Update 2020: This post is now outdated and archived, but feel free to read it to remember what it was like. ?
This post is written by Kirsten Ramsburg of WebHostingSearch.com.
Websites come and go and if you want to add a website to the mix there are seven basic steps to follow.
1.Get a Domain Name
Internet addressing can be technically confusing. The domain name will serve as the identity of your website. So choosing a good one is important and it should be easy to remember.
If it’s a commercial site, it should be descriptive of your product or services.
One thing to watch out for is that the name you want might already be in use. Websites such as www.whois.com can tell you what names are taken and offer alternatives in case the one you have in mind is already taken.
The name needs to be registered through a domain name registrar or a host.
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2. Find a Host
An internet host is a company that owns computers called webservers.
After your website is uploaded to the host server, it handles all the work of receiving and answering requests for it.
Many companies will not only host your site but will also register your domain name. You may have to pay for both but the web hosting market is very competitive and it is possible to find cheap web hosting with a single company.
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3. Target Your Audience
Why do you want a website? If it’s a personal site for family and friends, then you already know your audience.
If it’s a website to promote a business venture, you need to narrow down the audience to the people who would benefit from visiting your site.
Whether it’s an established or new business venture, it’s still important to consider such variables as age, economic status and computer savvy of your intended audience.
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4. Design Your Website
Designing your website rests heavily on the previous step of defining your audience. Deciding what you want to achieve comes before deciding how to achieve it, and both are best accomplished by a pen-to-paper outline.
Keep in mind, that often the simplest design is the best design. This is a good place to decide which keywords to incorporate into the design to facilitate your site being picked up by search engines.
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5. Build Your Website
There are two choices. Hire someone to get it done or do it yourself. If you’re new to website building and have decided on a complex multi-page site you should consider hiring a professional. That can be pricey.
If you’re a beginner, there are a number of variously priced software programs that offer “professional” results with templates and drag-and-drop mouse moves.
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6. Publish Your Website
The steps are getting easier. This one involves uploading your website files to the host that you’ve chosen. Almost all of them offer easy to follow instructions on how to get your materials to their webservers.
Most of those software packages also include directions on how to do this, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) applications can be used for speedier uploading.
7. Test and Maintain
Not all web browsers are created to equally view websites. If you’ve not tested your site on various browsers during the building phase, certainly check it once it’s online and make the necessary corrections.
Maintain your site on a regular basis. There are few things more irritating to a web user than going to a site that has outdated information.
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Kirsten Ramsburg is a frustrated journalist and is currently putting all her passion for writing as a senior writer for WebHostingSearch.com guide.