Creating a website is a long and complicated process, especially for a person who has never done this. Where to start, how to do everything quickly and at the same time qualitatively? Let’s try to figure it out.
Define the purpose of creating a website and design
The first thing to do is to understand why you need a website. Maybe it will be a personal blog or website for the company, or maybe an online store.
Depending on the destination, the design also varies. For example, on a blog you can post articles, photos, communicate with the audience. In the case of an online store or company website, you can add customer reviews, company information, contacts and much more.
Remember that a website is the face of your business or hobby. It should correspond to your aspirations, promote your business. Add only high-quality images, they should be in the same style. Do not use flashy colors, a lot of animation – it rather annoys users than attracts their attention.
Focus on neutral shades and soft textures. They do not distract from the main content of the site, which will make users linger on the site for a long time.
Management System Choice (CMS)
CMS (content management system) differs depending on the purpose of the site. Specialized systems are used to create landing pages, business card sites, blogs, etc. So, online stores often use OpenCart, PrestaShop, Magento. For other types of sites use Joomla, Drupal, WordPress.
There are universal systems, for example, WordPress. This platform has many plugins and a large community that allows you to solve problems of different plans.
Most CMS have many different templates – both paid and free. If necessary, they can be modified and create individual functionality.
Choosing and buying a domain and hosting
Choosing a hosting should be based on the tasks that you are facing. Hostings come in three forms:
Shared hosting – suitable for sites with moderate workload and simple structure, such as blogs or landing pages. Of the advantages – ease of filling and management, cons – there is no way to fully manage the allocated resources, the site will also have a common IP.
Virtual servers (VPS, VDS) are better when you need full rights and freedom to manage your site, a dedicated IP and the ability to expand server resources on the go. To manage such a server, at least basic administrative skills are required.
Dedicated servers – suitable for the largest projects. Management is completely in your hands, IP dedicated with the ability to attach additional in any quantity.
If we talk about the domain, the main rule is: the shorter it is, the better. The domain name should match the site name (if it is too long, it is better to use the shortened version). Choose a simple and catchy domain. You can buy it on many online services.
After you have chosen and purchased a domain, and also placed your website on a hosting, it is published and becomes available to users and search engines. Your site works and promotes your business!