the past, building a website may have seemed like a daunting task.
However, today making a website can be a lot simpler if you use the
right tools. There are various programs that allow you to drag and drop
features in a webpage and have a fully functional site within minutes.
There are also a number of free templates available from these services.
So if you are a beginner, you are probably wondering how you can build a website and get it online? Here is how you do it.
Using site building platforms
are several platforms available today that don’t need any coding skills
to get started. These systems include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Wix,
Weebly, Shopify among others. Below you'll find a brief description of
each so you can get a taste of each one and a sense of which might be
most suitable for you.
WordPress is one of the best web builders for beginners since it is free
and easy to use. If you know how to use Microsoft Word then adding your
own content to your website won’t be hard. Beginners can expand the
free plugins so that they can handle any site ever imagined. This is the
same website tool used by Facebook, eBay, McAfee, Mozilla, Reuters,
CNN, Google Ventures and even NASA.
offers you themes and you can edit one to suit your needs. Although
other themes are “Premium” and available for purchase, you can make use
of the free themes.
is a default blog setup that displays your latest posts. However, you
can also set up a static home page if you so desire. Adding more pages
is a matter of dragging and dropping.
you have a site structure in your head, Joomla allows you to put it to
work. The Joomla “articles” is where all your site content will be
stored. So at the Category Manager, you can create your article
categories. Creating the main menu with Joomla has also been simplified.
The Menu Manager allows you to do that. You also get other styles and
features to choose from in order to make your first website a
also simplifies the work that goes into a website. You can create new
pages on your website by choosing the Content types on the
Administration section. If you also wish to put all your news on the
front page for people to see what’s new on your website, you can install
tools such as the Chaos tool suite module. Having more than a front
page is what makes a site look mature enough to attract attention.
Drupal makes it easy to create static pages.
Beginners can make a website in a matter of minutes with Wix.
Simply create an account with Wix and click the ‘start now’ button to
start creating the website. There are many templates you can choose and
edit any to suit your preference. All the editing is a matter of
dragging and dropping. You should then save your work when you are done
since Wix doesn’t auto save.
only need to create an account from their official site to start off.
Beginners can then decide on the focus of their site once they are done
with the signup process. Just like other site builders, there are
several themes to choose from that enable you to be creative. You can
drag elements found under the small element box at the top under ‘W
Free’. When you are through, you can click ‘publish.’
Shopify, it is easy to select a professionally designed theme and make
it your own. This tool has globally recognized designers like Pixel
Union and Happy Cog, who have created over 100 themes for beginners or
experts to choose from. You can use any code either CSS or HTML. There
are also loads of other functionality that comes with Shopify. Add apps
to improve your marketing abilities, seamlessly manage your online store
and enhance SEO.
Register A Domain
from having a tool to build your site you need a name for it and a
place to put it. The domain name is basically your address on the
internet. Try and choose a catchy name that's relevant to your business
or website content.
can choose to register your domain with a company that specializes in
domain registration eg. Namecheap, Register or Godaddy or you can let
the company that's going to host your website (see below) do it for you.
Often they will do this for free if you sign up to their service.
There will typically be a domain search tool that helps you check the
availability of your desired domain name. If the name isn’t available,
the company will suggest alternatives and may even let you know domain
names that come at a cheaper price.
Host your website
A website is basically a collection of files on a computer. That
computer could be your own (it's possible to host a website on your own
but it's not generally recommended). Normally you'll want to choose a
web hosting provider as they will have the servers and infrastructure
designed to present your website to the world in a safe, reliable and
efficient manner. Different companies will offer varying amounts of
monthly data transfers, email, storage and many more features. You can
have a look at the comparison table and reviews on this site if you need help in selecting a good web hosting service.
are different packages available either for month-to-month payments or
annual payments. If you are a user who wants an economical solution then
you can choose shared hosting. Virtual private server (VPS) hosting is
also good for beginners looking forward to starting a small business.
This gives you more power but is more expensive. If you wish to spend
even more money then you can go for Dedicated hosting.
With a domain, a web host and site building tools at hand you should soon be ready for visitors.