First-time web creators can understand the main steps and concepts by reading the list below.
This helps give a mental picture of the process.
1. Domain Name
Search domain names at domain hosts to find an available name for your concept. Names that are 15 letters long or less are more desirable than long names. The .com extension is the most common and easiest for people to remember. But longer names and other extensions work too.
Decide on the software you wish to use. These days even people who know how to write code usually edit and customize software instead of writing the entire site from scratch. Software choices can include a variety from basic site builders to content management systems and other softwares. Less complex softwares include Wix, Squarespace, Weebly and other sitebuilders offered by hosting companies.
3. Telephone Tech Support
Use the free telephone support techs at the domain host and software company if you need help. It is common to run into some issues where you will need to call support.
4. Website Software Directions
Read the website startup directions and steps for the software. The software will have an online support section divided into topics. You can also email or call for assistance if needed.
5. Theme or Template Style
Choose a theme or template and install it on the software. The software will have dashboard choices for editing colors and other parts of the template. If you know how to write code you can use a code editor too.
6. Website Settings
Fill out the website software settings choices. There will be directions with recommendations for best choices. If in doubt contact support for help.
7. Navigation Menu
Create the navigation menu. The priority is to make it easy for visitors to get around the site and find things.
8. Upload Images
Upload images and logos to the software media library. Optimize the images so the file sizes are smaller in order to avoid making the pages heavy which causes the site to upload slowly.
9. Create Quality Content
Write content for the pages or blog posts. This is an art and a science in itself. There are many resources online you can check for ideas and guidance.
10. Website Testing
Test the website to measure performance and fine tune it. Website upload speed, performance, seo, security, mobile responsiveness and other aspects of the site can be tested and improved.