It seems like everyone has a website of their own nowadays, and if they don't, then they're at least connected somewhere online. And it makes sense; Creating a website is a great way to promote yourself, a product or even sell goods and services. But there's that word again: Create. How do you go about doing that if you've never done it before?
As it turns out, it's a thing that anybody can do, from the inexperienced web rookie to the HTML MVP. And to do so, you just need to follow a few simple steps and the next thing you know, you'll be up and running.
Pick Your Topic(s)
Let's start with the basics: What kind of website do you want to create? That may sound like a simple question, but it can get complicated quick. Say you just put out a children's book and you want to promote it. A one-page website could be a perfect option, and that's fairly straightforward to do. Now let's suppose that you have a line of homemade pet beds that you want to put online. You'll need an online store for that, which makes things a bit more complex. In other words, creating a website can be as simple or as tough as you'd like it to be.
Now that sounds difficult, but it doesn't have to be. One option is to peruse the web and find the kind of website that looks and acts like you imagine yours would function. Going back to the pet beds example, start searching for "pet bed store" and see what you find. Check out the competition and see what their stores are like. Or with the children's book, start looking for websites that promote a single product and see how they work. All it takes is some inspiration and you can get going.
Speaking of inspiration, if you're looking for some, go no further than a few scrolls up. We've got tons of ideas just waiting for someone to grab them.
Platforms and Creators
Now that you've got a general idea of what kind of website you'd like to create, you need a way to get it on the web. And to do that, you're going to want to pick a method.
The first option is a website creator tool. For example, we offer GoCentral Website Builder as a platform for people who want a straightforward way to create a website in under an hour. It can do everything from a one-page website to a full-blown store, and it's all managed from any device you like. It's a flexible tool that's great for people just getting into creating a website, because you don't have to delve into the underlying code. Instead, it's all about moving and inserting blocks where you need them to go. And it can be pretty fun, too.
Some people want a bit more control, and actually want to dive into that code. For them, a platform like WordPress may be the best choice. Once you install WordPress, you can add as many plugins and options as you like, customizing it almost infinitely. There are limits to WordPress — you wouldn't use it to run a big box retail store, for example — but for most people and companies it's a perfect fit. And since it's so widely used across the internet, it's easy to pick up and learn, even for the beginner.
Then there's the DIY option for creating a website: Coding it yourself. If you're a pro web designer, this is an easy decision to make. But chances are pretty good that if you're reading this you're not, yet there is another option that's still in this category: DIFM, or Do It For Me. Paying a professional to create your website may seem like an expensive option, and in some cases it is. But there are reasonable alternatives out there that make more sense. Our Website Design Service works with a wide variety of companies and people out there and are able to cater to your needs. If you want something that's custom and a prebuilt option won't work for you, this is your best choice.
Get to Work
Once you've decided what type of platform you want to use and what the content will be, now you need to do the hard stuff: Creating a website. That's right, we're coming around full circle.
Here's a technique that works well with lots of big tasks: Break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. For example, let's say you're starting a huge website with lots of information about squirrels (Hey, we don't judge). You want one page for each type of squirrel, another page for food, another for how to contact you — the list seems to go on forever. Instead of focusing on the incredible task in front of you, focus on making your first page: The home page. Get that wrapped up, then do your About Us page. Then one page for one type of squirrel. And so on. Next thing you know, you'll be a proud website creator.
Creating a Website can be Easy
Turning your big idea into reality doesn't have to be like pulling teeth. There are lots of choices when it comes to creating your website, from using a dedicated website creator to doing it yourself. And once you've figured out all the details, all you need to do is take one page at a time and go from there. It's a project, sure. But when it's all said and done, you're going to be happy with the results. After all, you're the one that built it.