Make a Website
So you want to know how to make a website? Even though the mechanics of the web may seem confusing or mysterious if you’ve never created a site yourself, it’s really not that hard. In fact, the most important thing you can focus on is just what you want to say on your site. The technical aspects are details that can be learned easily (or someone else can do them). I’ll go over some basics of starting your own website in this article.
Choosing a Topic
Nobody wants a website that’s set for failure before it even begins. That’s why choosing a topic is crucial for your site. If you’re hoping to create a hobby page that you don’t really care if you make money off of or not, go ahead and build it around whatever strikes your fancy. But you need to put a little more planning into your topic for a profitable site.
Using the right tools is key. You’ll find out if there’s a good demand for your idea, and yes, if there’s a healthy competition. Competition is a good thing – it means that there’s a market for your idea, and that means income for you. Good tools will give you the chance to survey demand, competition, and income possibilities for your topic.
Choose a Host
I know I just said the technical can wait, but I’d be cheating you out of important information if I didn’t tell you how to choose a host. The “web hosting company” you choose is important. They provide the physical computer space where your website will live. There are lots and lots of options out there, some of which are very inexpensive. Be careful though, the saying “you get what you pay for” is just as true in the online business world as it is in the offline world.
Look for a host that offers not just rock-solid servers to keep your website running 24/7, but good customer support and plenty of other features to help your site stand out from the competition.
Buy a Domain Name
You’ve chosen your topic and selected your host, so now you need to spend some time brainstorming so you can buy a domain name. Some of the best hosts offer your domain registration free as part of your hosting package.
The domain name is important – it’s the name you see in the address bar of your web browser. It essentially becomes your websites “brand name” and it should be considered carefully.
Like I said above, the content of your site is your site’s main asset and most important factor. Good content is what will attract all your customers – the search engines, your visitors, and even advertisers.
It’s important to create high-quality, targeted content. As you build your site you’ll learn to make content that’s focused not just on your site’s topic, but on the exact terms and phrases that people are searching for online. This creates an interesting, informative site your visitors are likely to stay on and trust. Visitor trust is an essential factor in your bank account’s bottom line.
A powerful way to add content to your site is by blogging, but it’s not the only way you should create content. A well-rounded, complete website with a blog supporting it is your best bet. The main content of your site provides the “basics” of your topic for your visitors, while you blog keeps them up-to-date with the industry or hobby, gives you a platform for personal opinions, or just offers a place for you to put those subjects you feel are related to your site but you can’t fit anywhere else.