This article is an overview of the website development process. This is intended for people who are planning to jump into the online world and need a sense of direction. Any website developer or designer will always try and keep your objective at hand and present data in a manner which is engaging to the user. We have tried to lay down some easy steps for you to be well aware of what is the norm in this ever changing web world.
Step 1: Register Your Domain Name (businessname.com)
Your domain name is like the home of your website. Go slow with this step because the name you decide becomes identity of your brand.
Try to choose a name that is short enough. Branding is everything — don’t rush this step!
Step 2: Select Your Web Hosting Company
The web host is the company that hosts your site and provides you with space to maintain web pages, any scripts you can install (forums, shopping carts, blogging, etc.), email addresses, security and so much more.
Always start with the cheapest monthly plan because upgrading later is very easy.
Step 3: Start Building!
Building your website will depend on what you want to make. For example, if you want to create a blog, you can take advantage of the built-in templates that come with the blogging platform. No coding experience is necessary. All you do is search for the theme you want to use, activate it, make your customizations and your website is ready to go.
Creating a Niche Website
Niche websites focus on a narrow market. So instead of making a website about something generic like skin care, you may choose to narrow it down to getting rid of acne, or managing eczema.
The more defined your target market is, the easier it will be to engage your audience and sell products to them.
Static HTML vs. Dynamic Websites
There are basically two kinds of websites you can create.
- Static HTML (Content is uploaded and displayed “as it is” with no interaction with user. These are mostly informative)
- Dynamic (WordPress, Joomla, etc.) Dynamic means information is collected from a database so you can display your website content by date, category, etc. And make changes in content as per your requirement
Static HTML sites are not much used these days. In order to create them, you have to learn HTML, use templates or buy some kind of software like Dreamweaver, etc.