The purpose of this article is to introduce the basic steps of creating a website.
Planning your website
This is a fundamental step where you ask yourself about the goals for the website. Do you want to sell products online, advertise services or products available on-site, or provide information? Go here, for a great article with many general and more specific design issues to consider.
Building your website
This is the step where you find a template and add your content. A template frames your content into pages with a menu, and a banner. Suggested do-it-yourself online services:
|www.wordpress.com||The templates from WordPress were originally designed for bloggers. Some of the templates require substantial modification to remove the blog features and create a website that has a business-oriented design. Alternatively, StudioPress has developed several sophisticated templates that can be used with WordPress.|
|www.yola.com||This service provides lots of business-themed templates but your content will be difficult to move to another service if you decide to switch.|
Getting your site on the web
Broadcasting your website on the web is called hosting. One recommended hosting website is hostgator.com.
Need help? Consider hiring a private consultant to help build, critique, or optimize your website.