Do It Yourself – 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
Many of the website softwares have a domain search on their site. You can see if the name you want is available and buy it there.
Otherwise, you can search domain names at domain hosts to find an available name for your concept.
A. Names that are 15 letters long or less are more desirable than long names.
B. The .com extension is the most common and easiest for people to remember.
C. Having some of the SEO keywords in your domain is an advantage.
For example: HelpForWebs has keywords in the name that people might use in a keyword phrase to search on the internet. It also tells search engine crawlers what the site is about which is good for SEO.
But longer names and other extensions work too.
A. Mobile Responsive Software is Needed
Be sure to choose software that is mobile responsive. That means the website reformats itself into one long column on the smartphone for easy reading and use.
Users won’t need to use their fingertips to touch the screen and enlarge it in order to read the text or push the screen around to see what is on the page.
B. Choices can include easiest beginner level site builders such as the following:
- Wix – Has phone support.
- Squarespace – Less easy but reviews say more stylish and professional. More flexibility, but may be less easy than Wix and Weebly. Support is by email, chat and forums.
- Weebly – Easiest. Reviews say it may be the easiest for beginners plus the sites are mobile responsive.
Note: All three of these softwares have modern, full screen photo homepage themes available. Wix does have phone support in case you think you may need this.
Side by Side Comparison Chart by Reviewers of Wix, Squarespace, Weebly and other softwares.
C. For more customization options, although there is a steeper learning curve, you can use WordPress. It has by far the most number of features you can add on to the website. WordPress is often called “infinitely customizable.”
Online data shows approximately 1/3 of the internet is powered by WordPress.
Woo Commerce provides a plugin to create an online store with WordPress.
D. Some of the top online store easy website builders include:
- Big Commerce
- Woo Commerce with WordPress
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.
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
Most of these softwares have a step by step process that walks you through the steps, asking you to enter info and make decisions. They have video tutorials that show how to do it.
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.
Themes that are set up already to have easy to read text are more user-friendly than those with small or pale grey text.
Themes that have a clean, uncluttered design are easier for visitors to scan and use.
Full screen themes are popular now and make use of the complete computer screen. They have a more modern look. Older themes are more apt to use the narrow look. The blog pages are different and may have a wide column that still leaves room on the edges to the side of the screen.
Full screen homepage photos are popular. Visitors often like the full screen images and clickable Call to Action buttons on to of the main image take the visitor into the rest of the site.
6. Website Settings
Fill out the website software settings choices. There will be directions with recommendations for best choices in the support sections and other online sources. If in doubt contact support for help.
7. Navigation Menu and Call to Action Buttons
Create the navigation menu. The priority is to make it easy for visitors to get around the site and find things.
A. Add clickable Call to Action buttons high on the landing screen areas if possible.
These are among the first things a visitor sees upon landing on the page. Data shows visitors often use these to begin their journey on the site instead of searching through the menus.
8. Upload Images
Upload images and logos to the software media library. Optimize the images so the file sizes are smaller. This is in order to avoid making the pages heavy, which causes the site to upload slowly.
9. Create Quality Content
Write content that addresses the concerns and wants of the visitors.
Provide value added for the visitor with useful information.
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.