your own website. Otherwise you can also hire professional website designers who can build do this for you for a nominal amount. Upload the created web pages to your web host to make them visible to world.
4. Browser Compatibility Test for your website
You will need to test your web pages as you design them in major browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 6, the latest versions of Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome. Since all these browsers are free, you should get them and install them.
5. Promoting your website
When your site is ready, you will need to submit your site to the search engines, particularly Google. Promoting involves many things, including the usual way people did things before the Internet: advertisements in the newspapers, word-of-mouth, etc. You might want to consider advertising on places like Yahoo!
Though this post is not detailed enough to spoon feed you everything to create your own website but it is a distillation of some of the essential steps in getting started with your site. If you want more information, you should read the other articles on techbana.com. However, the above tutorial should be helpful enough to put your website on the Internet.