written by: lee2720 A lot of people out there think that to design your own website you need a Ph.D. in computer science. This is simply not true, although those of us who are web designers would like you to think that as a beginner. The truth is that you know your business, your hobby or your family better than anybody else, so you should actually be able to design your own website for beginners
Your very first decision will be whether you want your domain name or not.
If this will be a business website, it is imperative that it has its own domain name. The days that you could get by with a website that is a subdomain of somebody else’s domain name for a business website is long gone.
The same is true if the website will belong to a club or organization. The only situation where having a domain name is not an absolute must is if the website will be purely for private purposes.
Secondly will need to download a free WYSIWYG website editor.
There are numerous good free editors available. There are open source packages that will do just about anything you will need for your first website. Make sure the one you choose to download can handle tables, style sheets, and forms. Read what other people say about it – you don’t want an editor that creates such garbled code that it can never be edited by anybody else again.
Most good WYSIWYG editors work in much the same way as the better-known word processing packages. You can type, format text, insert pictures and tables and create forms at the click of a button. Don’t be scared to experiment. Play around with colors and graphics a bit.
You should spend a little time to read up about some of the underlying principles of page design. Where is the best place to put pictures? Should text be large a bold, or small? Which colors are the best to use for text? And for backgrounds? Especially if this is a business website these things are important if you want to turn a visitor into a customer.
Something else that is important is to get your meta tags right.
These are hidden tags that your website visitors won’t see, but search engines and directories use it to put your website in the correct category. The title, keyword, and description tags can be inserted without any programming knowledge in most visual website editors.
An important decision is where you will be hosting the website. There are certainly a huge number of free web hosts available. The bulk of them will display some form of advertisement on your pages, so for a professional website, this is not recommended. Web hosting has become relatively cheap over the past decade, so rather find a reliable, cheap web host.
Then get yourself a good free FTP program from the web. Just do a quick Google search – there are many of them. You need this to upload your files to the Internet.
The mere fact that you were able to design your own website for beginners will boost your confidence, and if you found it interesting, it could even turn into a new career or part-time income.