All your local website programmers and designers are busy, and you can’t wait for them to call… You feel like starting a brand new project or even a hobby… You want to make a career change… Whatever the reason… Have you decided to create your own website? If so, here is the best advice for beginners in one simple guide. You’ll feel better prepared and excited to take the first step towards success.
1. Get the most from your host
First things first. It’s always important to get the right host for your website. Do some research and opt for a reliable provider with a package to suit your requirements and your wallet. Most leading web hosting companies offer plans and options in a bundle to get you quickly started.
2. Simply the best
Start out simple…but the sky’s the limit. If this is your very first website creation, then choose something simple and fun to focus on. You could start with a hobby or write a blog. Either way, use all the tools and templates available to get started.
Look around at other websites and make a note of the ones you like. Use them as inspiration.
3. From scratch or with some help from a few friends
If you want to program your own website, you need a whole new set of skills. A variety of training modules are available online, free or for a small fee, to help you learn what it takes to create a website. Just type “web design courses” into your browser and press enter to get thousands of results.
Alternatively, you can try software like WordPress to create your website easily and quickly.
4. Clever content
Before you start designing your website, you need smart and quality content. This can be rough at first because you can always improve it over time. When you start writing your content, you will get more ideas about how your website should look and what features it needs.
5. Look and feel
Design your website to be intuitive and simple. It should be easy and quick to navigate. You need a good minimal layout with only a few design elements in the right places. Use grids to align the elements and create a form of order. Decide what you want your visitors to see and in what sort of order; then plan and design accordingly.
Consider color. Will your site look better in monochrome or a range of colors? While there are many colors to choose from, make sure that the combination you choose is readable and doesn’t tire the eyes. Again, look around to see what color combinations work superbly on other sites.
Graphics and images should be compressed and optimized for your website. We don’t want to wait forever for the pages to load. Remember to edit photos or infographics that you have designed before you upload them using Preview in Mac, Picture Manager in Windows, or another photo editing app. Typical image file formats are JPG and PNG for your pages and posts.
Choose the font wisely. The typography you choose says something about the tone of your site. If it’s a fun site, keep the font fun; otherwise, stick to more professional and serious fonts.
Creating your own website can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Get started today and put those first ideas onto paper… or rather screen.