Web Design for the Beginner: Where to Start

There are a lot of ways to build a website. I think that if you are reading this article you are probably looking for the best way to build a website in the least amount of time. Thanks to the innovation of softwares such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, known as content management systems, building your first website has become a lot simpler.

We suggest that you choose either WordPress or Joomla. Both softwares are free to use and they both offer a large online community which comes in handy when you are seeking some free guidance or extensions.

Step 1) Do some keyword research. Do a Google search for Google keyword tool GoDaddy email login. Type in a few terms related to your business and get a general idea of what Internet users actually search for. You may know your business or topic very well, but be surprised to find what internet users actually search for.

Step 2) Now you need to choose a domain name. The domain name is the address of your website. For example, Google.com or wordpress.org. Your domain name should be descriptive of the main topic of your website or of your brand.

Always try to buy the .com. If it’s not available you may have to choose another domain name or be satisfied with a .net, .org, .info etc. To protect your brand it’s not a bad idea to buy all of the popular domain extensions. GoDaddy.com is a great place to buy domains.

Step 3) Next you will need hosting. A hosting company hosts or stores and operates your website’s software and files. For most purposes economy or shared hosting will do just fine. When you purchase shared hosting you are purchasing space on a server. Expect to pay around $5 a month or less for hosting. Again, we recommend GoDaddy for hosting. Since your domain is already purchased from GoDaddy then hosting is a breeze to setup.

Step 4) Decide on a platform or software. Again, we recommend either WordPress or Joomla. Your hosting company can help you install the software on your server.

Step 5) Choose a template. Content Management systems use templates which determine the graphical look of your website and also the layout. most templates can be styled in many different ways, but start with a template that is close to the look you like. Rockettheme and ThemeForest are very good template makers and for around $50 you can have your pick from many different templates.

Step 6) Adding content. Mastering your content management system will take some time, but there are plenty of good videos and tutorials online to help you get started. Your first steps may be to add a Home Page, About us Page, and a Contact Page. Consider adding a few links to your social media sites and a simple contact form to allow visitors to connect with you quickly.

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