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13 May 2020 | 3 min read

6 Simple Steps To Help Build Your Own Website

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Whether you are a small business owner, an independent artist, or are just trying to build your own personal brand, having a website detailing your work can give you an edge that no mere business card can. However, most of us may find the task of building one from scratch extremely intimidating.

There is a prevailing misconception that if you aren’t a coder or some form of techie, you cannot build your own website. That’s not true – we have compiled an easy-to-follow beginner’s guide to building your own website. 

Pick A Domain Name

Choosing the right domain name is an integral part of building your website. It should be representative of your brand, as that is what your audience will associate with you. It could be your name or your business’ name with the .com extension, if possible.

Once you have finalised a name, it is essential to register it on one of the many registering services available for little cost. You can also opt to do this for free with Bluehost, as they will automatically link your domain name to your hosting service.

Choose A Web Hosting Provider

After you have finalised your domain name, the next step is to find a hosting service that will host your website. Choosing a reliable web hosting provider is critical to ensure that your site will run without glitches and be available to your audience 24/7.

Picking the wrong web host could be detrimental to your website’s performance and functionality. Hostgator, Bluehost, and Immotion Hosting are some of the reliable web host providers you can check out. 

Create A Website Using WordPress

After you’ve chosen your domain name and created a hosting account, the next step is to install a software that will allow you to manage, customise, and build your website. Whether you want to create a blog, start an online business, or make an e-commerce site, WordPress is the best choice as it is free, and it has been used to build 49% of the world’s biggest websites.

The software is easy to learn, highly customisable, and flexible. 

Design And Customise Your Website

Choosing the right theme for your site that is reflective of your brand’s persona is extremely important. There are tonnes of free and premium themes available for WordPress that allow you to express your or your brand’s personality in the best way possible.

Configure And Add Content To Your Website

Your website should be configured, keeping practicality, functionality, and design in mind. Set up clear navigation to highlight and give access to the critical parts of your website. The colour palette should comprise of a maximum of three primary colours, as too many colours may confuse or put off your visitor. Install any plugins that you may need to get your site functioning just the way you want.

Once that is done, you can start adding content. Content refers to everything visible on your site. It is imperative to create graphics as well as SEO-optimised content curated to provide the best experience for your visitors.

Test Your Website Before And After Launch

Testing your site before launching it is just good prep to ensure its smooth running and eventual success. Before the launch, you should do a basic beta test, checking everything from spellings and punctuation, design elements, as well as the back end, and see if you are facing any issues with hosting. Post-launch, the areas to look into are backup, visitor’s feedback, and promotions. 

Follow these steps and voila, you’ve just built your very own website! Watch out, Silicon Valley!

by Sadhika Menon
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