Building a website can be an enjoyable and profitable experience. You may have content that you would like to post online you everyone or just for a select group. Creating your own website doesn’t have to be an overbearing undertaking. For greater success in constructing a user-friendly website that will attract and keep visitors, there are some basics you should incorporate.
There are countless websites on the World Wide Web, ranging from, simple text versions to sites that are graphic intensive. Decide what works for your intended audience. If you lack the skills to make the kind of site you want, use the Internet to learn more about the design objects you want to use. You might also consider using one of the many template designs that are available for purchase or within your web application. Create an eye-pleasing layout for your pages using pen and paper or a graphics application. The home page is the first page accessed when a viewer navigates to your URL to and should be an attention-grabber. Maintain a consistent design across each page in your website. Make sure you’re designing for your readership–bells and whistles are great, but they may not be what your readers want from your site.
Content and Appearance
Choose your colors, text, images and any other media according to the content of your site. For instance, black can work well for technology and photo sites, but it’s probably isn’t ideal for a flower shop, where bright colors might attract and hold more viewers. If the site is not a reading site such as a newsletter or such, keep the text concise, using a font that complements the content you’re presenting. For instance, you would not use a large, flowery font for body text.
Main images and icons can be used to give your page a unified theme. A site for children may call for bright playful buttons, photos and drawings, while a site presenting serious content such as current events keeps these objects utilitarian.
If your site presents a game or sells items, it needs to be dynamic–allowing your visitors to interact with your page. Objects such as buttons and forms should be simple, user-friendly and easy to use.
HTML is the basic underlying code for web content. You will need to know basic tags or use a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web application. A WYSIWYG editor such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Expression, lets you use the tools of the interface to type in your data or insert objects such as images or Flash objects without knowing the code. Create each page according to your design. Include links for easier navigation across the pages within your website.
In order to exist on the Internet, you will need a domain name and your pages have to reside on a server. Contact a hosting company that can provide you with both these needs–for a fee. As of February 2011, monthly hosting fees range from as low as $2.95 to more than $100 per month, with the domain cost thrown in free of charge–depending upon the company and the services you want. There are also entities such as Yahoo! that will provide you with a free webpage. The hosting service will provide you with server access information for uploading your data. You can transfer your data using an FTP client such as WSFTP or Dreamweaver. Most companies also provide an online control panel that allows you to transfer pages from your computer to their server.
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